January 01, 2018. What’s happening @AIBD_National?


Happy New Year from AIBD!

Here’s what you can look forward to from AIBD in 2018:

  • A new CPBD exam!
  • The MondayMINUTE continues every week!
  • New, never before seen First Tuesday @2:00’s!
  • More blog posts!
  • More conferences!
  • And much, much more!

We look forward to a great year working with you!


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Last call for hotel block, PLUS get 25% off your AIBD Winter Conference registration!

Just a quick reminder, our hotel block at the Sheraton Sands Key Resort closes TODAY on January 1st. I know…a strange deadline date, with New Year’s Day and all.

It’s going to be 72 degrees in Clearwater today…just in case you were wondering.

We’ve extended the 25% discounted registration rate a week. But we’re locked into a contract with the hotel. Except for the rooms they’re holding for us, the hotel is sold out. When next Tuesday comes, the hotel will surely want to have those rooms back to sell to the public.

If you’re on the fence, reserve your room and cancel later if you change your mind.

For only one more week, you can get your AIBD Winter Conference registration at 25% off the full price.

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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CPBD Stand Setting updates:

This past week a group of 10 subject matter experts (i.e. CPBDs) met in Atlanta, Georgia, to review the newly launched Certified Professional Building Designer (CPBD) Exam. The two-day intensive analysis was led by James Hellrung of PSI Services, certification division. PSI works with over 130 certification programs across varied fields including professional associations. Their trained staff of psychometricians have been leading the development of the new CPBD exam for two years and the process is nearly complete. In the coming weeks, the evaluations produced by our SMEs, as well as the actual results of our nearly 80 standard setting test takers, will be considered and the approved test questions determined. In addition, the actual passing grade will be determined as a result of this meeting. Those waiting for your test results will know them soon.

Meanwhile, CPBD Exam applications are being accepted!

The exam might be on hold, but the application acceptance window has never closed. To be considered to sit for the newly developed exam when it’s launched in February, you should be thinking about submitting your application now. Your years of experience and education must be verified and staff needs ample time to authenticate your sources. A formal approval could take up to three weeks, maybe longer with the holidays and the International Building Show all happening in the next few weeks. Plan accordingly.

For more information, check out NCBDC.com.


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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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AIBD Palm Beach Chapter meeting on January 19th.

The AIBD Palm Beach Chapter will be discussing the new Florida Building Code: Residential.

  • Date: January 19, 2018.
  • Time: 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Everyone is responsible for paying for their own lunch)
  • Presenter: Roger Held, Building Department Director, Town of Jupiter.
  • Location: Lighthouse Diner, 1510 N U.S. Hwy 1, Jupiter, FL 33469

RSVP by email or by phone: PalmBeach@AIBD.org or 561-373-2537 (Deadline: 12/19/17).

For more information, check out the AIBD calendar.


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The First Tuesday @ 2:00 Returns!

Begin 2018 knowing how home construction activity will perform and how tax reform will affect our industry.

Economist, Elliot Eisenberg, PhD will cover GDP growth, job growth, inflation rates and interest rates. He will update us on the housing market with reports on inventory, house prices, renovation activity, new home construction activity and more. Have a much better idea about how 2018 will look and how home renovation activity will perform and why. Special attention will also be devoted to tax reform and its impact on house prices and your business. If time allows, we will announce the launch of AIBD’s Residential Design Index (RDI), the industry’s newest leading indicator measuring the current workload, backlog, and stock plan sales.

CLICK HERE to register


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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: http://www.strucalc.com/strucalc-seminars/.


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Optimize your website for search engines so that you get more clients.

Optimizing Pages for Building Designers, Part 1: Meta Data

Previously, we talked about how building designers can use Search Engine Optimization (SEO) to improve and increase business. This week, we’re going to look at some specific SEO rules and techniques that you can use to immediately start improving your site rankings in the search engines.

Entire books have been written on this subject, but we’re going to take a look at two specific things: the meta data, and basic page SEO.

Even still, there’s a lot to talk about, so we will break this into two parts. This week, we’ll look at the meta data.

To give you an example of how powerful this is, on a Thursday afternoon I optimized a page for a keyword that we were ranking 22nd in. That’s the top of the third page of Google. Hardly anyone ever goes that far back so we weren’t getting much traffic.

I made all of the changes except for one (currently our blog does not have SEO friendly URLs), and by the following Monday, we had moved to the 6th spot in Google for the same keyword. That’s middle of the first page.

We immediately noticed an increase in traffic from search engines, just from these small changes.

If you’re excited to get started learning how you can make the same changes in your business website, click here to head over to the AIBD blog.


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Hire the Right Way

As the economy improves and you grow your design business, you’re going to need help. Maybe you already do!

Enroll for this replay of our monthly webinar program, the First Tuesday @2:00, and learn how to develop a job description, how to advertise for a position, and how to hire for success.

Our presenter is Lisa Schaffer, Director of H.R. at T. Clear Corporation and Fin Pan, Inc. She has an MA in Administration and a B.S. in Education. She is an AIBD Professional member and one of our corporate officers.

Register for this webinar and support her goal of helping the building design industry succeed as business people.

  • Confidently write job descriptions that are not only useful tools but are legal documents.
  • Perform a job analysis that helps your organization perform efficiently.
  • Learn how to write an interview script and why it’s important.

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 info@AIBD.org 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. www.AIBD.org.


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Upcoming Cadsoft events for the month of January, 2018:

Webinar: Bathroom Design

Learn how to:

  • Insert and customize a Vanity
  • Insert and create a custom shower
  • Create a shower door
  • Insert fixtures
  • Insert a tub in a platform

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


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SoftPlan online training for 2017

2018 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 AIBD.org/jobs.

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 info@aibd.org.


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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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Join AIBD’s industry e-newspaper.

Want to know what’s going on in your industry but don’t have time to surf the web, follow Twitter, or sift through the useless posts on Facebook? Now you can. We’ll filter out the senseless stuff and deliver relevant industry news, trends and ideas directly to your inbox every weekday. Subscribe today for FREE.

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Motivation for your Monday!

“Our business in life is not to get ahead of others,
but to get ahead of ourselves,
to break our own records,
to outstrip our yesterday by our today.”
-Stewart B. Johnson



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