November 2, 2015. What’s happening @AIBD_National?

SW Florida Chapter launch party – November 6th.

The SW Florida Chapter launch party is graciously sponsored by Andersen Windows & Doors.

This Friday marks the official launch of the American Institute of Building Design’s “Southwest Florida Chapter”. There will be food and drinks and special appearances by David Pillsbury, our national president as well as Steve Mickley, our executive director. This is your chance to find out about AIBD and the benefits and opportunities for membership as well as meet your fellow colleagues! Event sponsored by Andersen Windows.

  • Location: Miromar Design Center, 10800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero, FL 33928, (239) 390-5111
  • Date & Time: November 6th, 2015, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

CLICK HERE to download a meeting brochure.


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Do you think skylights are just for vaulted ceilings?

Think again…

Skylights are not only used for creating beautiful spaces, they are the most energy efficient way to daylight a house. Want to learn more about skylights and how they can reduce your overall glazing while increasing your natural light in a home? Give me a call today to schedule a meeting to learn how a balanced skylight strategy can reduce your clients energy consumption.

AIA/AIBD approved seminars for continuing education available.

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Contact: Tom Gaudette, Sr. Sales Representative, VELUX America Inc.


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Higher debt ceiling and interest rates unchanged.

By Elliot Eisenberg, the Bowtie Economist

Congressional Compromise:

Absent any fanfare, finagling or fireworks, last week Congress finally raised the debt ceiling, reauthorized the Export-Import Bank and reached a budget deal that raises spending by $50 billion in FY16 and $30 billion in FY17. This is unambiguously good. It also means that federal government spending will be slightly stimulative, boosting GDP in FY16 and FY17 by 0.25% and 0.15% respectively and adding an average of 240,000 jobs/year.

Blue Bar Chart Shows Increased Profit

Rorschach Rates :

Unsurprisingly, last Wednesday the Fed kept interest rates unchanged. In the press release following the meeting, the Fed found yet another way to say absolutely nothing about their future intentions, allowing the release to become a Rorschach test for market participants. In this way, the possibility of a rate hike in December remains alive and forces markets to price in the possibility of a December rate hike if conditions warrant.


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Shreveport/Bossier lunch & learn + chapter organizational meeting, this Wednesday.

Join the Residential Industry Professional People Lunch and Education event in NW Louisiana for an all-you-can-eat catfish lunch & learn presented by Weyerhaeuser.

AIBD Professional member Scott Phillips invites you to attend a southern style all-you-can-eat Lunch & Learn presented by Weyerhaeuser. The presentation will include how to size and specify engineered structural members such as TJIs and Parallams, as well as information about Weyerhaeuser’s software and services. Scott will also chair a short meeting about organizing an AIBD chapter in the Shreveport/Bossier area of Louisiana. To attend, send Scott an email to

  • Date & Time: 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: Johnny’s Catfish, 5130 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Shreveport, LA 71118, (318) 686-3695

CLICK HERE to download the meeting brochure


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Housing Recovery to pick up steam in 2016, but challenges remain.


Housing Recovery to Pick Up Steam in 2016 | NAHB Now | The News Blog of the National Association of Home Builders

Steady employment and economic growth, pent-up demand, affordable home prices and attractive mortgage rates will keep the housing market on a gradual upward trend in 2016. However, persistent headwinds related to shortages and availability of lots and labor, along with rising materials prices are impeding a more robust recovery, according to economists who participated in the NAHB Fall Construction Forecast Webinar on Oct. 21.

“This recovery is all about jobs,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “If people can get good jobs that pay decent incomes, the housing market will continue to move forward.”

The good news, Crowe added, is that total U.S. employment of 142 million is now well above the previous peak of 138 million that occurred in 2008.

The one caveat is that job growth has been concentrated heavily in the service sector, which tends to pay lower wages than goods producing jobs. Meanwhile, home equity has nearly doubled since 2011 and now stands at $12.5 trillion.

Read more…


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Learn British West Indies-inspired architecture, November 20th.

  • Date & Time: Friday, November 20, 2015.
    • 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch, Sponsor Presentations & Chapter Announcements.
    • 1:00 – 5:00(ish) – Learning the nuances of British West Indies-Inspired architecture, by Steve Mouzon, architect.
    • 5:00 – Cocktails and Networking
  • Location: Duffy’s, 11588 U.S. Hwy. 1, North Palm Beach, FL 33408 ( NE corner of PGA Blvd. & US 1 – Oak Brook Square shopping center)
  • Cost:
    • Lunch & Presentation: $120
    • Lunch only: $20
    • Cocktails and Networking: cash bar

EMAIL: to register.

Spend the afternoon with the AIBD, Palm Beach Chapter and Steve Mouzon discussing the nuances of British West Indies-inspired architecture.

In broad terms, British West Indies-style homes in south Florida reflect the architecture built by the British in the Caribbean colonies during the late 18th and 19th centuries. The French and Dutch also offered their own architectural style in the islands. Mr. Mouzon will bring to life the characteristics of this wonderful mix of influences created from the interactions of the cultures in the Caribbean.


Steve has authored or contributed to a number of publications in recent years, including Biltmore Estate Homes (Southern Living), Architectural Elements: Traditional Construction Details (McGraw-Hill), 1001 Traditional Construction Details (McGraw-Hill), Traditional Construction Patterns (McGraw-Hill), Gulf Coast Emergency House Plans & A Living Tradition [Architecture of the Central Gulf Coast], the award-winning A Living Tradition [Architecture of the Bahamas], and most recently, the Original Green [Unlocking the Mystery of True Sustainability]. Steve and Wanda are also continuing to shoot new editions of their Catalog of the Most-Loved Places. The Catalog typically includes every structure built before about 1925 in various historic towns or districts. There are currently dozens of volumes in the Catalog with several more soon to be released. The Catalog began in the American South, but has expanded in scope to include notable Most-Loved Places in Europe, North America, and Central America. Steve lectures frequently across the country and abroad.


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Member renewal