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September 5, 2016. What’s happening @AIBD_National?

labor_dayHappy Labor Day!

The AIBD National Office is closed today while we celebrate the hustle. All year we work hard to bring you conferences, education, and certifications. Some may say that those in building industries are the hardest workers in America. We hope you’re taking the day off and getting some well-deserved relaxation time.

What is Labor Day all about?

Labor Day is held on the first Monday of September, every year, as a way to remember the hard work and sacrifices Americans make every day to build our great country. The first state to make Labor Day an official holiday was Oregon in 1887. Other states soon followed suit and in June of 1894, Congress passed an act making the day an official nation-wide holiday.

The real importance of labor day is this:

“The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.” [1]

For more information on Labor Day, check out the US Department of Labor website.



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ardasiteARDA Winners are now available for viewing.

We have set up a page for you to view all of the 2016 ARDA Winners, including both ARDA and Grand ARDAs, Best In Show, and the Global Choice winner.

This year’s ARDA had 132 total entries from 39 different design firms. We increased non-member entries to 9%, compared to 5% last year and 2% the previous year. We also broke records with our Global Choice Award.

Actually, we blew our past records out of the water.

This year we broke our previous years’ records with 2400 votes, compared to last year’s 660 votes. This year’s Global Choice winner received 713 votes, and at one point held the lead by only 5 votes.

To view all of the winners, click here.


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IMG_11592016 Compass Club awards.

Without our members, we can’t succeed as an organization. We ask that all of our members recruit new members whenever they have the chance to.

This is why, in 2000, we started the AIBD Compass Club.

The Compass Club is a membership-recruiting program created to recognize members who actively recruit new members to AIBD. The Compass Club has become our key to growing our organization’s membership by recognizing those members that work hard for our organization.

Membership into the Compass Club begins with the first member sponsored and a club member is elevated to various positions using a point system.

These members can be identified at AIBD events by the round Compass Club lapel pins with a small embossed compass and the AIBD logo. The first pin issued is Bronze, followed by Silver and then Gold. The highest level pin to be awarded is the diamond pin. To earn this rank, a member must recruit at least 25 professional members or as many as 50 members of other varying levels.

At the 2016 AIBD Summer Conference in Denver Colorado, we announced our most recent awards in the Compass Club.

  • Steve Humbert – Individual award.
    • 6 Professional members recruited.
    • 1 Associate member recruited.
  • Atlanta Metro Chapter – Chapter award.
    • 4 Professional members recruited.
    • 2 Associate members recruited.
    • 1 Educator member recruited.
    • 10 Student members recruited.

At the Summer Conference, we held a special evening event for Compass Club members: pizza and bowling at the Denver Athletic Club. Compass Club Members and guests ate pizza and socialized while bowling in “the oldest bowling alley west of the Mississippi.”


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Palm Beach, Florida, Chapter “RIPPLE Luncheon” in two weeks.

palmbeachchapterResidential Industry Professional People Lunch & Education, or RIPPLE, is AIBD Palm Beach Chapter’s effort to promote uncompromising professional values, present important and challenging ideas and issues, and encouraging a culture of friendship and responsibility among industry professionals.

This month, the Palm Beach Chapter will be discussing Building Information Modeling, commonly referred to as BIM. BIM is a revolutionary new technology that is changing the AEC industry for the better. Using powerful design and presentation tools, BIM is opening up the industry to automated construction documents, clash detection, quantity take-offs, and a myriad of other features that make your job easier.

There are various different BIM programs and even more different ways to use it. How do you know what software to choose? How do you learn the new software without taking too much time away from the current jobs you need to get done? Come to Duffy’s EAST at 185 E. Indiantown Road in Jupiter, Florida, to learn more about how BIM can benefit your business.

Duffy’s EAST
185 E. Indiantown Road
Jupiter, FL 33477

Friday, September 16th 2016
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Palm Beach Chapter
Steve Mickley, chapter secretary


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2106ARDAAwards216Announcing the first Design Student of the Year award.

Former AIBD President David Pillsbury, when Internal Vice President, commissioned a step-by-step guide to start student chapters. Part of that guide included an award titled Design Student of the Year and another award for the student chapter that made the greatest contributions for that year.

At this year’s American Residential Design Awards Gala, AIBD Executive Director Steve Mickley presented the first ever Design Student of the Year award to Alix Calon of the University of Central Missouri.

Ms. Calon worked hard to position AIBD as a leader in our industry, and thanks to her hard work, AIBD was the catalyst in helping future designers, builders, and building officials be aware of opportunities that await them upon graduation.

