August 25, 2014. What’s happening @AIBD_National?


Influencing ARB regulations.

Last week, the AIBD Florida Society was able to get two more local home owner’s associations to change or consider changing their policies that allowed only licensed architects to prepare plans for homes within their communities.

The Architectural Review Board (ARB) of the Reunion community has had an architect’s seal requirement since about 2003. However, the board hasn’t been enforcing it until recently. Changes in the administration caused a newly re-constituted ARB to tighten the standards and enforce the guidelines. Since, a member of the Florida Society has been urging them to rewrite and update the standards, but that has been put on hold until last week, when the ARB chose to overturn the requirement.

Another community, Bella Collina in Monteverde, is also considering a change. New developers have taken on the project and are updating the design guidelines. This gave the Florida Society a great opportunity to address their architectural seal requirement. At their last meeting, the society proposed the following verbiage. But as of Friday, there is still no confirmation that it has been accepted. 


There is only one exception to the Licensed Architect requirement. Non-Licensed, Residential Design Professionals may design and submit plans if the residential Design Professional meets all of the following minimum requirements:

  • Designer and the design complies with Florida Statutes 481.229;
  • Designer has proven experience in luxury home design (Prior ACB approval is required – portfolio to be submitted to ACB prior to Designer being contractually engaged with the Owner or Builder);
  • Designer is in good standing with the AIBD, American Institute of Building Design,; or;
  • Designer is Certified through the NCBDC – The National Council of Building Designer Certification,
  • Plans must be stamped with the Certified Professional Building Designer’s seal or stamp.

An ARB (sometimes titled Architectural Control Board or Committee) usually consists of a group of homeowners who have volunteered to determine if architectural changes made to a home within their community conform to the Construction Controls and Regulations (CC&Rs) and to protect the overall aesthetics of their community. There are over 3000 homeowner’s associations throughout America, but not all of them have construction controls or ARBs. If you come across a private community and you question their policies, contact the AIBD national office. Many times it’s as simple as educating their board on the alternative to licensed design professionals. If they require that all plans submitted must have an architect’s seal, you may have an opportunity to request the above verbiage be considered.

AIBD’s public policies include the belief an architectural license should not be required to practice certain disciplines within architecture. But with great liberty comes great responsibility. Become a part of ours team of designers reaching out to, educating, and volunteering to serve on America’s private community boards. 


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The townhouse market is flat.


The National Association of Home Builders economist, Robert Dietz, reports total townhouse construction was effectively unchanged on a year-over-year basis during the second quarter of 2014. Although, he predicts, “Despite the drop in market share during the Great Recession, I expect the share for townhouse construction to increase in coming years – with occasional ups and downs. For example, recent weakness in production has been associated with reduced levels of first-time homebuyers.”

Historically, exemptions in the architectural laws have limited multi-family building design to licensed or registered architects. However, the International Residential Code (IRC) classifies a townhouse as a single family dwelling, provide each unit is located on it’s own individual parcel of land; i.e. “lot.” Because the prospects for townhouse construction over the long run are positive given large numbers of homebuyers looking for medium density residential neighborhoods, let the MondayMINUTE know how townhouses are being viewed by your local municipalities and state. Write us using the “Submit a Post” tab above.

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Tips on successful truss design outsourcing.

SOURCE: Gould Design, Inc.’s Blog

The MondayMINUTE would like to share the following blog post addressing the attributes of successful design outsourcing. The blot is managed by a Gould Design, Inc. a design partner with AIBD Corporate member MiTek since 2009, GDI provides services to component manufacturers in need of outsourcing & remote truss design assistance. They are licensed in the USA & Canada. Types of services include: Wood Roof Trusses, Wood Floor Trusses, Steel Trusses, Wall Panels, EWP, Material Take-Offs, CAD & more. GDI provides Whole-House design & engineering services.

Here are GDI’s 8-tips on how to be successful in design outsourcing. Click on the source link above for the full article and to learn more about GDI.

1. Each client must come to terms with a mutual understanding:

  • Confidentiality Agreement is established
  • Design Agreement is put in effect
  • Credit history is reviewed to (Determines if a retainer fee is required)

2. Immediately after we receive the signed Confidentiality Agreement, value is added to the relationship with:

  • Job Submit form (This is a tool your salesman should fill out for each job brought in)
  • Quality Assurance Checklist for Trusses
  • Quality Assurance Checklist for Wall Panels
  • Drawing details the customer may have a need for

3. Clients to send us a few sample jobs with varying difficulty that reflect:

  • Framing condition preferences
  • Layout presentation
  • Labeling requirements
  • Panel lengths, splicing & webbing preferences
  • Various other client specific requirements (Anything that may be unique to the client)

4. Inventories:

  • Lumber Inventory (Lengths, Grades, etc.)
  • Plate/Connector Inventory
  • EWP (Beam/Joist/Rimboard) Inventory
  • Hanger Inventory
  • Other Necessary Inventories (per customer request)

5. Software and shop equipment:

  • Engineering Software Version
  • Border template used for finished product
  • Data file
  • Production equipment (Saws, tables, presses, etc.)

6. Establishing relationships with key personnel regarding:

  • Expectations/Duties, etc.
  • Accounting Procedures/Payment Method(s)
  • In-House Design Contact(s)
  • Overall Design Procedure/Protocol

7. Sample work is provided:

  • PDF files of both Layout & Engineering
  • Truss Design Standards/Criteria
  • Panel Design Standards/Criteria
  • EWP Design Standards/Criteria

8. Design Criteria documentation is completed

  • Truss webbing configurations
  • Blank Truss Design Criteria Sheet (A sample of a completed one is provided for reference)
  • Blank Wall Panel Criteria

To read the full article, more Gould Design, Inc.’s Blog posts, or info on GDI’s services, CLICK HERE.


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More events ahead.

Looking into 2015…

  • August 3 – 6, 2015 – AIBD National Convention and Interactive Conference on Residential Design, Providence, RI

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