Editor's Bookmarks - January 2009

Each month RECORD reviews building product related web sites and blogs that might be of interest to our readership. We visit each site, kick the tires a bit, and share what it is about and how it functions. Please let us know if there is a site you've found particularly useful, well-designed, or easy to navigate. — Rita Catinella Orrell
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Kolbe & Kolbe claims to have received a strong reception and high ratings since unveiling its first 3D window models last year. Kolbe’s Ultra Series windows and doors Google SketchUp models were selected to be a “Featured Collection” at Google 3D Warehouse. Now presenting more than 1,000 models, Kolbe plans to add Windquest Series vinyl window and door Google Sketchup models.
The 3M Di-Noc Architectural Finishes Web site highlights this versatile and cost-effective refurbishment solution for restaurants, hotels, banks, and other projects. The site includes an interactive virtual showroom that allows users to create different looks with Di-Noc finishes in various settings or environments. It is possible for visitors to upload their own project photos so they can try various combinations of finishes and patterns.
In an effort to provide designers, code officials, and building professionals with current product performance evaluations for engineered wood products, APA Product Reports are available free of charge at APA’s Web site. A typical report covers the product’s description, qualifications, design properties, installation recommendations, fire-resistant construction, supporting load tables, span ratings, and limitations.

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With the launch of the newest version of its interactive Web site, Convia hopes to familiarize the m/e/p and A&D communities with the Convia platform, which features energy savings and reporting capabilities, and can contribute up to eight points toward LEED certification. Through an interactive ROI calculator, users can use concrete figures to calculate and assess the savings the Convia platform can offer their company.

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