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January 9, 2017. What’s happening @AIBD_National?

AIBD will be at the NAHB International Builders’ Show!

If you’re coming to IBS this week, make sure to stop in at our booth: #W23!

Also be sure to catch AIBD Executive Director Steve Mickley in a live podcast recording at Norbord’s booth W4571 on Tuesday at 11 AM.


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Last chance to get free passes to IBS!

The 2017 NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) is from January 10-12 in Orlando, Florida. That’s tomorrow!

If you haven’t got your passes yet, you still can. We have three opportunities for free passes below.

Join Simpson Strong-Tie at IBS:

Registered IBS attendees can experience the exhibits of the Builders’ Show and, as part of Design & Construction Week®, the exhibits of the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show®. This includes more than 2,100 exhibitors and 900,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibits.

Click here to get access to the free pass.

And don’t forget to visit them at booth #W4641!

VELUX is also offering one (1) free pass through their Builder’s Show Page: www.Builde­rsShow.com­/VELUXAmer­icaInc.

Be sure to stop by and thank them at booth #W3416.

Third, we have Goodwin also offering a free pass.

Click here to get your free pass from Goodwin.

They can be found at Booth #S2850, so make sure to say hi and thank them for the pass.


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Now’s your chance to give your input on a new BIM certificate program.

Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Location: Orange County Convention Center, West Concourse, Level II, W 240 C
Time: 5:00pm EST

The Building Information Modeling – Residential (BIM-R) curriculum based certificate program is hosting an organizational and informational meeting at the International Builder Show in Orlando, Florida.

AIBD member Joseph Sirilla is leading the efforts to create the BIM-R educational program and has assembled a team of subject matter experts to begin writing curriculum for the nine-session, two-day, training program. Everyone able to attend is invited to be a part of this complimentary informal workshop and provide their input.

An official launch date has not been set, but the team envisions having the two-day certificate program ready to go sometime in April or May, 2017. For more information write to BIMR@AIBD.org or call 1-800-366-2423 and ask for Joe Sirilla.


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AIBD Triad Chapter meeting on January 19th.

Justin Kiger with “Fantech” will discuss their inline fans for bathroom exhaust, dryer boosting & rado mitigation, as well as indoor air quality equipment such as heat recovery, energy recovery ventilators & whole house heap filtration.

Lunch will be provided.

Please bring any designers, builders or anyone you think would be interested.

Pella Window & Door,  220 Seneca Drive, Greensboro, N.C   27406

January 19th from 11:30 to 1:00

Dan Huckabee

Please RSVP as soon as possible!

For more information on the Triad Chapter, check out the chapter page on AIBD.org.


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AIBD member David DiSpirito featured in “My Lottery Dream Home”.

AIBD member David DiSpirito will have a house featured in HGTV’s “My Lottery Dream Home”.

This television show follows host David Bromstad as he shows homes to recent lottery winners as they finally are able to afford their dream home.

This episode, which aired last Friday night, had a retired couple in Hampton’s East Bay at Buckroe Beach. The couple were looking vacation home along the Virginia Coast.

While DiSpirito has had his designs featured in newspapers and magazines, he said “it will be a new experience,” to see his work on TV.

You can check out many of his other designs at http://www.homesiteinc.com/.


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Cadsoft has two events coming up that you should check out!

“Home Design & Virtual Reality: Are you Immersed?”

January 11th, 2017 Noon at IBS. Room S3460
The International Builders Show (IBS) is offering a variety of forums for show attendees, and Cadsoft is presenting a class on virtual reality and the various ways it can be used for home design. VR is the future for many industries, especially ours. Attend this forum and learn how you can get started ahead of everyone else.

For more information, check out the website.

Learn the Envisioneer basics in this free webinar.

Learn how to get started using Envisioneer. This course is good for both beginners and those who have been using Envisioneer for years. There’s always something you didn’t know before!

WHEN: January 17, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
WHERE: Online
COST: Free

    You’ll learn:

  • What program settings benefit you most.
  • All about building locations.
  • How to draw walls in many different ways.
  • And much more!

There will also be a Question and Answer time at the end of the webinar so you can have all of your questions answered by someone who really knows the software through and through.

Click here to get registered.


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Upcoming GreenHome Institute webinars (free)!

Buildingomics: The Holistic Impact of Working in a Green Certified Building on Cognitive Function and Health

January 11 12:00 am – 1:15 pm (Eastern)

People underestimate the productivity benefits of green certified buildings. It turns out, the healthier the building, the healthier the people in it. The healthier the people in it, the better workers they are and the better work they get done.

