March 16, 2015. What’s happening @AIBD_National?



NCBDC  hires international consultant to perform industry practice analysis.

NCBDC Marketing Color smallThe National Council of Building Designer Certification’s (NCBDC) Board of Examiners hired International Credentialing Associates, LLC (ICA) to facilitate a “practice analysis,” which ultimately will help the board consider the full scope of its Certified Professional Building Designer (CPBD) program. ICA provides comprehensive test development, market research, and program management services for credentialing organizations worldwide.

A practice analysis — also called job analysis — is the systematic study of a profession to describe the job responsibilities of those employed at entry level in the profession. This information is then used to identify the knowledge and skills required to effectively carry out those responsibilities. ANSI/ISO 17024 (internationally accepted general requirements for bodies operating certification programs for individuals)  stipulates that such a study should be performed at least once every five years. The project involves administering a comprehensive survey to a national sample of several hundred residential and light commercial building design professionals. It will be overseen by the ICA psychometrician and a panel of 12 to 15 subject-matter experts who represent a diverse cross section of the building design industry. The process could take up to 12 months to complete, culminating in a final report and test specifications.

In addition, the AIBD Board of Directors might find the results of the practice analysis helpful in designing training materials, educational curricula, job descriptions, and performance-rating instruments.

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AIBD takes position against Illinois Senate Bill 1270.

A Bill to license interior designers, assigned to the Licensed Activities and Pensions Committee on February 25th, is being opposed by the AIBD according to a policy position adopted by the board of directors on March 4th. CLICK HERE for the full text of the bill.

Information governmentUnder the proposed law, unless you are licensed in Illinois as a “registered design practitioner,” your work will be limited to design services in single family homes and spaces less than 5,000 square feet.  “These limitations don’t exist today under the Architects’ Law which allows you to offer design services in any space so long as the structural integrity of the building or life safety of its occupants is not affected.” Ed Nagorsky, attorney for the National Kitchen and Bath Association, told the AIBD leadership.

Other aspects of the exemptions provided in the bill are in line with the AIBD minimum legislative policy, which is unlimited, one-, two-, and three-family home designs with no restriction by square footage, number of stories, or mechanical devices. However, board members were troubled by the title of the proposed licensed professional – registered design practitioner. “This sounds way too close to design professional, to me.” said Steve Mickley, executive director of AIBD. Other board members agreed.

To assist in the efforts, please take a few moments and write the members of the Licensed Activities and Pensions Committee to express your opinion of the proposed legislation.  The main points are (1) that the bill will prohibit work in spaces over 5,000 that doesn’t impact structure – something now allowed, and (2) you object to the title “design practitioner” because it supports the potential for protectionism of the words “design” and “designer.”

It is best to fax a letter on your company letterhead.  Second would be to email messages to the committee.  Unfortunately, most of the Illinois legislators do not list their individual email addresses, so you will have to use the forms on their webpages.

CLICK HERE for a list of the members of the Illinois Licensed Activities and Pensions Committee and their contact information.

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Visit AIBD at JLC Live, Friday and Saturday.

  • Exhibit Hall: March 20-21
  • Conference: March 18-21
  • Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI

Stop by and visit with AIBD exec, Steve Mickley, in booth # 127. If you need a one or two day pass to the exhibit hall, contact Steve directly by calling 1-800-366-2423 or write steve.mickley@aibd.org.

JLC LIVE attracts thousands of residential construction professionals from across New England to perfect their skills and build their businesses by networking with exhibiting companies, getting up-to-date practical information in conference sessions, and attending hands-on training at live building clinics.

With exhibitors covering every major product category, the JLC LIVE Exhibit Hall features the top manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers in the residential construction market.  Not only will you be able to see the latest building products and services but you will have the chance try and also buy these products as well.

New Upper Level Exhibit Hall!
Don’t miss the addition of the Upper Level exhibit hall. Over 50 more exhibitors showcasing and demonstrating their products! Two brand new building clinics! Free beer! The Upper Level opens at 8:30 a.m. each day, so get there early!

Building Clinics:
The JLC LIVE building clinics are live, interactive demonstrations presented by top industry experts in a real-world job site setting.  These live building clinics cover a range of topics each year including:  drywall, moisture management, tile, deck building, window installation, stair building and much more.  Admission to all presentations in the building clinics are included with your registration.

Exhibitor Demonstrations:
Presented by manufacturers exhibiting in the show, these demonstrations put you within arm’s reach of the manufacturers themselves.  They deliver you tricks, tips and detailed instructions to common construction projects that specifically relate to their products.  Admission to all presentations in the exhibitor demos are included with your registration.

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Nevada & other states revising construction defect laws.

SOURCE: Wall Street Journal, February 25, 2015 (via SBC Magazine)

Lawmakers in several states, led by Nevada, are moving to rein in construction-defect laws, a change that would curtail allegedly frivolous litigation but also make it more difficult for homeowners with legitimate claims to sue home builders over flaws.

Many construction-defect laws now in place were enacted in the 1990s and 2000s in response to the rising number of complaints from new-home owners about everything from leaky roofs to foundation cracks. Builders initially welcomed the laws, which were expected to standardize the process and reduce claims.

Yet litigation and complaints persisted, especially in the West and South, where the majority of new homes are built.

Few states are seeing as many battles between homeowners and builders as Nevada, which moved to restrain its construction-defect law this week. The legislation enacted in 1995 churned up so many lawsuits over the years that Republican lawmakers, who took over both chambers of the state Legislature in November’s elections, moved quickly to craft a new bill. It was signed into law late Tuesday by Gov. Brian Sandoval, a second-term Republican.

Home builders and contractors say lawsuits raise the cost of doing business and argue that many alleged problems can be resolved through mediation instead of court.

“In almost every instance, builders prefer to fix construction defects rather than litigate them,” said Ken Gear, executive director of the Leading Builders of America, a trade group.

Opponents of the new law say the changes make pursuing defect claims more onerous and expensive for homeowners…

CLICK HERE to read the full article online.

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