Nothin’ but Net: FM Guide to the Internet (5 of 12)

Oct. 30, 2003
Your Internet Play-by-Play
Product Procurement
( access over 11,000 manufacturer websites for product specifications, CAD details, and CSI-formatted specs. Run searches on companies and key words, and find links to industry-related associations and reference organizations.[Editor’s Note: “Check out 4spec’s discussion forum and chat with peers about specifications and construction documents.”] First Source
( you can browse through electrical and mechanical products, doors and windows, furnishings, etc., this site offers much more. It features contact information for hundreds of professional organizations, industry associations, and government agencies; you can search by name, partial name, or acronym. It also features a building code library, with detailed information on codes for all 50 states, major U.S. cities, and some counties.[Editor’s Note: “If you register with First Source, you gain access to a wealth of up-to-date news; searchable by building type, region, or topic.”] Sweets
( information on over 61,000 products, you can find specs, download CAD libraries, contact local manufacturers’ representatives, and forward RFIs/RFPs. Sweets also supplies product news online – a great source for reading about the latest innovations and enhancements.[Owner, Building Development Firm: “I often use this site to research product data on building materials.”]For more listings, select a category from the sidebar at right.

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