December 11, 2017. What’s happening @AIBD_National?


CPBD standard setting phase is over — here’s what’s next.

The standards setting phase of the new Certified Professional Building Designer (CPBD) exam is now closed. Preliminary results indicate, the number of exams delivered represent nearly twice the amount needed to get an acceptable sample, according to our psychometricians. Thank you! To the many building designers who helped continue this very important project.

What’s next? A standard-setting study, which is an official research study conducted to determine a cutscore (pass or fail score) for the test. To be legally defensible in the US, a cutscore cannot be arbitrarily determined; it must be empirically justified. For example, the organization cannot merely decide that the cutscore will be 70% correct. Instead, a study is conducted to determine what score best differentiates the classifications of examinees. Such studies involve professionals with psychometric background. NCBDC has hired the specialists at PSI to manage our item writing and the standard setting process.

Standard-setting studies are typically performed using focus groups of 5-15 subject matter experts (SMEs) that represent key stakeholders for the test. Our meeting, consisting of 10 SMEs, is scheduled to happen in Atlanta on December 18th and 19th.

Psychometrics is a field of study concerned with the theory and technique of psychological measurement. Generally, it refers to the field in psychology and education that is devoted to testing, measurement, assessment, and related activities. Psychometricians usually possess a specific qualification, and most are psychologists with advanced graduate training.

PSI works with over 130 certification programs across varied fields including professional associations, healthcare, IT, finance, veterinary services, construction, environmental trades, and many more.

CPBD test delivery is suspended until the standard setting study is fully complete and the final blue-print and test questions are determined for the new exam going forward. It is expected that this process will be complete sometime in January or February, 2018.


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AIBD Down East Chapter Lunch & Learn on December 12th

Please join the AIBD Down East Chapter for dinner and a presentation: “Using Drones for Construction and Design Documentation” by Brad Styron with Playa Graphics in Emerald Isle.

  • When: December 12, 2017
  • Time: From 6:30-8:00 PM
  • Where: Winslow’s Tavern in downtown Greenville
    120 W. 5th Street
    Greenville, NC 27858

For more information, check out the official AIBD Events Calendar: CLICK HERE.


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AIBD Susquehanna Valley Chapter Lunch & Learn on December 13th

Are you hungry and love to learn? AIBD Susquehanna Valley Chapter is having another very special guest speaker at a Lunch and Learn Luncheon!

Mike Caccese will be speaking on different aspects of homes built with Superior Walls by Weaver Precast. Mike’s speech includes:

  • Designing With Insulated Precast Concrete Walls
  • Basements … Then and Now
  • Features and Benefits of Precast
  • Code Compliance
  • Versatility
  • … and much more!

This course is good for 1 CEU!

  • When: December 13, 2017
  • Time: 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Where: Eden Host Resort
    Arthur’s Terrace
    222 Eden Road
    Lancaster, Pa 17601

If you are interested please contact Carolee Stauffer via email @ by December 10th.

For more information, check out the official AIBD Events Calendar: CLICK HERE.


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AIBD Suncoast Chapter Lunch & Learn on December 14th

The topic of discussion will be the NEW Florida Building Code.

They will be giving away 3 sets of Significant Changes to the FL Building Code!

  • When: December 14th, 2017 From: 11:45 am – 1:15 pm (Always 2nd Thursday of every month)
  • Where: ComCenter – 9040 Town Center Pkwy., Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
  • Who: R.S.V.P. by December 12th, 2017 (Always the Tuesday before meeting)
    To: Kristen 941-755-9934 or Email –

For more information, check out the official AIBD Events Calendar: CLICK HERE.


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1st Annual Mark Shone Mini Golf Classic December 15th.

On behalf of the AIBD, Palm Beach Chapter, you are invited to be a part of the 1st Annual Mark Shone Mini Golf Classic. It is predicted to be a “hole” lot of fun.

This new wonderful holiday tradition is the chapter’s annual fundraiser with the proceeds going to the AIBD College of Fellows’ Annette Farmer Scholarship fund. No continuing education credits this time, just fun, networking and maybe some bragging rights.

$35 includes lunch, soft drink and mini golf (alcohol is on your own). Sponsor a hole for an additional $25 or a tabletop (and hole) for $65.

