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August 1, 2016. What’s happening @AIBD_National?

The AIBD Summer Conference architectural tour is almost full!

At the time of writing this, there are only 17 seats left on this year’s AIBD Summer Conference Architectural Tour.

This year’s architectural tour will be a combination walking and riding tour, with a picnic lunch. We’ll be walking through Curtis Park, Country Club and Driving Park, and Washington Park. We’ll ride through River North (commonly referred to as RiNo), down Welton Street, and through Lowry (an old US Air Force base turned community). The tour will end with a picnic lunch at Alamo Placita Park.

For more information on the architectural tour, check out our blog.

CLICK HERE to get more information about the 2016 Summer Conference, the hotel and to register.


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Learn how to make money by marketing your designs with online publishers.

You probably have a lot of plans in your backlog from years of designing buildings. A lot of those are collecting dust, but they could be used to generate more revenue for your company.

Every month, the AIBD hosts The First Tuesday @2, a webinar series as a part of the organization’s continuous quest to providing relevant information to those who are currently practicing or interested in building design disciplines.

This month, we have Hillary Gottemoeller, founder of Gotteplan, a new venture with a mission to connect architects and designers to a broader audience. She’s adept at pinpointing what’s most important to all parties in order to create executable solutions that yield desired results. She’s also experienced in print and digital publishing with a focus on product merchandising and content marketing.

You’ll discover tips on how to approach them, what they’re looking for, and how to present your portfolio for maximum sales.

This webinar is free for all, and you are welcome to invite others to join as well. Certified Professional Building Designers will earn 1.0 Primary CE unit for attending the live presentation. You can sign up for the webinar by clicking here.


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Attend the Cape Fear Chapter’s “Thursday Luncheon” on August 4th.

You’re invited to Cape Fear Chapter’s Thursday Luncheon on August 4th, 2016.

Lace Wishon with Snavely Forest Products will be presenting alongside Josh Bailey of TYPAR, and Mike Treadwell and Drew Schaney with Metsa Wood Products.

Even: 1st Thursday Monthly Lunch-Program
When: Thursday, August 4th
Time: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Schedule: 11:30 Lunch, 11:50 Welcome/Accounments/Introductions/Discussion, 1:30 pm Adjourn
Where: Cape Fear Club, 206 Chestnut St., Wilmington, NC
Why: Networking, Education & CEU’s for Professionals involved in Residential Design & Construction

Lunch provided by Snavely Forest Products

Please RSVP to Sam Guidry, RA, NCARB, AIBD
Email: samguidry@hotmail.com or call 910.471.4721

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Increase fee levels by learning the proper way to write fee proposals.

You probably price your work based on how much you think it will cost you to complete the job, with a percentage or other arbitrary number as “profit”. There’s also some level of negotiation involved, so you bump it up a little more so that you can be prepared to bring it down and let the client think they know they won.

This is the wrong way to negotiate your fees. You could be making a lot more money.

BlueTurtle Consulting is hosting a series of workshops that will teach you how to write proposals that will increase your fee levels, raise conversion rates, and eliminate scope creep.

The workshop lasts the entire day, starting with a little bit of psychology, moving on to negotiation, how to price your services, write the proposals, and then you get lunch. After lunch, you’ll spend the rest of the day learning and working on implementation into your company.

This workshop will be presented by Alexandra Howieson, a licensed architect and member of the AIA, and Ian Motley, the founder of the Blue Turtle Consulting.

The investment for this workshop comes in four different packages, ranging from just the workshop, to the workshop, eGuides, and five essential contract templates that help you build a practice.

CPBDs can earn 8 AIBD Learning Credits, which is the entire annual requirement, plus get 10% off by using the promotional code AIBD.

For more information, check out their website. You can also email Emily@blueturtlemc.com or call 855-661-4270 (Toll Free).


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Welcome new AIBD members!

Please help us welcome those who joined or rejoined AIBD this past week.

