Category Archives: 11 / November – 2017

November 27, 2017. What’s happening @AIBD_National?


Last chance for 40% off your AIBD Winter Conference registration!

You said you wanted to be able to register earlier and we listened! AIBD Winter Conference registration is open.

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

Get 40% off your registration price if you register before the end of November (that’s this week!).

For educational session information CLICK HERE.

CLICK HERE for the schedule.

To register CLICK HERE.


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Start the process to become a Certified Professional Building Designer today.

ATTENTION: We have extended the deadline to 11:45 PM Eastern on December 3rd so that you can have this weekend to finish up.

As a building design professional, you know that credentials and experience are the keys to your success. You have the experience, but to advance your business you need tangible proof of your qualifications. NCBDC Certification is the solution.

Since 1958, the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) has been helping building design professionals further their careers by providing impartial third party testing and accreditation.

We are currently in the standard setting phase of our new CPBD exam. Now is a great time to get the process started.

For more information on the standard setting phase, check out the AIBD Blog.

Or, go to to get registered right away.


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AIBD Puget Sound Chapter Lunch & Learn on December 6th

Jeff Minch (Valley Supply) will be covering the basics of ICF with an emphasis on economic benefits of using it for foundations and basements.

Mike Maffei (with Henry) will be presenting “Understanding Air Barrier Systems and DesignOptions”.

Please RSVP by December 1st to Karl Koning:

  • Where: Valley Supply – Valley Supply Co. 8310 Maltby Rd, Woodinville, WA 98072
  • When: Dec 6, 2017 1:30:00 PM CST / 11:30 AM PST – 3:30:00 PM CST / 1:30 PM PST

For more information, check out the official AIBD Events Calendar: CLICK HERE.


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AIBD Cape Fear Chapter Lunch & Learn on December 7th

You are invited to the December 7th “Thursday Luncheon” by the AIBD, Cape Fear Chapter.

The presenter will be: Phil Goodlove, the topic: “Understand what powder coating is and how it differs from liquid coatings. Know the history, processes of application, and understand the advantages of powder coating.”

Please RSVP to Sam Guidry, RA, NCARB, AIBD:, 910.471.4721.

  • Where: Cape Fear Club, 206 Chestnut St, Wilmington, NC.
  • When: Dec 7, 2017 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

For more information, check out the official AIBD Events Calendar: CLICK HERE.


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AIBD Susquehanna Valley Chapter Lunch & Learn on December 13th

Are you hungry and love to learn? AIBD Susquehanna Valley Chapter is having another very special guest speaker at a Lunch and Learn Luncheon!

Mike Caccese will be speaking on different aspects of homes built with Superior Walls by Weaver Precast. Mike’s speech includes:

  • Designing With Insulated Precast Concrete Walls
  • Basements … Then and Now
  • Features and Benefits of Precast
  • Code Compliance
  • Versatility
  • … and much more!

This course is good for 1 CEU!

  • When: December 13, 2017
  • Time: 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Where: Eden Host Resort
    Arthur’s Terrace
    222 Eden Road
    Lancaster, Pa 17601

If you are interested please contact Carolee Stauffer via email @ by December 10th.

For more information, check out the official AIBD Events Calendar: CLICK HERE.


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1st Annual Mark Shone Mini Golf Classic December 15th.

On behalf of the AIBD, Palm Beach Chapter, you are invited to be a part of the 1st Annual Mark Shone Mini Golf Classic. It is predicted to be a “hole” lot of fun.

This new wonderful holiday tradition is the chapter’s annual fundraiser with the proceeds going to the AIBD College of Fellows’ Annette Farmer Scholarship fund. No continuing education credits this time, just fun, networking and maybe some bragging rights.

$35 includes lunch, soft drink and mini golf (alcohol is on your own). Sponsor a hole for an additional $25 or a tabletop (and hole) for $65.

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.

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.

  • Where: Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf, 617 N A1A, Jupiter, FL 33477, (561) 203-7965
  • When: Friday, December, 15, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Register by email or by phone: or 561-373-2537 (Can’t make it? Also use these to make a donation to the fund).

For more information, check out the official AIBD Events Calendar: CLICK HERE.


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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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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:

  • Portland, Oregon November 30, 2017
  • San Diego, California December 4, 2017
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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How to Figure Out Job Cost

Managing your home design business for success means that you have to monitor and make decisions based on many different variables. Each can be critically important to you at different times. However, the most critical constant you must track in any design business is job cost.

What is “job cost”?

When I use the term “job cost” I am specifically referring to what it costs for your firm to produce one specific project.

  • How many hours of design and meeting time were logged?
  • What was the production drafting time and check time?
  • What prints, engineering costs, etc. were needed to complete the project?
  • How did all of the time spent and expenses accrued compare to the contract amount and/or your estimate?

Tracking job cost is important. Read more…


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Learn How To Reduce the risk of Error or Omission

Design professionals are vulnerable to lawsuits due to their roles as trusted advisers and to the many professional and technical obligations they must adhere to.

Watch this prerecorded webinar and learn from a team of insurance professionals how to reduce your risk of a real or alleged error or omission.

Also learn about the various exposures that design professionals face, be exposed to some claim examples, and get information about insurance coverages available specifically for residential and light commercial building designers.

Designers and architects, take this course to learn to reduce your risk of error or omission, about exposures you face, hear some claim examples, and learn the various errors and omissions (e&o) insurance types.

You’ll see:

  • The various exposures that design professionals face.
  • Claim examples.
  • Information about insurance coverages available specifically for residential and light commercial building designers.

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 November, 2017:

Webinar: Quotes and Quantities

Learn how to customize your quantity information to incorporate extra elements and create formulas to achieve customized quantities.

When: Nov 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
Where: Online
Cost: Free


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SoftPlan online training for 2017

2017 SoftPlan Training Dates


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Upcoming FREE GreenHome Institute events and training!

Comparing Residential Green Building Rating Systems Pt 4 – Comparing Health, Materials, Place and Water credit differences -Free CEU Webinar

  • Know where to get more information on credit opportunities and what goes into them for green certification.
  • Articulate which health, water, place and material credits make sense for your clients based on foundational goals.
  • See how each program weights different green credits and goals so you can decide the most relevant one.
  • And more!

When: November 29, 2017, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (Eastern)
Where: Online
Cost: Free


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Check off your Holiday Shopping List with Lenovo!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday (TODAY!) are not just for everyday shoppers. Take care of your end-of-year priorities right now with instant savings!

Starting Nov. 20th through Dec 4th, save up to 60% off select devices, accessories, and more, while supplies last.

For more information, check out the Lenovo site to get started right away.

If you have any questions, Call: (800) 426-7235, ext. 3569 (M-F: 9am-9pm ET, Sat: 9am-6pm ET).

Be sure to check the website often – special offers change frequently.


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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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Welcome new AIBD members!

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

Matthew Dougan

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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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Motivation for your Monday!

“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.”
― Warren Buffett



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