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August 11, 2010

Fire-protection research

National Institute of Standards and Technology offers a database of more than 55,000 documents related to fire protection. Users can search the FIREDOC online database for everything from books to fire test data reports, and then order documents for overnight delivery.

www.bfrl.nist.gov/fris

Steel some time

Software assists with the design of steel hollow structural section (HSS) connections and trusses. HSS Connex calculates the load and resistance factor of welded and bolted connections.

www.steeltubeinstitute.org

Sky high

For fanatics of skyscrapers, this Web site provides it all: photos of skyscrapers from around the world, news on the latest developments and even a forum for discussion on skyscrapers. The Web site currently features a collection of photos and drawings of the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center towers.

www.skyscraperpage.com

Going once, going twice ...

Online auction permits A/E/C firms to purchase construction materials at competitive prices. Buyers of everything from concrete to vapor retarders can request specific quantities and brands, choose to accept alternates or just browse the auction for great deals.

www.constructionbrokers.com

The great indoors

Addressing the growing concerns about indoor air quality (IAQ), this Web site provides a free online guide to products that meet low emissions criteria. Products have been tested according to chamber testing protocols to ensure they meet IAQ standards.

www.greenguard.org

         
 

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