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November 16, 2015. What’s happening @AIBD_National?

DCW Early Bird registration ends Friday.

AIBD has partnered as a supporting organization for the third annual Design & Construction Week® featuring the co-location of the International Builders’ Show® (IBS) and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® (KBIS). This synchronization of trade shows and markets will also include two Partner Events in 2016 – International Window Coverings Expo (IWCE) and The International Surface Event (TISE), made up of SURFACES, StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas and TileExpo – to benefit everyone in the design and construction industry.

Through AIBD, you’ll be albe to register for the 2016 IBS and/or the 2016 KBIS for a special discounted registration fee exclusively availalbe to members of Design & Construction Week® supporting organizations. To receive your special discount, click “Supporting Organization” and be sure to note that you are a member of AIBD during the registration process.

CLICK HERE for more info and to register.


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AIBD stock plan pioneer passes away.


Bill Perry (center) and his son Billy (left) took a few minutes earlier this year to visit with AIBD Executive Director, Steve Mickley.

In 1959 Bill G Perry founded his business in Oklahoma City and has been on the cutting edge of design ever since. Over 50,000 homes have been built from his stock of over 7,000 house plans. Some homes have been built worldwide in countries like Uganda and Australia. Regrettably, Bill passed away on Friday.

Bill was a Certified Professional Building Designer and a Professional member of the American Institute of Building Design for over 30 years. He was also a member of the National Association of Home Builders and served on the Oklahoma City Building Permit Review Board. Outside the office, Bill was was a 32nd Degree Mason, a Shriner and was regarded as a master of the banjo. He has been instrumental in the music scene of his state promoting and playing Bluegrass and Western Swing since the age of 13.

Services will be held on Thursday, November 13th at Christs’ Church, Yukon, OK. Bill was 80 years old and was still designing homes as if he were still younger.


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IBHS approves AIBD designation as prerequisite – AL & MS CPBDs get first opportunity to become FORTIFIED Wise.

This past Thursday, AIBD President David Pillsbury and NCBDC President John Fought met with Alexandra Cary, manager of the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety’s FORTIFIED Coastal Programs and Fred Malik, Director of the FORTIFIED programs. The purpose of the meeting was for each organization to learn more about each other and to discuss partnerships in education and awareness of the FORTIFIED Homes program, the FORTIFIED Wise Associate and Professional certificate programs and the FORTIFIED Elevaluator certification.

Starting now, candidates for training must possess a current license as a Certified Professional Building Designer, General Contractor, Building Contractor, Residential Contractor, Architect or Professional Engineer. The FORTIFIED-Wise Professional demonstrates an advanced depth of knowledge of the FORTIFIED Home™ building program principles and practices by successfully completing the FORTIFIED-Wise™ training and passing the FORTIFIED-Wise Professional examination. Fee includes the cost of the one-day training class, the FORTIFIED-Wise Manual, the FORTIFIED-Wise Professional exam (minimum score to pass exam is 85%) and listing in the FORTIFIED Home™ Provider Directory.

The first opportunity for CPBDs to take the FORTIFIED Wise Professional classes will be December 1st in Spanish Fort, Alabama. CLICK HERE For more information on that event. The next opportunity will be some time in March 2016.

NCBDC Job Analysis Update:

While together, John Fought updated David Pillsbury and AIBD Executive Director Steve Mickley on the progress of the NCBDC job analysis and the recent work of the Test Specifications Committee. “The NCBDC was able to complete the last segment of research with the NCBDC Test Specification Meetings first week of November. These were preceded by three Pilot Group Review meetings in mid-August.” John reported. “We started the process in mid-July with the Job Analysis Task Force which met in Baltimore. The results are being tabulated and will be delivered to NCBDC by the end of November.”

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Seats are still open for this Friday’s British West Indies training.

        • Date & Time: Friday, November 20, 2015.
          • 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch, Sponsor Presentations & Chapter Announcements.
          • 1:00 – 5:00(ish) – Learning the nuances of British West Indies-Inspired architecture, by Steve Mouzon
          • 5:00 – Cocktails and Networking
        • Location: Duffy’s, 11588 U.S. Hwy. 1, North Palm Beach, FL 33408 ( NE corner of PGA Blvd. & US 1 – Oak Brook Square shopping center)
        • Cost:
          • Lunch & Presentation: $120
          • Lunch only: $20
  • Cocktails and Networking: cash bar

 CLICK HERE to register!

Spend the afternoon with the AIBD, Palm Beach Chapter and Steve Mouzon discussing the nuances of British West Indies-inspired architecture. In broad terms, British West Indies-style homes in south Florida reflect the architecture built by the British in the Caribbean colonies during the late 18th and 19th centuries. The French and Dutch also offered their own architectural style in the islands. Mr. Mouzon will bring to life the characteristics of this wonderful mix of influences created from the interactions of the cultures in the Caribbean. Brought to us by our gracious event sponsors: SPACE IS LIMITED TO 28 PEOPLE AND THOSE ATTENDING BOTH THE LUNCH & PRESENTATION WILL BE GIVEN HIGHER PRIORITY WHEN REGISTERING. Steve has authored or contributed to a number of publications in recent years, including Biltmore Estate Homes (Southern Living), Architectural Elements: Traditional Construction Details (McGraw-Hill), 1001 Traditional Construction Details (McGraw-Hill), Traditional Construction Patterns (McGraw-Hill), Gulf Coast Emergency House Plans & A Living Tradition [Architecture of the Central Gulf Coast], the award-winning A Living Tradition [Architecture of the Bahamas], and most recently, the Original Green [Unlocking the Mystery of True Sustainability]. Steve and Wanda are also continuing to shoot new editions of their Catalog of the Most-Loved Places. The Catalog typically includes every structure built before about 1925 in various historic towns or districts. There are currently dozens of volumes in the Catalog with several more soon to be released. The Catalog began in the American South, but has expanded in scope to include notable Most-Loved Places in Europe, North America, and Central America. Steve lectures frequently across the country and abroad.FacebookTwitterGoogleLinkedIn

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Monthly Lowcountry RIPPLE – Wednesday.

