October 10, 2016. What’s happening @AIBD_National?

hire-the-right-wayHow to Hire the Right Way!

Every month, AIBD hosts a webinar called the First Tuesday @2:00. Last week was October’s event, but we have uploaded it to Construct-Ed for you to watch whenever you want.

As your company grows, you’re going to get overwhelmed. When you get overwhelmed, you have two options: start turning work away, or hire employees to help.

If you want to keep growing and increasing your revenue, you’ll be choosing the latter.

In this month’s training, you’ll be learning how to prepare for, find, and hire employees.

The training is presented by Lisa Schaffer, Director of H.R. at T. Clear Corporation and In Pan, Inc. Not only is she an AIBD Professional member, but she’s also one of our corporate officers. What’s important to you is that she’s here to help you succeed as business person.

You’ll learn:

  • How to write job descriptions that appeal to the right candidates
  • How to analyze your business to improve efficiency
  • How to prepare for the interview

Certified Professional Building Designers will earn 1.0 Primary CE unit for taking the course.

AIBD Members, enroll for free! Call 1-800-366-2423 or write info@AIBD.org for the member code.

Click here to sign up.


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Down East Chapter meeting canceled.

Due to the flooding conditions in eastern North Carolina brought on by hurricane Matthew, the AIBD Down East Chapter monthly meeting will be canceled.

We hope to get Len Vogel back to present on the NCBDC Exam in the future.

Winslow’s Tavern
120 W 5th St
Greenville, NC 27858

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Len Van Staalduinen

For more information, check out the AIBD Calendar.


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An Education Joint Venture by GOBA and AIBD

The Greater Orlando Builders Association (GOBA) and the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) are proud to announce an education joint venture: “Builders in the BIM World”.

This free breakfast and learn will have a panel by Joe Sirilla, AIBD Central Florida President, Senior designer Keese Associates; Oxann Hill, Andersen Windows; and Veleda Miller, Graphisoft BIM Consultant.

There will be limited seating, so please RSVP by October 12th, 2016.

GOBA Headquarter
1953 Clayton Heritage Way
Maitland, Florida 32751

Thursday, October 13th, 2016
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM EST
Doors open at 8:00 AM

Joe Sirilla
(407) 480-8627

For more information, check out the AIBD Calendar.


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Triad Chapter Meeting on Thursday October 13th, 2016.

David Graham with Therma-Tru Doors & Fypon will talk about key brand differentiators, market trends, and adding value through door systems. He will also be presenting information on utilizing Fypon to further define home styles and add curb appeal.

Lunch will be provided.

Pella Window & Door
220n E. Seneca Road
Greensboro, N.C. 27406

Thursday, October 13th, 2016
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM EST

RSVP Dan Huckabee at 336-282-3777

For more information, check out the AIBD Calendar.


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Palm Beach Chapter Meeting on Friday October 21st, 2016.

Attention residential design and construction professionals!

Join the AIBD, Palm Beach Chapter for a complimentary lunch presentation on interior and exterior low voltage lighting systems by Peter R. Vier of LED Lighting Systems, an Effulgent Technology Company.

We’re all familiar with low voltage lighting being used to accent our landscape designs, but have you kept up with the increasing low voltage lighting options for interior design?

Are you aware there are lighting fixtures that can fit in spaces as narrow as ½”?

Be a part of this month’s Palm Beach RIPPLE and learn how to use LED to easily and craftily illuminate your kitchens, bathrooms and family rooms.

This event is complimentary; there is no cost to get involved.

Click here to view or download the flyer.

LED Lighting Systems
357 Cypress Drive, Suite #2
Tequesta, FL 33469

Friday, October 21st, 2016
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EST

Steve Mickley, Chapter Secretary

For more information, check out the AIBD Calendar.


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Tri-State OKI Chapter Meeting on Friday October 21st, 2016.

A home in Olde Town East.

The Tri-State OKI Chapter is hosting a Brief history of Old Town East and walking tour, followed by the Ohio Chapter’s organization and RIPPLE meetings, which will include nomination of officers.

  • 11:00 – 12:00 Business / RIPPLE meeting
  • 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch (Order from menu at your cost)
  • 1:00 – 3:00 Brief History and walking tour of Old Town East

2.0 CEU’s will be awarded to attendees.

If this is your first meeting you are attending as a guest, there is no charge. Else, it is $5.00 per attendee.

