February 20, 2017. What’s happening @AIBD_National?

Susquehanna Chapter Meeting for Thursday, March 9

The AIBD, Susquehanna Chapter invites you to join them for an “Introduction to Radiant Heat” by Glen Arndt of Warmboard.

Learn about the history of radiant heating, from its origins in Asia and Europe to its adoption in North America. Glen will talk about floor structure, flooring, details, calculations, power needs, weights, water flow, and answer all the questions you have.

He’ll also teach about the differences in performance between high mass, low mass and electric radiant systems.

Warmboard makes the most energy-efficient and responsive radiant heating panels in the industry. Warmboard is a preferred radiant solution, and corporate member, of AIBD.

Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017
Time: 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: The Board Room in Arthur’s Terrace Restaurant at Eden Resort, 222 Eden Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601
RSVP: Larry Stauffer – (717) 989-4491 or larryshomedesigns@dejazzd.com


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Suncoast Chapter Meeting on Thursday, March 9th, 2017.

In this meeting, Ram Jack will be helping us learn how to fill foundation cracks.

Ram Jack is dedicated to providing outstanding foundation services for a wide range of customers throughout North America. Their mission: “to be recognized for lasting foundation solutions and exceeding customer expectations– nothing more, nothing less.”

Com Center
9040 Town Center Parkway
LWR, 34202

Thursday March 9th, 2017
11:45 AM to 1:15 PM

AIBD Suncoast Chapter (Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties)

For more information about the Suncoast Chapter, check out the Suncoast Chapter page.


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Register for AIBD Spring Conference, today.

You will be glad you attended AIBD’s highest attended quarterly conference.

This year’s educational program includes presentations on how to use drones in construction, 3D modeling to sell your projects and yourself, cost effective framing systems, designing with engineered lumber, how to fix old or failing foundations, what to do as a business owner to avoid paying taxes and more.

Mingle with residential designers from all over the country in the hospitality suite and learn from each other one-on-one.

CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

Want to exhibit? CLICK HERE to reserve your space.


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MiTek announces new website launch.

MiTek has just announced the launch of their new website, mitek-us.com. The website just launched last Thursday, February 16th.

The purpose of this new site is to support all aspects of the MiTek USA business. The site integrates the latest in web design, user experience, and discoverability.

The new site will be a powerful tool for all MiTek customers across the residential construction industry.

MiTek also has a killer social media presence. Follow them:


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The Greater Orlando Builder’s Association needs judges!

“The partnership in judging between our industry associations is imperative for the success of the Parade of Homes, as we rely on our fellow associations to help gather industry experts to create an excellent judging pool.

More than just a great outreach opportunity with other associations though, judging is an excellent way to see what’s happening in other markets and the excellence within our industry overall.

If you are willing and able, I hope you will consider judging for the Greater Orlando Builder’s Association’s Parade of Homes.” – Brett Blake, Events & Councils Director at the Greater Orlando Builder’s Association

Click here to register.


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Seeking Conference Speakers!

Do you have an idea for an educational session? Do you know someone who has a great presentation? Submit your proposals by February 10, 2017.

Each quarterly conference features seven 90-minute educational sessions. The four focus areas established by our Conference Committee are Design Process, Business Practices, Business Administration, and Building Design.

To submit a proposal:
Go to www.AIBDconvention.com/SpeakerRFP.pdf
to download an RFP document which includes more detail on each of the focus areas, attendee demographics, rules and guidelines for speaking and additional information for submitting a proposal (the download should start immediately).

For more information about AIBD’s 2017 & 2018 conference schedule, visit www.AIBD.org/conferences.

If you have any questions or would like to recommend a topic or speaker, please contact our conference staff by writing conferences@AIBD.org.

We look forward to your ideas!


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Upcoming Cadsoft events:

Rendering & VR!

You’ll learn how to edit…

  • Material Properties
  • Lighting
  • Rendering Settings
  • Navigate in VR mode
  • And more!

When: February 21, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Click here to get registered.

Presentation Drawings

You’ll learn how to insert views of the model on to a working drawing sheet to create a presentation drawing.
When: February 28, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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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Upcoming GreenHome Institute webinars (free)!

When to Spend: Maximizing Utility Benchmarks to Make Data-Driven Portfolio Upgrades – Free CEU Webinar

In this free online webinar, you’ll learn about the benefits of collecting and submitting utility data with free software such as EPA Portfolio Manager. You’ll also learn about hiring an energy consultant, or a fee-based service, to handle everything for you.

You’ll learn…

  • How to get an EnergyStar score for your property
  • Sustainable building upgrades that promote tenant health and wellness
  • To market your properties more effectively by conveying the benefits of green building
  • The financing options available to Green Certified buildings
  • And more!

When: February 22, 2017, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm (Eastern)
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Click here to get registered.

