Category Archives: 2017

December 25, 2017. What’s happening @AIBD_National?


Merry Christmas from AIBD!

Since this edition of the MondayMINUTE falls on December 25th, the staff at AIBD want to wish all those who celebrate a Merry Christmas.

To everyone else, enjoy your holidays as well!

Next week, the MondayMINUTE falls on January 1st, and we will give a sneak peek at what 2018 holds for AIBD.


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Palm Beach Chapter’s new tradition is a mini golf success!

This past week the AIBD, Palm Beach Chapter hosted its inaugural Mark Shone Mini Golf Classic, a fundraiser for the AIBD Student member scholarship efforts. There were ten registrants and eight of them took to the interesting and fun course, which included obstacles such as rapids, waterfalls, undulating holes, fish tanks, caverns and other golfers. The field of golfers were fiercely competitive…well, maybe severely humorous. Professional member Toby Berndt of Shoreline Designs, Jupiter, won the first annual honor, returning to the club house with a respectable +4 (that’s 4 over par, which was 39 for 18 holes). Toby also claimed one of the day’s three holes-in-one, helping him beat his closest challenger, Bill Hammel of Brildan Florida, Ft. Lauderdale, by only three strokes. Chapter Chairman, Richard Davis, also of Shoreline Designs, declared the afternoon a “mini golf success” and announced the holiday classic would return in December, 2018.

The event raised $221 for the AIBD College of Fellow’s Annette Farmer Scholarship Fund. The scholarship program began in 2008 by the late W.D. (Bill) Farmer who named it after his wife. He instructed the College of Fellows to award a $1000 scholarship to a deserving Student member each year. Since Bill’s $15,000 endowment, the fund now depends on individual donations to survive.

The chapter will be donating the funds on behalf of Mark Shone, CPBD, a dedicated local member, passed away after a brief illness this past June. Mark was a gifted residential designer who became an AIBD member in 1995, when the Florida Residential Designers Association became the AIBD Florida Society. For years before that, he served as an officer, board member, and loyal volunteer of the FRDA. Help the chapter keep his memory alive through this annual fundraiser.

Save the date!
Next year’s Mark Shone Mini-Golf Classic will be held on December 14, 2018 at Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf, Jupiter, Florida.


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The First Tuesday @ 2:00 Returns!

Begin 2018 knowing how home construction activity will perform and how tax reform will affect our industry.

Economist, Elliot Eisenberg, PhD will cover GDP growth, job growth, inflation rates and interest rates. He will update us on the housing market with reports on inventory, house prices, renovation activity, new home construction activity and more. Have a much better idea about how 2018 will look and how home renovation activity will perform and why. Special attention will also be devoted to tax reform and its impact on house prices and your business. If time allows, we will announce the launch of AIBD’s Residential Design Index (RDI), the industry’s newest leading indicator measuring the current workload, backlog, and stock plan sales.

CLICK HERE to register


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AIBD Palm Beach Chapter meeting on January 19th.

The AIBD Palm Beach Chapter will be discussing the new Florida Building Code: Residential.

  • Date: January 19, 2018.
  • Time: 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Everyone is responsible for paying for their own lunch)
  • Presenter: Roger Held, Building Department Director, Town of Jupiter.
  • Location: Lighthouse Diner, 1510 N U.S. Hwy 1, Jupiter, FL 33469

RSVP by email or by phone: or 561-373-2537 (Deadline: 12/19/17).

For more information, check out the AIBD calendar.


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Attend the Sustainability Symposium 2018 for $100 off!

Green Builder Media, the City of Orlando, and Mayor Dyer invite you to the Sustainability Symposium 2018: Champions of Change on January 8, 2018 at the University of Central Florida campus in Orlando, Florida. The Symposium has been designed to shatter the status quo in favor of disruption and innovation, directly and honestly confronting the reality of climate change—the challenge of our generation, and the opportunity of a lifetime.

Attendees will learn from and interact with internationally celebrated leaders as they share essential insights about smart cities, renewable energy, advanced technologies, resilient building, intelligent water, and sustainable design.

