TODAY is the last day to submit your ARDA entries!
If you’ve submitted entries but haven’t heard from us, please give us a few days to process everything. Many people have submitted their entries in the last few days and it will take us some time to get everything organized.
Design Detail and Indoor Living have been added to the long list of categories in the American Residential Design Awards (ARDA) program. “The Design Detail category includes any single detail that is particularly unique or innovative.” Karen Kassik-Michelsohn reports. Karen is serving for her first year as ARDA Committee Chairperson but brings with her years of awards program experience as former chairperson of the Best of American Living Awards (BALA), which is hosted by the National Association of Home Builders each year. She adds, “Indoor Living entries can be any type of interior space; a kitchen, bath, great room, study or finished basement can be entered if the design is unique and inspiring.”
Deadline to enter – June 19, 2017
Visit www.ResidentialDesignAwards.com for program information.
All residential industry professionals are eligible to enter individual or collaborative projects. Entries previously submitted to ARDA are still eligible provided they haven’t yet won recognition in the same category. Entries may be entered in more than one category (e.g. Custom Homes and Green Design) and all completed projects are eligible regardless of their completion date.
ARDA is the American Institute of Building Design’s premier award program exhibiting design excellence in the residential building industry. It spotlights the most creative and innovative residential designers, builders, remodelers, architects, developers, land planners and interior designers in the nation. Every year, the awards program recognizes exceptional design in custom, builder model, pre-drawn and multifamily homes of all types and sizes, as well as remodeling, working drawings and projects “on the boards.” As a leader in home design recognition, the ARDA awards program has grown over the years to include categories in green building, outdoor living and accessibility.
It’s an awards program, not a design competition. Therefore, entries are not grouped in square footage or project value classifications. Judging is conducted by a panel of residential design and construction experts and is based on the quality of the entry and not compared to others in a category. However, one or more ARDA winners may be recognized as the overall best in their specific category.
CLICK HERE to register and submit your entries electronically, both at the same time.
CPBD Exam 2.0 to launch, July 1.
The updating of the Certified Professional Building Designers exam is reaching an important milestone. A version of the exam will be available July 1st for standard-setting.
Standard-setting is an official research study conducted by trained professionals to determine a cut score, or passing score, for a test. The standard-setting version will be official and will count once a passing score has been established, which may take four to six months. The length of the standard-setting phase is based on the number of test taken.
The current CPBD Exam has over 500 questions, costs a candidate at least $360, and it takes approximately eleven hours to complete the eight individual sections. It has been delivered online for the past 18 months. The standard-setting version of the new exam is 225 questions, three hours, will cost $180 and will also be delivered via the internet.
Candidates who have already started testing will have two choices. They can continue and complete all eight original tests within three years of having started the program. The other option: they can abandon their existing exam scores and take the one, three-hour, standard-setting test.
Candidates who are just now getting approved or have not already started any portions of the old exams will have only one choice – to take the standard-setting version of the new test.
The new CPBD Candidate Handbook isn’t just for those seek to become certified. Even existing CPBDs should download the new CPBD Candidate Handbook. The hand book contains important information such as the most updated CE reporting form, recertification policies and procedures, and more. You’re going to be asked for your contact information. But if you’re getting the MondayMINUTE you’re probably already in our database. Simply just give us your name, no other information is required.
For more information about certification, visit www.NCBDC.com.
Apply for AIBD scholarships today!
Student members and children of Professional members qualify for scholarships.
The American Institute of Building Design’s College of Fellows awards two scholarships each year, the College of Fellows Memorial Scholarship and the Annette Farmer Memorial Scholarship. Each scholarship recipient is awarded $1000 and they are named at the American Residential Design Awards Gala, August 11, 2017 at the Academy of Medicine at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA.
The deadline to apply is June 30, 2017.
For more information, qualifications and applications, CLICK HERE.
College of Fellows seek nominations.
The AIBD College of Fellows has announced they will be performing an induction ceremony at the American Residential Design Awards dinner at the Academy of Medicine at Georgia Tech on August 11, 2017. Nominations for Fellows are accepted at any time but to be considered for the coming induction, nominations must be in on or before July 3, 2017. Only AIBD Professional members may nominate another member for consideration.
