June 23, 2014. What’s happening @AIBD_National?

Wall bracing webinar series kicks-off this Thursday.

Why Wall Bracing and Wall Bracing Strategy, the first in a series of five webinars that will address multiple aspects of wall bracing, including bracing for higher seismic and wind zones, will be held this Thursday, June 26 at 3:00 PM EDT. AIBD and APA are teaming to present the free webinars series and attending AIBD members are eligible to earn continuing education units. Participation is free but advanced registration is required.

Wall bracing is a method of providing lateral load resistance to residential structures. The initial webinar will provide an overview of wall bracing strategy and techniques, including how lateral loads are handled through braced wall lines and braced wall panels, the wall bracing methods and options provided in the IRC, and the history and development of wall bracing.

Additional webinars will be held monthly through October and will address related topics, including meeting code requirements with wall bracing, the simplified wall bracing method, and bracing for higher seismic and wind zones.

Click on each title below to register today:

  1. June 26, 2014, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Why wall bracing and wall bracing strategy.
  2. July 17, 2014, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Meeting the code through prescriptive wall bracing.
  3. August 21, 2014, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Simplified wall bracing and what to provide the building official.
  4. September 18, 2014, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Seismic-related provisions and tips to meeting them.
  5. October 16, 2014, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Building Wood Framed Structures for High Wind Resistance.

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NCBDC Marketing Color smallRegistration for NCBDC exams in Columbus closes Friday.

Anyone wishing to take one or more of the NCBDC Certified Professional Building Designer exams on July 27 & 29 in Columbus, OH, must submit their registration form to the AIBD National Office by 5pm EDT Friday, June 27th. Only those who have already been approved to sit for the NCBDC exams may register. To learn more about how to apply for approval, contact Steve Mickley by calling 1-800-366-2423 or writing steve.mickley@aibd.org.

All the applications and registration forms are found in the CPBD Candidate Handbook which can be downloaded from the NCBDC website. CLICK HERE

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The 2014 membership drive ends in one week.

If you’re not currently an AIBD member or if you’ve let your AIBD membership lapse, you have one more week to join and save up from $45 up to $150 on your first 12 months of membership (savings depend on what state you reside in).

Visit www.JoinAIBD.org and join today!

Since the start of the AIBD membership drive on April 1st, there have been 21 new Professional members, four new Associate members, three new Design Student members and two new HPMA members added to the AIBD ranks. In addition to the new recruits, we’ve had 11 current AIBD members listed as new member recruiters. Together, the 11 recruiters have earned 36 Compass Club Points. Two points are earned with each new Professional member recruited and one point for all other membership levels. At the annual meeting of the House of Delegates, the individual and the society earning the most Compass Club Points are recognized.

To learn more about the Compass Club, CLICK HERE.

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ARDA Winner LogoARDA ends in one week!

American Residential Design Awards entries are accepted until June 24th July 1st. Three categories are open to everyone in the industry, eight are reserved for AIBD members only. Use the links below to get more information on how to get your work recognized.


Download the CATEGORIES


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You are invited to a reception July 30th.

AIBD Ohio is hosting a reception at the Goodale Park Shelter House – The Short North, Columbus, Ohio. Kicking off the 2014 iCORD events, the Ohio Society reception is a great opportunity to join your fellow residential designers from across the United States for live music, hors d’oeuvres, and an open bar, whether you are registered for the AIBD Convention & iCORD un-conference or not. The Goodale Park Shelter is just three blocks north of the Hilton Columbus Downtown hotel, the AIBD’s host hotel.

Registration is now open for the AIBD Convention & iCORD conference (July 29 – August 1) in Columbus, Ohio: www.AIBDconvention.com

REGULAR REGISTRATION ENDS JUNE 27th! (limited to only 130 professional registrations)

THE HOTEL ROOM BLOCK CLOSES JULY 6TH! (or until it’s full, which ever comes first)

For more information about the iCORD, the AIBD Convention and to register, CLICK HERE.

To check out Columbus Ohio from a building designer’s perspective, CLICK HERE.

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More events ahead.

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