November 11, 2013. What’s happening @AIBD_National?

Last Friday's graduating class of Naval recruits - Great Lakes, IL

Last Friday’s graduating class of Naval recruits – Great Lakes, IL

…Thinking of the best way to thank our veterans.

An editorial by Steve Mickley

Less than 72 hours ago I had the honor of attending the Navy’s November 8th recruit graduation ceremony in Great Lakes, IL. Hundreds of brave men and women had completed their basic training – the beginning of their adventure as United States Sailors. I was especially proud to be there because one of those sailors was my son, Hayden. He shipped off at 0100 the next morning for Seabee training. He’s going to be a Navy builder.

Thanks to this experience, I’ve found a new appreciation for Veteran’s Day and how we can truly thank them for our service. Earlier this year, AIBD was a part of designing and presenting a new home to one of our wounded warriors by way of a live design competition at the International Building Show (VIEW VIDEO). We plan on doing this again for another one of our heroes this coming February. But I kept feeling like there was a better way to thank our soldiers, airmen, marines, sailors, and guardsmen.

Hire a Hero!

As an industry, possibly the most honorable way to thank our veterans is to offer them a job. So many of our returning veterans have highly advanced computer skills and have been trained to be quick learners. With the building economy improving in many parts of America, I encourage those of you looking for help to first seek out the huge pool of unemployed veterans. I quickly found a few websites with resources:


Even those with certain physical disabilities are viable candidates for the building design industry. Not to mention, affordable technology has made it easier than ever to work virtually from home. There may even be tax incentives offered to employers with veteran hiring programs. By letting our courageous young volunteers know that there are opportunities for them when they come home is the one of the best ways I can think of, to thank our veterans.

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OR Logo Color_with Clear Space_SMALL…Registration opens for PNW “Idea Swap”

AIBD Oregon invites you to an afternoon of focused discussion with other like-minded professionals on December 6th in Portland.

An Idea Swap is like a speed-dating brainstorming session. Five tables. Five great topics. Twenty minutes at each table. You will come away energized and ready to apply what you’ve heard and learned to build success for your business. Possible topics include:

      • Can we keep HOAs from restricting design in their communities to only architects?
      • How do you work through all the new code changes and energy requirements?
      • High Performance homes – what details have the most effective results?
      • Are you using sites like Houzz and Pinterest to promote your business?
      • What opportunities are out there right now and how can you seize the day?

The day also includes time to visit the JLC LIVE exhibit hall and Oregon Society meeting in the morning. Plus, a reception immediately following the Idea Swap.

DOWNLOAD the conference flyer.

Idea Swap space is limited, CLICK HERE to register today!

For FREE exhibit hall passes to JLC LIVE, CLICK HERE. (use promo-code: NC01)

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NCBDC Marketing Color small…December NCBDC exam closes today.

Candidates and applicants have one more day to register for the December 7th & 8th NCBDC Exam Event in Portland, OR. The exams are scheduled to be hosted at the Red Lion Hotel and will be held immediately following the JLC LIVE building show and the AIBD Oregon Society Fall Conference.

All applications and registration forms must be received at the AIBD National Office by 5:00 p.m. EST. To get a copy of the application and registration forms, click the link below to download the NCBDC Candidate Handbook. The applications are found at the back of the handbook.

To download the NCBDC Candidate Handbook: CLICK HERE.

To get your FREE JLC LIVE exhibit hall passes, CLICK HERE. (promo-code NCO1)

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Certified Member Mike Keesee accepts his Associate of the Year Award

Certified Member Mike Keesee accepts his Associate of the Year Award

…AIBD member recognized by local HBA.

AIBD Certified Professional Member Mike Keesee was awarded Associate of the Year by the Home Builders Association of Metro Orlando over the weekend. Mike posted on his Facebook page, “Thanks to the great team members of Keesee and Associates, Inc. and FDS Engineering Associates to allow me to work in the Industry…”

The NAHB Associate of the Year award was established in 1983. It recognizes Associate Members who have distinguished themselves through their outstanding contributions to the home building industry and the association at the local, state and national levels.

