Category Archives: 07 / July – 2016

July 25, 2016. What’s happening @AIBD_National?

More Summer 2016 Architectural Tour Details

We discussed the tour briefly in the June 27th Monday Minute, but we have more details to share with you this week.

The tour begins with a walking tour of Curtis Park, which is the oldest residential community in the entire city of Denver.

Next is a walking tour of Country Club and Driving Park. Country Club was once called the “Spanish Suburbs” in the early 1900’s due to it’s stucco and tile roofs.

Following Country Club is a walking tour of the beautiful Washington Park. Washington Park is a neighborhood and public park that is common for community events.

Between the walking tours will be driving tours of area’s such as RiNo, down Welton Street, and through Lowry, an old US Air Force base.

Lunch will be a picnic in the Alamo Placita Park. The park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1986.

For more information on each of these locations, check out our AIBD blog.

You’ll want to get registered for the tour as soon as possible. We only have 28 seats left and they’re filling up fast. The last day to register for our hotel block is today (July 25th) has been extended to the end of the week. CLICK HERE to get more information about the 2016 Summer Conference, the hotel and to register.


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CatchUp on SketchUp with Michael Brightman

How efficient are you with SketchUp? Michael Brightman wrote The SketchUp Workflow for Architecture, a book that will teach you how to dynamically use SketchUp for your entire design process. You’ll be able to save time with SketchUp on everything from your preliminary schematics to the construction documentation.

An even better option to reading his book would be to hear him speak in person.

Michael Brightman will be speaking at this year’s AIBD Summer Conference on how to develop a complete residential project in SketchUp. You’ll learn to expedite the existing conditions model and drawings with Geo-location and Match Photo features. This leads into concept iterations that will be drawn and then modeled in SketchUp. The talk ends with learning to adhere to SketchUp Standards, allowing you to use your models for documentation in LayOut as well as rendering photo real visualizations.

The Summer Conference takes place in Denver, Colorado, and runs from August 25th to the 27th. If you’re interested in learning more about the conference, or registering to attend, click here.


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AIBD Down East Chapter Meeting

The AIBD Down East Chapter will be meeting at Winslow’s Tavern in downtown Greenville from 6:30-8:00 PM on Tuesday August 9th. Dinner will be provided by Therma-Tru Doors representative David Graham and Fypon Region Market Manager Rob Tossas. They will be presenting information on both Therma-Tru Doors and Fypon products.

Therma-Tru is best known for their fiberglass doors that “look as beautiful as wood but perform with the durability of steel.” Fypon is best known for urethane millwork and merged with Therma-Tru in 2009, allowing both brands to offer their complimentary products together.

Please invite anyone interested in the design and building of quality homes.

Free public parking is available across from the restaurant. When you arrive, ask the hostess to direct you to the AIBD meeting upstairs.


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Improve Your Designs By Applying The Golden Ratio

In case you missed it, last week was July 2016’s First Tuesday @2:00 webinar. Every month, the AIBD hosts a webinar as a part of the organization’s continuous quest to providing relevant information to those who are currently practicing or interested in building design disciplines.

This month’s presentation is by winner and AIBD President Kevin Holdridge, CAPS, CGP, CPBD. We discuss the Golden Ratio and Fibonacci Sequence, which can be used in building design in any step of the process.

If you’ve ever looked at a design and felt like something just wasn’t right, learning to apply the Golden Ratio will solve this issue. You’ll learn to “see the math” when you apply regulating lines to your designs and create aesthetically pleasing compositions.

It’s easy, once you know how to calculate the formula!

Watch the replay at Construct-Ed. CPBD’s can get one CE credit for viewing this video. AIBD Members, enroll for free! Call 1-800-366-2423 or write for the member code.


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Welcome new AIBD members!

Please help us welcome those who joined or rejoined AIBD this past week.

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We are pleased you have chosen AIBD as a resource for professional and personal growth. Membership provides technical information, advocacy, professional networking opportunities, as well as participate in programming sessions offered at various conferences throughout the year. All designed to help advance your career.

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3 Quick Tips To Get Started With BIM

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a tool that not only allows you to visualize your design concepts, but also analyze the performance of the building. Despite it’s awesome power, you may be hesitant to switch your company from what you’re currently using to this new technology. Here are three quick tips to get your firm started using BIM.

1. Start the transition slowly.

If you feed your pet the same food every day and then suddenly switch to a different food, you’re going to give them a stomach ache until they adjust. You’ll have far worse issues if you try to suddenly switch to BIM. It takes time to switch, so start with small projects here and there until you’re comfortable that you can complete every project in a timely manner.

You also don’t want to switch suddenly halfway through a project. That will be a nightmare and could cause you to run far past your previously agreed upon completion time.

2. Speed up the process with templates.

You most likely already use templates for various parts of your operations, so this should be a no-brainer. Set up templates any time you think of something that you’ll have to do more than once. You should rarely, if ever, manually do something three times. If you’re doing something a second time, that’s a sign you may be able to be more efficient with a template.

3. Get your clients on board.

It’s extremely important to get your clients on board with using BIM. Educating a client on something that is new is necessary when technology changes, but once you explain that they will be able to actually see the project’s renderings, as well as the analytics on energy usage, there’s no doubt they’ll be excited to take part.

Mention that you can provide analytics on everything from daylight to heating and cooling.

You can also charge more for these services. The energy analysis provides a lot more information to the client with little more effort on your part, making it the perfect upsell.

We’re currently assembling a certificate program on working with BIM Residential (BIM-R). If you are interested in contributing content, please call 1-800-366-2423 or write


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