This global organization confers the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation (for a “recognized expert in the disciplines of commercial and investment real estate”) and is an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The site includes information on the institute and its educational services, a Find a CCIM Commercial Real Estate Professional search, property listings, and much more.

This site from the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) gives information on tularemia, also known as “rabbit fever” or “deer fly fever.” The disease is reportedly extremely infectious, and makes an attractive weapon for use in bioterrorism, most likely in an aerosolized form. The site offers applicable OSHA standards and information on preventing and responding to a tularemia outbreak.

4specs.com

Formerly Specs-Online, this specified construction industry product directory provides commercial specifiers and production architects and engineers with fast access to the design information they need from manufacturers’ Web sites. Major categories include facility construction, facility services, and site and infrastructure, all grouped by MasterFormat 2004 classifications. The site links to hundreds of associations and reference standard organizations; government agencies, code bodies, and test labs; and other construction-related Web sites.

Academy of Infrared Training Inc. (AIRT)

AIRT provides training in infrared radiometrics and thermal imaging as a diagnostic instrument or inspection tool, with such applications as electrical inspections, building roof thermography, inspecting mechanical systems, non-destructive testing, security and surveillance, and building diagnostics. The site offers information about thermography and AIRT training as well as news, events, and other resources.

Acoustics.com

Acoustics.com is maintained by an alliance of educators, experts and design professionals dedicated to promoting the importance of acoustics in the architecture, design, construction and building communities, as well as to the general public. The Web site includes case studies and recommendations to help ensure an acoustically sound space, information for those wanting to learn more about acoustics, and a list of industry codes and testing standards.

ADA National Network [NIDRR]

Under the U.S. Department of Education’s National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), the ADA National Network provides information, guidance and training on ADA for business, architects and contractors, and government at all levels. The Network consists of ten regional centers throughout the U.S that provide personalized assistance to ensure that the ADA is implemented wherever possible. The site offers comprehensive ADA information, services, products, training and guidelines.

Advanced Energy

Advanced Energy is an independent nonprofit corporation that performs applied research, works with member utilities on energy efficiency and conservation projects, and operates as a fee-for-service consultant to clients nationally and internationally. For industrial customers, the organization tests new equipment, helps develop new products, and improves manufacturing processes. It also helps builders, developers, and mechanical contractors improve homes, their industry, and commercial buildings.

Advice for Safeguarding Buildings Against Chemical or Biological Attack [DOE]

This award-winning Web site offers emergency personnel and building operators the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (LBNL) current advice for dealing with a biological or chemical release in a building. The advice is appropriate for small and medium-sized releases such as those that would be expected from a terrorist attack, not for industrial-scale releases such as those at Bhopal, India, or Chernobyl, Ukraine. The site offers pre-event advice for both immediate and long-term action; action to take during an indoor, outdoor, or unknown release, a Vulnerability Assessment for both buildings and airports, and animated training aids.

AECinfo

Online resource for building products for the architecture/engineering/construction (AEC) industry. Contains directories by: companies (also in Spanish), products, brochures, a SpecBrowser, a CadBrowser, tools & software, continuing education, and keywords. Information is also listed under CSI MasterFormat 1995 (16 Divisions) and CSI MasterFormat 2004. The site also offers links to news, magazines, an e-newsletter, job postings, leads for contractors, and more.

Air Emissions Sources

This site, from the US Environmental Protection Agency and Google Earth, is designed to make emissions data for six common pollutants easy to find and understand. Users can look at overall emissions, emissions by type of industry or by largest polluter, or which facilities emit any of six common pollutants.

Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre (AIVC) [IEA]

Created by the International Energy Agency (IEA) to address the impact of ventilation on energy use, and concerns over IAQ. The AIVC offers industry and research organizations technical support aimed at optimizing ventilation technology. AIVC offers a range of services and facilities, including a comprehensive database on literature standards, ventilation data, annual conferences and workshops, and other resources.

American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA)

Nonprofit international association that represents open shop fire sprinkler contractors and promotes the use of automatic fire sprinkler systems. The site offers information on fire sprinkler systems; training, educational, and special events; industry news including updates on government regulations; technical articles; and a Find a Company page for fire sprinkler manufacturers, designers, and installation contractors.

American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)

Nonprofit international association serving the needs of occupational and environmental health professionals practicing industrial hygiene in industry, government, labor, academic institutions, and independent organizations. The site offers a Marketplace with ANSI/AIHA guidelines, books, distance learning courses, etc.; links to the AIHA/ACGIH Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene and AIHA’s The Synergist; lots of OEHS information and resources; conferences and other training opportunities; and information by topic on: emergency response, ergonomics, mold, safety, nanotechnology, industrial hygiene, pandemic, and more.