The scholarship program began in 2008 by the late W.D. (Bill) Farmer who named it after his wife. He instructed the College of Fellows to award a $1000 scholarship to a deserving Student member each year. Since Bill’s $15,000 endowment, the fund now depends on individual donations to survive.

Mark Shone, CPBD, a dedicated local member, passed away after a brief illness this past June. Mark was a gifted residential designer who became an AIBD member in 1995, when the Florida Residential Designers Association became the AIBD Florida Society. For years before that, he served as an officer, board member, and loyal volunteer of the FRDA. Help the chapter keep his memory alive through this annual fundraiser.

  • Where: Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf, 617 N A1A, Jupiter, FL 33477, (561) 203-7965
  • When: Friday, December, 15, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Register by email or by phone: or 561-373-2537 (Can’t make it? Also use these to make a donation to the fund).

For more information, check out the official AIBD Events Calendar: CLICK HERE.


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Attend the Sustainability Symposium 2018 for $100 off!

Green Builder Media, the City of Orlando, and Mayor Dyer invite you to the Sustainability Symposium 2018: Champions of Change on January 8, 2018 at the University of Central Florida campus in Orlando, Florida. The Symposium has been designed to shatter the status quo in favor of disruption and innovation, directly and honestly confronting the reality of climate change—the challenge of our generation, and the opportunity of a lifetime.

Attendees will learn from and interact with internationally celebrated leaders as they share essential insights about smart cities, renewable energy, advanced technologies, resilient building, intelligent water, and sustainable design.

The Symposium’s genuine Champions of Change keynote presenters include sustainability trailblazers Paul Hawken, Jeremy Rifkin, Governor Martin O’Malley, Mayor Buddy Dyer, and Laura Turner-Seydel. Inspirational, short format sessions by building industry experts will augment the keynotes, focusing primarily on the areas of Market Disruption and Enabling Innovation.

Please join us for the Symposium, as we devise concrete plans, specific strategies, and real solutions that will navigate the path to a better world.

Space is limited, so click here to register today! As a special friend of AIBD, it’s our pleasure to offer you a $100 discount off the regular registration rate. Please enter the code GBMFriends when registering to access the discount.


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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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Get 25% off your AIBD Winter Conference registration!

Right now, you can get your AIBD Winter Conference registration at 25% off the full price.

This discount, as well as the hotel block, will both be closing January 1st.

The AIBD Winter Conference will be in Clearwater, Florida, from February 2nd through the 3rd.

For educational session information CLICK HERE.

CLICK HERE for the schedule.

To register CLICK HERE.


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Upcoming StruCalc seminars:

AIBD members are welcome the participate in one of our free four hour StruCalc seminars to be held at various locations throughout the United States. Upon completion, you will receive a certificate for four hours of continuing education credit.

Seminars will be held at the following times and locations:

  • Tacoma, Washington January 10, 2018
  • Seattle, Washington January 11, 2018
  • Irvine, California January 17, 2018
  • North Los Angeles, California January 18, 2018
  • Riverside, California January 19, 2018
  • Tampa, Florida February 5, 2018
  • Orlando, Florida February 6, 2018
  • Houston, Texas February 13, 2018
  • San Francisco, California February 21, 2018
  • Sacramento, California February 22, 2018
  • Salt Lake City, Utah March 6, 2018
  • Boise, Idaho March 7, 2018
  • Spokane, Washington March 8, 2018
  • Austin, Texas March 14, 2018
  • San Antonio, Texas March 15, 2018
  • Dallas, Texas March 28, 2018
  • Denver, Colorado April 4, 2018
  • Las Vegas, Nevada April 24, 2018

You can register for one of these events, or request for an event to be held in your area by clicking this link:


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The Complete Beginner’s Guide To Email Marketing for Building Designers

Email marketing is, in the most basic definition, using email to generate revenue.

Despite the fact that we all get way too many emails every day, it’s still the best way to reach your customers.

You can use it to build trust and authority while warming up your customers to purchase your services (or products, if you’re selling plans on your website).

Learn more about email marketing for building designers by signing up for the free email course:

Free Email Marketing for Building Designers Email Course

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Drawing Quickly and Effectively

You’re a designer, not an artist. Mike Lin of teaches you to draw quickly and effectively.

Learn to save time and still make beautiful renders for your clients. Whether you’re using pencil, pen, or marker, you can design efficiently and with style using the techniques taught by Mike Lin.

