Category Archives: 05 / May – 2016

May 30, 2016. What’s happening @AIBD_National?

Today we honor our fallen heroes of the U.S. armed forces.

Freedom comes at the cost of many lives. On Memorial Day we like to remember and thank those fallen heroes that died fighting for our country. In this week’s address, President Obama solemnly reflected on the meaning of Memorial Day and recognized the sacrifices made by the American warriors who never made it back home.  Though the President stressed that citizens should thank active-duty troops and veterans every day of the year, he emphasized that Memorial Day is reserved for remembering the unselfish men and women who gave their lives in defense of the nation.  In addition to reflecting on the unpayable debt owed to fallen servicemembers, Americans should also make an effort to offer support to the families of their countrymen who gave everything.  Whether it’s hiring a veteran, reaching out to a grieving family member, or simply pausing for a moment of silent thanks, the President wants the country to join him in an act of remembrance during the Memorial weekend.

The audio of the address and video of the address is available online at


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Winning the American Residential Design Awards in 5 easy steps.

The ARDA program promotes innovation, creativity, excellence and sheer possibility. Who doesn’t want to be aligned with those? And winning, of course, brings validation and acclaim. But it’s not all about the glory. There is actually a business case to be made for entering an awards program—whether you you are recognized or not.

Step #1 – Watch the prerecorded webinar mentioned below and start thinking like an ARDA judge.

Step #2 – CLICK HERE to download the list of categories and submittal specifications and CLICK HERE to download the registration form. After registering, the AIBD staff will set up a password protected folder for you on the AIBD file transfer website.

Step #3 – Open your email and log into your file transfer account and download the detailed instructions, project description sheets and media release form.

Step #4 – Prepare your entries. Upload the photos and completed paper work on or before July 15, 2016.

Step #5CLICK HERE to reserve your seat at the American Residential Design Awards dinner August 27, 2016 at the Colorado Governor’s Residence in Denver, CO.

Free webinar – How to put together a winning ARDA entry.

Download a one hour tutorial presented by long-time ARDA judge and personal house plans marketing consultant, Hillary Gottemoeller. In this video, Hillary shares examples of the good, the bad and the ugly. You deserve the credit, invest 60 minutes and learn how other ARDA winners earned it.

CLICK HERE to watch the video.


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Welcome to this week’s new members!

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

John Engelbrecht Lester
Kyle J. Marsh
Nick Noel
Tom M. Sullivan

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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.

Visit “” to reach out and exchange information with other professionals in the building designer industry supporting the AIBD mission.


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Help review CPBD test questions.

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The National Council of Building Designer Certification is still in need of five to seven content experts to sit for four separate three hour web conferences to review current Certified Professional Building Designer (CPBD) exam items (i.e. categories, questions, examples, etc.). The intent is to reclassify the items based on their content and the newly established exam specifications.

You do NOT have to be certified to serve on this important task force. However, ANSI standards and NCBDC policy restricts non-certified exam review participants from applying for certification for a period of 24 months.

A doodle poll will be emailed to all participants and review sessions will be scheduled based on Expert availability to get as much input as possible. Your participation is needed to continue the CPBD certification’s growth and the continued benefit of the certification to the profession of Building Designers.

If you are potentially available for these content review meetings please email Attendance to each meeting is not required but your participation would greatly assist the field.


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Planning to be in the Long Island area?

Planning to be in the Long Island area this weekend?  Contact AIBD Associate member, Goodwin Heart Pine for a free Day Pass to the Hamptons Contemporary show on Saturday, June 4th and Sunday, June 5th.  Goodwin Company – (800) 336-3118 or email:

Goodwin is thrilled to be part of the Sustainable Design Street at the Hampton’s Contemporary Home Décor + Design Show on June 3-5, 2016 at the Southampton Elks Fairgrounds.  “We will be showing off our new custom crafted and contemporary products featuring the highest quality and hardest finishes on the market.” Says Carol Goodwin. You can see and touch Goodwin’s River-Recovered® and reclaimed hardwood flooring, ceiling, counters and more.