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Founded in 1852, ASCE represents members of the civil engineering profession worldwide. ASCE’s vision is to position engineers as global leaders building a better quality of life. The site provides comprehensive information about the worldwide organization and the training and publications it offers, as well as relevant government information.

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Publications

This site has information on ASCE’s technical and professional publications, including ASCE books (standards, manuals, etc.); an archive of ASCE’s 33 peer-reviewed journals; research databases including access to everything ASCE has published since 1970 as well as to thousands of other relevant journals and resources; ASCE’s magazine Civil Engineering and newspaper ASCE News; and standard contract documents.

American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)

This site features extensive information and services for the landscape architect profession and the general public. It offers the Landscape Architecture magazine and other publications; Firm Finder, an online directory of landscape architects; Sweets Landscape Architecture Directory, the official product guide of the ASLA; LATIS, the Landscape Architects Technical Information Series; job listings; and much more.

American Solar Energy Society (ASES)

The US section of the International Solar Energy Society, ASES is a nonprofit, national membership organization dedicated to increasing the use of solar energy, energy efficiency, and other sustainable technologies in the US. ASES organizes the National Solar Conference and the National Solar Tour; and publishes SOLAR TODAY magazine, policy statements, etc. The site offers news, programs and projects, events, ASES store, information and resources on renewable energy, and Find a Solar Contractor.

American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)

The national trade association for the wind energy industry, AWEA works with Congress on industry issues; publishes industry documents, the latest economic studies, a weekly newsletter, and other wind energy publications; and hosts the annual WINDPOWER conference. The site offers extensive information on wind energy, policies, and projects worldwide; international statistics; and a comprehensive listing of wind industry manufacturers, developers, and consultants.

AMS Planning & Research

A U.S.-based arts management consulting firm providing counsel, planning, and research services to hundreds of arts and cultural organizations. Its consulting services focus in the areas of Cultural Facility Feasibility, Business Planning & Strategy, Audience & Market Research, and Community Cultural Planning.

Anthrax [CDC]

This site from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) addresses the use of anthrax as a bioterrorism agent. It covers basic information about the disease; specific advice and resources for postal workers and other mail handlers; worker safety, diagnosis, and treatment; laboratory testing; and training.

ARCAT

Easy access to hundreds of thousands of pages of building product information, specs, and CAD details for the architectural and spec-writing communities. Search by company/trade name or product type.

Architectural Glass Specification Resources [Bendheim]

Bendheim, a provider of specialty glass for commercial installations such as building facades, interior partitions, walls, doors, and elevator interiors, offers a section on its Web site explaining architectural glass. The page includes CSI drop-in specifications; a Glass Glossary of frequently used glass industry terms; information and videos about tempered safety glass and laminated safety glass; how to choose decorative glass edgework, glass surfaces, and glass weight for a specific project; how to maintain specialty glass; and information on LEED points for using specialty glass.

Architecture.com [RIBA]

An extensive portal for the built environment, from the UK’s Royal Institute of British Architects. RIBA provides training, technical services, publications, and events, and sets standards for the education of architects, both in the UK and overseas. The site offers an architect locator; access to the RIBA British Architectural Library drawings, photographs, and Information Centre; events; news; awards; education and careers; and the RIBA Bookshops.

Asbestos [NIOSH]

This site from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) offers information on asbestos, a group of naturally occurring minerals used in thousands of commercial products such as insulation and fireproofing materials, textile products, and cement and wallboard materials. The site gives recommendations for preventing occupational exposure to asbestos, sampling and analysis, and asbestos abatement in facilities.

Asbestos [OSHA]

This site from the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers information on workplace exposure to asbestos, which is found in numerous commercial products, particularly in the construction industry. The site offers information on applicable OSHA standards; how to evaluate asbestos exposure; controls used to protect workers, particularly during renovation and reconstruction; and operations and maintenance practices used to control hazards of asbestos.

Asbestos and Mesothelioma Center (Asbestos.com)

The Asbestos and Mesothelioma Center provides up-to-date information to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos and the diseases that result from exposure to this toxic mineral. The comprehensive site offers a one-stop resource on all issues surrounding asbestos and its resulting illnesses, including exposure prevention, treatment options, legal options, and current clinical studies. The site says it is doctor-reviewed, edited, and approved, and has achieved HON (Health On the Net Foundation) code approval.