Monthly Archives: May 2017

May 29, 2017. What’s happening @AIBD_National?

Happy Memorial Day

Today we honor the men and women in uniform who died serving our country.

Memorial Day also marks the start of the unofficial summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.


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Free webinar: Evolution of the Wood Floor Joist

There are many factors to consider when designing a floor system with engineered wood joists. Review the design strategies, code requirements, different types of engineered floor components, and their capabilities and limitations.

Join us for the First Tuesday @ 2:00 webinar program and learn the factors to consider when designing floor systems and appropriate design strategies to meet both the code requirements and the clients satisfaction.

Registration is complimentary.

This program is hosted by the American Institute of Building Design and presented by AIBD Associate Member, Mike Beauchamp of Open Joist Triforce – Built by Barrette.

Certified Professional Building Designers (CPBD) will earn 1.0 Primary CE unit for attending the live presentation.

To participate, click the registration link and provide us with some basic personal information, which may be shared with our presenter. After registration, a unique link will be sent to your e-mail. Save this email and use the link to sign on a few minutes before the presentation. Everyone watching online may join the discussion using their personal computer’s microphone, telephone link or by typing questions directly to the moderator. For further instructions, contact the AIBD national office at 1-800-366-2423.


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Info on the AIBD Central Florida Chapter Meeting on June 7th, 2017.

The AIBD Central Florida Chapter is happy to announce another education class between the Greater Orlando Builders Association and the Central Florida Chapter American Institute of Building Design, presenting: FYPON.

Fypon will be reviewing their latest product lines, describe their FREE Design & Takeoff service as well as their C.E.U. Course. Full size examples will be exhibited.

Everyone is welcome to attend, members or not.

Free food and beverages! Please RSVP as soon as you can.

When: Wednesday June 7, 2017 from 11:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Greater Orlando Builder’s Association
1953 Clayton Heritage Way
Maitland, FL 32751

Who (to RSVP): via email to by Monday June 5, 2017


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June 14th National Capital Tour

Please join our aspiring chapter for lunch and a walking tour of the beautiful Del Ray neighborhood in Alexandria, Virginia.

The tour is lead by architect and AIBD Professional Member, Gaver Nichols, who will showcase 30 years of his work in the community.

See modern additions, an adaptive reuse, modern lofts, renovated homes and infill housing.

Space and parking is limited, PLEASE RSVP using the link below.

For more information and to register: CLICK HERE.

* Residential Industry Professional Peoples’ Lunch and Education. Our way of saying, Lunch and Learn. Because, “A little ripple goes a long way.”


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AIBD Palm Beach RIPPLE for June, 2017

The next AIBD, Palm Beach RIPPLE* is June 16th (3rd Friday). Our speaker and lunch sponsor is Daniel Fredericks of Lott’s Concrete.

There’s more than one choice when it comes to designing a structure using precast lintels. Dan will share the benefits of using Lott’s Concrete lintels, headers and sills and provide us the tools needed to specify them in our building designs.

Join US: Friday, June 16, 2017
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Lighthouse Diner, 1510 US-1, Jupiter, FL 33469
Cost: No cost for the presentations and Lunch is paid for by Lott’s Concrete!
RSVP: or 561-373-2537

*RIPPLE stands for: Residential Industry Professional People’s Lunch & Education. It’s our way of saying Lunch & Learn. 😉


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Apply for AIBD scholarships today!

Student members and children of Professional members qualify for scholarships.

The American Institute of Building Design’s College of Fellows awards two scholarships each year, the College of Fellows Memorial Scholarship and the Annette Farmer Memorial Scholarship. Each scholarship recipient is awarded $1000 and they are named at the American Residential Design Awards Gala, August 11, 2017 at the Academy of Medicine at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2017.

For more information, qualifications and applications, CLICK HERE.


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College of Fellows seek nominations.

The AIBD College of Fellows has announced they will be performing an induction ceremony at the American Residential Design Awards dinner at the Academy of Medicine at Georgia Tech on August 11, 2017. Nominations for Fellows are accepted at any time but to be considered for the coming induction, nominations must be in on or before July 3, 2017. Only AIBD Professional members may nominate another member for consideration.

The honor of membership in the College of Fellows is bestowed upon a Professional member of the American Institute of Building Design who is certified by the National Council of Building Designer Certification and has notably contributed to the advancement of the building design profession by excellence in design, or by excellence in design in combination with excellence in education, literature or public service.

CLICK HERE to download a nomination package.

Contact the College of Fellows Chancellor Jannis Vann by writing


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ARDA Deadline Extended! Call for Entries is open, categories expanded!

Design Detail and Indoor Living have been added to the long list of categories in the American Residential Design Awards (ARDA) program. “The Design Detail category includes any single detail that is particularly unique or innovative.” Karen Kassik-Michelsohn reports. Karen is serving for her first year as ARDA Committee Chairperson but brings with her years of awards program experience as former chairperson of the Best of American Living Awards (BALA), which is hosted by the National Association of Home Builders each year. She adds, “Indoor Living entries can be any type of interior space; a kitchen, bath, great room, study or finished basement can be entered if the design is unique and inspiring.”

Deadline to enter – June 19, 2017

Visit for program information.

All residential industry professionals are eligible to enter individual or collaborative projects. Entries previously submitted to ARDA are still eligible provided they haven’t yet won recognition in the same category. Entries may be entered in more than one category (e.g. Custom Homes and Green Design) and all completed projects are eligible regardless of their completion date.

