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September 12, 2016. What’s happening @AIBD_National?

National Council of Building Designer Certification President’s Message

Two years ago, the NCBDC asked the CPBD Community to support a 50% increase of the recertification fee, to help fund the project to recreate our credential. Our immediate objective is to achieve ANSI accreditation—the industry gold standard—and ultimately, to establish recognition by the International Code Council as Design Professionals.

As the new president of NCBDC, it is my pleasure to report that with your support, we have made substantial progress toward this accreditation. Under the leadership of past president John Fought, and with the guidance of our consultants at PSI, the Council has completed an extensive analysis of the practice of building design.

In July of 2015, dozens of volunteers participated in a two day meeting in Jessup, Maryland, to evaluate the outline created by the NCBDC task group. Subsequently, hundreds of building designers and allied professionals responded to an elaborate survey, further refining the outline. Finally, our consultants crunched the data, and produced an analysis that outlines the knowledge and skills that a building designer should master, to earn our CPBD credential.

During the same period, we’ve developed a new process for evaluating CPBD candidates. Now, candidates can take the certification test online, in the comfort of their home or office. The test no longer includes the 8 hour design phase; rather candidates submit a complete set of construction documents, which are evaluated by Examiners using a checklist similar to the one used by code officials.

More recently, dozens of volunteers have begun to re-write the test. The questions will be entirely multiple choice, and derived from the content of the practice analysis. This process is scheduled to be complete later this month. Much work remains, to refine our policies and procedures, to bring them into conformance with ANSI standards. Our commitment is to submit our program to ANSI for their review, by January, 2018.

I am also happy to report that NCBDC has grown stronger, nearly doubling its membership for this term. Even so, there are opportunities to help us achieve our objectives—contact Executive Director Steve Mickley if you would like to pitch in.

Thanks to all our fellow Designers for supporting these efforts. Stay tuned for monthly reports on our progress.

–Alan Abrams, CPBD, AIBD


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LEED professionals can get one (1) USGBC GBCI CE hour TOMORROW!

Enviroshake/Enviroshingle is offering a free webinar: “The Design & Performance Advantages of Composite Shakes, Shingles, and Slate: Roofing & Siding Applications”. What a title!

Composite shake, shingle and slate have more green features than alternative shake and slate options, but do you know what they are? Many green certification programs require them, so this webinar will be very important to everyone working in sustainable building.

You’ll learn:

  • What environmental factors composite shake, shingle and slate have.
  • The advantages of composite over alternative options.
  • How both the LEED green building certification program and the NGBSTM program view composite shake, shingle and slate.
  • And more!

Course credits include: 1 Health Safety & Welfare (HSW) Sustainable Design (SD) Learning Unit (LU) Hour, and 1 USGBC GBCI CE Hour for LEED Professionals.

The webinar will be on September 13th, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT, and again on November 15th, 2016 at the same time.

Click here to get registered now.


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Free CE session from GreenHome Institute

This Wednesday, September 14th from 12:00 to 1:00pm Eastern Time, GreenHome Institute will be hosting a FREE CEU webinar titled “Valuing Green Homes 101: Bridging the Gap Between Real Estate and Energy Efficiency”.

Take a wild guess how many green certified homes are in the marketplace right now. If you guessed in the millions, you’re probably not far off.

There are now over three (3) million green certified homes ready for purchase, which is an almost 100% increase since 2001, when there were almost none.

Homes increase in value from 3-5% when they are green certified.

Most home designers are working on designing efficient high-performance homes, but what else can you do? How about reach out to the real estate community.

Many real estate firms don’t understand that the value of homes increases significantly when green certified. Everyone makes more money when we focus on energy efficient housing.

We can completely transform the single family home market by making sure high-performance buildings are consistently, and fairly, valued by all parties involved.

In this webinar you’ll learn how to:

  • Understand how the real estate community thinks and operates.
  • Successfully engage the real estate community.
  • Explain to the real estate community how high-performance homes benefit everybody.
  • Show references to studies that demonstrate value and health benefits.

For more information on CEUs, or to sign up for the webinar, click here.


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You voted and the results are in!

Recently, 164 AIBD members were asked to vote on where they would like future conferences to be held.

The AIBD Conference Committee had the difficult task of consideration the votes, comparing them to the number of members within a 100 mile radius, and assessing the strength of the local chapter(s).

The committee then came up with this list of proposed locations for the next three years. These locations are only the proposed locations, which means they are subject to change.


  • Winter – Austin, TX
  • Spring – Wilmington, NC
  • Summer – Atlanta, GA
  • Fall – Cincinnati, OH


  • Winter – Tampa, FL
  • Spring – Charlotte, NC
  • Summer – Philadelphia, PA
  • Fall – Seattle, WA


  • Winter – New Orleans, LA
  • Spring – Savannah, GA
  • Summer – Des Moines, IA
  • Fall – Salt Lake City, UT

Of course, we will keep you updated in the MondayMINUTE on anything and everything conference related, so make sure you look for the email every Monday.

Thank you to the 164 members who participated and we look forward to seeing you all at the conferences!


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Lowcounty Chapter RIPPLE Luncheon on Wednesday September 21st, 2016.

The Lowcountry Chapter will be holding their chapter RIPPLE luncheon on Wednesday September 21st, 2016 from 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM at Brody’s Bar & Grill.

As school starts, the Lowcounty Chapter is back in action. Business is strong and Summer is ending, so join them for a lunch and learn. Marvin Windows will be speaking and there is rumors of a possible trip to the plant.