The AIBD, Lowcountry chapter invites you to their November Residential Industry Professional People Lunch & Education (RIPPLE) event. Network with other local professionals, get the Beaufort Real Estate report from Rob Marek and learn why fresh air is so important in today’s homes. Lunch is $5.

          • Date & Time: November 18, 2015, 11:15 am to 1:00 pm
          • Location: Panini’s Cafe, 926 Bay Street, Downtown Beaufort, SC

CLICK HERE to download the meeting brochure


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SoftPlan quick start introductory webinars.

  • November 17 – 20
  • Classes meet from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. CST

SoftPlan’s introductory class will teach you the basic skills you need to create complete custom house plans. This class will be conducted using SoftPlan 2016.

You’ll learn how to draw a complete house plan in 2D and in 3D and how to generate elevations and sections, all from the convenience of your own office. You’ll also be able to ask the instructor questions and interact with the class. See a full itinerary and visit our website for more class offerings.

Each class is $195.00 per person. Classes fill up fast, register today.

phone 800-248-0164


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Webinar Wednesday – Reducing occupant exposure to EMF in residential construction.

  • Date: November 18, 2015
  • Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Cost: Complimentary, but a $5 donation is suggested

The BioInitiative Report was published by the State University of New York in Albany, in August 2007. Twelve experts from around the world reviewed nearly 4,000 studies on the health risks of exposure to EMFs. They came to the conclusion that the EMF exposure limits set by government regulatory agencies in this country are, in their opinion, thousands of times too lenient, based upon their review of the worldwide scientific literature. They state that the harmful effects are cumulative and occur even at exposure levels too low to cause tissue heating, which have up until now been thought to be safe.

Is EMF the new Indoor Environmental Issue of the Future?

Webinar presenter, Oram Miller, BBEC, EMRS, Certified Building Biology® Environmental Consultant and Electromagnetic Radiation Specialist.

Because EMF exposure has potential links to headaches, ear and eye problems, memory problems, sleep disturbance (and the physical ailments that come from sleep deprivation), and cancer, we are using what is called the “precautionary principle”— if there is sufficient evidence that there could be harm from exposure to an influence and that exposure cannot be proven to be safe beyond a shadow of a doubt, then precautions need to be taken by the public to protect human exposure to that influence until safety can be firmly established.Electrically hypersensitive individuals, children, the elderly and the general public alike benefit when EMFs are reduced and eliminated. There is growing awareness of the importance of avoiding them.

Join us as we discuss simple recommendations & strategies to reduce your clients’ exposure to EMFs by smarter design, construction and remodeling practices.

BONUS: Learn tips and tricks to score more health points in GreenStar Homes Certification and get guidance on healthier alternatives. We get guidance on being aware of how proper wiring practices and placement can reduce risk when magnetic and electric fields penetrate walls and floors.


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CPBD vs. PBD, designations explained.

What is the difference between a Certified Professional Building Designer and a Professional Building Designer?

We know there can be some confusion here. After all, our members are professionals who design buildings. So here is the definitive answer:

The CPBD is a certification that has a designation attached to it. The Professional Building Designer is a legacy of years past at AIBD and no longer exists as a designation, and may cause clients or inspectors confusion.

NCBDC Marketing Color smallDuring the early history of AIBD, the national organization was a federation of state-based organizations, and many of those organizations had created and maintained their own certifications. This created a couple problems and there was a need for a national certification with a uniform standard, and so the AIBD created a single, unified certification standard, and used the designation Professional Building Designer.

In the 1990’s the National Council of Building Designer Certification was created to administer the certification. They created and trademarked the CPBD designation by updating and enhancing the existing certification, but members of AIBD could still use the designation PBD if they met the requirements.

This has caused some confusion. Not only were the designations similarly worded, but the renewal requirements were very similar. Therefore, when the organizations merged in 2011, the decision was made to drop the Professional Building Designer membership in AIBD and to make everyone either a Professional Member or a “general” member (students, associates, or educators). At this point, the PBD designation ceased to exist. This has been a beneficial development.

The Professional Building Designer designation did not intentionally indicate that the bearer was certified, but many people that thought someone with that designation was certified, including the holders of the designation. To keep the certification strong, the PBD designation needed to go. Now, all AIBD related designations are reserved for professionals that have completed the certification process and passed all certification tests.

All certificants may use the designation CPBD. If the certificant is also a member of AIBD, they may use the AIBD designation as well. Only members of the College of Fellows may use the FAIBD designation, which takes the place of the AIBD designation.

To find a Certified Professional Building Designer, visit and click on “Search the NCBDC Directory.”


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AIBD board member appointed to Houston Construction Industry Council.

Newell Cheatheam, FAIBD, CPBD, TIBD , Building Designer/President of Newell’s Designs of Katy, Texas has been appointed to serve as a delegate on the C.I.C.- Construction Industry Council – Houston CIC is made up of 28 construction industry associations that meets monthly and monitors the City of Houston Building Codes, ordinances, advising, and makes recommendations for code changes and approvals to the Houston Mayor and City Council. Cheatheam is an International award winning Building Designer and serves as a National Director of AIBD-American Institute of Building Design .

Cheatheam was elected into the A.I.B.D. College of Fellows in 2015. The highest attainable professional body within the Institute is the College of Fellows. The College is comprised of Certified Professional Building Designer members who have notably contributed to the advancement of the profession of building design by general excellence, by design and literature, or by design and public service.


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Member renewal