Michael Brightman
John R. Esh
Cody Farmer
Mr. Spencer Hodge
Phil Rivas
United Plastics Corportion

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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.


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ARDA Global Choice Award voting is OPEN!

The 9th Annual American Residential Design Awards (ARDA) are upon us and we want YOU to help us vote for the Global Choice Category.

There are 11 total categories for voting, but we open one of them up to the public to vote. That means anyone in the world can vote.

We announce the winners at the ARDA Awards Gala, which concludes our AIBD Summer Conference.

Click here to view this years entries and cast your vote.

If you just want to learn more about ARDA, you can check out the website here.


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Radical efficiency takes Net Zero to the next level.

When it comes to green building design, everyone is always talking about reaching “Net Zero.” This means designing a building that has zero net energy consumption and zero carbon emissions. To be totally net-zero, the building needs to create an amount of renewable energy that is equal-to or greater-than the amount of energy it consumes. This is equated on an annual basis.

But what is radical efficiency compared to regular efficiency?

Radical efficiency is the idea that we can’t just continue to make small improvements until everything is fixed. The concept subscribes to the idea that, through recent data studies, the current level of efficiency improvements are not moving fast enough to fix the damage still being done.

As far as building design goes, this could be a majority of designers taking on sustainable design in all of their work, rather than just some of their projects. After the home is designed and built for sustainability, smart home products such as AC temperatures that adjust automati cally can continue to improve. To be “radical”, it would need to be in a vast majority of homes and not just a slowly growing trend.

While sustainability is a quickly growing idea in the United States, a problem we’ve seen is that many developing countries are still catching up. Some countries that previously didn’t have air conditioning units are now installing thousands of them. A study at the Lawrence Berkely National Laboratory predicts that the world will be installing 700 million new air conditioners by the year 2030.

The proponents of radical efficiency would advocate that making cultural adjustments and higher standards of building efficiency not only here, but in those developing countries. Some of them argue that developed countries should assist in guiding developing countries into sustainable building.


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Learn to “Draw Quickly and Effectively” with Mike Lin of BeLoose.com.

Your clients want beautiful renders of your designs, but with everything else going on in the office, how do you make time? Mike Lin, of BeLoose.com, teaches you to draw quickly and effectively. His motto is “You’re a designer, not an artist,” and he teaches you not only tricks on drawing better, but what to tell your clients when they ask questions about your designs.

You can use pencils, pens, or markers with his techniques.

Pop quiz: what angle is best for shading? You’ll find out the answer, as well as tricks for drawing stylized lines that will “shine and spark.” Remember: you are a designer.

Some other tricks you’ll learn include:

  • The difference between a designer and an artist.
  • The three tips to drawing well.
  • Draw “fuzzy lines”.
  • Draw better corners.
  • And how to use the entire color rainbow.

Learn to cut the time spent on drawings by clicking here. AIBD members can watch the video free. Call 1-800-366-2423 or write info@AIBD.org for the member code.


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Learn to design houses in SoftPlan the right way.

How much do you know about SoftPlan? Learn the ins-and-outs of the architectural design software that’s been making design easier for 25 years.

SoftPlan hosts regular four-day training classes that teach you how to use the software to the best of your ability. You’ll learn tips and tricks to save time while designing buildings.

The next training is August 9th, 2016. This week’s training classes are on roofing.

Some things you will learn during this training:

  • Drawing and editing roofs
  • Different kinds of roofs
  • Creating stacked gables
  • How to use Calculate Roof Edge Height
  • How to use Auto Stick Frame
  • And a lot more!

There are only a few spots available, so go register right now at AIBD Calendar Event page.


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Tired businessmanHumor for your Monday!

If you come in to the office at 8:00 am to start a design of a house for a meeting with your client that starts at 10 am…
…You may be a Residential Designer!

Jokes by Allen M. Beaumont, Jr.

Allen 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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