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April 13, 2015. What’s happening @AIBD_National?

Pacific Northwest spring conference, Friday.

Kevin Bourne (right) with other Simpson Strong-Tie reps at a Structural Engineer’s Association of Washington event. Photo by: Darrell Staaleson, PE, SE.

  • Location: Simpson Strong-Tie
    22035 W. Valley Highway
    Kent, WA 98032
  • Date & Time: April 17, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. PDT

Attend the AIBD 2015 Spring Conference in Kent, Washington. Enjoy continuing education presentations by Simpson StrongTie and Panasonic Eco Solutions. A light continental breakfast and lunch is included. There is no fee for this event.

CLICK HERE for more information and to RSVP.


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Attend a lunch meeting in Shreveport.

  • Location: Trejo’s Mexican Restaurant, 5815 Youree Dr., Shreveport, LA
  • Date & Time: April 17, 2015, 12:00 p.m. CDT

AIBD Executive Director Steve Mickley is attending a chapter organizational meeting in Shreveport, Louisiana this Friday. Mr. Scott Phillips of Phillips Design Group, a building designer in Stonewall, LA, has volunteered to be the local coordinator and is heading up an effort to start an AIBD Chapter in the Shreveport / Bossier City area.

CLICK HERE to RSVP or to contact Scott Phillips and express your support.


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AIBD leadership sets path for Institute.

Recruitement Update

In route to reaching goal #1 ~ the Membership Committee has released their recruitment report for quarters 1, 2 & 3 (click to enlarge)

Our five officers, together with the board of directors liaison from the National Council of Building Designer Certification, composed their list of the 12 highest priorities for the 2015/2016 fiscal year.

  1. Increase membership by 50%.
  2. Submit an IRC code proposal defining the title building designer.
  3. Launch the NCBDC online testing platform.
  4. Build 100 AIBD chapters by 2020.
  5. Host a first residential design hack-a-thon.
  6. Publish national guidelines for construction drawings.
  7. Start 30 AIBD chapters by the end of the next fiscal year.
  8. Author a chapter success guidelines booklet.
  9. Fill the eight empty seats on the NCBDC Board of Examiners.
  10. Increase non-dues revenue.
  11. Align NCBDC’s policies and procedures with ANSI 17024 standards.
  12. Complete a full practice analysis of the building design industry.

The six board members and the AIBD ED met for a strategic planning session in Washington, DC this past Friday. Their next steps are to recruit committee members to create the plan of action needed to accomplish each goal, as well as calculate the finances, volunteers and staff time required. All of that information will be considered when the Finance Committee and the board of directors agree on a final budget for the 2015/2016 fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2015.

The day-long strategic planning session was facilitated by Denise Calabrese of Calabrese Management, Harrisburg, PA. Denise came highly recommended with a track record of success with organizations which have progressive and visionary Board members.


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CEA, CEDIA, InfoComm release joint architectural drawing symbols standard. 

INDIANAPOLIS (April 8, 2015) – The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association’s (CEDIA) R10 Residential Systems committee and InfoComm International today announced the publication of ANSI Standard J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols. This new standard defines a common set of blueprint icons that represents all facets of pre-wire and installation of electronic systems, products and devices in residential and commercial environments.

“This is a milestone for the industry, since there has been a huge void in symbols representations for the low-voltage industry,” said Walt Zerbe, product manager, audio, OnQ Legrand and NuVo; and Chairman of CEA’s R10 Residential Systems Committee. “This was an important cross industry/association effort among CEA, CEDIA and InfoComm that gives this standard even more weight and value. I’m excited it’s complete, released and ready for adoption.”

“Any integrator will tell you that a project is easier when technology is part of the discussion from the start,” said Dave Tkachuk, engineer at Symbol Logic and CEDIA volunteer. “The architectural blueprint icons will help foster the conversations among integrators and industry partners including architects, builders and interior designers. These icons will help them make informed decisions about including technology, while they’re in the planning stages of a project.”

“AV floor-plan symbols simply represent complex technology,” said Dr. Walter P Black, senior consultant, VidCAD LLC, and InfoComm International volunteer. “It’s as if a symbolic language can now be spoken between U.S. and international integrators, consultants, architects, engineers and owners – one that is endorsed by ANSI and U.S. National CAD Standards V6.”

The recently published standard is available free of charge through the CEDIA Resource Library. CEA, CEDIA and InfoComm will also soon release icons that can be used in Microsoft Visio, AutoCad, and other drawing programs.



CEDIA is an international trade association of companies that specialize in designing and installing electronic systems for the home. The association was founded in September 1989 and has more than 3,500 member companies worldwide. CEDIA members are established and insured businesses with bona fide qualifications and experience in this specialized field. For more information on CEDIA, visit the association’s Web site at www.cedia.net.


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SoftPlan 3D Rendering class.

  • When: April 21 – 24
  • Time: Classes meet from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. CST

SoftPlan’s 3D class is one of our most popular. You’ll learn how to create beautiful, professional looking 3D renderings – a skill you’ll be able to use to entice clients and set your business apart from the competition.

This class will be conducted using SoftPlan 2016.

You’ll learn how to assign textures, add realistic 3D symbols, create a site plan, create an attractive kitchen rendering, and much more, all from the convenience of your own office. You’ll also be able to ask the instructor questions and interact with the class.

Each class is $195.00 per person. See a full itinerary and visit our website for more class offerings.

Classes fill up fast, register today.
phone 800-248-0164
email sales@softplan.com

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Nominations still open for AIBD officers and directors.

The Board of Directors is the governing body of AIBD.  The board manages the affairs of the Institute and supervises its operations. More importantly, the Board of Directors has the commitment to help the Institute move toward its Mission and Vision by establishing and acting upon a Strategic Development Plan, setting up projects and programs, and coordinating task forces and committees.

Serving on the board is your opportunity to make a difference. As a leader, you have a platform to express your ideas about what AIBD should be and should do. More importantly, as a member of the governing body of AIBD, you are part of the vehicle of change.

As a board member, you bring your ideas to the table, speak up and take initiative. You work on what’s important to you, on projects that interest you, and where you can put your background and particular skills into action.

As a board member, you will attend monthly GoToMeetings during which the board members update each other on what’s going on. Be prepared to report, discuss, share opinions and ideas, and also to laugh. Board members meet face-to-face at the annual board meeting and member meeting, during the AIBD Convention. The personal interaction among AIBD members is something special and not to be missed.

Terms are one year, and the following are the positions and nominations to date:

  • President (David Pillsbury*)
  • Internal Vice President (Kevin Holdridge*)
  • External Vice President: (Karen Kassik-Michelsohn*)
  • Treasurer (Richard Emigh*)
  • Secretary (No candidate has been nominated)
  • Director (Chip Hudson*, Newell Cheatheam*, a total of 4 and up to 6 positions are available) 

* – Denotes the person is currently holding the position and they have been nominated by committee to serve a second term. Additional nominations may be made by two (2) Professional members, using the nominations link below.

Nominations for one candidate must come from two different members – one of which can be the candidate themselves. NOMINATIONS CLOSE APRIL 30, 2015.

A description of and requirements for these positions may be downloaded here.

CLICK HERE to access the online nominations form. Contact the AIBD national office if you would like a PDF version of the form to print and fill out by hand.


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More events ahead.

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Member renewal