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These databases provide information about the properties and uses of building materials.

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  • Material ConneXion

        Material ConneXion
    This resource is restricted to Virginia Tech users only

    Material ConneXion

    Material ConneXion provides full-text data on materials used in architecture, interior and industrial design, fashion and apparel, and landscaping. Materials include polymers, ceramics, glass, metals, cements, and natural materials. Processing and sustainability information, physical and usage properties, and manufacturers are listed.  

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  • SmartBuilding Index from Reed Construction Data

        Smart Building Index
    This resource is freely accessible

    SmartBuilding Index from Reed Construction Data

    SmartBuilding Index provides architects, spec writers, engineers and contractors with in-depth information on commercial building products - including technical data, sourcing, cost data, project use examples, and downloadable specs, CAD and BIM objects.

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  • BuildingGreen Suite

        BuildingGreen Suite
    This resource is restricted to Virginia Tech users only

    BuildingGreen Suite

    BuildingGreen includes online versions of GreenSpec, "Environmental Building News", a database of green products (product descriptions and articles about the products), and a database of more than 160 high-performance building case studies (all in HTML). This information is searchable and cross-referenced by CSI MasterFormat division, LEED credit, or green building topic. 1992-present.  

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