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August 15, 2016. What’s happening @AIBD_National?

AIBD Summer Conference registration prices are increasing this weekend.

We are only a week away from the AIBD Summer Conference, which means the “late” prices will be going up soon.

You don’t want to miss the 2016 AIBD Summer Conference.

Wednesday, August 24th, starts off the event with Happy hour in the Hospitality Suite, which will have snacks and a cash bar, or open bar wristbands available for purchase. The wristbands will last for the entire conference.

Thursday, August 25th, opens with breakfast and Idea Swap before leading into a full day of educational sessions. The educational sessions will be broken up with a networking “lunch and learn” session. The day ends with another Happy Hour in the Hospitality Suite.

Friday, August 26th, opens with a buffet breakfast and the AIBD Annual Membership meeting, followed by another day of educational sessions. Lunch will be a trade show and buffet with cash bar and door prizes. Friday will also end with Happy Hour in the Hospitality suite.

Saturday is the Architectural Tour, which you can read about on the AIBD blog, and then the American Residential Design Awards (ARDA) Dinner. Both of these are registered separately.

How much you will save on registration depends on what level you require. Here are the registration fees today and Saturday (which will extend until registration closes):

Design Student
Today: $85.00
Saturday: $100.00

Industry Professional – Full Registration
Today: $195.00
Saturday: $220.00

Spouse/Guest – Full Registration
Today: $135.00
Saturday: $160.00

Children 12 and younger
Today: $25.00
Saturday: $40.00

Trade Show Attendance ONLY (includes trade show buffett)
Today: $60.00
Saturday: $80.00

Save money by registering now. Click here to get started.

CLICK HERE to get more information about the 2016 Summer Conference.


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arda_mmWe’re about to break a record, but we need your help!

The American Residential Design Awards (ARDA) Global Choice category is still open for voting and we are about to break the record for most votes.

But, we need your help.

If you don’t know, the ARDA Global Choice category is open to anyone and everyone to vote for. All you need to do is go to this website and then click on each home. That will bring you to a dedicated page for each one. You’ll be able to view various pictures of the interiors and exteriors of the houses. Once you’ve looked at them all, you just have to vote through the online form.

It’s really simple, takes very little time, and is fun. The best part is: you don’t have to know anything about houses or building design at all.

Of course, if you’re reading the MondayMINUTE you probably do know about houses and building design, but you have friends and family who don’t. We need them to vote, too. All you need to do is share the voting page with them.

Here’s the link again, just copy and paste it into Facebook, Twitter, or wherever else you connect with people: http://www.aibd.org/blog/?p=236

You can also click the share buttons below to share this MondayMINUTE post.


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Take these two upcoming free webinars on sustainable building materials.

Diamon-Fusion International is hosting two free webinars this week:

Improving Your Outlook Through Hydrophobic Coatings, August 17th

Buildings encounter a lot of problems during their life-cycle, not the least of which is environmental damage. You can quickly improve your designs with knowledge of hydrophobic coating techniques such as environmental damage resilience, radical reduction of exterior cleanings, and improved photovoltaic performance.

Take this free one hour course and you’ll learn to understand more than just the environmental and operational benefits to using hydrophobic coatings.

You’ll learn:

  • The environmental benefits of hydrophobic coatings.
  • Suitable applications for different types.
  • The impacts of using hydrophobic coatings.
  • How the coatings contribute to LEED v4 points.
  • How to identify problems resulting from environmental damage.
  • And more!

Click here to register for this webinar.

Sustainable Materials in Restrooms, Locker Rooms and Other Applications, August 18th

High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) is a sustainable resource that can be used in restrooms, locker rooms, and elsewhere as a partition material. In this webinar, you’ll learn the physical attributes, composition, and design options that HDPE can provide for your projects.

You’ll learn:

  • The material characteristics of HDPE.
  • How recycled HDPE reduces environmental impact.
  • The short and long term improvements HDPE provides.
  • And more!

Click here to register for this webinar.

For more information, you can email webinars@greence.com or call 360-727-3528.


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

What are you doing with your old plans? Are they just collecting digital dust? Why don’t you sell them online?

You could be making more money off of work you already did!

Hillary Gottemoeller of Gotteplan.com spoke at this month’s First Tuesday @2 and taught us everything we needed to know to get started selling our old plans with online publishers.

If you missed it, don’t worry. You can click here to watch the video on Construct-Ed.com. AIBD members can watch for free (details below).

In this video course, you’ll learn:

  • Why you should work with publishers instead of trying to do it yourself.
  • What to do to make your plans winning sellers.
  • What publishers need to promote your plans to their audience.

CPBD’s can get one CE credit for completing the course. AIBD Members, enroll for free! Call 1-800-366-2423 or write info@AIBD.org for the member code.


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Calculate any attic’s ventilation on the go with a new smartphone app.

When you’re out on a project, you may need to know the exact attic ventilation required for both exhaust vents and intake vents. Every attic is unique so this number is different for every project.

Luckily, Air Vent Inc. created The Air Vent App, which does this for you. It’ll even allow you to email the results to a client, or anyone else.

The Air Vent App also has Roof Pitch Tool, which allows you to measure the roof pitch using just your device. This metric is necessary when adjusting the amount of attic ventilation needed. There are location address and camera features that allow you to customize a photo for a proposal.

This app helps you confirm what vent is compatible with your project, while also providing links to various product specs, informative videos, and industry articles that can help you complete your ventilation projects.

This app is free and is available on Android here and iOS here.


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Welcome new AIBD members!

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

George Sanchez
Jeremy Stevens

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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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National Council of Building Designer Certification (NCBDC) elects seven new members, renews one.

Last week, the National Council of Building Designer Certification (NCBDC) elected seven new members, and renewed one from last year.

The one NCBDC renewed member is Richard Emigh of California. He has a degree in Urban Planning from the University from Oregon, and is also the current treasurer of AIBD.

The new NCBDC members are:

Don Peterson of Peterson Designs Inc. in Texas.

  • Has a masters in architecture and architectural history from Tulane University.
  • Plans to help the AIBD grow.

Gary Turlington of GMT Inc. in North Carolina.

  • Has traveled extensively to study design, and has a degree in Business and Accounting.
  • Wants qualified designers to receive recognition and allowance to practice.

Jacquilla Gillette of Edge Engineering Inc. in Tennessee.

  • Has been a CPBD since 2008 and enjoys attending seminars and webinars to stay current.
  • Will help candidates realize the certification means something more than just being a designer.

Janet Hobbs of Hobbs’ Ink, LLC in Texas.

  • Has organized study sessions for the exam.
  • Took part in getting the City of Austin to accept the CPBD seal.

Kimberly Mockert of KM Designs Inc. in Texas.

  • Has 20 years of experience in residential and light commercial design.
  • Plans to help keep the exam current to be certain candidates can be competitive in the design field.

Robert Juengert of Arcnet in California.

  • Is a registered architect in New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Florida, California, and many other states.
  • Has taught AIA refresher courses for exams.

Stewart Lade of District Dewlling, LLC in Washington D.C.

  • Has founded multiple businesses in the residential sector.
  • Plans to incorporate energy efficiency and sustainable design into the exam.

For information on the National Council of Building Designer Certification, check out NCBDC.com.


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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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Tired businessmanHumor for your Monday!

If you have named your kids Cyan, Magenta and Chartreuse, and one of them is a boy…
…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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