Monthly Archives: September 2013

September 30, 2013. What’s happening @AIBD_National?

…First Tuesday @ 2:00 (p.m. ET): BimX.FT@2 Logo SMALL

Join a discussion on BimX ( with AIBD  Professional Member Chip Hudson. BimX is a tool Chip uses to produce quick 3D generated floor plans for presentations. Walk through his process for creating the images using Archicad (or possibly Revit) and how to best present them to clients. Chip will also share his tips on how to create a file access to a directory on your website, SmartScan bar codes and how to charge more for your  services.

CLICK HERE to learn more and to register.

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The Capitol Dome is silhouetted by the sunrise, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) | AP

…Government shutdown: The potential impact to small business.

As the possibility of a shutdown of the federal government looms, Paychex, Inc., a leading provider of payroll, human resource, insurance, and AIBD’s payroll vendor, is sharing its insight on what the event could mean for small businesses nationwide.

“While we don’t yet know the outcome of the debate, it’s important for small business owners to understand what they can expect if the government does shut down,” said Martin Mucci, Paychex president and CEO. “By working closely with the IRS and other government agencies, our compliance team at Paychex actively monitors these types of issues, and we’re here to help.”

CLICK HERE to read the full article.

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…BeLoose workshop registration closes Friday.

Great Hall of the Home Builders Association of Metro Orlando  |  544 Mayo Avenue  | Maitland, FL 32751  | 407-629-9242

  • AIBD Professional Member  –  $250 (normally $395)
  • Student Member Price  –  $100 (normally $295)
  • Non-Member Price  – $500

The two-day hands-on graphic workshop includes proper drawing attitude, over 30 principles of loose graphics, quick and easy way to set up 1 and 2 points perspective and rendered them with pencil, ink, colored pencils and markers.  Learning how to draw people, trees and cars will also be included.

  • Thursday October 24th from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Friday October 25th from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

For more information and to register: CLICK HERE

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…Michigan House supports electronic seals, signatures.

Last Wednesday, the Michigan House of Representatives unanimously approved MI HB 4585 which allows Michigan architects, engineers and surveyors to use electronic seals and signatures on documents issued by them. On Thursday, the bill was refered to the Senate Committee on Regulatory Reform to begin its journey through the State’s Senate.

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…Green Builder: A feature on micro-housing.

Imagine living in only 260 square feet. People in cities from Vancouver to New York are doing just that.

PBS NewsHour Weekend’s feature on Micro-housing detailed the rise of tiny homes in big cities. What used to be a single-room occupancy (SRO) building in Vancouver, Canada, has been recast as tiny apartments that bend and fold like origami to create living, dining, sleeping, bathing and a little storage in only 260 square feet.

You can see for yourself as Shawn Groff, a 26-year-old working at Whole Foods, demonstrates how his dining table folds up and then down so that the Murphy bed can swing out from the wall. His coffee table rolls and doubles as a bench.

Critics decry the loss of affordable housing for cities’ neediest populations. Fans praise small units that meet the housing needs of workers challenged to find affordable living space in big cities like Boston, Cleveland, New York, Providence, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. And everyone wonders will this trend last? The pro arguments: The number of people living by themselves has gone from 10 percent to 30 percent of the population. People now keep much of their life in the cloud. They read books on e-readers, keep financial records and bills paid online and use laptops and tablets not desktop computers. Less really can be more.

CLICK HERE to read more Green Builder articles.

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…Andersen announces new pattern book app.

Andersen Windows and doors has released the Andersen Home Styles Pattern Book app, a collection of pattern books from the Andersen Style Library. These home style pattern books present quintessential details of the most popular American architectural styles, with an emphasis on window and door design. The result of years of research, they exist to make it easier to create homes with architectural authenticity.

“It’s easier than ever to share the Home Style Pattern Books with your clients using the free app download for iPad.” says Andersen Sales Rep David Solley.

CLICK HERE for more information.

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…More events ahead.

  • October 12 & 13 – AIBD California Fantastic Fall Affair, Irvine and Carlsbad, CA
  • October 24 & 25 – NCBDC Exam in St. Francisville, LA (Must apply & register September 30)
  • October 24, 25 & 26 – AIBD Florida Quarterly Meeting, Orlando, FL
  • October 25 & 26 – AIBD Mississippi – Louisiana Joint Convention, St. Francisville, LA
  • November 16 – AIBD North Carolina Quarterly Meeting and Design Competition Awards, Lexington, NC
  • December 5 – AIBD Northeast Quarterly Meeting
  • December 6 – AIBD Florida Organizational Meeting, Apopka, FL
  • (2014) February 6 & 7 – AIBD National Mid-year Meeting, Las Vegas, NV
  • (2014) July 29 – August 1 – AIBD National Convention & International Conference on Residential Design, Columbus, OH (Tentative)AIBD National Convention

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