This webinar follows a study conducted with 12 participants across 10 buildings and how green buildings helped increase productivity.

You’ll learn…

  • To identify the different things that cause health impacts in buildings.
  • How to express that green buildings and enhanced ventilation affect health and productivity.
  • The benefits of healthy work environments.
  • To make smart choices in your business to ensure healthy and productive workplaces.

For more information or to get registered, click here.

How to use Residential Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing (PACE) 101

January 18, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm (Eastern)

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing is different than a typical home loan. Learn the benefits and how to get this special type of financing in this free webinar by the GreenHome Institute.

Even if you’re not looking to get financed, the knowledge could help you better assist your clients.

You’ll learn…

  • How to use PACE financing to fund buildings that are above code energy / water efficient.
  • Where to get more information about PACE financing in your state or county.
  • How to get involved locally or at a state level to get residential PACE approved in your area.
  • How to explain to clients that PACE will cover up front costs for safer and more sustainable building projects.
  • And more!

For more information or to get registered, click here.


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Welcome new AIBD members!

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

Christian Fokine

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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The Winter Edition of AIBD Magazine is available!

aibd_summer_magazine_cover_002The Winter Edition of AIBD Magazine is now available to read online for free.

AIBD Magazine is a quarterly magazine discussing the latest AIBD and industry news, brought to you by members of AIBD.

This month’s issue includes a recap of the 2016 American Residential Design Awards (ARDA) winners, an article on BIM for residential use by Joseph Sirilla, and an article on the benefits and drawbacks of air tightness in homes by Gord Cooke.

AIBD Magazine also contains notes written by AIBD’s President Kevin Holdridge, Executive Director Steve Mickley, Past ARDA Chair Michael Battaglia, and the incoming ARDA Chair Karen Kassik-Michelsohn, and AIBD Magazine Editor Yu-Ngok Lo.

All issues, past and present, are able to be viewed online for free at AIBD.org/magazine. They are mobile friendly. We recommend you try full screen view.


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Get free access to Lightspace California 2017.

Lighting is extremely important to not just the design of your buildings but also to the comfort of those will be using the building.

Luckily, there’s a convention just for this. It’s called Lightspace California and it’s happening in Anaheim early 2017.

This event was created in London but is coming to the USA for the first time alongside The LED Show and Strategies in Light. These events all together provide a wide range of information across the entire lighting supply chain.

From the website:

“A line-up of thought leaders – including leading lighting designers and architects –will explore themes of integration of light and architecture, the role of darkness and shadow and collaboration across the disciplines.”

Talks include…

  • How to add value with light
  • Creativity in human-centric design and circadian rhythm
  • Lighting’s role in the narration of museums and galleries
  • And more!

The entire event is organized by Lighting magazine, so you know the people who are putting this together know what they’re talking about.

Anaheim Convention Center
February 28th – March 2nd
Free to attend!
Click here to register now.


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Air Vent Inc. Ask The Expert seminars are coming to a town near you.

Air Vent Inc. are bringing their “Ask The Expert” seminars to cities all over the USA, and there’s bound to be one near you.

You’ll learn…

  • How to avoid obvious installation mistakes
  • How to sell your services the right way
  • What code violations will follow your whole career
  • And much more!

These are technical seminars, not sales presentations.

AIBD, AIA, NARI, A.I.I., NAHI, RCI and ACHI members can receive CE credits by attending seminars.

There are 30 seminars around the country, so click here to locate the one that’s nearest to you.

These seminars run from January to March 2017.

January’s upcoming seminars will be:

  • La Vista, NE – Tuesday, January 10, 2017
  • Overland Park, KS – Wednesday, January 11, 2017
  • St. Louis, MO – Thursday, January 12, 2017
  • Billings, MT – Tuesday, January 17, 2017
  • Sioux Falls, SD – Wednesday, January 18, 2017
  • Orange, CA – Tuesday, January 24, 2017
  • San Jose, CA – Wednesday, January 25, 2017
  • Portland, OR – Thursday, January 26, 2017
  • Houston, TX – Tuesday, January 31, 2017


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Humor for your Monday!

This week’s comic is by Roger Penwill of England.

Mr. Penwill has been a full-time professional cartoonist since 1999, following an architectural career in London. He was one of the first UK cartoonists to convert to producing fully digital artwork and was instrumental in promoting its acceptance in other countries.

For more information on Mr. Penwill or his comics, click here to check out his website.


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