Burh Becc at Beacon Springs Registered Living Building Home Live Virtual CE Tour

Join GreenHome Institute live or virtually as they tour the home named Burh Becc at Beacon Springs in Ann Arbor. Burh Becc means “a dwelling by a creek”. The home has been designed as a “living building” and is registered to pursue the Living Building Challenge standards of the International Living Future Institute. It is also a registered LEED project, aiming for Platinum certification.

During the course, GreenHome Institute will recommend highlighting the main features that make this home sustainable in regards to net zero energy design, water conservation, better materials, health, beauty and more.

You’ll learn…

  • The basics of the Living Building Challenge and LEED for homes integration
  • The benefits of building and designing a “living building”
  • Where to go to get more information to pursue Living Building Challenge goals
  • The basics of net zero design challenges and opportunities
  • And more!

When: February 22, 2017, 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm (Eastern)
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Click here to get registered.

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Welcome new AIBD members!

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

Jeremy Farner
Gary Ramsden
Stephen Lewis
David Ashton

Member Stamp Shows Membership Registration And Subscribing



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


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Save the Date: Jacksonville RIPPLE, March 29.

Mark your calendar for the area’s first Residential Industry Professional People Lunch & Education (RIPPLE) event.

Attend, receive an hour of relevant industry education and help AIBD explore the potential for a chapter in Jacksonville, FL.

We’re still looking for a location. Preferably a restaurant with a private meeting room or someone’s conference room that can hold up to 15 people, or more. AIBD has 40+ contacts and members in the Jacksonville/St. Augustine area.

There is great potential for AIBD’s sixth chapter in Florida if there is a need and the industry professionals in that area are interested in maintaining one. Answering those questions is the primary purpose of this complimentary lunch event.

  • Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
  • Time: 12:00 to 2:00 pm ET
  • Location: TBD (we’ll update in a future MondayMINUTE)
  • Cost: Complimentary
  • RSVP: info@AIBD.org or 800-366-2423


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Air Vent Inc. Ask The Expert seminars are coming to a town near you.

Air Vent Inc. are bringing their “Ask The Expert” seminars to cities all over the USA, and there’s bound to be one near you.

You’ll learn…

  • How to avoid obvious installation mistakes
  • How to sell your services the right way
  • What code violations will follow your whole career
  • And much more!

These are technical seminars, not sales presentations.

AIBD, AIA, NARI, A.I.I., NAHI, RCI and ACHI members can receive CE credits by attending seminars.

There are 30 seminars around the country, so click here to locate the one that’s nearest to you.

These seminars run from January to March 2017.

February’s upcoming seminars will be:

  • Grand Rapids, MI – Tuesday, February 21, 2017
  • Sterling Heights, MI – Wednesday, February 22, 2017

March’s upcoming seminars will be:

  • Phoenix, AZ – Tuesday, March 7, 2017
  • Salt Lake City, UT – Wednesday, March 8, 2017
  • Colorado Springs, CO – Thursday, March 9, 2017
  • Vaughan, Ontario Canada – Tuesday, March 14, 2017
  • Rochester, NY – Wednesday, March 15, 2017
  • Champions Gate, FL – Tuesday, March 21, 2017
  • Atlanta, GA – Wednesday, March 22, 2017
  • Nashville, TN – Thursday, March 23, 2017
  • Memphis, TN – Friday, March 24, 2017
  • Malvern, PA – Wednesday, March 29, 2017
  • Norfolk, VA – Thursday, March 30, 2017


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Get free access to Lightspace California 2017 next week!

Lighting is extremely important to not just the design of your buildings but also to the comfort of those will be using the building.

Luckily, there’s a convention just for this. It’s called Lightspace California and it’s happening in Anaheim early 2017.

This event was created in London but is coming to the USA for the first time alongside The LED Show and Strategies in Light. These events all together provide a wide range of information across the entire lighting supply chain.

From the website:

“A line-up of thought leaders – including leading lighting designers and architects –will explore themes of integration of light and architecture, the role of darkness and shadow and collaboration across the disciplines.”

Talks include…

  • How to add value with light
  • Creativity in human-centric design and circadian rhythm
  • Lighting’s role in the narration of museums and galleries
  • And more!

The entire event is organized by Lighting magazine, so you know the people who are putting this together know what they’re talking about.

Anaheim Convention Center
February 28th – March 2nd
Free to attend!
Click here to register now.


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Humor for your Monday!

This week’s comic is by Roger Penwill of England.

Mr. Penwill has been a full-time professional cartoonist since 1999, following an architectural career in London. He was one of the first UK cartoonists to convert to producing fully digital artwork and was instrumental in promoting its acceptance in other countries.

For more information on Mr. Penwill or his comics, click here to check out his website.


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