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February 11, 2013. What’s Happening @AIBD_National?


…Time’s running out to register for CA conference.

Ten days left to register for California Society’s 53rd Annual State Conference for a full three-day educational on “High Performance Homes” to stay current with the times. As the nation moves toward the “New Norm”, come hear the 4-hour workshop from architect Sam Rashkin and his retooling the housing industry pioneering message that can enhance your businesses. And as the CA Energy Code updates move towards Zero Net Home design by 2020, come hear from our very own AIBD members, Graham Irwin and Clay Johnson, who have “walked the walk” and are willing to share their expertise in their Passive House, LEED for Homes, and Retrofit projects.

The conference includes walking tours in coastal Santa Barbara, a Journal Sketching tour of Santa Barbara courtyards & archways, and a guided tour of an actor’s High Performance Home right on the ocean. The last day of the conference offers a NCBDC Exam preparation workshop. Register by Feb. 20!

For more information, CLICK HERE

…Florida NCBDC exam deadline.

NCBDC is offering all nine building designer certification exams on March 15 & 16 in Clearwater, Florida. Applications must be received by this Thursday, February 14th. 

If your application has already been approved and you wish to take the exams in Clearwater, the AIBD National Office must hear from you by Thursday also. Space is limited to six candidates.

For a full schedule of exams visit


…Compass Club awards 4th diamond pin.

Certified Professional Member Richard Emigh (CA) is the fourth member of the Compass Club to receive the top recruiting honor  – a gold diamond lapel pin. Richard has earned 50 compass club points over the past 12 years by recruiting AIBD members. The other three diamond pin recipients include:

  • Warren Hall (MA) resigned
  • Jesse Gonzalez (TX)
  • Mike Keesee (FL)

Watch a short video of Richard’s pin presentation HERE.

Learn more about the Compass Club at

…More awards received.

Hobbs’ Ink, owned by Certified Professional Member Janet Hobbs (TX) won Houzz Awards in both the Design and Customer Satisfaction categories. Her portfolio includes some of the most popular images on Houzz in 2012, and she ranked highly in customer satisfaction among Houzz’s 11 milion monthly users. You can see her award-winning work in this “Best of” ideabook:

A “Best of Houzz 2013” winner badge has been placed on the Hobbs’ Ink Houzz profile page; visit your profile page ( to see it.

…Important Dates

March 1 & 2  – NC & SC AIBD Annual Spring Conference, North Myrtle Beach, SC

March 7-9 – AIBD California Annual Conference, Ventura, CA

March 15 & 16 – NCBDC Exam in Clearwater, FL

April 25 & 26 – NCBDC Exam in Hartford, CT

May 3 – AIBD Washington’s Spring Conference, Kent, WA

May 6 & 7 – NCBDC Exam in Atlanta, GA

June 5 & 6 – NCBDC Exam in San Antonio, TX

July 13 & 14 – NCBDC Exam in Pasadena, CA

July 15-18 – AIBD National Convention, Langham Hotel, Pasadena, CA