April 14, 2014. What’s happening @AIBD_National?

NIBS approves AIBD agreement.

The American Institute of Building Design now has representation on the BuildingSMART Alliance (bSa), a council of the National Institute of Building Sciences. A memorandum of agreement was drafted by the AIBD Board of Directors and approved by the House of Delegates at their mid-year meeting in February. A copy signed by NIBS’s President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA, was received by the AIBD national office this past week.

In the document, the two parties agree to work together to further development and implementation of open BIM standards related to their area of professional interest. In addition, the agreement stipulates AIBD will be entitled to designate one of its members to occupy a seat on the bSa Board of Direction to help coordinate open BIM standards. AIBD Professional member Joseph Sirilla of Monta Consulting & Design in Altamonte Springs, Florida, has volunteered to serve as AIBD’s bSa liaison.

To view the entire memorandum of agreement including the BuildingSMART principles, CLICK HERE.

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(Starting from front) Jihea Kim, Michelle Williams, Richard Willhardt, and Bernie Kern.

Photos from the AIBDCO volunteer day.

The AIBD Colorado Society has posted photos of last Saturday’s volunteer day on the AIBD Facebook page. At the 2014 spring volunteer day, members of the society joined others in helping finish up a home for one of the six families who currently have projects under contraction with the Pike’s Peak Habitat for Humanity.

Later this month, the society will be hosting its spring conference  in Lakewood, CO. Get the details by scrolling down to “More events ahead” at the bottom of this page or by contacting Society President Bernie Kern directly at President@AIBDco.org.


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NCBDC Marketing Color smallRegistration closing for May 5 & 6 NCBDC exams in Atlanta.

Anyone wishing to take one or more of the NCBDC Certified Professional Building Designer exams must submit their registration form to the AIBD National Office by 5pm EDT this Thursday, April 17th.

All the applications and registration forms are found in the CPBD Candidate Handbook which can be downloaded from the NCBDC website: http://www.ncbdc.com/handbook/cpbd_candidate_handbook.php.

I Commit BannerMembership Drive update – 2 new members in second week; 3 more societies waive application fees.

AIBD picked up 3 new members this past week; two new Professional members and one new House Plan Marketing Alliance member. This brings the yearly total (July 1 to date) to three new associate recruits, 26 new students and 33 new professionals. “Our goal is 100 new Professional members this fiscal year.” says AIBD Membership Committee Chairperson, Kevin Holdridge. “We have 10 more weeks and 67 more new members to go; doing the math is easy!” he adds.

Application fees waived!

The Louisiana Society, the Northeast Society (MA, ME, NH & VT) and the Georgia society have joined the ranks and waived their local application fees. That brings the count to 20 of the 22 AIBD societies who have reduced the first year’s membership investment during the 2014 drive. The House of Delegates suspended the national application fees during the drive and many states have reduced their local dues. To view the figures state by state, visit http://www.aibd.org/for_consumers/society_list_and_contacts.php.

New and Renewed Members:

During the membership drive application fees are waived, which means a savings of $45 to $70, depending on where you live. In addition, one new member will win a complimentary registration to the International Conference on Residential Design – AIBD’s Annual Convention in Columbus, Ohio; plus 50% off the already discounted hotel rate at the Hilton Columbus Downtown hotel.

Not a member? Claim your discount by joining today! CLICK HERE.


With each new member, you will be entered into a drawing taking place during the First Tuesday @ 2:00 webinar programs on May 6, June 3, and July 1, 2014. On each of the three programs, one $200 Visa gift card will be given away to someone who recruited a new member in the month or months before. In addition, you could win a $100 Amazon gift card just for signing up. That totals an opportunity to win $700.

Do you commit? simply fill out the form below and let the recruiting begin. CLICK HERE.


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This week in Columbus: A Closer Look: German Village

Registration is now open for the AIBD Convention & iCORD conference is July 29 – August 1, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio: www.AIBDconvention.com


German Village is a historic neighborhood just south of downtown Columbus. Initially platted in 1814 it was settled largely by German immigrants and their descendants who at one time comprised as much as a third of the population of the entire city of Columbus.

German Village grew and developed before anyone thought of zoning regulations. As a result, businesses were scattered throughout the neighborhood…

CLICK HERE, to continue reading the full blog post at www.AIBDcolumbus.com.

For more information about the iCORD, the AIBD Convention and to register, CLICK HERE.

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More events ahead.

  • April 24 – AIBD Washington Spring Conference, Simpson StrongTie facility, Kent, WA
  • April 25-26 – AIBD Colorado Society Spring Conference in Lakewood, CO
  • May 3 – – a “muddy boots” tour of some of the houses in the 2014 Central OH BIA Parade of Homes in Delaware County, OH.
  • July 29 – August 1 – AIBD National Convention & International Conference on Residential Design, Columbus, OH (Tentative)AIBD National Convention
  • August 2 – AIBD National Volunteer Day – Build furniture at the Furniture Bank in Columbus, OH.

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