January 29, 2018. What’s happening @AIBD_National?


Streaming Available – Design & Build Conference, Gulf Coast

Can’t make it to Clearwater Beach this week? Attend the educational sessions via live internet steaming, thanks to the help of the professionals at BizVision.

CLICK HERE to register.

Schedule (all times are EST):
Friday, February 2, 2018

  • 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm – ICF Training and BIM Design Tools – By Brian Corder, BuildBlock Building Systems
  • 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm – How to Protect Your Business Financially and Legally – By Robert Newkirk, Attorney
  • 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm – Unlocking BIM: Practical Residential Project Enhancements Utilizing BIM Technology – By Benjamin Tabolt, CDG Project Studio

Saturday, February 3, 2018

  • 8:30 am to 9:30 am – Engineering Residential Buildings Quickly and Accurately – by Peter Bambe, StruCalc
  • 9:45 am to 11:15 am – Arts & Crafts Style Home Design: Details – By Susan P. Berry, CPBD, ASID, Classic Home Design
  • 11:00 am to 2:00 pm – Move to the AIBD Facebook page for live interviews with our networking lunch exhibitors.
  • 2:15 pm to 3:45 pm – Mad Men & Mid-Century Modern Home Design – By Susan P. Berry, CPBD, ASID, Classic Home Design
  • 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm – The Not-So-Typical CAD Detail Library: Being Specific When it Comes to High Performance Design – By the AIBD High Performance Homes Team

Stream BOTH DAYS for $150 (Includes 6-month’s access to the recordings of all full- and mini-educational sessions)

CLICK HERE to register.

Registration is still open to attend in person. Use the same link above. Contact our staff if you are still in need of a hotel room at the AIBD’s reduced rate of $169 (800-366-2423 or info@AIBD.org)

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Call for Micro-Volunteers, AIBD Codes and Standards Committee.

The 2020 international building code development process has begun. Proposals to amend the codes in “Group A” have been submitted and soon they will be available for public review and comment. The AIBD Codes and Standards Committee needs industry professionals to help sift through the various proposals with the intent of identifying those that affect the performance of the members of AIBD, as well as the entire building design profession.

Your commitment is limited. Your work will begin March1 and be completed by April 1. The public hearings start April 15th and AIBD is attending to testify on any items that you think may, (1) jeopardize a building designer’s ability to practice; (2) affect the basic planning of a building; or (3) substantially increase construction costs without good reason.

A wide range of design disciplines are needed. Micro-volunteers should have knowledge or interest in one or more of the following areas:

  • Egress
  • Fire Safety
  • Plumbing
  • Swimming Pools and Spas
  • HVAC
  • Zoning
  • Property Maintenance
  • Fuel Gas
  • Wildland-Urban Interface

Interested parties apply in writing to info@AIBD.org. Please provide a brief bio and identify which of the disciplines listed above you have experience in.


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Free Webinar – Digital Marketing for Building Designers.

Hi, I’m Garrett Mickley. When I first started as Communications Director at AIBD, nothing had been optimized for search engines. For example, our blog averaged between 2000 and 3000 hits per month. I focused my first year improving, testing, improving more, and testing more. In just 12 months, our blog grew to over 7000 hits per month. This increase in traffic has resulted in more AIBD Members, more Certified Professional Building Designers, more ARDA entries, and more conference attendees. If you want to discover the techniques I used to nearly triple site traffic and increase sales, sign up for this webinar.

You’ll learn:

  • How to naturally get traffic to your website from search engines with no financial investment.
  • How to leverage an email list to keep people coming back to your website and buying again.
  • How to automate your social media posting and why you should talk to your customers.
  • What kind of content gets people talking and sharing.
  • And more!

I have 10 years experience working in digital marketing. Past clients include politicians, world-famous music festivals, non-profit organizations, and seven+ figure ecommerce websites.

If you want to scale up your business, this free webinar is for you.

Sign up before seats fill up.


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AIBD Salt Lake Metro Chapter meeting on March 5th.

Milgard windows has offered to host a lunch and learn for the AIBD Salt Lake Metro Chapter on March 5th!

We’ll learn more about their products, installation, details, and much more.

The location will be determined as we get closer to this event and know how many will attend.