ARDA is the American Institute of Building Design’s premier award program exhibiting design excellence in the residential building industry. It spotlights the most creative and innovative residential designers, builders, remodelers, architects, developers, land planners and interior designers in the nation. Every year, the awards program recognizes exceptional design in custom, builder model, pre-drawn and multifamily homes of all types and sizes, as well as remodeling, working drawings and projects “on the boards.” As a leader in home design recognition, the ARDA awards program has grown over the years to include categories in green building, outdoor living and accessibility.

It’s an awards program, not a design competition. Therefore, entries are not grouped in square footage or project value classifications. Judging is conducted by a panel of residential design and construction experts and is based on the quality of the entry and not compared to others in a category. However, one or more ARDA winners may be recognized as the overall best in their specific category.

CLICK HERE to register and submit your entries electronically, both at the same time.


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Save the date! AIBD Summer Conference in Atlanta!

Summer is coming quickly, which means the AIBD Summer Conference, and American Residential Design Awards gala dinner, will be here before you know it.

This year, the conference will be in Atlanta, Georgia, on August 10th and 11th. The event will be held at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center on both days.

Friday evening, August 11th, will be The American Residential Design Awards gala dinner at the Academy of Medicine.

Make sure you download the free AIBD smartphone app, available on both the Google Play store and the iOS App store. You’ll receive a notification when registration is open.

For more information about this conference and our other conferences, check out the AIBD website.


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Welcome new AIBD members!

Please help us welcome those who joined or rejoined AIBD this past week.

Max Arnold
Robert Click
Erin Johnson
Chris Morgan
Bernhard Thuersam

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We are pleased you have chosen AIBD as a resource for professional and personal growth. Membership provides technical information, advocacy, professional networking opportunities, as well as participate in programming sessions offered at various conferences throughout the year. All designed to help advance your career.

Visit “” to reach out and exchange information with other professionals in the building designer industry supporting the AIBD mission.


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Upcoming Cadsoft events for the month of May:

Webinar: Templates

Learn how a template can save you time.

  • Settings saved in a template
  • Where to save a template
  • Customizing titleblocks in a template

When: May 30, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Click here to get registered.

San Diego Envisioneer Beginner Training Class.

June 27, San Diego, CA.

Learn how to build a BIM model and extract the working drawings, renderings, bill of materials and RESchek data from it. A full day of learning. The day before the PCBC show. Register here.

Dallas Envisioneer Beginner Training Class.

August 1, Dallas, TX.

Learn how to build a BIM model and extract the working drawings, renderings, bill of materials and RESchek data from it. A full day of learning. The day before Sunbelt Builders Show. Register here.

Nashville Envisioneer Beginner Training Class.

October 24, Nashville,TN.

Learn how to build a BIM model and extract the working drawings, renderings, bill of materials and RESchek data from it. A full day of learning. The day before the Remodeling Show. Register here.


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SoftPlan online training for June, 2017

June 6-9: Intermediate

Just like previous SoftPlan courses, this course is online and only takes a couple hours per day for four days.

Aside from learning the ins-and-outs of SoftPlan to really improve your work flow, you’ll learn:

  • Drawing a bay
  • Adding electrical details
  • Generating sections and elevations
  • Overview of Multi Drawings
  • And more!

Click here to get signed up for this live online training.


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Upcoming GreenHome Institute webinars for May, 2017 (free)!

Building Resilient Communities – Climate proof residential property – Free CEU Webinar

Investing in at-risk communities before disaster strikes is one of the most cost-effective ways to protect residents and property while strengthening their ability to weather the severe storms ahead.

In this free webinar, GreenHome Institute will be reviewing how to future proof your residential facility. They will provide an overview of the strategies from the Enterprise Strategies for Building Resilience and how they can be apportioned to a housing facility.

You’ll learn …

  • Climate risks using leading national risk identification tools.
  • How to assess a facility’s particular climate and emergency hazards./li>
  • How to future-proof your residential facility using mitigation and adaptation practices.
  • And more!

When: May 31, 2017, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm (Eastern)
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Click here to get registered.


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Exclusive Lenovo discounts for AIBD members.

Everyone needs authentic and reliable technology to turn to when completing a project in the office, participating in a meeting on the go, or finishing an assignment at home. Let the AIBD Lenovo Savings Program help!

Whatever your needs, you can take advantage of discounts on the entire line of reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products from Lenovo, a global leader in the PC marketplace. Save up to 30% off the everyday public web price of laptops, tablets, desktops, all-in-ones, workstations, servers, accessories and more.

AIBD members also receive:

  • Free ground shipping on all web orders
  • Monthly limited time special offers
  • Access to energy-efficient green technologies
  • Award-winning service and support before, during, and after your purchase

For more information and easy ordering: Call: 1-800-426-7235, ext. 3569 (M-F: 9am-9pm ET, Sat: 9am – 6pm ET) Visit:


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Follow the new AIBD Facebook Page!

We’ve built a new AIBD Facebook page, which is now live.

We will be closing our AIBD Facebook group soon, so make sure you’re following the official page.

Click here to go to the page now.


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Tired businessmanHumor for your Monday!

“Make me one with everything,” says the Buddhist to the tofu hot dog vendor.

Then, after getting his tofu hot dog, the Buddhist hands the vendor a $20 bill.

The vendor takes the money and begins helping the next customer.

The Buddhist looks puzzled and asks the vendor, “Where is my change?”

The vendor replies, “Change comes from within.” —Liam Gorman

Via Business Insider.


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