October 2, 2017. What’s happening @AIBD_National?


Fall Conference hotel block closes THIS WEEK!

This is your last chance. November 2nd & 3rd is the AIBD 2017 Fall Conference in Austin, TX.

The discounted room rate of $141 ends at midnight (CDT) on Wednesday, October 4th!

CLICK HERE for hotel information.

For educational session information CLICK HERE.

CLICK HERE for the schedule.

To register CLICK HERE.


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Certification standard setting deadline established.

In our quest for accreditation, we have reached a critical point. We have just launched a prototype of the new Certified Professional Building Designer (CPBD) certification exam–but we need a sufficient body of results, in order to determine a passing grade. It may sound like our cart is in front of our horse, but this how things must get done, in order to make sure the exam is fair and reliable.

Our guideline for this process is ISO/IEC 17024–the International Standard for Personnel Certification. According to those guidelines, a minimum number of exams are to be delivered within 90 days to be considered a valid sample. Now that the BETA testing has started, the deadline for standard setting is November 30, 2017. Currently we are at 18% of the minimum number needed. Starting December 1st, there will be a moratorium on test giving until the standard setting process is completed. The moratorium will be at least two months, maybe longer.

This means that you can not get certified during this time if you do not register now. We are in need of qualified candidates to take the prototype exam, so that we can move forward in our process. So this is my personal request to you, to download the CPBD Candidate Handbook, and review the qualifications to pursue certification now. Then, if you are qualified, register and take the exam.

The downside is, we can’t tell whether you’ve passed the exam, until we have given the minimum number of exams to determine a valid passing grade. The upside is, that the exam has never been as uncomplicated, cheaper, or faster to take. You can take it on your computer, iPad, or smart phone, in the comfort of your home or office, and according to your own schedule.

If you have questions, please contact our staff at 1-800-366-2423 or info@AIBD.org.


Alan Abrams, CPBD, AIBD
Council President


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AIBD Cape Fear Chapter Meeting on Thursday, October 5th

You are invited to the October 5th “Thursday Luncheon” by the AIBD, Cape Fear Chapter.

The presenter/sponsor will be: David Hancock, (Wood Core-Boss Cabinetry, and Advanced American Engineering PLLC).

Woodcore Cabinetry is a full service millwork and cabinet manufacturing facility. It has a full design staff to service Designers, Architects, Builders, and Developers. Advance American Engineering specializes in marine and waterside design.

Please attend for an informative and productive meeting.

  • 11:30: Lunch
  • 11:50: Welcome/Announcements/Introductions/Discussion
  • 1:30pm: Adjourn
  • What: Networking, Education & CEU’s for Professionals involved in Residential Design & Construction.
  • When: Thursday, October 5th, 2017 from 11:30 am to 1:30pm
  • Where: Cape Fear Club, 206 Chestnut St, Wilmington, NC.
  • Who: Sam Guidry, RA, NCARB, AIBD 910.471.4721 or samguidry[at]hotmail(dot)com


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AIBD – Tri-State Oki Chapter Meeting on Saturday, October 7, 2017

Join the AIBD – Tri-State Oki Chapter on October 7th, in Hamilton, OH.

Join us on a tour of the historical district, Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and the Pyramid House.

There will also be a CEU presentation on shower system detailing.

Just send in your RSVP to let us know you will be joining us. ~ Questions? Contact Jim Wright (information below).


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Design & Construction Week is coming back to Orlando, FL!

Design & Construction Week ® (DCW) features the co-location of the NKBA’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show ® (KBIS) and the NAHB International Builders’ Show ® (IBS).

In 2018, this co-location of tradeshows and markets occurs in Orlando, Florida, again January 9-11. The fifth annual DCW will bring together 80,000+ design and construction professionals in the largest annual gathering of the residential design and construction industry.

AIBD members receive special discounts to explore the exhibit floors of both shows—a combined total of 2,100+ exhibits! Register for your DCW expo pass today.


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Upcoming Cadsoft events for the month of October, 2017:

Webinar: Framing

Learn how to frame walls, floors and ceilings.

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

Webinar: Foundations

Create various foundation systems including slab on grade, full basement and crawl space. The course will include inserting slabs, footings and foundation walls.

When: October 10, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Webinar: Terrain

Learn how to:

  • Modify the terrain using various tools
  • Insert Landscaping features

When: October 17, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Webinar: Decks

Learn how to:

  • Construct a Deck with the Builder Wizard, Deck Tools and Pad tools
  • Create a new deck for the Catalog
  • Edit an inserted deck

When: October 24, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Webinar: Remodel Design

Learn how to customize your Catalog to include elements you use for remodeling. How to denote new vs. existing vs. demolish and show them on a floor plan.

When: October 31, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
Where: Online
Cost: Free

In-Person Training: 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 2017

2017 SoftPlan Training Dates


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Upcoming FREE GreenHome Institute events and training!

National Association of Realtor’s 2017 Sustainability Report Recap – How to Sell Green – Free CEU Webinar

Recent research points to continuous shifts in market interest as it relates to sustainability. This webinar highlights the REALTORS and Sustainability 2017 Report that points to market opportunities for a variety of industry professionals.

You’ll learn…

  • Why consumers want products and systems that make for a comfortable living space but also reduce energy costs.
  • How to communicate and explain the benefits to buyers (e.g., cost savings, comfort, walkability).
  • How to harness existing resources to show the growing demand for eco-friendly homes, products and systems.
  • And more!

When: October 4, 2017, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm (Eastern)
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Valuing, Quantifying and Financing High Performance Homes – Free CEU Webinar

This introductory overview of Green Energy Money encompasses a new appraisal methodology that allows expanded guidelines to include potential green premium values.

You’ll learn…

  • Tools and methodology to perform a recognized, quantified “green” appraisal valuation.
  • The distinctions between Green, Energy Efficient, and High-Performance housing.
  • How to describe the landscape of empirically based Energy Rating Systems.
  • And more!

When: October 11, 2017, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm (Eastern)
Where: Online
Cost: Free


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Welcome new AIBD members!

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

Eric Belcher
Jeanne Desaix
Shane Jenkins
Daniel Patane
Robert Perry

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


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AIBD wants to promote you!

In the last six months, we’ve more than doubled the traffic to our AIBD blog. We’re hitting well over 7000 views per month.

This is great because it gives the AIBD more exposure, which leads to more subscribers to our MondayMINUTE newsletter, and ultimately more AIBD members.

As an AIBD member, you have access to this resource. You deserve a piece of those 7000 views.

All you need to do is write a blog post and submit it to us!

For more information on how to get your content onto the AIBD blog and/or in the MondayMINUTE, check out this blog post.

We are also accepting entries for this newsletter, the MondayMINUTE. Entries MUST be received by end of day Thursday. Any entries received Friday morning or later will be in the next week’s newsletter.


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Motivation for your Monday!

“I’ve never had a problem with a dumb client. There is no such thing as a bad client. Part of our job is to do good work and get the client to accept it.” – Bob Gill



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