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September 19, 2016. What’s happening @AIBD_National?

AIBD Members defended building designers in Oklahoma.


(From left) Keith Welsch, Grant Douglas, Marc Wilson, Hugh Sprague, David Harris, Jeff Fry, Bruce Yancey

Last Monday, September 13th, Steve Mickley and Marc Wilson, AIBD, Central Oklahoma Chapter President, along with five other AIBD members, attended an interim study meeting facilitated by the Oklahoma House of Representatives Business, Labor & Retirement Laws Committee.

It is the intent of the AIA to ask the legislature to reduce the areas of commercial practice currently exempted in the architectural act. The purpose of the meeting was to investigate the necessity for such an amendment to the current legislation.

Building Designers appeared to be outnumbered by the architectural community, three-to-one.

Steve Mickley spoke on behalf of building designers and refuted many of the points presented by the architects. One being the characterization that the meeting was intended to find compromise and the only proposals by the architects were to reduce the scope of the building designer without any reciprocation. With compromise nonexistent, Steve suggested cooperation.

“The AIBD believes in the consumer’s right to choose who designs their buildings. As an industry, let’s work together to protect the consumer by improving the enforcement of existing standards making it more demanding for those who lack experience and education.” Steve challenged.

The BL&R Committee chairman concluded there was not enough evidence to warrant changes to the act at this time.


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Some great AIBD Metro Atlanta Chapter news!


AIBD MAC President Rob Platt (left) and AIBD President Kevin Holdridge welcome Atlanta member Steven Mayer to the Compass Club.

Last Wednesday, Kevin Holdridge and Steve Mickley attended the AIBD Metro Atlanta Chapter meeting held at Georgia Piedmont Technical College in Clarkston, Georgia. Chapter President, Robert Platt presented Steven Mayer with his bronze Compass Club pin and announced the AIBD, MAC won the Compass Club chapter award for the 2015/2016 fiscal year.

The chapter is facilitating field teaching opportunities for the students along with the cooperation of Habitat for Humanity and NARI. Robert has taken on the position of AIBD program manager and is working with Stephanie Voltolin, Director of Computer Graphics and Design, to author a state-wide two-year Residential Design degree.


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NCBDC President Alan Abrams attends ASHRAE Stakeholder Workshop.

NCBDC President Alan Abrams attended the ASHRAE Residential Building Committee Stakeholders Workshop, in Alexandria, VA, September 15-16, 2016.

The workshop included 35 participants across the industry, from many organizations, and of course the president and other leaders of ASHRAE.

The purpose of the workshop was to provide input and guidance for the RBC, as they begin to focus ASHRAE’s efforts toward the residential market.

Representing AIBD, Mr. Abrams pointed out that our organization is important to the practice of residential and light commercial design. AIBD would be enthusiastic to be able to participate in ASHRAE as committee members.

The idea was well received by ASHRAE president-elect Bjarne Olesen. RBC vice-chair Chris Mathis requested Mr. Abrams personally get involved.

This is a great opportunity for AIBD to get involved in the technical side of the industry, as well as help ASHRAE meet their goals of energy efficiency.


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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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Charlotte Metro Chapter Lunch & Learn Wednesday September 21st, 2016.

VIM Products, Inc. will be presenting at this month’s Charlotte Metro Chapter Lunch & Learn.

“Level Entry Showers – the foundation of Universally Designed Bathrooms”

The bathroom is a dangerous place, and we spend a lot of time in it maintaining our personal hygiene. It’s extremely important to design bathrooms that are safe as well as long lasting, both in design and in durability.

Learn all about:

  • Code compliance.
  • Water proofing efficacy.
  • Optimizing accessibility, balance, stability , and safety.
  • And more!

Check out the flyer here.

Fox & Hound Sports Tavern
8711 Lindhol Drive
Huntersville, NC 28078

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Troy Smith: 704.641.2544
Todd Crowe: 704.895.4584


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Portsmouth Chapter Meeting on Wednesday September 21st, 2016.

“The Evolution of the Open Joist” with Matt Loiselle of Barrette Structural

Mr. Loiselle will be discussing the Open Joist TRIFORCE system.

This chapter meeting will cost $10 for members and $20 for non-members.
Seating is limited to 20. Please RSVP ASAP.

The Seaglass Restaurant & Lounge
4 Oceanfront North,
Salisbury, MA 01952

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Kathryn Joiner, CPBD


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Puget Sound Chapter Meeting on Tuesday September 27st, 2016.

This month’s presentation will be by Valley Supply, a local building material supply house.

Two materials will be discussed:

  1. Nudura’s Insulated Concrete Forms, and
  2. Boral’s latest trim and paint products.

Lunch will be provided by Valley Supply Company.

