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AIBD wants to promote you!

[Updated 2017-08-28]

Hey there! I’m Garrett, the Communications Director for AIBD.

In the last six months, we’ve more than doubled the traffic to our AIBD blog. We’re hitting well over 7000 views per month.

This is great because it gives the AIBD more exposure, which leads to more subscribers to our MondayMINUTE newsletter, and ultimately more AIBD members.

As an AIBD member, you have access to this resource. You deserve a piece of those 7000 views.

All you need to do is write a blog post and submit it to us!

There are some blog post guidelines to follow:

  • The blog post must be industry related.
  • The blog post must be educational/informative.
    • News, events, and announcements are great for the MondayMINUTE (which you can also submit to).
  • Can not promote a product or service that is not an AIBD member.
  • Must be at least 300 words, but no maximum (the more, the better).
  • Can have any contact info you wish to include.
  • Pictures are encouraged, but can’t be stolen from other websites (or else we can get in trouble).
  • Must be unique content, as in, no duplicate content from other websites (even if they’re yours).

We’re also accepting submissions for the MondayMINUTE.

Here are some MondayMINUTE guidelines:

  • The MondayMINUTE post must be industry related.
  • The MondayMINUTE post must be news, announcement, or event.
    • Educational/informative posts are great for the blog.
  • Can not promote a product or service that is not an AIBD member.
  • Must be between 100 and 300 words.
  • Can have any contact info you wish to include.
  • Pictures are encouraged, but can’t be stolen from other websites (or else we can get in trouble).

Please note that MondayMINUTE submissions must be submitted by end-of-day Thursday of the week PRIOR to when you want it posted. If you submit on Friday or later, the more of a chance it won’t make it in. The MondayMINUTE is usually completed on Friday, so things that are submitted over the weekend or on Monday morning usually are unable to be added in time. Remember that our office is on Eastern time and our office closes at 5:00 PM on Friday.

Blog posts can be submitted any time, and we can schedule them to go out on specific dates as you request (as long as you give us enough time in advance). All blog posts will also get a small blurb and link to them in the MondayMINUTE, usually the following week but it may be another week in the future.

The MondayMINUTE is called the MondayMINUTE for a reason, so we try to keep it short. If we receive a lot of submissions one week, some things may be pushed to other weeks to make sure the MondayMINUTE doesn’t get too long.

If for any reason, we are unable to post your content we will notify you of why so that you can make the appropriate edits.

Don’t worry about formatting; we’ll handle that.

Submit here: http://AIBD.org/post-submissions/

We’re looking forward to sharing your content with the rest of the world!

Suncoast Chapter Meeting Minutes for February 08, 2018

AIBD Suncoast Chapter

February 8, 2018

Meeting called to order at 11:59 a.m. by Renato Carotti (Secretary).

AIBD officers:

Chair, Jenni Lewis, Dreamcatcher Building Designs (Absent)

Vice Chair, Paul Glaser, Glaser Designs

Secretary, Renato Carotti, Carotti Engineering

AIBD members present:

Doug Shepard – Final Draft

NON-AIBD Members present:

Kristen Bryant – Carotti Engineering

Terry Zimmerman – Coker/Zimmerman Drafting & Design


  • Kristen followed up on where AIBD is at with getting us a Facebook page. (We are still waiting)
  • Doug mention would like to see a presentation on copy right laws (on AIBD website the link it not working).
  • How else can we get more people to our meeting and join our chapter?
  • Rob Click with Icynene presentation was from 12:02 – 12:57
    • Icynene does not go through a distributing place to keep better control on only licensed contractors using their product.
    • Icynene uses water blown agent so there is no chemicals in their installations.
    • It is flexible
    • Ignition Barrier can be used to attics if not made for storage.
    • It will not adhere to stucco.
    • Use High Density foam for roofing.
    • Open and Closed spray foams are compatible. (They will adhere to each other)
    • It is fire resistant
    • Helps eliminate noise
    • Retro is removing what is already there to put in spray foam
    • Needs open wall cavity to spray
    • Open Spray foam
      • More cost effective 1 set covers 20,000 board feet
      • Open spray foam has low density and sprays only ½ pound per cubic foot. (Because it expands)
      • Florida uses mostly open spray foam because closed is water proof and can lead to mold if the water cannot drain.
      • Manley used for Interior of building and flat roofs.
      • You want a minimum of 3 inches of thickness
    • Close Spray Foam
      • 1 set covers 5,000 board feet
      • Close Spray foam has a medium density and sprays 2 pounds per cubic foot. (It does not expand)
      • Improves integrity
      • Closed foam is waterproof
      • Good for wine room because of the vapor seal
      • It can be used on the exterior of a building
      • You want a minimum of 1 inch of thickness
  • Start thinking about who will be your new leaders!
    • April – will be the nominations for new officers
    • May – will be the voting of new officers
    • June – Old & New officers work together on the monthly meeting
    • July – New officers take over meeting and planning.

Congratulation to Terry Zimmerman for winner the complimentary membership for AIBD for February!

Meeting adjourned by Ren Carotti at 1:09 pm.


Next Meeting:

March 8th – Robert from Tubular Skylight – on their product.

April 12th – Jon Levey from Simpson Strong Tie – on    Shearwall Design with the 2015 AWC Special Design Provisions Wind & Seismic (1.5 hours)

The IBC requires shearwall design now follow the 2015 ANSI/AWC SDPWS. This course will familiarize structural engineers with the design requirements of this standard and how they have changed from previous versions. We will go into depth on the capacity reductions requirements for shearwalls with aspect ratios greater than 2:1 – which happens often in modern design. Also, each of the (3) design methods will be covered: segmented, perforated, and force transfer for site-built wood shearwalls.

May 10th – Jimmy Holmes from PLIDEK – on waterproofing solutions.

***Bring someone with you! ***      *** Invite people! ***      *** Let’s grow our chapter! ***

When everyone’s membership expires… 

  • 01-31-18 – Mary Tracy
  • 02-28-18 – Stephen Lewis, Doug Shepard
  • 03-31-18 – Dale Lewis, Joseph Mareci, Renato Carotti
  • 04-30-18 – Jon Levey, Steve Johnson
  • 05-31-18
  • 06-30-18
  • 07-31-18 – Paul Glaser
  • 08-31-18
  • 09-30-18
  • 10-31-18 – Kevin Lovley
  • 11-30-18 – Joyce Poelsma
  • 12-31-18