Please RSVP by Wednesday October 19th 2016.

The Old Bag of Nails Pub
18 North Nelson Road
Columbus, Ohio 43219

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST

Jim Wright

For more information, check out the AIBD Calendar.


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Use SoftPlan to create 3D renderings your clients will love.

October 18th – 21st

3D rendering is common practice, and if you’re designing buildings, your clients are going to want to see the renders.

Make it easy on yourself by investing some time into learning to properly render 3D models of your designs in SoftPlan.

Just like the previous course, this course is online and only takes a couple hours per day for four days.

You’ll learn some tips on creating models and plans, as well as:

  • How to generate a 3D model in SoftPlan
  • How to modify and assign textures
  • How to use the Go To Room command
  • How to add furniture
  • And much more!

The investment for this online training is $195 and is limited to 14 (online) seats so sign up now. Click here to register.

Future SoftPlan courses include:

  • November 1-4: Roof
  • November 15-18: Quick Start
  • December 6-9: Intermediate

We’ll be discussing them in future MondayMINUTE but if you’re too excited to wait, you can sign up for any of them here.


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Learn technology to improve project management.

Track and Verify: The Keys to Construction Progress

October 12, 2016 at 11 AM PT

Construction managers need to have an in depth understanding of a project, from the analysis reports to any small details they observe themselves.

This webinar will have Skylar Lee, Traylor Bros., Inc.; Corrine Ambler, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.; and Tom Sawyer, Engineering News-Record. They’ll be sharing their experiences and advice on strategies, technology, and resources to be a better project manager.

Click here to register.

Field Financials: Unleash Your Project Teams

October 20, 2016 at 11 AM PT

You’re not always in the office, but you still need to be able to manage your businesses constantly changing financial situation. Sometimes, you need to make a decision and don’t have all the data. At least, not the most up to date data. Things change while you’re in transit from the office to the meeting.

You need this webinar.

Learn about the tools and technology to help you keep track of and assess financials whether in the office, on a job site, or in a meeting.

This webinar is great for business owners, executives, general contractors, construction managers, and anyone who works within this industry.

Click here to register.

Converging Technologies for Improving Project Management

October 27th, 2016 11:00 AM PM PT

Some people are scared of “the cloud”. Maybe they think they’ll lose their data when it rains (you won’t; it’s not a literal cloud). Or maybe they think it’s unsecure (the reputable cloud systems are as secure as anything else you do).

The truth is, using the cloud is an efficient way to handle daily project management.

That’s all well and good, but if you’re not already using the cloud, how do you know what’s safe? How do you know what services are good and which ones aren’t worth your time?

Procore called on Scott Jones, Dexter + Chaney expert, to reveal how cloud technology can make your life easier by revolutionizing the way you work on (and off of) the job site!

Click here to register.

Make sure you’re watching your email inbox for more Procore training in a future MondayMINUTE.


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blueturtle_videosLearn how to negotiate your fees.

Free project management video series by BlueTurtleCM.

This project management video series provides building designers with resources, advice, and support on design fee proposals and contract negotiations.

This was a weekly series of short videos, most of which are about 10 minutes long, that is now complete and can be watched altogether or as spread out as you like. No need to wait for next week’s episode.

Last week, we talked about the sixth episode, which taught us how to estimate and present construction costs in a way that the client will understand.

The seventh episode is on Design Fee Negotiations.

Most clients are going to haggle with you on your design fee, even though you’ve proposed a fee that is clearly fair to both of you.

How do you respond? What kind of sneaky tricks will the client try to pull?

In this video, you’ll learn:

  • The actual definition of “negotiation”
  • To identify when the negotiation has begun
  • How to write proposals that open negotiation opportunities
  • How to recognize and respond to common tactics and tricks
  • And much more!

Click here for Episode 7.

Next week, we’ll take a look at Episode 8 – Pricing Strategies.

These short videos are a smaller version of a recent series of workshops hosted by BlueTurtle Consulting. This series of workshops taught how to write proposals that will increase your fee levels, raise conversion rates, and eliminate scope creep.

