Category Archives: 09 / September – 2014

September 29, 2014. What’s happening @AIBD_National?

An historic home tour in Portsmouth. 

Friday, October 3rd from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm

The AIBD Northeast society’s next general membership meeting will include a tour of the historic Governor Langdon House in Portsmouth, NH and a special exhibit of Historic New England’s collection of original architectural drawings from the late 18th to mid-20th century. The tour and exhibit viewing will be followed by a Northeast Society business meeting.

CLICK HERE to download a meeting notice. The society will not be providing a meal at this meeting so plan accordingly. Please RSVP by Tuesday, September 30th.


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BuildingPermit-406x270-300x199New-Home Sales Top 500,000 in August, Highest Level Since 2008.

SOURCE: National Association of Home Builders

September 24, 2014 – Sales of newly built, single-family homes increased 18 percent in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 504,000 units in August, the highest level in six years, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.

“This jump in sales activity is in line with our latest surveys, which indicate builders are seeing increased traffic and more serious buyers in the market for single-family homes,” said Kevin Kelly, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Wilmington, Del.

“This robust level of new-home sales activity is a good sign that the housing recovery is moving towards higher ground,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “Historically low mortgage rates, attractive home prices and firming job and economic growth should keep the housing market moving forward in 2014.”

Regionally, new home sales rose 50 percent in the West, 29.2 percent in the Northeast and 7.8 percent in the South. Sales were unchanged in the Midwest.

The inventory of new homes for sale edged up to 203,000 in August, which is a slim 4.8-month supply at the current sales pace.


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SoftPlan intermediate classes offered next week.

October 7-10 – Classes meet from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. CST

SoftPlan’s Intermediate class will teach you the advanced skills you need to create complete custom house plans. You’ll learn how to draw a complete house plan in 2D and 3D and how to generate elevations and sections, 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 their website for more class offerings.

Classes fill up fast, register today.

phone 800-248-0164



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Quiet on the landscape, a home nestled into a rugged lakeside setting.


Project by: Laine M. Jones, West Newberry, Massachusetts.

CLICK HERE to see more photos and read the full article.


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Are two walls better than one?


Double-stud walls are a low-tech way to create highly  energy-efficient walls with common materials and familiar assemblies.


Energy-conscious builders pioneered double-stud walls after the oil-price shocks  of the 1970s. This relatively low-tech method of building energy-efficient walls  uses common materials and familiar assemblies. These walls have several benefits  in addition to their high R-value: Thick cellulose-insulated walls are quiet,  and many homeowners appreciate the deep window stools. In addition, the framing  method virtually eliminates thermal bridging within the wall assembly, although  there still can be thermal bridges at sills, top plates, and window and door  openings.

Read more: CLICK HERE.



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More events ahead.

Looking into 2015…

  • March 6-8, 2015 – AIBD North Carolina/South Carolina Annual Conference, North Myrtle Beach, SC
  • March 25-27, 2015 – AIBD California Annual Conference, Skyline College, San Bruno, CA
  • August 3 – 6, 2015 – AIBD National Convention and Interactive Conference on Residential Design, Providence, RI

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Member renewal