Category Archives: 08 / August – 2017

August 28, 2017. What’s happening @AIBD_National?


Over 100 new AIBD members this week!

While many people were gathering on August 21st to watch the eclipse, over 100 people were signing up for AIBD memberships.

Usually, we post our weekly new members down in the Miscellaneous section of the MondayMINUTE, but because there are so many, we thought this deserved it’s own blog post.

Click here to view this week’s list of new and returning AIBD members.


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View more images from all of the ARDA winners!

The AIBD Summer Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, has passed and it was awesome! Members from all over the country came together for networking and education sessions.

On that Friday, we announced the winners of the 2017 American Residential Design Awards (ARDA) at the Georgia Tech Academy of Medicine.

You can view all of the winners with even more images from each entry on our 2017 ARDA Winners page.

If you missed it, we’ve also got a full list in our Summer 2017 edition of the AIBD Magazine. You can check it out at

If you missed your chance to enter into the competition this year — don’t worry! We’re already getting started preparing for the 2018 ARDA competition and we will let you know when it’s time to submit. Keep your eyes out for the announcement in a future MondayMINUTE.


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Become a Certified Professional Building Designer (CPBD) for 50% off!

After two years of development, the Certified Professional Building Designer (CPBD) Exam 2.0 launched August 1st. National Council of Building Designer Certification (NCBDC) set the Standard Setting Test price at $180, which is half of the current $360 fee for taking all eight parts of the current CPBD Exam, one time.

This discount is for a limited time and comes with a stipulation. Candidates qualifying for and taking the Standard Setting version of the CPBD Exam will not know their results for at least three months, possibly longer.

Candidates taking the Standard Setting version will be given three hours to answer 225 questions. That’s it. One test, 180 minutes. What is Standard Setting? An official research study conducted to determine a cut score (i.e. pass or fail score) for the test. That’s the reason for the long delay learning whether you passed. The actual passing grade won’t be determined until a certain number of attempts have been made. Somewhere between 35 and 50 test takers.

The faster we can get everyone registered and take the test, the faster everyone will become certified.

The CPBD Exam is delivered online. Candidates must have a reliable internet connection and a webcam. The test is open-book and any professionally bound reference is allowed. To qualify, candidates must demonstrate a minimum of six years’ experience as a building designer or a combination of education and experience. It’s all explained in the Candidate Handbook. The application fee is $50. The exam fee will be collected after you’ve been accepted and your test has been scheduled. Depending on how fast your references verify your experience, it could take a few weeks to be approved. You should start your application today.

There is NO STUDY material available for the Standard Setting test. The exam has been developed using an industry job analysis and countless hours of input from subject matter experts. The certification program is designed to recognize individuals who have demonstrated the experience, knowledge, and skills necessary to provide competent services as a building designer.

If you have questions, please contact Steve Mickley at 1-800-366-2423 or


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AIBD “Lowcountry Ripple Luncheon” Meeting Wednesday, August 30th, 2017.

The AIBD Lowcountry Chapter has a special RIPPLE Luncheon this month. Next Wednesday 11:45AM at Panini’s.

This month’s presentation is titled “Why Designers and Architects Should Consider a Home Environment System as Part of Their Design” by Neal Kearney of Scientific Environmental Design.

This is an important topic from the constant rising cost of energy, to the health and well-being of our clients. It is something that should be addressed in new homes as well as our addition/remodel projects.

Contractors, Clients and Home Owners are welcome. Please RSVP early for this one as it is sure to fill up.

For more information, check out the event brochure.


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The AIBD Suncoast Chapter Meeting on Thursday, September 14th, 2017.

The Suncoast Chapter includes Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties.

Tubular Skylight will be presenting at this monthly meeting. All are welcome! Please RSVP.


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CEDIA 2017 is coming! Get in for free.

AIBD members are invited to learn more about the ever-evolving Smart Home concept directly from the experts! CEDIA, the association for all things home technology, in collaboration with AIBD, is offering a valuable opportunity to take part in an education session and experience the latest in Smart Home technology September 5-9 during CEDIA 2017 at the San Diego Convention Center.

Ryan Herd, author of “Join the Smart Home Revolution,” will present a one-hour course entitled “Be Smart Home Smart,” on Friday, September 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. This session will define the smart home concept and provide a basis for understanding its value, applicability to today’s housing market, and its scope of opportunity. Learn how and why any home can be a smart home!

Immediately afterward you may access the CEDIA 2017 trade show floor to learn about the latest home technology solutions, from over 500 exhibitors. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with the professionals who design, manufacture, and install these often-requested technologies.

Registration is easy and free! Simply send an e-mail to and let CEDIA know that you would like to attend. All additional details will be provided upon confirmation. If you have questions, please contact Dave Chic, Senior Director of Industry Relations at or 317-328-4336.


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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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A Designers Guide to Getting Published

One of the most effective methods to market your design abilities is to have you or your business published in a magazine. The publication lives on in perpituity and can be used to give you credibility over your competition.

Many designers don’t feel they can be published or their work isn’t good enough. Do you have a client success story? Did you have a positive experience working with a product or service? Does your business do something different than other design professionals? Have you won an award? Can you write about your experiences? If you said yes to any of these questions, you are qualified to be published.

Robert J. Klob brings us this month’s blog post, A Designers Guide to Getting Published.

Prove your authority by being published. Click here to learn how.