The food available at Brody’s Bar & Grill will include soup, salad, and a wing bar.

Brody’s Bar & Grill
47 Ferry Drive
Lady’s Island, SC 29907
(Located behind Publix)

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
11:45 AM – 12:00 PM: Order Lunch – Welcome
12:00 PM – 12:20 PM: Marvin Integrity Presentation
12:20 AM – 01:00 PM: Network and Lunch

Paul Cole


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SoftPlan is teaching you how to count materials.

What are you doing tomorrow through Thursday? Nothing? Good. You should register for SoftPlan’s SoftList class.

You’ll learn how to get SoftList to count materials exactly the way you want it to.

Generate a Material Takeoff Report, analyze and create your own formulas, and much more.

You don’t even have to leave your home or office. This training is all online.

After taking this live training course you will improve your cost control, which in turn will make save you time and make you more money.

The investment for this course is $195.00 USD per person, and classes fill up fast so you need to go sign up right now.

Sign up here.

Future SoftPlan courses include:

  • September 27-30: Quick Start
  • October 4-7: Intermediate
  • October 18-21: 3D
  • November 1-4: Roof
  • November 15-18: Quick Start
  • December 6-9: Intermediate

You can sign up for any of these here.


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Procore live training is filling up fast.

Procore has a lot of training coming up, but there is one you’ll want to get signed up for as soon as possible. It’s filling up fast.

The Survival Guide for General Contractors

This webinar is Thursday September 15, 2016 from 1-2 PM EST. That’s this coming Thursday, so need to get registered right away.

Mike Wood, Procore Construction specialist will be talking everything from safety to financials for general contractors.

  • What you need to know to start and stay in business (you’ll be surprised).
  • How to leverage current technology to win more business.
  • How to set up and accelerate processes that keep your workforce happy.

This webinar will be beneficial not only to those who are or want to be general contractors. Anyone who deals with general contractors will learn something in this course. At the very least, you’ll be able to take what you learn about winning more business and apply it to your own.

Get registered here.

Make sure you watch the video on this page. It’s worth it.

Next week we’ll discuss three other upcoming webinars:

  • Going Mobile: Why Construction Needs to be on the Cutting Edge
  • Will Intelligent Specs Change Your Business?
  • How Technology is Controlling Your Quality & Safety Program

Make sure you’re watching your email inbox for the next MondayMINUTE.


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blueturtle_videosFree project management video series by BlueTurtleCM.com.

This project management video series provides architects with resources, advice, and support on design fee proposals and contract negotiations.

This was a weekly series of short videos, most of which are less than 10 minutes long, that is now complete and can be watched altogether or as spread out as you like. No need to wait for next week’s episode.

Last week, we talked about the second episode, which taught us how client background checks can save us time, money, headaches, and possible our entire business.

The third episode is on Architectural Fees. It starts off discussing the history of architectural fee scales, and moves into how the ACA are working to resolve fee scale issues.

The video will help you learn how to properly assess a job and discover the fee that you deserve while still being fair to the client.

You’ll learn resource based fee estimates and how to use them, including all of the factors necessary for you to make the right decisions for your business.

Click here for Episode 3.

Next week, we’ll take a look at Episode 4 – Architectural Fee Proposals.

These short videos are a smaller version of a recent series of workshops hosted by BlueTurtle Consulting. This series of workshops taught how to write proposals that will increase your fee levels, raise conversion rates, and eliminate scope creep.

The workshops are over now, but you can check out their website periodically to find out when future workshops will be held, or just ask them! You can email Emily@blueturtlemc.com or call 855-661-4270 (Toll Free).

And of course, we’ll keep you updated as soon as we know, so remember to check your inbox every Monday for the MondayMINUTE.


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Welcome new AIBD members!

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

Jenni Lewis-Boucher
Valerio Muraro
Procore Technologies, Inc.
Benjamin Tabolt
CE Provider

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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Palm Beach Chapter “RIPPLE Luncheon” this Friday.

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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CEDIA 2016 is here; are you going?

CEDIA 2016, a “global showcase of the biggest thinking, innovations, and connections in home technology,” is in Dallas, Texas, from September 13-17th 2016.

Attending CEDIA 2016 gives you the opportunity to network with other professionals in the home technology space. Aside from networking, you’ll expand your horizons and be a step ahead of the rest when you learn the latest in home technology and how it can improve your own work.

This year, you can learn about integrating home cinema into your designs. Another skill means another service you can offer! Take it a step further with training on rack building and wiring fundamentals. This year’s CEDIA brings 48 new courses and 116 total courses to take, including certifications.

The show floor is packed with even more to check out.

You’ll get to see the latest exhibits in home technology, from security, to home automation, to high performance audio.

And don’t forget to check out the Drone Zone, where you can learn how to utilize drones and other unmanned systems in home technology.

Please note that it may be too late now, but AIBD members were able to attend for free. Call 1-800-366-2423 or write info@AIBD.org for the member code, or to register as an AIBD member (if you are not already). To secure your housing please contact Tina Machina at CEDIA Housing at 317-713-1534 or via email at tmachina@conventionmanagers.com. Again, it may be too late, but we’ll let you know as soon as you can sign up next year.

The CEDIA 2016 expo runs from September 13-17th 2016 in Dallas, Texas.
Click here for more information or to get registered.


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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 have made a small fortune drawing house plans by starting with a large fortune…
…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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