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

You be the Judge!

Check out this year’s Global Choice entries.

Please take a few moments and help us choose the ARDA Global Choice Award winner. Click the link below to view the ten 2014 Global Choice Award entries. Once you have chosen your favorite, use the “VOTING” link to access the online ballot and cast your vote. Pass it on!



Voting ends at midnight on July 31st, 2014

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AIBD CEWall bracing webinar rescheduled!

Meeting the Code with Prescriptive Wall Bracing

Tuesday – July 22nd, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET

Originally scheduled for this Thursday, July 17th, the second in a series of five wall bracing webinars presented by the APA has been moved to Tuesday, July 22nd. Bob Clark, Senior Engineered Wood Specialist, has been chosen to serve on a jury and the trial could possible run all week this week. I hope you can join us at the new date and time.

With sixteen different braced wall types, various tables, exceptions, alternates, and connection requirements to meet the bracing requirements of the IRC, it can be seen as a very complex topic for homebuilders and designers. This webinar will break down the general requirements of wall bracing and show how to use the tables within the code to determine if braced wall lines meet the requirements. Presented the wall bracing experts at the APA.

To register to attend, CLICK HERE

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A Corporate Member summer special.

For 12 payments of only $250, or a on-time payment of $3000, receive the complete SoftPlan 2014 software package. For this low price, you will have the entire SoftPlan product line, including technical support and the whole DVD training library.

This offer also includes access to the SoftPlan+ cloud services up until the time of the next SoftPlan release.


In addition to their annual support through membership, SoftPlan is a loyal supporter of the AIBD annual conference, this year in Columbus, OH, July 30 through August 1. On July 31st during a reception at the Ohio State House, SoftPlan will award one lucky attendee a full version of 2014; as you can see this is a $3000 value.

Register for the conference at: www.ICORD.events.

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“BeLoose “and receive up to $500 off registration.

BeLoose Graphic Workshop is generously offering the great discount for AIBD members in theupcoming July workshops in Las Vegas:

$100 off for the 2 day graphic workshop on July 21-22 (Use Discount Code: 100-2day2014-AIBD)

$500 off for the 9 day graphic workshop on July 21-29 (Use Discount Code: 500-9day2014-AIBD)

In addition, BeLoose Graphic Workshop still has a couple of $39 nightly room rate for the first 2 attendees registering for the 9 day session.

For more information and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Is your Houzz account breaking the law?

Mike Keesee, Florida Society Internal VP, reported this week a building design firm in his state is being investigated for violating the architectural laws because of their listing on Houzz.com. However, with prompt responses from the staff at Houzz, a category for “Building Designer and Drafter” has been established to avoid prosecution.

If you have a Houzz account and you are not a licensed or registered design professional in your state, verify that you have been placed in the Building Designer and Drafter category. This new category differentiates you from the architects” and interior designers but still keeps you within the search function of “Architects and Designers” as a sub-category.

AIBD Membership Chairperson, Kevin Holdridge, has been in direct contact with the staff at Houzz about this issue. “[Houzz] changed my status to Building Designer but under their search engine it looks to be a sub-category of Architects and Designers.” Kevin reported to the National Office. “The designation of Building Designer is still under the umbrella of the Architect/Designer search engine.”

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Michael Stein is with the Community Team at Houzz.

Technology for storytelling: How to reach new clients and engage a global community.

July 29 – Columbus, Ohio


For building designers, architects and other design professionals, technology tools extend far beyond space planning and drafting. Today, technology is used to communicate more effectively with clients, tell engaging stories about you and your portfolio of work and market your business with scale and efficiency, in the office or on the go.

Be a part of this keynote discussion at the Interactive Conference on Residential Design and discover how you can harness Houzz and integrated technologies to do just this – improve business efficiency, reach new prospective clients and streamline communications.

  • Discover ways to streamline communication with clients throughout a project.
  • Learn how to build a compelling online presence, plus best practices for engaging with an online community.
  • Learn how technology can facilitate the type of storytelling that differentiates your business and protects your reputation.
  • Understand how these activities generate new business, and how to measure their effectiveness.


Download a PDF registration form: www.AIBDconvention.com/regform.pdf

THE HOTEL IS ALMOST SOLD OUT! Rooms start at $165/night plus taxes. Make your reservations by calling the Hilton Columbus Downtown directly: 614.384.8600.


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

To check out Columbus Ohio from a building designer’s perspective, CLICK HERE.

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More events ahead.

Looking into 2015…

  • August 3 – 6, 2015 – AIBD National Convention and Interactive Conference on Residential Design, Providence, RI

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