Category Archives: 10 / October – 2015

October 26, 2015. What’s happening @AIBD_National?

AIBD seeks designers to present at IBS.

AIBD LIve design logoWe are looking for two designers that have very strong sketching skills to be presenters at the International Building Show for a session called “Floor Plan Fixes.” The designers will be simultaneously sketching floor plans that have been reviewed and rehearsed prior to the session. A projection camera will be set up over the drawing space so your sketching will be live. The designer will have the opportunity to partake in conversation while sketching as well as time to explain your “fixes.”

If you will be attending the 2016 International Builders Show and you would like to be one of our two presenters, please contact our External Vice President, Karen Kassik-Michelsohn by writing to Please submit a sample of your sketching!

The International Builders’ Show is a part of the The 3rd annual Design & Construction Week (DCW) being held January 19-22, 2016 and marks the final Las Vegas stint of this massive industry collaboration until 2019! The IBS Live stage is located within the exhibit hall and features nearly continuous live presentations throughout the three-day event.


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Learn material takeoffs using SoftPlan 2016.

SoftPlan’s SoftList class will teach you how to get SoftList to count materials exactly the way you want.

This class will be conducted using SoftPlan 2016.

You’ll learn how to generate a Material Takeoff Report, analyze existing formulas, create new formulas, and much more, all from the convenience of your own office. At the end of the course you’ll have the knowledge you need to win more jobs with better cost control. See a full itinerary and visit our website for more class offerings.

Each class is $195.00 per person. Classes fill up fast, register today.

phone 800-248-0164


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Housing and interest rate updates.

By Elliot Eisenberg, the Bowtie Economist

Dwelling Data:

While last week’s report shows residential construction improving, economically it’s largely irrelevant. In 2005, single-family construction was single-handedly 3.4% of GDP and all new residential spending was 6.7%. Now, single-family activity is 1.3% of GDP and all residential activity is 3.3%. Conversely, since 2005 GDP has grown by 38%. Thus, in only 4 of the last 24 quarters has housing contributed more than one-third of a percentage point to GDP growth.

Blue Bar Chart Shows Increased ProfitRate Rational:

The US economy is slowing but not severely, moreover some of it’s due to a rise in inventories that’s hurting manufacturing and some is due to the rising dollar. That said, Q3 GDP will not exceed a feeble 1.5%. Additionally, Fed Governor Brainerd is suggesting inflation’s too weak to risk a rate rise. These happenings make a December rate rise highly unlikely absent 200K+ employment growth in October and November.


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The benefits of daylight and fresh air in residential design.

AIBD’s Lowcountry Chapter announces its next RIPPLE (Residential Industry Professional People’s Lunch & Education).


Brighten up your week, attend the AIBD, Lowcountry chapter lunch and learn featuring VELUX.

  • Date & Time: Wednesday, November 18, 2015.
    • 11:15 – 12:00 CE Presentation by VELUX.
    • 12:00 – 12:15 Order lunch.
    • 12:15 – 1:00 VELUX Q&A while you enjoy your lunch.
  • Location: Panini’s Cafe, 926 Bay Street, Downtown Beaufort, SC
  • Presentation: by VELUX

Plan to attend this educational program and learn how skylights can contribute and provide the benefits of natural ventilation, daylight and energy efficiency to ensure good health and well being in residential and commercial applications, as well as evaluating the importance of indoor climate and the aspects of creating better living conditions.

CLICK HERE to download the meeting brochure and course description.


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AIBD High Performance Homes Team meeting this Friday.

The High Performance Homes Team (HPHT) is hosting its monthly conference call this Friday at 9:00 a.m. MDT. The task force is currently beginning work on a program to record and post short educational videos focused on high performance home design techniques.

The objective is to create short 10-15 minute videos on educated design ideas and or challenges in building or designing aspects of high performing homes. The videos can be listed as a library tool and can be used for Webinar presentations, Power Points, and YouTube videos, just to name a few. The videos can be stored on AIBD’s store as a free download to AIBD members or for sale to non-members. An introduction YouTube video will be created to introduce these short takes and guide people to the AIBD site and store. The videos presentations can be given at AIBD Webinars and AIBD Conferences and AIBD Chapter Meetings. The objective is to create several of these videos prepared by the HPHT with the help of the AIBD staff and to launch a new video every two months. The content of each video is to be provided as educational information and suggestive guidelines with notices that do not to put any legal liabilities on AIBD for its content.

For more information about the HPHT and to join their conference calls, contact the team’s chairperson, Bernie Kern by writing


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Registration open for an afternoon of British West Indies-inspired architecture.

  • Date & Time: Friday, November 20, 2015.
    • 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch, Sponsor Presentations & Chapter Announcements.
    • 1:00 – 5:00(ish) – Learning the nuances of British West Indies-Inspired architecture, by Steve Mouzon, architect.
    • 5:00 – Cocktails and Networking
  • Location: Duffy’s, 11588 U.S. Hwy. 1, North Palm Beach, FL 33408 ( NE corner of PGA Blvd. & US 1 – Oak Brook Square shopping center)
  • Cost:
    • Lunch & Presentation: $120
    • Lunch only: $20
    • Cocktails and Networking: cash bar

Spend the afternoon with the AIBD, Palm Beach Chapter and Steve Mouzon discussing the nuances of British West Indies-inspired architecture.

In broad terms, British West Indies-style homes in south Florida reflect the architecture built by the British in the Caribbean colonies during the late 18th and 19th centuries. The French and Dutch also offered their own architectural style in the islands. Mr. Mouzon will bring to life the characteristics of this wonderful mix of influences created from the interactions of the cultures in the Caribbean.


Steve Mouzon is an architect, urbanist, author, blogger, and photographer from Miami. He founded the New Urban Guild, which helped to foster the Katrina Cottages Movement. The Guild hosts Project:SmartDwelling, which works to redefine the house to be much smaller and more sustainable. Steve founded and is a board member of the Guild Foundation; it hosts the Original Green initiative. Steve speaks regularly across the US and abroad on sustainability issues. He blogs on the Original Green Blog and Useful Stuff. He also posts to the Original Green Twitter stream.


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Member renewal