Learn work-from-home business success strategies in this FREE webinar.
There are so many benefits to working from home: flexible schedule, more time with family, no glass ceiling… However, there are challenges: feeling isolated, getting distracted, working too much (to name a few!).
Join us for the next First Tuesday @2:00 (p.m. EDT) for a live panel discussion webinar where you’ll learn work-from-home business success strategies from building designers who are doing it! How do our panelists handle client meetings? What kind of tax deductions can they claim? How do they keep their home and work lives separated? We’ll find out. Plus you can ask your own questions, too.
This program is hosted by the American Institute of Building Design. Registration is complimentary.
Certified Professional Building Designers (CPBD) will earn 1.0 Primary CE unit for attending the live presentation.
To register, or just to get more information, click here.
AIBD wants to promote you!
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.
Ending Soon! Discount for becoming a Certified Professional Building Designer (CPBD).
After two years of development, the Certified Professional Building Designer (CPBD) Exam 2.0 launched August 1st. National Council of Building Designer Certification (NCBDC) set the Standard Setting Test price at $180, which is half of the current $360 fee for taking all eight parts of the current CPBD Exam, one time.
This discount is for a limited time and comes with a stipulation. Candidates qualifying for and taking the Standard Setting version of the CPBD Exam will not know their results for at least three months, possibly longer.
Candidates taking the Standard Setting version will be given three hours to answer 225 questions. That’s it. One test, 180 minutes. What is Standard Setting? An official research study conducted to determine a cut score (i.e. pass or fail score) for the test. That’s the reason for the long delay learning whether you passed. The actual passing grade won’t be determined until a certain number of attempts have been made. Somewhere between 35 and 50 test takers.
The faster we can get everyone registered and take the test, the faster everyone will become certified.
The CPBD Exam is delivered online. Candidates must have a reliable internet connection and a webcam. The test is open-book and any professionally bound reference is allowed. To qualify, candidates must demonstrate a minimum of six years’ experience as a building designer or a combination of education and experience. It’s all explained in the Candidate Handbook. The application fee is $50. The exam fee will be collected after you’ve been accepted and your test has been scheduled. Depending on how fast your references verify your experience, it could take a few weeks to be approved. You should start your application today.
There is NO STUDY material available for the Standard Setting test. The exam has been developed using an industry job analysis and countless hours of input from subject matter experts. The certification program is designed to recognize individuals who have demonstrated the experience, knowledge, and skills necessary to provide competent services as a building designer.
The AIBD Tampa Bay Chapter Meeting on Friday, September 9th, 2017.
This month’s presentation is by Mr. Mike Loader & Mr. Wes Robbins of QuickTie Systems who will be discussing:
- Bringing High Rise & Bridging Technology to Residential Construction
- The Pre-Stressing Difference
- Wood Frame System
- Masonry Block System
Followed by a Pella Product Line Update by John Lusk of Pella.
- When:Sep 9, 2017 9:00 am to 11:00 am EDT
- Where: Pella Windows & Doors Showroom – 2325 Ulmerton Road, Suite 14, Clearwater, FL 33762
- Who: RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The AIBD Suncoast Chapter Meeting on Thursday, September 14th, 2017.
The Suncoast Chapter includes Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties.
Tubular Skylight will be presenting at this monthly meeting. All are welcome! Please RSVP.
- When:Sep 14, 2017 11:45 am to 1:15 pm EDT
- Where: ComCenter – 9040 Town Center Parkway, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
- Who: RSVP to: RaCarotti@gmail.com.
CEDIA 2017 is coming! Get in for free.
AIBD members are invited to learn more about the ever-evolving Smart Home concept directly from the experts! CEDIA, the association for all things home technology, in collaboration with AIBD, is offering a valuable opportunity to take part in an education session and experience the latest in Smart Home technology September 5-9 during CEDIA 2017 at the San Diego Convention Center.
Ryan Herd, author of “Join the Smart Home Revolution,” will present a one-hour course entitled “Be Smart Home Smart,” on Friday, September 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. This session will define the smart home concept and provide a basis for understanding its value, applicability to today’s housing market, and its scope of opportunity. Learn how and why any home can be a smart home!
Immediately afterward you may access the CEDIA 2017 trade show floor to learn about the latest home technology solutions, from over 500 exhibitors. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with the professionals who design, manufacture, and install these often-requested technologies.
Registration is easy and free! Simply send an e-mail to email@example.com and let CEDIA know that you would like to attend. All additional details will be provided upon confirmation. If you have questions, please contact Dave Chic, Senior Director of Industry Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-328-4336.
Design & Construction Week is coming back to Orlando, FL!
Design & Construction Week ® (DCW) features the co-location of the NKBA’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show ® (KBIS) and the NAHB International Builders’ Show ® (IBS).
In 2018, this co-location of tradeshows and markets occurs in Orlando, Florida, again January 9-11. The fifth annual DCW will bring together 80,000+ design and construction professionals in the largest annual gathering of the residential design and construction industry.
AIBD members receive special discounts to explore the exhibit floors of both shows—a combined total of 2,100+ exhibits! Register for your DCW expo pass today.
A Designers Guide to Getting Published
One of the most effective methods to market your design abilities is to have you or your business published in a magazine. The publication lives on in perpituity and can be used to give you credibility over your competition.
