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January 12, 2015 – What’s happening @AIBD_National?

Small projects don’t benefit from BIM…or do they?

AIBD CEWEBINAR: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 – 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST

If you’ve ever asked yourself this question, you should join us to see first-hand how BIM benefits architects on projects both large and small. You’ll hear directly from a sole practitioner, one of your own AIBD peers, as he explains how BIM has helped improve his business.

Josh Bone and Chip Hudson will discuss how BIM is helps quickly and vividly communicate designs to clients in both 2D and 3D. You’ll learn how BIM has helped Chip streamline construction documentation as he explains how More…the overall benefits of BIM have rippled through his practice, ultimately improving his bottom line.

Please join the conversation on February 10th as we discuss both the concerns and benefits of transitioning to BIM through shared experiences.

CLICK HERE to register.


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Georgia Society hosts luncheon tomorrow.

AIBD Georgia has a Lunch meeting set for next Wednesday Januarys 14th, 11:00 am -3:00 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta South-McDonoughIt is very important that Georgia members attend. Sam Liberti will be discussing the potential changes their society may be making in 2015 and will be voting on which direction they want to support.

RSVP to aibdga@gmail.com.

They will also install the new officers:

  • Sam Liberti, AIBD – President
  • Robert Platt – Vice President
  • Jannis Vann, FAIBD – Treasurer
  • Bob Clinton, AIBD – Secretary

This would be the chance to throw your name in the hat for any of these positions. If you are interested let write aibdga@gmail.com.


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Pennsylvania Society hosts a dinner meeting Thursday.

The PA Society is planning to hold a dinner meeting on January 15.  Their main topic of
discussion is the AIBD restructuring proposal.  Michael Stayman is now immediate past
president and is handing the baton to the new president, Don Dale, and a new
executive board.  A pre-recorded presentation by Kevin Holdridge on proposed AIBD governance changes will be presented.

RSVP to Michael Stayment at mikes@staycohomes.com.


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USP catalog iPad application available.

Browse our entire connector product line on your Apple iPad. The free USP Catalog app includes product and application illustrations, installation instructions, fastening schedules and load ratings.  EWP and plated truss connectors included.   Compatible with iPad.  Requires iOS 5.0 or later.


  • Free download on iTune App Store
  • Quickly search for product information
  • Product photos and illustrations
  • Reference conversion

Requirements:     Compatible with Apple iPad.  Requires iOS 5.0 or later.


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Passive House is Looking for a Few Good Men (and Women).

To comment on the proposed new standards for U.S. climate zones

SOURCE: GreenBuildingAdvisor.com

Among the major complaints about the Passive House standard is that it has inflexible energy use requirements, and the European-designed program does not effectively address the wide range of U.S. climate zones. This inflexibility often leads those who pursue this certification to install enormous quantities of insulation, particularly under slabs, which raises a variety of questions and concerns about the usefulness of this practice.

The Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) has heard these concerns and has recently released a paper, completed in conjunction with Building Science Corporation (BSC), which includes recommendations on altering the program to be better suited to U.S. climate zones.  Succinctly titled  “Climate-Specific Passive Building Standards,” this 72-page paper reports on energy and economic models created for a typical three-bedroom home in 111 different locations throughout the U.S.

Although the paper proposes some changes in Passive House requirements, it does not change the core concept, or “three pillars,” of the program – limit on space conditioning loads, limit on total source energy, and building airtightness standards.   What the paper does propose is adapting the first two pillars to criteria more appropriate to the range of U.S. climate zones.  It leaves building airtightness standards to others.

Anyone with the interest and time should read the entire article, download the paper and give their opinions on it to PHIUS.


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More events ahead.

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Member renewal