The Symposium’s genuine Champions of Change keynote presenters include sustainability trailblazers Paul Hawken, Jeremy Rifkin, Governor Martin O’Malley, Mayor Buddy Dyer, and Laura Turner-Seydel. Inspirational, short format sessions by building industry experts will augment the keynotes, focusing primarily on the areas of Market Disruption and Enabling Innovation.

Please join us for the Symposium, as we devise concrete plans, specific strategies, and real solutions that will navigate the path to a better world.

Space is limited, so click here to register today! As a special friend of AIBD, it’s our pleasure to offer you a $100 discount off the regular registration rate. Please enter the code GBMFriends when registering to access the discount.


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Design & Construction Week is coming back to Orlando, FL!

Design & Construction Week ® (DCW) features the co-location of the NKBA’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show ® (KBIS) and the NAHB International Builders’ Show ® (IBS).

In 2018, this co-location of tradeshows and markets occurs in Orlando, Florida, again January 9-11. The fifth annual DCW will bring together 80,000+ design and construction professionals in the largest annual gathering of the residential design and construction industry.

AIBD members receive special discounts to explore the exhibit floors of both shows—a combined total of 2,100+ exhibits! Register for your DCW expo pass today.


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Get 25% off your AIBD Winter Conference registration!

For only one more week, you can get your AIBD Winter Conference registration at 25% off the full price.

This discount, as well as the hotel block, will both be closing January 1st.

The AIBD Winter Conference will be in Clearwater, Florida, from February 2nd through the 3rd.

For educational session information CLICK HERE.

CLICK HERE for the schedule.

To register CLICK HERE.


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Upcoming StruCalc seminars:

AIBD members are welcome the participate in one of our free four hour StruCalc seminars to be held at various locations throughout the United States. Upon completion, you will receive a certificate for four hours of continuing education credit.

Seminars will be held at the following times and locations:

  • Tacoma, Washington January 10, 2018
  • Seattle, Washington January 11, 2018
  • Irvine, California January 17, 2018
  • North Los Angeles, California January 18, 2018
  • Riverside, California January 19, 2018
  • Tampa, Florida February 5, 2018
  • Orlando, Florida February 6, 2018
  • Houston, Texas February 13, 2018
  • San Francisco, California February 21, 2018
  • Sacramento, California February 22, 2018
  • Salt Lake City, Utah March 6, 2018
  • Boise, Idaho March 7, 2018
  • Spokane, Washington March 8, 2018
  • Austin, Texas March 14, 2018
  • San Antonio, Texas March 15, 2018
  • Dallas, Texas March 28, 2018
  • Denver, Colorado April 4, 2018
  • Las Vegas, Nevada April 24, 2018

You can register for one of these events, or request for an event to be held in your area by clicking this link:


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Automate Your Social Media Marketing (Tutorial)

I get it, you’re busy. Buildings don’t design themselves.

But as we’ve talked about before, social media marketing is important and you need to continue to grow your firm if you want to continue to grow your revenue.

I’ve mentioned before that the real strength in social media is interacting with your customers, but that you should also be posting out regularly. You can’t automate human interaction (that wouldn’t make it human anymore), but we can automate your social media marketing. That’s what we’re going to do in this blog post.

Check it out on the AIBD Blog.


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The Elements of Building Q&A

Improve your successful business or save your failing business — this course will help anyone at any level of the entrepreneurial journey.

All of us residential industry professionals know our craft, but relatively few know how to run a successful business. The Elements of Building, by Mark Kerson, addresses that matter. The Elements of Building is a collection of easy-to-understand business principles for everyone involved in designing and building homes.

This course is a Q&A between the author and AIBD’s Executive Director Steve Mickley, including some questions by our live webinar audience.

  • Find the right leads – There are good leads and bad leads. Learn to find the right ones.
  • Please building officials – You can’t avoid dealing with them, so learn to deal with them in a way that benefits you.
  • Getting a mentor – There are people out there with far more experience than you. Tap into their knowledge!

Certified Professional Building Designers (CPBD) will earn 1.0 Primary CE unit for completing the course.

To register, or just to get more information, click here. AIBD Members, enroll at a discount! Call 1-800-366-2423 or write for the member code.

The American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) believes in the consumer’s right to decide who designs their home. AIBD supports that belief by providing education and resources designed to help the consumer make informed decisions and the professional practice at peak performance. Become a part of our mission.