Many designers don’t feel they can be published or their work isn’t good enough. Do you have a client success story? Did you have a positive experience working with a product or service? Does your business do something different than other design professionals? Have you won an award? Can you write about your experiences? If you said yes to any of these questions, you are qualified to be published.
Robert J. Klob brings us this month’s blog post, A Designers Guide to Getting Published.
Prove your authority by being published. Click here to learn how.
Upcoming Cadsoft events for the months of September and October, 2017:
There are various file formats that can be imported and exported from Envisioneer. Learn about each one and how they can be used in your business.
When: September 5, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
Webinar: Creating a Template
Learn how a template can save you time:
- Settings saved in a template
- Where to save a template
- Customizing titleblocks in a template
When: September 12, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
Webinar: Catalog Management
Learn how to customize your Catalog to include elements you use so they look, print and quantify to your customized needs.
When: September 19, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
Learn how to insert, modify and specify purchase lengths for lumber.
When: September 26, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
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.
SoftPlan online training for 2017
2017 SoftPlan Training Dates
- September 12th – 15th – SoftList
- September 19th – 22nd – 3D Modeling
- October 3rd – 6th – Roof
- October 17th – 20th – Quick Start Class
- October 24th – 27th – Intermediate
- November 7th – 10th – SoftList
- December 5th – 8th – Quick Start
- December 12th – 15th – Intermediate
Upcoming FREE GreenHome Institute events and training!
How to Use the EPA Watersense Outdoor Water Budget Tool for LEED and more – Free CEU Webinar
Join the GreenHome Institute as they go through an in-depth review of the WaterSense Water Budget tool and take you step by step through an interactive exercise to better understand the functionality of the tool, it’s influential calculations and background equations and a walk through of the user interface.
- The influential equations and data guiding outdoor water modeling.
- Where and how it can be applied especially in regards LEED BD+C V4 Homes WE Total Water Use.
- Inputs and what is need to comply with LEED BD+C V4 Homes WE Total Water Use.
- Navigation of the user interface for success in LEED BD+C V4 Homes WE Total Water Use.
- And more!
When: September 6, 2017, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
7 Steps for Designing an Economical Net Zero Energy Residence and Tools to Help – Free CEU Webinar
Join the GreenHome Institute and learn the seven steps for transforming a conventional house to an economical, net zero energy home.
- Energy and moisture flows required for maintaining a healthy home relative to house design, climate and occupant activities.
- How to find an economically optimal house design based on Life Cycle Costing.
- How to compare financing (monthly payments for mortgage, insurance, real estate taxes and energy) for a conventional home and a high performance, healthy, net zero energy home with solar powered transportation.
- How to develop an initial familiarity with ZEROs (Zero Energy Residential Optimization software) energy, IAQ (healthy environment), comfort, solar PV, economic, and financial simulation capabilities.
- And more!
When: September 27, 2017, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
National Association of Realtor’s 2017 Sustainability Report Recap – How to Sell Green – Free CEU Webinar
Recent research points to continuous shifts in market interest as it relates to sustainability. This webinar highlights the REALTORS and Sustainability 2017 Report that points to market opportunities for a variety of industry professionals.
- Why consumers want products and systems that make for a comfortable living space but also reduce energy costs.
- How to communicate and explain the benefits to buyers (e.g., cost savings, comfort, walkability).
- How to harness existing resources to show the growing demand for eco-friendly homes, products and systems.
- And more!
When: October 4, 2017, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm (Eastern)
OHM Sweet OHM: Come Inside of this Zero Energy LEED Platinum Home
Join the GreenHome Institute as they give you an exclusive tour of Hanson’s trending zero energy and LEED Platinum certified home. The entire design, construction, and mechanical team will walk you through each area of the home and explain the details of the systems and planning it took to accomplish this amazing feet.
Plus, it’s all free and online!
- How to make a single family home very green and have no utility bills.
- What components go into the LEED BD+C V4 Homes Annual Energy Use LEED energy budget and how to use it in all electric homes.
- How the LEED BD+C v4 Homes WEC Total water use is applied to homes and in junction water catchment.
- And more!
Welcome new AIBD members!
Please help us welcome those who joined or rejoined AIBD this past week.
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.
AIBD launches new industry e-newspaper.
Want to know what’s going on in your industry but don’t have time to surf the web, follow Twitter, or sift through the useless posts on Facebook? Now you can. We’ll filter out the senseless stuff and deliver relevant industry news, trends and ideas directly to your inbox every weekday. Subscribe today for FREE.
The #HomeDESIGN Professional Daily is a content curation subscription that turns socially shared industry news into a useful online newspaper. Last week’s editions included the world’s first smart streets, a 3D printed office of the future, how small firms keep up, and more. The paper is organized in sections – Science, Business, Technology, Environment, plus daily sections. There are instructional videos, interviews and inspirational photographs.
UPS benefits for AIBD members:
Great service-via timely deliveries-can increase loyalty.
“Abandon anything about your life and habits that might be holding you back. Learn to create your own opportunities.” – Sophia Amoruso
Follow the new AIBD Facebook Page!
We’ve built a new AIBD Facebook page, which is now live.
We have closed our AIBD Facebook group, so make sure you’re following the official page.
Click here to go to the page now.
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