You can attend the workshops in person for 8 AIBD Primary Credits. The current event dates and locations are as follows:

  • Washington D.C. – October 24
  • Baltimore – October 25
  • Philadelphia – October 26
  • New York – October 31
  • Boston – November 1

Click here to register for any of those dates.

If you have any questions, you can email Emily@blueturtlemc.com or call 855-661-4270 (Toll Free).


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Don’t let your clients get sick from the wrong type of walls.

An introduction to why breathable wall systems

October 12th from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

Ever heard of “Sick Building Syndrome?” It’s caused by using airtight polyethylene vapor barriers and other artificial building materials.

There is a far healthier solution: an all natural, self-regulating, electromagnetically balanced material that diffuses moisture and air pollutants.

They’re called “breathable wall systems” and you can learn all about how they benefit your business and designs in this free webinar.

You’ll learn:

  • How breathable wall systems improve health
  • How conventional wall systems impact safety
  • How to explain to others the benefits of natural building materials
  • And more!

Click here to register.

Introduction to Energy Star For Homes HVAC Credentialing

October 19th from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT

It’s pretty common that a job requires a high-performance HVAC contractor. How can you tell if someone knows their stuff? If they have HVAC credentials, you’ll know they’re worth hiring.

Learn about the Energy Star New Homes Credential program and, if you’re interested, get started on your credential by attending this webinar. You’ll receive credit for the first of four modules, as well as a discount on your first year membership.

Or, just attend to keep up with what’s going on in the industry. Even if you’re a building designer, you’ll learn something from this webinar that will improve your work.

You’ll learn:

  • The value of Energy Star programs and HVAC Credential
  • The new technical requirements of the Energy Star checklists as well as certification requirements
  • How to design and install the highest quality HVAC systems
  • And more!

Click here to register.

Introduction to the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Program

October 26th from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT

Adding renewable energy can be done with minimal effort, especially during a new home or major remodel. The key is that the price has to be right.

Designing for major energy efficiency makes it easy for the client to reach zero energy as they add renewables over time.

This webinar will teach you to implement the DOE Zero Energy Ready program into your designs.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Design a home that can get to zero energy
  • Understand the importance of health and energy efficiency
  • Display the benefits of zero energy ready design
  • And more!

Click here to register.


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Whirlpool discounts for the month of October.

All Major Whirlpool Brands currently have 10% OFF orders $199 and up, plus Free Delivery on orders $499 and up.

This offer is valid Oct 1st – 31st, 2016.

This discount is available for current and new Inside Pass members, which means if you’re not already a member, you can join right now and be eligible for the discount.

New Members

You’ll need to use the AIBD Group Code. Go to whirlpoolinsidepass.com and scroll down to the Sign up form. Fill it out, and don’t forget the Group Code, for AIBD members only. Call us 1 800 366 2423 or email us info@aibd.org to get the code. Check the box next to “I agree to terms & conditions,” and then click on the “Sign Me Up” button. Once you’re signed up, follow the “Current Members” instructions below (because you will now be a current member):

Current Members

Sign in to your account at whirlpoolinsidepass.com and then go shopping. At checkout, use the promo code TENOFF.

The Whirlpool Inside Pass program gives you access to membership benefits, the latest innovations from Whirlpool and other brands (such as KitchenAid, Maytag, and others), and exclusive pricing and promotions that provide a discount you won’t find in stores.

The sooner you sign up, the sooner you’ll have access to this discount, other discounts, and all of the sweepstakes. Get started at WhirlpoolInsidePass.com.


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Humor for your Monday!

If you regularly buy Legos, but keep them for yourself…
…You may be a Residential Designer!

This week’s joke by Steve Mickley, AIBD Executive Director.

”You may be a Residential Designer” Jokes were created by Allen M. Beaumont, Jr.

581590_4303753665730_480854314_nAllen began his professional career in 1988 as a Project Coordinator for a large commercial design firm in Winter Park, Florida. Allen’s responsibilities gradually expanded and eventually included managing the daily operations of the Residential Design and Development Department.

In 1997 Allen established B&A Design Studio, Inc. and for the last 20 years his award winning firm has been recognized as the preferred source for national home builders as well as custom home builders. He served as President of American Institute of Building Designers for the Florida Society in 2004 and 2005. He is a Certified Professional Building Designer through NCBDC and is a Certified Residential Contractor in the state of Florida.


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