Category Archives: 02 / February – 2015

February 23, 2015. What’s happening @AIBD_National?

Early-bird discount ends tomorrow for building design + building science conference.

  • Date: March 25-27
  • Location: Skyline College, San Bruno, CA

The AIBD California Society and Skyline College brings to you a dynamic and comprehensive conference for both Designers and Builders. Who else should attend? Building Designers, Architects, Engineers, Building Contractors, Subcontractors, Energy Consultants and Students.  All are welcome. 

Keynote speaker Matt Christie, Senior Project Manager with TRC Energy Services.

This year’s keynote speaker is Matt Christie. Matt is a Senior Project Manager with TRC Energy Services and has a depth of experience designing and managing utility incentive programs across the residential market sector, including design of the California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP). He also supports the development of California’s Title 24 energy code. Matt holds a Master’s of Science in engineering from Dartmouth College with a focus on energy efficiency, building science, and energy modeling. His program design approach focuses on whole-building energy use and Zero Net Energy initiatives.

CLICK HERE for the full schedule, more information and the registration forms.


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Why serve on the board of directors?

By: Viki Wooster, CPBD, Immediate Past President and Nominating Committee Chairperson.

The AIBD Board of Directors meeting in a replica of the White House Chief of Staffs Board Room at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum.

Leadership is your opportunity to make a difference. As a leader, you have a platform to express your ideas about what AIBD should be and should do. More importantly, as a member of the governing body of AIBD, you are part of the vehicle of change.  Richard Emigh, National Treasurer, says “(A) person needs to be involved if they want to effect positive change.”

In my own experience, being a Board member took me out of the narrow realm of my own self-interest as an individual designer. Whatever AIBD accomplishes benefits me in the big picture sense, and benefits all AIBD members and indeed the profession as a whole. Being part of that feels good. Yet I have gained in an individual way, with knowledge and skills I can apply to my own business.

Alan Abrams, NCBDC Representative, says it best: “It may be hard work, but associating with other professionals serving in related capacities is its own reward.”


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Energy ratings and rem/rate training.

Join the AIBD Ohio Society this Saturday, February 28th, in Columbus for a general membership meeting and energy rating seminar presented by Tacoma Energy. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. with a meeting to discuss the transition from state society to AIBD chapter or chapters with the educational session beginning immediately following lunch. The cost is $35 and you’re asked to RSVP by Wednesday to  Contact Ron Danne, OH Society President 2014 by calling
614-207-6266 or writing

CLICK HERE for more information and directions.


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No more “guesstimating” when doing electrical take-offs.


If you prepare estimates for electrical contracting work, you really owe it to yourself to check out the 2015 Edition of the NEC Costbook from the NFPA and BNi Building News. “From residential remodeling to new commercial construction, the 2015 Edition of the NEC Costbook has it all.” says the National Fire Protection Association.

The 2015 NEC Costbook combines authoritative cost data from BNi Building News with the NFPA’s extensive knowledge of electrical components and procedures. You’ll be able to prepare aggressive, competitive bids that win the job for you and lock in your profit.

CLICK HERE for more information.


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Registered Design Practitioner Act bill introduced.

Last Tuesday, Illinois SB 1270 was introduced proposing the definition of a Registered Design Practitioner as an individual who is qualified by the education, training, experience and examination that would be required in the bill if it is approved. The bill is defining the “Profession of registered design” as the rendering of or the offering to render designs, consultations, studies, planning, drawings, specifications, contract documents, or other technical submissions and administration of interior construction and contract relating to non-structural interior construction of a building by a registered design practitioner.

The bill, as it has been introduced, exempts the following design activities:

  • The offer of design services in a single family home;
  • The building, remodeling, or repairing of a building outside of the corporate limits of a city or village if the building is used for residential or farm purposes;
  • Preparation of drawings limited to depicting the layout of furnishings or providing assistance in selection of furnishings (including decorative accessories, wallpaper, tile, carpets, drapes, lighting and plumbing fixtures not part of the structure);
  • Specifying furniture, fixtures and equipment, including cabinetry, so long as they are not regulated by any building code or other law, ordinance, or regulation (this would include building permits);
  • Designing the interior of any structure containing less than 5,000 sq. ft. – this would substantially limit work in restaurants, offices, stores, showrooms, commercial spaces, etc.

CLICK HERE to download the most current bill text.


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More events ahead.

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Member renewal