August 13, 2012. What’s Happening @AIBD_national?

…The AIBD National Convention continues.

This past week, Open Space Technology was introduced as the workshop format for the AIBD 2012 National Convention. Approximately 115 industry professionals convened to discuss how to Retool the U.S. Housing Industry, the title of a book authored by Mr. Rashkin. After a 90 minute introducation by Mr. Rashkin, the group convened and suggested dozens of areas of concerns and opportunities which were pooled together to create 27 breakout sessions and an action planning session. The best part of this new format is, the discussion is continuing and everyone can add their thoughts and suggestions at

“The best convention since I’ve been a member.” says Bernie Kern, AIBD Colorado President and former Society Officers Committee Chairperson. “I have to agree with Bernie.” adds Caroline Loisos, AIBD California Board member. “The caliber of the keynote speaker, Sam Rashkin, combined with the Open Space discussions sure took my experience to a higher level than ever anticipated.”

 “AIBD provided the shelter. The atmosphere and spirit of the event was the responsibility of those who attended.” Steve Mickley, AIBD Executive Director, reports. Kevin Holdridge, the AIBD Easter District Director characterized the proceedings by saying, “Welcome to the new normal. I can’t wait until Pasadena in 2013!”

A few of the solutions derived this past week include how to handle the new sources of building science information, how to improve appraisals, how to integrate the builder, designer and realtor for maximum effectiveness are just a few of the challenges confronted this past week at the AIBD National Convention. A press area was set up in the room and breakout coordinators recorded their thoughts in real time. Check out and add your ideas.


…AIBD has new leadership.

During theconvention proceedings last week in Wilmington, NC, both the AIBD and the NCBDC elected new leadership. Viki Wooster (Oregon) was elected by the House of Delegates to serve as AIBD President and John Fought (Florida) by the Board of Examiners to serve as NCBDC President. AIBD thanks Dan Sater for his three years of services as President and our appreciation for him now taking on the top position in the House Plan Marketing Alliance Council. We also thank Leonard Vogel for four years of dedicated service as NCBDC President.

Also elected to the AIBD Board of Directors were David Pillsbury (Florida) as Internal VP, Paul Cole (South Carolina) as External VP, Richard Emigh (California) is now the Secretary/Treasurer. The District Directors include David Ludwig (Arizona) as the Western DD, Ron Ressler (Michigan) as the Central DD, and Kevin Holdridge (North Carolina) as the Eastern DD.

Changes in the NCBDC include, Bruce Yancey (Oklahoma) elected as the Council’s VP and John Police (Indiana) as the Secretary/Treasurer.


…AIBD is in the news.

National housing industry convention brings experts to Wilmington. A report by News 14 Carolina:

National group of home designers help fight homelessness in Navassa. An article by Cape Fear Business News:


…AIBD names Designer of the Year.

Willie Dalrymple of J.W. Dalrymple Residential Design Associates, Inc., Wilmington, NC, was named the Designer of the Year by the American Institute of Building Design. Presented by AIBD College of Fellows Representative Jannis Vann, the award is in recognition of Mr. Dalrymple’s twelve years of service to the AIBD North Carolina Society as president and conference meeting planner.

“The work is a little involved, but it is worth the effort. Thank you.” was all Willie stated when accepting his award. Known for usually having more to say, the short acceptance speech was just as much a shock to the audience as the award was to Willie. “The fact we rendered him speechless shows just how much he appreciates being recognized.” says Steve Mickley, AIBD Executive Director.

Given each year at the conclusion of their national convention, the AIBD presents the Designer of the Year Award to the member who has made the most outstanding contribution to the Institute and the community.

After working 20 years for architects and engineers, Willie opened JW Dalrymple Residential Design Associates, Inc. in 1990, specializing in new custom home designs as well as renovations and additions.  His designs have been built all over North Carolina and throughout the southeastern US.  He has been an active member of AIBD since 1993 and qualified for the designation of Certified Professional Building Designer by exam administered by the National Council for Building Designer Certification.


…NCBDC changes its application procedure.

The Board of Examiners voted last week to allow AIBD Professional members in good standing to apply for the NCBDC certification examinations for FREE between now and December 31, 2012. Non-members of AIBD who apply pay a $50 application fee.

Before now, AIBD members paid $300 and non-members paid $350 for both the application and the exam in one lump sum. The new policy asks for a $50 application fee up front with the $350 exam fee not having to be paid until 30-days prior to the exam date. “I think this will be a big help for those who want to see if they qualify but don’t want to invest the full amount.” said Len Vogel the outgoing NCBDC President.

In addition, the new policy will require AIBD Professional members to submit a full application which includes examples of their work and letters of verification of their experience. These were steps waived in the past and after the $50 application fee amnesty on January 1, 2013 will no longer be waived. This measure is in response to the NCBDC goal to seek ANSI accreditation and the new AIBD membership application procedures.


ARDA winners announced.

Last week at the AIBD National Convention, the American Residential Design Awards Committee hosted its annual awards dinner. Master of Ceremonies Jim Vann expertly lead the proceedings as each of the over 40 category winners were announced. Concluding the presentations, the competitions top winners were announced and uniquely, the judges overall Best in Show award and the industry’s Designers’ Choice Award went to the same project designed by Mountainworks in Cashiers, NC. The other prominent winner was Danie Van Loggerenberg of DVL Custom Concepts in The Woodlands, TX, who received the Global Choice Award. Danie received 154 of the 720 votes cast internationally from 15 countries.

To view the winners visit


…AIBD meets today to discuss IRC amendments.

The AIBD Regulatory and Advocacy Committee is looking for volunteers. The committee meets the second Monday of each month by conference call. AIBD staff liaison and codes representative Mike Fischer is leading the volunteers in crafting amendments to be considered for the 2015 IRC during the code cycle that begins in January 2013. In addition, as the 2012 IRC is adopted the committee will be responsible for prompting educational efforts designed to update the members on the significant changes. Today’s meeting is at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Contact the AIBD national office to obtain the conference call information.

Photos by: Steven “Doc” List

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