November 5, 2012. What’s Happening @AIBD_National?

…Voting day!

Thank you ahead of time for voting, and for encouraging your fellow members to do the same!   Much is on the line for our industry in the next Congress — from housing finance reform measures, to the future of the mortgage interest deduction and other tax issues, as well as the very status of housing as a top national priority. So, if you haven’t already, get out to the polls to exercise the privilege (and civic duty) that we have as citizens of this great country.

…First Tuesday @ 2:00 (p.m. ET)

This year’s AIBD Convention featured an open format that has triggered the formation of a High Performance Homes Team.  Currently lead by the AIBD Colorado President Bernie Kern, the quickly growing group left Wilmington with the goal of creating a list of resources for designers, builders, and consumers in the quest to design and build energy efficient, comfortable and environmentally safe homes.

Join us for the  First Tuesday @ 2:00 (P.M. ET) as the team shares with us their accomplishments and vision for the future. 


…Three AIBD society meetings

The Georgia Society hosts their final meeting in 2012 at AVI – Architectural Visions, Inc. 3150 Piedmont Road, N.E. Everything begins with an Executive Committee meeting at 2:30, then presentations and a tour of the facility from 4:00 to 5:00 and dinner at 6:00. For more information: 

Join AIBD Michigan and guests amid the beauty and fall splendor of the 125-acre botanical gardens and internationally acclaimed sculpture park Saturday from 10:00 to 3:00. The event is FREE. For more info: 

AIBD North Carolina also hosts a meeting this Saturday at the Piano Man sing-along bar in Cornelius, NC. Arrive at 11:30 am for lunch before the program begins. For more information: 

…NCBDC President attend ICE

John Fought, President of the National Council of Building Designer Certification, is attending the Institute for Credentialing Excellence’s 2012 Educational Conference in Pasadena, CA. AIBD Executive Director Steve Mickley is joining him. They will be attending instructional sessions on certification development and administration best practices. John’s efforts will not only keep the NCBDC up-to-date on new ideas and trends, but will be learning the important steps towards getting third-party accreditation by ANSI, a five-year goal established by the Council in February 2012.

…NCBDC exam reminder

The next NCBDC exam date is December 1 & 2 in Oklahoma, OK. The last day to submit your application is November 16. Applications can be sent electronically using the DropBox and It is FREE for AIBD Professional members to apply. Non-members pay $50. Once approved, the exam fee is $300.

The next exam is offered in Seattle, WA, January  18 & 19. Applications must be received by December 14.

…Last week’s new members and their sponsors

Welcome new Professional members Christian Gladu (Bend, OR) and John Repullo (Bonita Springs, FL). John was sponsored by long-time AIBD FL member and ARDA award winner, Richard Guzman.

We also welcome the Design Student members at Globe University (Minneapolis, MN), Fernando Belobaba, David Eichler, Tyler Gelbmann, Jocelyn Hageness, Nicholas Janssen, Krystal Knudsen, Virgile Kossou, Brian Laidlaw, Sara Liddle, Caius Momanyi, Derrick Mullen, Britt Nelson and Khue Thao. Thanks to Educator member, John Hartman, for his efforts recruiting this great group of emerging design professionals. The next goal John has is to establish the AIBD’s third active student chapter at Globe University.

…Important dates.

November 8 – AIBD Georgia Society meeting in Atlanta, GA

November 10 – AIBDMI Fall 2012 in Grand Rapids

November 10 – AIBD North Carolina Society meeting in Cornelius, NC

December 1&2 – NCBDC Exam in Oklahoma City, OK

January 24 & 25 – AIBD Midyear Meeting, Las Vegas Marriott, Las Vegas, NV

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