You’re welcome to invite other designers, builder clients, or anyone else that can benefit from learning more about Milgard products.

  • Date: March 5, 2018.
  • Time: 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Everyone is responsible for paying for their own lunch)
  • Location: TBD

RSVP by email or by phone: sam@morganfinehomes.com or 801-367-5380.

For more information, check out the AIBD calendar.


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Upcoming StruCalc seminars:

AIBD members are welcome the participate in one of our free four hour StruCalc seminars to be held at various locations throughout the United States. Upon completion, you will receive a certificate for four hours of continuing education credit.

Seminars will be held at the following times and locations:

  • Tampa, Florida February 5, 2018
  • Orlando, Florida February 7, 2018
  • Houston, Texas February 13, 2018
  • Salt Lake City, Utah March 6, 2018
  • Boise, Idaho March 7, 2018
  • Spokane, Washington March 8, 2018
  • Austin, Texas March 14, 2018
  • San Antonio, Texas March 15, 2018
  • Dallas, Texas March 28, 2018
  • Denver, Colorado April 4, 2018
  • Las Vegas, Nevada April 24, 2018
  • Santa Ana California, May 15, 2018
  • North Los Angeles, May 16, 2018
  • Riverside, California, May 17, 2018
  • San Francisco, California, May 30, 2018
  • Sacramento, California, May 31, 2018

You can register for one of these events, or request for an event to be held in your area by clicking this link: http://www.strucalc.com/strucalc-seminars/.


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High Performance Home Design – A Primer

What is a high performance home and how do I get one?

These questions are often asked, but you’re in luck! We’ve got Michael Battaglia of Dayton, Ohio, to answer them.

High Performance Home building is the result of years of examining, learning, and evolving building science. The years of building science have produced some fundamental changes to the way we are building today.

Learn all about them in this guide on the AIBD blog.

Michael’s passion for residential design has been enhanced with interest in the development of the science of building. Michael believes Historic Design Styles and the Science of Building can coexist without having to compromise.

Click here to read it now.


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Evolution of the Wood Floor Joist

There are many factors to consider when designing a floor system with engineered wood joists. Review the design strategies, code requirements, different types of engineered floor components, and their capabilities and limitations.

Join us for this recording of the First Tuesday @ 2:00 webinar program and learn the factors to consider when designing floor systems and appropriate design strategies to meet both the code requirements and the clients satisfaction.

This program is hosted by the American Institute of Building Design and presented by AIBD Associate Member, Mike Beauchamp of Open Joist Triforce – Built by Barrette.

Certified Professional Building Designers (CPBD) will earn 1.0 Primary CE unit for completing the course.

To register, or just to get more information, click here. AIBD Members, enroll at a discount! Call 1-800-366-2423 or write info@AIBD.org for the member code.

The American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) believes in the consumer’s right to decide who designs their home. AIBD supports that belief by providing education and resources designed to help the consumer make informed decisions and the professional practice at peak performance. Become a part of our mission. www.AIBD.org.


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Upcoming Cadsoft events for the month of January, 2018:

Roofs Webinar

Envisioneer eLearning: Roofs

Learn the following tools:

  • Editing a roof with a new plate height, pitch and slope
  • Adding a dormer
  • Adding a Flush Dormer

When: Jan 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
Where: Online
Cost: Free


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SoftPlan online training for 2018

2018 SoftPlan Training Dates


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Upcoming free GreenHome Institute webinars:

Optimizing the Indoor Environment for Health: Asthma, Allergies, and Building Materials – Free CEU Webinar

  • The prevalence of asthma and allergies in America and how to capture this growing consumer market
  • How to use a combination of science and education to raise awareness and demand
  • The importance of an independent scientific program in this area and why it is necessary
  • Builders and architects will learn how to influence their clients to purchase certified products to keep their homes healthy.
  • And more!

When: January 31, 2018, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm (Eastern)
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Passive Solar Design and Online Tools for Window Shading Design, Analysis and LEED – Free CEU Webinar

  • Know the importance of correctly addressing window locating and shading needs and how it fits in with LEED BD+C V4 Building Orientation for Passive Solar
  • Understand the seasonal and daily performance of horizontal window overhangs and how it helps with LEED BD+C V4 Building Orientation for Passive Solar
  • Articulate how to use design tools to determine instantaneous window shading from horizontal overhangs and if you can get credit in LEED BD+C V4 Building Orientation for Passive Solar
  • Understand how to use design tools to determine annual window shading from horizontal overhangs
  • And more!