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Upcoming Cadsoft events for the month of January, 2018:

Webinar: Bathroom Design

Learn how to:

  • Insert and customize a Vanity
  • Insert and create a custom shower
  • Create a shower door
  • Insert fixtures
  • Insert a tub in a platform

When: Jan 2 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
Where: Online
Cost: Free


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SoftPlan online training for 2017

2018 SoftPlan Training Dates


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Over 90 free classes available from the GreenHome Institute!

Here on the MondayMINUTE, we frequently talk about GreenHome Institute’s live webinars, but did you know you can catch recordings of many of their old ones?

There are over 90 recorded training sessions, such as:

  • Comparing Residential Green Building Rating Systems Pt 1 – Overview
  • Valuing, Quantifying and Financing High Performance Homes
  • 7 Steps for Designing an Economical Net Zero Energy Residence and Tools to Help
  • And a lot more!

Click here to check out these “classes on demand”.


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Attend the Roofing Industry’s Best-Practices Seminar in Residential Attic Venting

Air Vent’s best practices in residential attic ventilation seminar turns 20 in January. You’re invited to attend any of their 25 stops across North America during quarter one of 2018. Over 23,000 roofing professionals have participated in sharing these industry tips; don’t be the only one who hasn’t.

Here’s a list of the upcoming live events’ locations and dates:

  • Williamsburg, VA – January 10, 2018
  • Manassas, VA – January 11, 2018
  • Columbia, MO – January 23, 2018
  • Topeka, KS – January 24, 2018
  • Grapevine, TX – January 26, 2018
  • Birmingham, AL – January 30, 2018
  • Pearl, MS – January 31, 2018
  • Houston, TX – February 1, 2018
  • Malvern, PA – February 14, 2018
  • Schaumburg, IL – February 15, 2018 (10 a.m. brunch, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. seminar)
  • Buffalo, NY – February 20, 2018
  • Vaughan, Canada – February 21, 2018
  • Novi/Livonia, MI – February 22, 2018
  • Kalamazoo, MI – February 23, 2018
  • Fort Collins, CO – February 28, 2018
  • Denver, CO – March 1, 2018
  • Independence, OH – March 6, 2018
  • Dublin, OH – March 7, 2018
  • Indianapolis, IN – March 8, 2018
  • Des Moines, IA – March 13, 2018
  • Madison, WI – March 14, 2018
  • Bloomington, MN – March 15, 2018
  • Raleigh, NC – March 20, 2018
  • Columbia, SC – March 21, 2018

Click here for more information about these events.


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The AIBD job board has been improved!

meetingThe AIBD job board has been improved in both design and usability!

Whether you’re looking for a job, or looking to hire someone, this is the best job board in our industry.

If you’re looking for work, it’s free to post your resume. This is great because if you’re looking for work, you’re probably pinching pennies until you get it. If you’re a student, we understand your student debt is high enough. You won’t have to pay anything to seek employment through our job board.

If you’re looking to hire some help, you can use our job board to search for quality candidates. You’ll be able to browse the resumes for free, and contact the candidates for free. You’ll pay only when the candidate is interested in your position. Hiring the right person is an investment in your company, and saving time with our easy to use job board will free you up to focus on other tasks.

Go check out the job board right now at

Also, if you’re looking to hire, don’t forget that we have training on the right way to hire employees. AIBD members can take this course for free; just give us a call at 800-366-2423 or email us at


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AIBD wants to promote your event or content!

In the last six months, we’ve more than doubled the traffic to our AIBD blog. We’re hitting well over 7000 views per month.

This is great because it gives the AIBD more exposure, which leads to more subscribers to our MondayMINUTE newsletter, and ultimately more AIBD members.

As an AIBD member, you have access to this resource. You deserve a piece of those 7000 views.

All you need to do is write a blog post and submit it to us!

For more information on how to get your content onto the AIBD blog and/or in the MondayMINUTE, check out this blog post.

We are also accepting entries for this newsletter, the MondayMINUTE. Entries MUST be received by end of day Thursday. Any entries received Friday morning or later will be in the next week’s newsletter.


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Motivation for your Monday!

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” – Eleanor Roosevelt



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