Category Archives: 07 / July – 2017

July 31, 2017. What’s happening @AIBD_National?


50% off certification exam fees!

After two years of development, the Certified Professional Building Designer (CPBD) Exam 2.0 is set to launch 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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Streaming AIBD Summer Conference, now available!

Can’t make it to Atlanta for the AIBD 2017 Summer Conference? You can still earn 9.0 Prime CE credits by watching all six educational sessions live from the comfort of your home or office, August 10 & 11, 2017. Click the registration link and check out the schedule and session titles.


Be a part of the conference as it happens. Register for the two educational sessions and the Annual Membership Meeting on August 10 ($95), register for the four educational sessions on August 11 ($125), or save by registering for both days ($175). Registration also includes a digital recording sent to you after the event.


If you’re thinking about coming to Atlanta, AIBD has five hotel rooms still available. Contact our staff at 1-800-366-2423 and to help make all the arrangements.


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Learn what’s needed when specifying products in this free webinar.

Free webinar – Specifications: What’s really needed? AIBD’s monthly First Tuesday @2:00

Joining us this month as our panel of manufacturer representatives and specification experts is Lori Zito of Mitek, USP, Hardy Frame; Mark Johnson of Amarr Garage Doors, a division of Entrematic; and Wayne Sanderson of the Tapco Group by Boral.

There are many factors to consider when specifying products. Join us for the First Tuesday @ 2:00 (p.m. EDT) and our panel of Corporate member to investigate the following questions.

  • What is your liability if you specify a product?
  • What is your liability if you don’t?
  • Is the CSI format right for residential projects?
  • What format do you find most useful?
  • How can the manufactures help you more?

You won’t want to miss this one!


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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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The AIBD Cape Fear Chapter “Thursday Luncheon” on Thursday, August 3rd, 2017.

Please join us for a presentation by Neal Kearney, Scientific Environmental Design, Inc., titled “Why Designers and Architects Should Consider a Home’s Environmental System as Part of the Design Process”.

Lunch will be sponsored by Scientific Environmental Design, Inc., and all AIBD members and non-members are invited to participate.


  • 11:30 – Lunch
  • 11:50 – Welcome/Announcements/Introductions/Discussion
  • 1:30 – Adjourn

Please RSVP. Click here for more information on this event.


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The AIBD Down East Chapter Meeting on Tuesday, August 8th, 2017.

Please join us for dinner and a presentation “Energy Efficient HVAC Design” by Neal Kearney, representative for Scientific Environmental Design, Inc. Founded in 1978 by Harry Boody as Energy Innovations, SED was launched In 2016 to combine Harry’s decades of experience with the technology and design expertise to deliver the SED service nationwide.

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

Please RSVP. Click here for more information on this event.


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AIBD’s 2017 Annual Meeting of the Members.

There will be a meeting of the Members of the American Institute of Building Design on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (EDT) at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center800 Spring St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30308.

Visit the page to attend the meeting.


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Upcoming Cadsoft events for the month of August, 2017:

Webinar: Renderings & VR

Learn how to edit:

  • Material Properties
  • Lighting
  • Rendering Settings
  • Navigate in VR mode

When: August 1, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Webinar: Presentation Drawings

Learn how to insert views of the model on to a working drawing sheet to create a presentation drawing.

When: August 8, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Webinar: Understanding Scale

Learn the following tools:

  • Inserting a titleblock at a different size and scale
  • Inserting Views at various scales
  • Dimensioning & Text on scaled drawings

When: August 15, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Webinar: Kitchen Design

Learn how to insert:

  • Kitchen Builder Wizard
  • Inserting Individual Cabinets
  • Customizing Cabinets
  • Inserting Custom Kitchen elements

When: August 22, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Webinar: Envisioneer V13 Feature Preview

Join us as we 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

Dallas Envisioneer Beginner Training Class.

August 1, Dallas, TX.

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 Sunbelt Builders Show. Register here.

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.


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The Complete Beginner’s Guide To Email Marketing for Building Designers

Email marketing is, in the most basic definition, using email to generate revenue.

Despite the fact that we all get way too many emails every day, it’s still the best way to reach your customers.

You can use it to build trust and authority while warming up your customers to purchase your services (or products, if you’re selling plans on your website).

Learn more about email marketing for building designers by signing up for the free email course:

Free Email Marketing for Building Designers Email Course

You'll also receive our latest content by email.

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Welcome new AIBD members!

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

Jimmy Holmes
Ali Orozco
Cameron Sheets
Ray Whitaker

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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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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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Robots can now tell you where your packages are, thanks to UPS.

Doing some shipping? Now you don’t even need a tracking number. Ask the UPS Chatbot!

Plus, put the power of expert shipping to work for you. Visit for special member rates.


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Motivation for your Monday!

“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he’s always doing both. ”

― James A. Michener



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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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