The honor of membership in the College of Fellows is bestowed upon a Professional member of the American Institute of Building Design who is certified by the National Council of Building Designer Certification and has notably contributed to the advancement of the building design profession by excellence in design, or by excellence in design in combination with excellence in education, literature or public service.
CLICK HERE to download a nomination package.
Contact the College of Fellows Chancellor Jannis Vann by writing college@AIBDmember.org.
Registration now open for AIBD Summer Conference in Atlanta!
Summer is coming quickly, which means the AIBD Summer Conference, and American Residential Design Awards gala dinner, will be here before you know it.
This year, the conference will be in Atlanta, Georgia, on August 10th and 11th. The event will be held at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center on both days. July 18th is the deadline to reserve your hotel room.
Friday evening, August 11th, will be The American Residential Design Awards gala dinner at the Academy of Medicine.
For more information about this conference and to register, check out the AIBD website.
The Complete Beginner’s Guide To Email Marketing for Building Designers
Email marketing is, in the most basic definition, using email to generate revenue.
Despite the fact that we all get way too many emails every day, it’s still the best way to reach your customers.
You can use it to build trust and authority while warming up your customers to purchase your services (or products, if you’re selling plans on your website).
Learn more about email marketing for building designers by signing up for the free email course:
Free Email Marketing for Building Designers Email Course
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Upcoming Cadsoft events for the month of June, 2017:
Create various foundation systems including slab on grade, full basement and crawl space. The course will include inserting slabs, footings and foundation walls.
When: June 20, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
Learn how to…
- Construct a Deck with the Builder Wizard, Deck Tools and Pad tools
- Create a new deck for the Catalog
- Edit an inserted deck
When: June 27, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
San Diego Envisioneer Beginner Training Class.
June 27, San Diego, CA.
Learn how to build a BIM model and extract the working drawings, renderings, bill of materials and RESchek data from it. A full day of learning. The day before the PCBC show. Register here.
Dallas Envisioneer Beginner Training Class.
August 1, Dallas, TX.
Learn how to build a BIM model and extract the working drawings, renderings, bill of materials and RESchek data from it. A full day of learning. The day before Sunbelt Builders Show. Register here.
Nashville Envisioneer Beginner Training Class.
October 24, Nashville,TN.
Learn how to build a BIM model and extract the working drawings, renderings, bill of materials and RESchek data from it. A full day of learning. The day before the Remodeling Show. Register here.
SoftPlan online training for June, 2017
June 23rd – 3D Overview :
45 minutes focusing on the fundamentals of 3D, including lighting and texture assignments.
Click here to get signed up for this live online training.
Upcoming GreenHome Institute webinars for June, 2017 (free)!
Virtual Tour of West Michigan Passive Solar, Earth Sheltered, Green Roof Residence and Design Studio – Free CEU Webinar
Tom Newhouse and his wife Jill designed and personally built their unconventional Grand Rapids, Michigan home and industrial design studio in 1978.
Their goal was to “live softly on the earth”….in a passive solar, earth integrated residence with a green roof, and an integral “atelier” (industrial design studio and workshop).
You’ll learn …
- The unique ecological and welfare aspects of living and working in a passive solar, earth integrated, green roof building.
- The health advantages of a housing site which is xeriscaped, or has no conventional grass lawn.
- About wildlife friendly general landscaping and the unique green roof, which is a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat.
- And more!
When: June 21, 2017, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm (Eastern)
Welcome new AIBD members!
Please help us welcome those who joined or rejoined AIBD this past week.
We are pleased you have chosen AIBD as a resource for professional and personal growth. Membership provides technical information, advocacy, professional networking opportunities, as well as participate in programming sessions offered at various conferences throughout the year. All designed to help advance your career.
Visit “SearchHomeDesigners.com” to reach out and exchange information with other professionals in the building designer industry supporting the AIBD mission.
Follow the new AIBD Facebook Page!
We’ve built a new AIBD Facebook page, which is now live.
We will be closing our AIBD Facebook group soon, so make sure you’re following the official page.
Click here to go to the page now.
A friend was helping me prepare for the new CPPB exam by telling me how electricity is measured, and I was like Watt!