January 23, 2017. What’s happening @AIBD_National?


Seeking Conference Speakers!

Do you have an idea for an educational session? Do you know someone who has a great presentation? Submit your proposals by February 10, 2017.

Attention: Our spring conference is still in need of two speakers. Please contact us immediately!

Each quarterly conference features seven 90-minute educational sessions. The four focus areas established by our Conference Committee are Design Process, Business Practices, Business Administration, and Building Design.

To submit a proposal:
Go to www.AIBDconvention.com/SpeakerRFP.pdf
to download an RFP document which includes more detail on each of the focus areas, attendee demographics, rules and guidelines for speaking and additional information for submitting a proposal (the download should start immediately).

For more information about AIBD’s 2017 & 2018 conference schedule, visit www.AIBD.org/conferences.

If you have any questions or would like to recommend a topic or speaker, please contact our conference staff by writing conferences@AIBD.org.

We look forward to your ideas!


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Palm Beach Chapter web meeting, Friday

Join the AIBD Palm Beach Chapter as they host one of their required two business meetings online.

The purpose of the meeting is to establish their meeting plans for 2017. In addition, AIBD Executive Director, Steve Mickley, will be updating the chapter on some of the projects issued by our board of directors, as well as a presentation on how to turn the current “Guide to Residential Design Specialists” consumer booklet (www.aibd.org/free-guide) into a 60 to 90 minute live and interactive presentation.

“The ‘guide’ is filled with great advice to homeowners and I think we can easily get our local press to publicize the presentations for free.” Steve predicts.

His idea is to create a detailed outline, using the guide, and enlist four local designers to make the presentation. Each having 15 to 20 minutes.

The four topics to be covered include:

  • How to Find the Right Building Designer
  • Your Role on the Design Team
  • Prioritizing Your “Wish List”
  • The Design Process

Please RSVP. GoToMeeting space is limited to 25 participants.


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Salt Lake City Chapter Organizational Meeting

If you’re a designer in Utah and you’re feeling all alone out there…you’re not! AIBD’s Second Vice President Bernie Kern and Executive Director Steve Mickley are hosting a virtual meeting to explore the potential of an AIBD chapter in Salt Lake City. As 2nd VP, Bernie focuses on external outreach, which includes chapter development and success.

“We have over 60 contacts in Utah with two thirds of them being around the Salt Lake City area.” Bernie reports.

Utah is one of dozens of areas President Kevin Holdridge wishes to pursue chapter development in 2017.

“In December, our staff created ‘pin-maps’ of each state to expose where we have our greatest number of contacts and members.” Says Kevin.

Other areas of interest include Minneapolis, MN; Jacksonville, FL; Omaha, NE; Raleigh/Durham, NC and Baltimore/Washington.

“We have over 100 communities where we show ten or more contacts” Kevin adds. “These cities are just a beginning.”

Please RSVP. GoToMeeting space is limited to 25 participants.


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Upcoming Cadsoft events:

Learn how to insert walls in Envisioneer.

You’ll learn how to edit wall properties in a variety of ways so you can quickly and accurately create a floor plan.

When: January 24, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Click here to get registered.

Learn how to insert roofs in Envisioneer.

You’ll learn how to

  • Edit a roof with a new plate height, pitch, and slope
  • Add a dormer
  • And more!

When: January 31, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
Where: Online
Cost: Free

There will also be a Question and Answer time at the end of the webinar so you can have all of your questions answered by someone who really knows the software through and through.

Click here to get registered.

San Diego Envisioneer Beginner Training Class.

June 27, San Diego, CA.

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 PCBC show. Register here.

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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Upcoming GreenHome Institute webinars (free)!

Zero Made Easy: DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Specifications. Pt2 – Free CEU Webinar

February 1, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm (Eastern)

Car efficiency is partly measured in “Miles Per Gallon” or MPG, but how do we measure home performance?

The HERS Index Score is the most widely recognized way to measure home performance but just like a car, there’s a lot more than just one metric to measure.