2106ARDAAwards206Ms. Calon organized the first Design & Build Day which brought representatives from the ICC, USGBC, ASID, the American Suppliers Association, architectural software companies, and local engineering and architectural firms to the stage to give students and new professionals the information they need to build successful and sustainable businesses. Attendance to the event exceeded 50 attendees.

Ms. Calon is the president of the AIBD University of Central Missouri Student Chapter and maintains exceptional grades in both of her degrees: Design & Drafting as well as Interior Design. She has shown great dedicated to the AIBD and to her education and career.

Congratulations to Alix Calon for being the first ever AIBD Design Student of the Year!


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Welcome new AIBD members!

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

Tim Byars
Gabriel Daly
Peter Daus-Haberle

Member Stamp Shows Membership Registration And Subscribing



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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Down East Chapter meeting on Tuesday September 13th.

Pretty soon, everything will be run by robots. Just kidding, but home automation and “smart homes” are growing in popularity, especially among millennials who are now reaching the age (and income) to be purchasing or building their first houses.

They’ll be looking for designers and builders who know about smart home technology. How much do you know?

Melissa Froehlich with Pair Electronics will be presenting on the integration of smart home technology into residential designs at this month’s Down East Chapter meeting.

Set your homes apart from your competition by learning how and where to find the best high-tech solutions at the Down East Chapter meeting.

This chapter meeting is open to anyone to attend, especially those interested in the design and building of quality homes.

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

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Len Van Staalduinen


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We are sad to inform you of the passing of AIBD member Everett Pollard.

Everett Earle Pollard, 67 of Sunapee, passed away at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebnanon New Hampshire after a long battle with cancer.

Mr. Pollard graduated with a B.A. in business in 1971 from University of New Hampshire, Durham. In 1987 he founded Northcape Design, Inc., and grew the company into one of the most respected and successful design/build firms in all of New Hampshire.

Aside from being an AIBD member, Mr. Pollard was a member of the National Association of Home Builders, the Cornerstones Group, and donated countless hours and expertise to various local committees and causes he believed in.

Mr. Pollard was responsible for the construction of the new Sunapee Welcome Center by completing the design, coordinating the local contractors involved in the job, and personally donating the timberframe structure.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, two sisters, and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

For more about Mr. Pollard and to read his obituary, click here. The website also has information on how you can donate to cancer research.

Our thoughts are with the Pollard family.


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Today’s the last chance to sign up for this month’s First Tuesday @2 webinar.

Knowing what’s going on in our industry is extremely important when making decisions for your business.

Discover the current and forecasted economic status of our industry from Robert Denk of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

Mr. Denk is Senior Economist at the NAHB and his responsibilities include developing econometric models of national, state and metropolitan area housing activity, long term projections of housing demand, and providing ad hoc analyses on a range of housing sector issues.

Mr. Denk’s presentation will include economic and housing market outlook with a focus on single family construction and remodeling. Robert will also report consumer preferences about features and structural design, a mix of pre-construction design issues and existing home remodeling projects.

Certified Professional Building Designers will earn 1.0 Primary CE unit for attending the live presentation.

DATE: Tuesday, September 6, 2016
TIME: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EDT)
COST: Complimentary
REGISTRATION: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5359151992136604163
NOTE: The replay of this webinar will ONLY be available to those who registered. We will not be playing the recording anywhere else, so make sure you’re registered now. Click here.

This program is hosted by the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) and attendance is complimentary. Please share this post with anyone you think may be interested. Click any of the share buttons directly below this paragraph.


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Michael Brightman, 2016 AIBD Summer Conference speaker, talks SketchUp and BIM.

If you attended the 2016 AIBD Summer Conference in Denver, Colorado, you definitely know who Michael Brightman is. If not, he’s a designer with expertise in SketchUp who now teaches how to efficiently create great designs in SketchUp.

While this particular presentation is not the one he gave in at our Summer Conference, it is relevant to anyone who is interested in using SketchUp or BIM in your designs.

In this video, Mr. Brightman demonstrates the system he teaches in his book, “The SketchUp Workflow for Architecture,” which is an efficient way to create designs in SketchUp for your clients. These tips will be scalable to any size client. He will also demonstrate the capabilities of his ConDoc Tools plugin, and how to get both construction documents and stunning renderings and animations from the same document.

Cut down on the amount of time you spend working on designs so that you can spend more time working on other things. Check out Michael Brightman’s CONDOC tool by clicking here. Note: this link is an affiliate link.


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Humor for your Monday!

If you send Christmas cards to your local Building Officials and they come back with comments …
…You may be a Residential Designer!

Jokes 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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