Do you know what angle is best for shading? What are the main colors of the color wheel? Would you like to know two easy tricks to drawing better lines? Learn all this, and more, when you sign up for the course now.

You’ll learn:

  • To cut time spent drawing with techniques for effective designs.
  • To make vibrant renders by using the whole color wheel.
  • To give your lines “shine and sparks” with a few simple tips.

Certified Professional Building Designers (CPBD) will earn 1.0 Primary CE unit for completing the course.

To register, or just to get more information, click here. AIBD Members, enroll at a discount! Call 1-800-366-2423 or write for the member code.

The American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) believes in the consumer’s right to decide who designs their home. AIBD supports that belief by providing education and resources designed to help the consumer make informed decisions and the professional practice at peak performance. Become a part of our mission.


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Upcoming Cadsoft events for the month of December, 2017:

Webinar: Printing

Learn how to:

  • Set up a layout sheet.
  • Adjust scale when printing.
  • Set line weights.
  • Print colour and black and white prints.

When: Dec 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Webinar: Roof Framing

Learn how customize the roof framing options when using rafters or trusses in a design. This webinar will review the various settings so you can insert roof framing options into a project or alter existing roof framing on a model.

When: Dec 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
Where: Online
Cost: Free


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SoftPlan online training for 2017

2017 SoftPlan Training Dates


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Over 90 free classes available from the GreenHome Institute!

Here on the MondayMINUTE, we frequently talk about GreenHome Institute’s live webinars, but did you know you can catch recordings of many of their old ones?

There are over 90 recorded training sessions, such as:

  • Comparing Residential Green Building Rating Systems Pt 1 – Overview
  • Valuing, Quantifying and Financing High Performance Homes
  • 7 Steps for Designing an Economical Net Zero Energy Residence and Tools to Help
  • And a lot more!

Click here to check out these “classes on demand”.


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Attend the Roofing Industry’s Best-Practices Seminar in Residential Attic Venting

Air Vent’s best practices in residential attic ventilation seminar turns 20 in January. You’re invited to attend any of their 25 stops across North America during quarter one of 2018. Over 23,000 roofing professionals have participated in sharing these industry tips; don’t be the only one who hasn’t.

Here’s a list of the upcoming live events’ locations and dates:

  • Williamsburg, VA – January 10, 2018
  • Manassas, VA – January 11, 2018
  • Columbia, MO – January 23, 2018
  • Topeka, KS – January 24, 2018
  • Grapevine, TX – January 26, 2018
  • Birmingham, AL – January 30, 2018
  • Pearl, MS – January 31, 2018
  • Houston, TX – February 1, 2018
  • Malvern, PA – February 14, 2018
  • Schaumburg, IL – February 15, 2018 (10 a.m. brunch, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. seminar)
  • Buffalo, NY – February 20, 2018
  • Vaughan, Canada – February 21, 2018
  • Novi/Livonia, MI – February 22, 2018
  • Kalamazoo, MI – February 23, 2018
  • Fort Collins, CO – February 28, 2018
  • Denver, CO – March 1, 2018
  • Independence, OH – March 6, 2018
  • Dublin, OH – March 7, 2018
  • Indianapolis, IN – March 8, 2018
  • Des Moines, IA – March 13, 2018
  • Madison, WI – March 14, 2018
  • Bloomington, MN – March 15, 2018
  • Raleigh, NC – March 20, 2018
  • Columbia, SC – March 21, 2018

Click here for more information about these events.


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The AIBD job board has been improved!

meetingThe AIBD job board has been improved in both design and usability!

Whether you’re looking for a job, or looking to hire someone, this is the best job board in our industry.

If you’re looking for work, it’s free to post your resume. This is great because if you’re looking for work, you’re probably pinching pennies until you get it. If you’re a student, we understand your student debt is high enough. You won’t have to pay anything to seek employment through our job board.

If you’re looking to hire some help, you can use our job board to search for quality candidates. You’ll be able to browse the resumes for free, and contact the candidates for free. You’ll pay only when the candidate is interested in your position. Hiring the right person is an investment in your company, and saving time with our easy to use job board will free you up to focus on other tasks.

Go check out the job board right now at

Also, if you’re looking to hire, don’t forget that we have training on the right way to hire employees. AIBD members can take this course for free; just give us a call at 800-366-2423 or email us at


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AIBD wants to promote your event or content!

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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Welcome new AIBD members!

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

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


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