Category Archives: 09 / September – 2017

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


Fall Conference hotel block closes soon!

Make your plans now, November 2nd & 3rd is the AIBD 2017 Fall Conference in Austin, TX.

The discounted room rate of $141 ends at midnight (CDT) on Wednesday, October 4th!

CLICK HERE for hotel information.

For educational session information CLICK HERE.

CLICK HERE for the schedule.

To register CLICK HERE.


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Certification still in standard setting mode.

In our quest for accreditation, we have reached a critical point. We have just launched a prototype of the new Certified Professional Building Designer (CPBD) certification exam–but we need a sufficient body of results, in order to determine a passing grade. It may sound like our cart is in front of our horse, but this how things must get done, in order to make sure the exam is fair and reliable.

This means that we are in need of qualified candidates to take the prototype exam, so that we can move forward in our process. So this is my personal request to you, to download the CPBD Candidate Handbook, and review the qualifications to pursue certification. Then, if you are qualified, register and take the exam.

The downside is, we can’t tell whether you’ve passed the exam, until we have given the minimum number of exams to determine a valid passing grade. The upside is, that the exam has never been as uncomplicated, cheaper, or faster to take. You can take it on your computer, iPad, or smart phone, in the comfort of your home or office, and according to your own schedule.

If you have questions, please contact our staff at 1-800-366-2423 or


Alan Abrams, CPBD, AIBD
Council President


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AIBD Tri-State Oki Chapter Meeting

Join the AIBD – Tri-State Oki Chapter on October 7th, in Hamilton, OH.

Join us on a tour of the historical district, Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and the Pyramid House.

There will also be a CEU presentation on shower system detailing.

Just send in your RSVP to let us know you will be joining us. ~ Questions? Contact Jim Wright (information below).


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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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What is my intellectual property and how do I protect it?

What do you do if someone steals your plans?

Can you do anything?

The AIBD Education Committee brings us an informative piece on Intellectual Property and Copyrights for this week’s AIBD blog post.

“To put it into building designer terms, a home design is intellectual property. Even if it’s only drawn as a sketch on a napkin.”

Learn more about your rights as a building designer on the AIBD Blog.


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

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!

7 Steps for Designing an Economical Net Zero Energy Residence and Tools to Help – Free CEU Webinar

Join the GreenHome Institute and learn the seven steps for transforming a conventional house to an economical, net zero energy home.

You’ll learn…

  • Energy and moisture flows required for maintaining a healthy home relative to house design, climate and occupant activities.
  • How to find an economically optimal house design based on Life Cycle Costing.
  • How to compare financing (monthly payments for mortgage, insurance, real estate taxes and energy) for a conventional home and a high performance, healthy, net zero energy home with solar powered transportation.
  • How to develop an initial familiarity with ZEROs (Zero Energy Residential Optimization software) energy, IAQ (healthy environment), comfort, solar PV, economic, and financial simulation capabilities.
  • And more!

When: September 27, 2017, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Click here to get registered.

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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Welcome new AIBD members!

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

Linda Claice
Michael Murray
Kevin Tittle

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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Check out this cool building!

This beach hut is not an outhouse.

This little beach hut has a neat surprise…and then another surprise.

After you watch this video, don’t forget to check out the video about how he built it.


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AIBD wants to promote you!

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.


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Join AIBD’s 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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Motivation for your Monday!

“If you do good work for good clients, it will lead to other good work for other good clients. If you do bad work for bad clients, it will lead to other bad work for other bad clients.” – Michael Bierut



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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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CLICK HERE and to learn more about AIBD events!

2016 Calendar Showing Future Target Business Plan

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