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AIBD Approved Fee Proposal Workshop (8 AIBD Primary Credits)

Right now, two design fee experts will provide research & guidance on; Fees, Client Conversion & Scope Creep at the 2017 Fee Proposal Workshop:

  • 85% of attendees say it’s the most useful CE event they’ve attended
  • 98% say they’d recommend it to other Design Professionals
  • Register by 5pm tomorrow (Aug 4th) to receive a 15% discount (Promo Code: EARLY15)

Learn how to utilize Fee Psychology, Negotiation Strategies and Pricing Models to; increase fee levels, raise conversion rates and avoid scope creep & client disputes.


  • PHILADELPHIA 28th Aug 2017
  • NEW YORK 29th Aug 2017
  • NEW YORK 30th Aug 2017

Attendees receive 8 AIBD Primary Credits.

The Workshop also provides 8 AIA HSW Learning Units and 0.8 (8 hrs) IDCEC Approved HSW CEU.

Click here for more information or to get registered.FacebookTwitterGoogleLinkedIn

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Upcoming Cadsoft events for the months of August and September, 2017:

Webinar: Envisioneer V13 Feature Preview

Join Cadsoft as they unveil the new features of Envisioneer V13! Get a demonstration of all of the new tools to build your productivity with the software.

When: August 29, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Webinar: Import/Export

There are various file formats that can be imported and exported from Envisioneer. Learn about each one and how they can be used in your business.

When: September 5, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Webinar: Creating a Template

Learn how a template can save you time:

  • Settings saved in a template
  • Where to save a template
  • Customizing titleblocks in a template

When: September 12, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Webinar: Catalog Management

Learn how to customize your Catalog to include elements you use so they look, print and quantify to your customized needs.

When: September 19, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Webinar: Columns/Beams/Lumber

Learn how to insert, modify and specify purchase lengths for lumber.

When: September 26, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Nashville Envisioneer Beginner Training Class.

October 24, Nashville,TN.

Learn how to build a BIM model and extract the working drawings, renderings, bill of materials and RESchek data from it. A full day of learning. The day before the Remodeling Show. Register here.


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SoftPlan online training for 2017

2017 SoftPlan Training Dates


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Upcoming FREE GreenHome Institute events and training!

National Association of Realtor’s 2017 Sustainability Report Recap – How to Sell Green – Free CEU Webinar

Recent research points to continuous shifts in market interest as it relates to sustainability. This webinar highlights the REALTORS and Sustainability 2017 Report that points to market opportunities for a variety of industry professionals.

You’ll learn…

  • Why consumers want products and systems that make for a comfortable living space but also reduce energy costs.
  • How to communicate and explain the benefits to buyers (e.g., cost savings, comfort, walkability).
  • How to harness existing resources to show the growing demand for eco-friendly homes, products and systems.
  • And more!

When: October 4, 2017, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm (Eastern)
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Click here to get registered.

OHM Sweet OHM: Come Inside of this Zero Energy LEED Platinum Home

Join the GreenHome Institute as they give you an exclusive tour of Hanson’s trending zero energy and LEED Platinum certified home. The entire design, construction, and mechanical team will walk you through each area of the home and explain the details of the systems and planning it took to accomplish this amazing feet.

Plus, it’s all free and online!

You’ll learn…

  • How to make a single family home very green and have no utility bills.
  • What components go into the LEED BD+C V4 Homes Annual Energy Use LEED energy budget and how to use it in all electric homes.
  • How the LEED BD+C v4 Homes WEC Total water use is applied to homes and in junction water catchment.
  • And more!

When: NOW
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Click here to get registered.


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Welcome new AIBD members!

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

Member Stamp Shows Membership Registration And Subscribing



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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AIBD launches new industry e-newspaper.

Want to know what’s going on in your industry but don’t have time to surf the web, follow Twitter, or sift through the useless posts on Facebook? Now you can. We’ll filter out the senseless stuff and deliver relevant industry news, trends and ideas directly to your inbox every weekday. Subscribe today for FREE.

The #HomeDESIGN Professional Daily is a content curation subscription that turns socially shared industry news into a useful online newspaper. Last week’s editions included the world’s first smart streets, a 3D printed office of the future, how small firms keep up, and more. The paper is organized in sections – Science, Business, Technology, Environment, plus daily sections. There are instructional videos, interviews and inspirational photographs.


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UPS benefits for AIBD members:

Take advantage of a full range of shipping: overnight, international, & ground.

Plus, UPS is a customs expert – so you don’t have to be. Visit for special member rates.


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Motivation for your Monday!

“[Henry] Ford, whose electrical engineers couldn’t solve some problems they were having with a gigantic generator, called [Charles] Steinmetz in to the plant. Upon arriving, Steinmetz rejected all assistance and asked only for a notebook, pencil and cot. According to [Jack B.] Scott, Steinmetz listened to the generator and scribbled computations on the notepad for two straight days and nights. On the second night, he asked for a ladder, climbed up the generator and made a chalk mark on its side. Then he told Ford’s skeptical engineers to remove a plate at the mark and replace sixteen windings from the field coil. They did, and the generator performed to perfection.

Henry Ford was thrilled until he got an invoice from General Electric in the amount of $10,000. Ford acknowledged Steinmetz’s success but balked at the figure. He asked for an itemized bill.

Steinmetz, Scott wrote, responded personally to Ford’s request with the following:

Making chalk mark on generator: $1.
Knowing where to make mark: $9,999.

Ford paid the bill.” – Source



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Follow the new AIBD Facebook Page!

We’ve built a new AIBD Facebook page, which is now live.

We have closed our AIBD Facebook group, so make sure you’re following the official page.

Click here to go to the page now.


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