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Tampa chapter breakfast and seminar.

Learn the benefits and affordability of solar power and Federal incentives awarded for installing solar power. Go into the office the following Monday morning with important knowledge of Zero Energy home design, energy storage solutions and how to integrate solar power into roof systems. The presentation and breakfast is sponsored by Solar Energy Management, Inc.

  • Date: Saturday, June 11, 2016
  • Time: 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. EDT
  • Location: Solar Energy Management, 3751 62nd Ave North, Pinellas Park, FL 33781
  • Cost: Complimentary
  • RSVP: Contact Tim Roney by June 6th,


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Portsmouth chapter meeting – an event you should take for granite.

Enjoy a guided tour of one of the best granite warehouses in the nation with the Boston Granite Exchange’s general manager and their professional design assistant. After the tour, meet in their conference room for the annual business meeting.

For those who can get there early, meet for lunch right around the corner from the granite exchange. Cost of lunch is out of pocket.

  • Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2016
  • Tour Location: The Boston Granite Exchange 1 Parkridge Road Haverhill, MA (978) 372-8300
  • Lunch Location: Fresco Beignet Cafe 34 Rogers Road Haverhill, MA (978) 241-4196
  • Time: (LUNCH) 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. EDT; (TOUR) 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Cost: Tour is Complimentary, lunch is on your own.
  • RSVP: Contact Kathryn Joiner, email –


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Would you be willing to share your knowledge?

business people group on seminarDo you have an idea for an educational session? Do you know someone who has a great presentation?

Interested speakers submit their proposals for the AIBD 2016 summer conference.

To submit a proposal:
Go to to download an RFP document which includes leading attendee topics of interest, attendee demographics, rules and guidelines for speaking and additional information for submitting a proposal (the download should start immediately).

For more information about AIBD’s 2016 Summer Conference, including a proposed schedule of events, visit

If you have any questions or would like to recommend a topic or speaker, please contact our conference staff by writing
We look forward to your ideas!


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AIBD scholarships available until June 30th.

Student members and children of Professional members qualify for scholarships.

The American Institute of Building Design’s College of Fellows awards two scholarships each year, the College of Fellows Memorial Scholarship and the Annette Farmer Memorial Scholarship. Each scholarship recipient is awarded $1000 and they are named at the American Residential Design Awards Gala, August 27, 2016 at the Colorado State Governor’s Residence in Denver, CO. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2013.

For more information, qualifications and applications, CLICK HERE.


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Hot off the grill sweepstakes!

Sign up for Whirlpool Inside Pass and be entered to win a KitchenAID 2-burner grill.

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We have an unique opportunity for you and your employees! Encourage all of your employees that are not registered on the Inside Pass Program to register between now and May 31st for an opportunity to be entered to win a KitchenAid 2-Burner Grill!

Already a member? That is ok, you can still qualify!

Two ways to enter:

For NEW Inside Pass Program Members:
1) Visit
2) Enter your company’s group code (found on flyer)
3) Create a password and click “Sign Me Up”

Current Inside Pass Program Members enter by:
1) Sign in at
2) Select “Customer Service” in the menu bar
3) Click “Contact Us”
4) Select “other” in the Subject section and write the following line into the comments section “Hot Off the Grill Sweepstakes”

Remember – this registration sweepstakes runs from now until May 31st! REGISTER TODAY!

Thank You for your continued support of Whirlpool.

**check INSIDE PASS throughout the month for other great exclusive offers**


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Lenovo May

AIBD members, work and life never stand still….. Neither should your PC! Now is the time to upgrade and save instantly up to 38% off Select Lenovo PC Desktops, Laptops, Tablets, and Accessories that keep you in motion.


Call: 1-800-426-7235, ext. 3569 (M-F: 9am-9pm EST, Sat: 9am-6pm EST)

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