April 22, 2013. What’s happening @AIBD National?

…The launch of our new website. 

AIBD is pleased to announce the launch of our new website, www.AIBD.org. Our site has been redesigned with a fresh new look and has cobranded the House Plan Marketing Alliance and National Council of Building Designer Certification websites. Additionally, our new site provides resources for both the consumer and the professional. Viki Wooster, AIBD President, shared her approval, “Congratulations to the Website and Marketing committees, to Executive Director Steve Mickley, to our web design firm Homelinks Computer Services and to all who contributed to the months of thought, planning and implementation that went into creating our fresh and user-friendly new AIBD website. Great job!”

What’s next? The Website Committee is tight lipped. “What we’re working on now combines the best of LinkedIn and the best of Facebook, as well as other features not currently found in social media.” Steve Mickley lets slip.
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…AIBD reps attend 2015 building code hearings. 

The first series of hearings to update and revise the 2015 editions of the International Residential Code and International Energy Conservation Code are underway in Dallas. Beginning yesterday, April 21, AIBD General Manager, Whit Peterson, and our staff building code liaison, Mike Fischer, are attending the hearings through April 30. In addition to two proposals drafted by the AIBD Regulatory and Legislative Advocacy Committee, other agenda items included for debate are numerous updates to the fire safety provisions of the IRC, energy efficiency requirements for residential and commercial construction, and minimum construction provisions for the next generation of residential masonry applications. Those interested in following the discussions and debate at the hearings can view the progress by webcast here.
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…2013 Orlando Parade of Homes  

Several of the Florida Society members are represented in this year’s Orlando Parade of Homes. Keesee and Associates, Inc. proudly provided the design or construction documents for 13% of the 78 homes across Central Florida. Among them are several single family residences, as well as Custom and Remodel homes in Apopka, Clermont, Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Windermere, and Winter Park. Carl and Craig Brown of their sister company, FDS Engineering Associates, are also well represented, having provided Structural Engineering for 14% of this year’s homes. The Parade will run until Sunday, April 28th – for more information go to pohorlando.com. 
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…Legislative alerts. 

Connecticut S.B. 960 The Connecticut General Assembly has introduced an act authorizing municipalities to protect the historic or architectural character of properties or districts that are listed on, or under consideration for listing on, the National Register of Historic Places, 16a USC 470, or the state register of historic places, as defined in section 10-410. View the full text of the act – CLICK HERE

Illinois H.B. 1344 The Illinois House has passed a bill extending the deadline for the sun setting the alternate qualifications in lieu of the required graduation with a first professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by NCARB. The Senate has not yet voted on the bill. The current deadline to apply is January 1, 2014 and will be extended for two more years. View the full text of the bill – CLICK HERE

Michigan H.B. 4585 The Michigan Legislature has introduced a bill to amend 1980 PA 299, entitled “Occupational Code” allowing licensed individuals to use an electronic seal. View the latest text of the bill – CLICK HERE

Nevada S.B. 60 The Nevada Senate has passed an act instituting a fine for not renewing or obtaining a state business licenses. Originally, the law only addressed those who willfully failed to obtain a state business license. The act also includes new provisions for corporations located outside of Nevada but doing work within the state, as well as amendments to the registered agent provisions. The Assembly has not yet voted on the act. View the full text of the adopted act – CLICK HERE

Florida S.B. 286 On Wednesday, the Florida legislature passed a bill redefining the term design professional; specifying conditions under which a design professional employed by a business entity or an agent of the business entity may not be held individually liable for damages resulting from negligence occurring within the course and scope of a professional services contract, etc. View the full text of the bill – CLICK HERE

The above Legislative Alerts are an example of the weekly alerts provided through the AIBD Legislative Alerts Program. AIBD members may subscribe for FREE to receive legislative alerts on a weekly basis. Non-members are invited to subscribe for a small fee. To subscribe, visit www.AIBD.org and click on “Store.” Then, search for: ALERTS.
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…More events ahead 

  • April 25 & 26 – NCBDC Exam in Hartford, CT
  • May 1 – AIBD GA Quarterly Meeting, Senoia, GA
  • May 1 – AIBD PA lunch-and-learn, Harrisburg, PA
  • May 3 – AIBD Washington’s Spring Conference, Kent, WA
  • May 4 – AIBD North Carolina Quarterly Meeting, Concord, NC
  • May 6 & 7 – NCBDC Exam in Atlanta, GA (Registration Deadline April 6)
  • May 11 – AIBD Ohio Quarterly Meeting, Dayton, OH
  • June 5 & 6 – NCBDC Exam in San Antonio, TX (Registration Deadline May 5)
  • June 7 – AIBD Northeast Quarterly Meeting, Gloucester, MA
  • June 21 & 22 – AIBD Florida Quarterly Meeting, West Palm Beach, FL
  • July 13 & 14 – NCBDC Exam in Pasadena, CA (Registration Deadline June 13)
  • July 15-18 – AIBD National Convention, Langham Hotel, Pasadena, CA
  • August 17 & 18 – NCBDC Exam in Washington, DC (Registration Deadline July 17)
  • August 24 – AIBD North Carolina Quarterly Meeting, Rock Hill, NC
  • September 5 – AIBD Northeast Quarterly Meeting, Devens, MA
  • October 25 & 26 – AIBD Florida Quarterly Meeting, Orlando, FL
  • November 16 – AIBD North Carolina Quarterly Meeting and Design Competition Awards, Lexington, NC
  • December 5 – AIBD Northeast Quarterly Meeting
  • December 6 – AIBD Florida Organizational Meeting, Apopka, FL

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