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…AIBD NC to announce design comp winners.

The next quarterly meeting of the American Institute of Building Design North Carolina Society is Friday, November 15th, 2013.  Their host and sponsor for this meeting is Smith Millwork, Inc., in Lexington, NC. After the general meeting, you will be treated to lunch, followed by a presentation by Smith Millwork representatives and a tour of their plant. Then, what everyone has been waiting for…the results of the society’s first annual design competition.

Please see the attached flyer for all the details and the registration form and let them know if you have any questions.  

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The AIBD Texas Society's exhibit in the lobby of Houston Community College.

The AIBD Texas Society’s exhibit in the lobby of Houston Community College.

 …TIBD exhibit opens at Houston CC

The Texas Institute of Building Design (the AIBD Texas Society) has opened an exhibit displaying their 2013 design competition winners in the lobby of the Houston Community College.

To view images, check out the society’s Facebook page, CLICK HERE.

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…Annual LightHouse Awards recognizes AIBD Lowcountry designer.

The Hilton Head Home Builders Association has awarded AIBD Certified Member Sam Liberti with two Best Bath awards, a Best Kitchen and one Overall Award. Congratulations Sam!

The coveted LightHouse Award is an honor given to home building and design professionals for their demonstration of excellence and quality of craftsmanship in the construction of homes throughout greater Beaufort County, Georgia.

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…AIBD CA November Syndesis.

Thursday, Nov. 14

11:00am – 12:00 Noon (PST)
Topic: National Solar Decathlon: 2013
Slides & Presentation
Guest Speakers:
Judy Rachel – Green Living Consultant
Home Energy Rater, BPI Trainer


CLICK HERE for more details.

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…AIBD Execs attend certification conference.

Starting tomorrow, NCBDC President John Fought and ED Steve Mickley are attending a four-day certification conference hosted by the Institute for Competency Assurance. John and Steve will be attending seminars and workshops learning the best practices of managing a national certification program. In addition, they will be meeting with the consultants and vendors NCBDC has contracted with to advise the Board of Examiners on aligning the NCBDC Policies and Procedures with ANSI/ISO standards and for converting the current paper and pencil exams to computer based platforms.

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…2014 AIBD membership renewals now available online.

Those members whose AIBD memberships expire between now and December 31, 2013 may access and renew their memberships online. Visit and log into your personal account. If you need assistance with a password, either click on “forgot password” or contact the AIBD National Staff by writing Once logged in, click the “My Transactions” tab at the top of the page. You can then quickly and easily renew your 2014 membership using a credit or debit card.

One thing to remember, those who qualify to renew their membership using a multi-payment plan MUST contact the AIBD National Staff, processing the paperwork cannot be done online.

Thanks for your continued support of the AIBD mission!

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…More events ahead.

      • November 13 – Norbord/Woodworks webcast: Full-Scale Shear Wall Tests for Force Transfer Around Openings. CLICK HERE
      • November 15 – AIBD North Carolina Quarterly Meeting and Design Competition Awards, Lexington, NC
      • December 4, 5 & 6 – JLC LIVE Northwest, Portland, OR (Get FREE exhibit hall passes CLICK HERE)
      • December 5 – AIBD Northeast Quarterly Meeting
      • December 6 – AIBD Oregon Luncheon & Idea Swap, Portland, OR
      • December 6 – AIBD Florida Organizational Meeting, Apopka, FL
      • UPDATED DATES! December 6 & 7 – NCBDC Exam in Portland, OR (Apply and register by November 11)
      • December 11 – Norbord/Woodworks webcast: Glued Laminated Timer – An Innovative and Versatile EWP. CLICK HERE
      • (2014) February 6 & 7 – AIBD National Mid-year Meeting, Las Vegas, NV
      • (2014) July 29 – August 1 – AIBD National Convention & International Conference on Residential Design, Columbus, OH (Tentative)AIBD National Convention
      • (2014) August 2 – AIBD National Volunteer Day – Build furniture at the FurnitureBank in Columbus, OH.

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