When: February 28, 2018, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm (Eastern)
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Understanding RESNET’s Home Energy Rating System (HERS Index) – Free CEU Webinar

  • Describe how a Home Energy Rating works and ties into LEED BD+C V4 EA Annual Energy Use
  • Describe the process for conducting a Home Energy Rating that is required for LEED BD+C V4 Minimum Energy Performance and what impact it can have on occupant health
  • Explain how RESNET’s Home Energy Rating System works with green building, LEED BD+C V4 Energy Budget, energy efficiency and utility programs as well as building energy codes;
  • Understand the requirements for becoming a HERS Rater and the health and life safety aspects of what Raters do.
  • And more!

When: April 11, 2018, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm (Eastern)
Where: Online
Cost: Free

You can check out all GreenHome Institute’s events at https://greenhomeinstitute.org/events/.


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Attend the Roofing Industry’s Best-Practices Seminar in Residential Attic Venting

Air Vent’s best practices in residential attic ventilation seminar turns 20 in January. You’re invited to attend any of their 25 stops across North America during quarter one of 2018. Over 23,000 roofing professionals have participated in sharing these industry tips; don’t be the only one who hasn’t.

Here’s a list of the upcoming live events’ locations and dates:

  • Birmingham, AL – January 30, 2018
  • Pearl, MS – January 31, 2018
  • Houston, TX – February 1, 2018
  • Malvern, PA – February 14, 2018
  • Schaumburg, IL – February 15, 2018 (10 a.m. brunch, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. seminar)
  • Buffalo, NY – February 20, 2018
  • Vaughan, Canada – February 21, 2018
  • Novi/Livonia, MI – February 22, 2018
  • Kalamazoo, MI – February 23, 2018
  • Fort Collins, CO – February 28, 2018
  • Denver, CO – March 1, 2018
  • Independence, OH – March 6, 2018
  • Dublin, OH – March 7, 2018
  • Indianapolis, IN – March 8, 2018
  • Des Moines, IA – March 13, 2018
  • Madison, WI – March 14, 2018
  • Bloomington, MN – March 15, 2018
  • Raleigh, NC – March 20, 2018
  • Columbia, SC – March 21, 2018

Click here for more information about these events.


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Welcome new AIBD members!

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

Barry Brainard
Brian Corder
Stephen Holzer
David Lewis
William Sullens
David Wilson

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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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The AIBD job board has been improved!

meetingThe AIBD job board has been improved in both design and usability!

Whether you’re looking for a job, or looking to hire someone, this is the best job board in our industry.

If you’re looking for work, it’s free to post your resume. This is great because if you’re looking for work, you’re probably pinching pennies until you get it. If you’re a student, we understand your student debt is high enough. You won’t have to pay anything to seek employment through our job board.

If you’re looking to hire some help, you can use our job board to search for quality candidates. You’ll be able to browse the resumes for free, and contact the candidates for free. You’ll pay only when the candidate is interested in your position. Hiring the right person is an investment in your company, and saving time with our easy to use job board will free you up to focus on other tasks.

Go check out the job board right now at AIBD.org/jobs.

Also, if you’re looking to hire, don’t forget that we have training on the right way to hire employees. AIBD members can take this course for free; just give us a call at 800-366-2423 or email us at info@aibd.org.


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AIBD wants to promote your event or content!

In the last six months, we’ve more than doubled the traffic to our AIBD blog. We’re hitting well over 7000 views per month.

This is great because it gives the AIBD more exposure, which leads to more subscribers to our MondayMINUTE newsletter, and ultimately more AIBD members.

As an AIBD member, you have access to this resource. You deserve a piece of those 7000 views.

All you need to do is write a blog post and submit it to us!

For more information on how to get your content onto the AIBD blog and/or in the MondayMINUTE, check out this blog post.

We are also accepting entries for this newsletter, the MondayMINUTE. Entries MUST be received by end of day Thursday. Any entries received Friday morning or later will be in the next week’s newsletter.


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Motivation for your Monday!

“In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity”
― Sun Tzu



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