DOE has established a label for Zero Energy Ready Homes that recognizes how critical it is to ensure both energy efficiency and high-performance.

In this webinar, you’ll learn how the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home specifications provide a systems-based path to deliver energy efficient high-performance homes today.

You’ll learn

  • The DOE technical specifications associated with zero energy ready performance.
  • Technologies and design strategies to meet DOE Zero Energy Ready thresholds for efficiency and performance.
  • How the DOE technical specifications are aligned with the key value propositions for Zero Energy Ready Homes.
  • And more!

For more information or to get registered, click here.


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Welcome new AIBD members!

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

Beth Abeyta
James Doucette
Wes Robbins

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 “SearchHomeDesigners.com” to reach out and exchange information with other professionals in the building designer industry supporting the AIBD mission.


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Suncoast Chapter Meeting on Thursday, February 9th, 2017.

In this meeting, Jon Levey from Simpson Strong-Tie will discuss the new 2017 catalog.

Com Center
9040 Town Center Parkway
LWR, 34202

Thursday, February 9, 2017
11:45 AM to 1:15 PM

AIBD Suncoast Chapter (Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties)

For more information about the Suncoast Chapter, check out the Suncoast Chapter page.


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Air Vent Inc. Ask The Expert seminars are coming to a town near you.

Air Vent Inc. are bringing their “Ask The Expert” seminars to cities all over the USA, and there’s bound to be one near you.

You’ll learn…

  • How to avoid obvious installation mistakes
  • How to sell your services the right way
  • What code violations will follow your whole career
  • And much more!

These are technical seminars, not sales presentations.

AIBD, AIA, NARI, A.I.I., NAHI, RCI and ACHI members can receive CE credits by attending seminars.

There are 30 seminars around the country, so click here to locate the one that’s nearest to you.

These seminars run from January to March 2017.

January’s upcoming seminars will be:

  • Orange, CA – Tuesday, January 24, 2017
  • San Jose, CA – Wednesday, January 25, 2017
  • Portland, OR – Thursday, January 26, 2017
  • Houston, TX – Tuesday, January 31, 2017

February’s upcoming seminars will be:

  • Oklahoma City, OK – Wednesday, February 1, 2017
  • Grapevine, TX – Thursday, February 2, 2017
  • Schaumburg, IL – Tuesday, February 7, 2017
  • Milwaukee, WI – Wednesday, February 8, 2017
  • Bloomington, MN – Thursday, February 9, 2017
  • Independence, OH – Tuesday, February 14, 2017
  • Dublin, OH – Wednesday, February 15, 2017
  • Indianapolis, IN – Thursday, February 16, 2017
  • Grand Rapids, MI – Tuesday, February 21, 2017
  • Sterling Heights, MI – Wednesday, February 22, 2017


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Get free access to Lightspace California 2017.

Lighting is extremely important to not just the design of your buildings but also to the comfort of those will be using the building.

Luckily, there’s a convention just for this. It’s called Lightspace California and it’s happening in Anaheim early 2017.

This event was created in London but is coming to the USA for the first time alongside The LED Show and Strategies in Light. These events all together provide a wide range of information across the entire lighting supply chain.

From the website:

“A line-up of thought leaders – including leading lighting designers and architects –will explore themes of integration of light and architecture, the role of darkness and shadow and collaboration across the disciplines.”

Talks include…

  • How to add value with light
  • Creativity in human-centric design and circadian rhythm
  • Lighting’s role in the narration of museums and galleries
  • And more!

The entire event is organized by Lighting magazine, so you know the people who are putting this together know what they’re talking about.

Anaheim Convention Center
February 28th – March 2nd
Free to attend!
Click here to register now.


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Humor for your Monday!

This week’s comic is by Roger Penwill of England.

Mr. Penwill has been a full-time professional cartoonist since 1999, following an architectural career in London. He was one of the first UK cartoonists to convert to producing fully digital artwork and was instrumental in promoting its acceptance in other countries.

For more information on Mr. Penwill or his comics, click here to check out his website.


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