  • Cost for AIBD Members: $10
  • For Non-AIBD members who register by September 23rd: $15
  • For Non-AIBD members who register after September 23rd: $20

Please RSVP by Friday, September 23rd for the best price.


Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
11:00 PM PDT – 1:00 PM PDT

RSVP on Eventbrite


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Learn SoftPlan straight from the developers.

September 27th – 30th SoftPlan is teaching you, well, SoftPlan.

They’re calling this a “Quick Start” class which teaches you all the basics you need to get started designing buildings right now.

You can go from knowing nothing about SoftPlan to doing all of your work there in just over half a week’s time.

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

After taking this live training course you will be able to use SoftPlan to:

  • Draw plans in 2D and 3D.
  • Add electrical details.
  • Create foundation plans.
  • Turn your 2D plans into 3D models for clients to view.
  • And more!

The investment for this course is $195.00 USD per person. Classes fill up fast at 14 occupants so that you can get individual attention. If you’re interested, you need to go sign up right now.

Sign up here.

Future SoftPlan courses include:

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

We’ll be discussing them in future MondayMINUTE but if you’re too excited to wait, you can sign up for any of them here.


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Procore has tons of live training you need.

Procore has a lot of training coming up, but here are the three that will fill up fastest:

Going Mobile: Why Construction Needs to be on the Cutting Edge
September 27th 1:00 PM EST

If you’re not an early adopter, you’re already behind.

In this training, you’ll learn how to use technology to:

  • Win more bids.
  • Attract and retain new talent.
  • Leverage technology to enhance business processes.
  • Stay ahead of your competitors.

Click here to sign up for this webinar.

Will Intelligent Specs Change Your Business?
September 27th 2:00 PM EST

Intelligent Specs reduces waste and increases collaboration. Want to learn how? Procore’s Strategic Advisor, Jason Norris, is holding a free one hour webinar to walk you through the software. Whether you’re a general contractor, owner/executive, or just someone who has to work in the building industry, you should check out this free training.

Click here to sign up for this webinar.

How Technology is Controlling Your Quality & Safety Program
September 28th 1:00 PM EST

People are often resistant to new technology. They don’t want to change. They don’t want to have to learn a new thing.

Quality and safely programs are shaped by risk analysis. Risk analysis is done by assessing data, comparing to financial impacts, and then making decisions.

If you’re interested in quality and safety programs in the building industry, check out this webinar. You’ll learn how technology is used to address concerns and increase program adoption.

Click here to sign up for this webinar.

Next week we’ll discuss another other upcoming webinar:

  • Virtual Reality + AR Expert Panel

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 third episode, which taught us how to maximize fees in a way that is fair to you and the client.

The fourth episode is on Design Fee Proposals.

Now that you’ve figured out the fee, how do you pitch the client on it?

Clients always want to spend as little as possible. They don’t understand that what they’re purchasing is an investment in their future happiness and comfort.

Even though you discovered what fee is fair to both of you, they’re not necessarily going to see it that way. It’s important for you to know how to propose it to the client in a way that seals the deal with all parties walking away happy.

Click here for Episode 4.

Next week, we’ll take a look at Episode 5 – Client-Architect Contract Agreements.

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.

Brent Gibson

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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GreenHome Institute has two free CEU webinars coming up!

“Introduction to Ventilation & the latest ASHRAE 6.2 standard(s)”

September 21 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM EDT

No matter how energy efficient a home is, it still requires mechanical ventilation to maintain the air quality of the building.

This free online webinar will be discussing the various types of ventilation, when to apply them, and how to figure out what is best. The requirements for different states will be discussed so anyone from anywhere will be able to gain some knowledge from attending this session.

You’ll learn:

  • The difference between whole-house, Intermittent ,and Spot ventilation.
  • How to evaluate various ventilation options to meet ASHRAE standards.
  • How to calculate the necessary residential ventilations system needed for the specific home size and number of occupants.

AIBD CE Credits will be available, as well as credits for various other CEUS.

Register here.

“Making sense of Ductless Heat Pumps”

September 28 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM EDT

Ductless Heat Pumps (DHPs) are becoming more and more popular here in the USA. They reduce equipment costs, are cheaper to install, and increase comfort at the same time as improving energy efficiency.

There’s a lot more benefits to duct-free heating and cooling, and you can learn how and why to integrate them into your designs with this free webinar.

You’ll learn:

  • How Ductless Heat Pumps work.
  • How they improve welfare.
  • All of the AHRI acronyms and why they’re important.
  • And more!

AIBD CE Credits will be available, as well as credits for various other CEUS.

Register here.


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Humor for your Monday!

If you know what entasis is and you really like it…
…You may be a Residential Designer!

This week’s joke by Steve Mickley, AIBD Executive Director.

”You may be a Residential Designer” Jokes were created 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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