Visit our virtual booth this week! [MondayMINUTE]

February 08, 2021 edition of the AIBD’s MondayMINUTE weekly newsletter.
Get early access to IBSx
The show doesn’t formally open until tomorrow (Tuesday) at 10 am ET, but you can sign up for your Free IBS Exhibit Hall Pass and start checking out the booths and doing your planning today.

View new products, check out the demos, and make connections.

Tour The New American Home, designed by AIBD Professional Member and 2020 ARDA Best In Show winner, Phil Kean.

See keynote speaker Mike Rowe during the opening ceremony at 11 am ET on Tuesday (Feb 9).

View the four-day show schedule…

Use this link to go directly to the AIBD booth:

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Get a $1000 AIBD scholarship to Housing 2.0.
Sam Rashkin and Green Builder Media announce the Housing 2.0 Program, a wide-ranging engagement, and education program dedicated to optimizing the housing sector.

AIBD Members get a $500 scholarship when registering for “Option 1” and a $1000 scholarship when registering for “Option 2” (by February 28).

The Housing 2.0 program will empower building professionals—with a special focus on production builders—to design and construct higher performance, healthier, more sustainable homes at a fraction of the cost.

The first step is to REGISTER and fill out a survey, to see if you qualify.

Sign up for the next Coffee With Bernie
A monthly “fishbowl” open space discussion hosted by AIBD President Bernie Kern on the second Friday.
This month’s quest and opening topic
Writing blogs to market your business.
(In case you didn’t know, a blog is short for weblog)

Join us this month with an all-star cast of guests. AIBD’s External Vice President and Editor of the AIBD Magazine Yu-Ngok Lo, AIBD College of Fellows and author of the new You-Inspired Living blogs Jennifer Pippin, AIBD Communications Director and our personal Social Media Guru Garrett Mickley, and AIBD Member and Staff Professional Technical Writer at VMware Bonnie Kern (Yes, my wife!), will be joining us this month for an informal roundtable discussion on how to write blogs and market your business easily.
How does it work?
Bernie will have nine seats open in his “fishbowl” (i.e., Session). There’s only one rule – one seat must always stay open. This is so anyone attending may join the discussion when they feel they have something to contribute or get. Everyone will also be able to network and chat.

A fishbowl conversation is a form of dialog that can be used when discussing topics within large groups. The advantage of the fishbowl is that it allows the entire group to participate in a conversation. Any member of the audience can, at any time, occupy the empty chair and join the session. When this happens, an existing fishbowl member must voluntarily leave the fishbowl and free a chair. The discussion continues with participants frequently entering and leaving the fishbowl.

Register for free
ARDA Opens March 1 – Save the Date!
The AIBD will begin recognizing healthy home design beginning with 2021 ARDAs!

What kind of entries will qualify? “When we think about a Healthy Home, it includes a large range of factors, from the air, water, colors to open spaces and personal spaces.” Says ARDA Chairman Ted Hake. “It also calls for lighting that promotes activity and de-stressing, as well as indoor plants and small gardens.”

The American Residential Design Awards (ARDA) spotlights the most creative design professionals and builders in the nation. All residential industry professionals are eligible, and entries are not grouped by square footage or value because judging is conducted by a panel of residential design and construction experts based on the entry itself’s quality.

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Everybody attends FREE at the D&B Winter Conference!
March 17, 18, & 19, 2021 – 1 pm to 5 pm EST, daily.

That’s right, exhibitors and attendees can get complimentary “limited access” tickets to the D&B Winter Conference, with “full access” available for a fee.

Typically, no one needs to be certified to be in the construction industry. In fact, most people can begin their career working as an apprentice.

Although it isn’t strictly needed, certification shows a steadfast commitment to your industry and lets others know you are dedicated. With the right certifications, you’ll stand out above the rest, increasing your value and worth.

Get the details at

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Reach 8,400+ AIBD members and professionals each week.
The AIBD has ad space available in this weekly e-newsletter, Monday Minute.

We are also filling the 2021 dedicated blast schedule. A dedicated blast is an email exclusively dedicated to your company and a message sent to over 8,400 AIBD subscribers.

Availability is limited and sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Kathy Dowdy, Account Manager (, if you have any questions or if you’d like to secure your campaign.

  • Shawna Duncan, CPBD, from Brookfield, WI (February 8)
  • Dinesh Shah, CPBD, from Sugar Land, TX (January 27)
  • Bob Ochieng, CPBD, from Gaithersburg, MD (January 25)
  • William Lytal, CPBD, from Houston, TX (January 14)
The 5 steps to becoming certified:
  1. Take a 10-minute SAMPLE TEST, (OPTIONAL).
  2. Download the Candidate Handbook,
  3. Apply online, (no cost to start the application, pay when you submit)
  4. Take a 60-minute PRACTICE EXAM (available after your application is approved, five attempts – no additional cost – OPTIONAL)
  5. Pass the 3-Hour certification exam (offered online, 24/7, 360 days per year)
Behold! The AIBD/CPBD whiteboard marketing video is available to certified members to license for personal use. Check it out on YouTube.

Then schedule a meeting with our executive director ( to discuss the complementary options and have the video personalized.

  • Stephanie Inglis, Associate Member from ON
  • John J Police, Educator from IN
  • Dennis E Fletcher, Professional Member from MD
  • Lauren Briggs, Professional Member from CO
  • Orville Lavinghouse, Professional Member from LA
  • Harper Eugene Hug, Professional Member from FL
  • Harvey Dean Prickett, Professional Member from WA
Not a member? Join now!
Welcome new Compass Club members
  • Congrats! Randy Young (Clearwater, FL) for recruiting a new Professional Member in January and entering the Compass Club.
    This month’s mover & shakers
  • Thanks, Barry Binns (Broomfield, CO), for recruiting a new Professional Member and getting two points closer to earning the “Bronze” level of membership.

Feb 9, 11:30AM to Feb 9, 1:15PM EST
Why Bamboo? Join us this month as our guest speaker Chuck Bassford of Ambient Building Products, answers that question. Abient provides Bamboo flooring, plywood, and MagPanel. What’s a MagPanel?…another reason to attend, right?

Please be aware of the meeting schedule in advance.

  • 11:30 am to 12:00 pm: Chapter Meeting (Members Only – a ‘private’ ticket is required, contact the chair, Sam Guidry).
  • 11:30 am to 12:00 pm: There will be a second session for anyone not currently a member of the Cape Fear Chapter to hang out and network.
  • 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm: Ambient Building Products presentation and closing remarks.
Hang out with other important players in the residential design industry. Get tips, ideas, advice, and more by being a part of our local chapter.

Although AIBD chapters are regional in nature, anyone and everyone is welcome to attend this event. Click “Join Event.”

Add to your calendar, so you don’t forget.

Feb 12, 11:30AM to Feb 12, 1:00PM MST
Create spaces that significantly increase home appeal, sales, and satisfaction among homeowners and buyers with Hot Spots.

Hot Spots is a comprehensive, ground-breaking research marketing initiative created in partnership between Fireplace Warehouse and award-winning AIBD Professional member architect Wayne Visbeen.

Join us for a very visual Lunch N Learn presentation from Fireplace Warehouse, who will also provide an overview of the products they carry and current design trends.

Click “Join Event” and join us inside.

Click here to add to your calendar.

Feb 17, 11:15AM to Feb 17, 1:00PM EST
Meet our new Chairperson, Nizam Emanmdie of True Design Studios. Join us as Nizam leads an industry “fishbowl” discussion. You pick the topic.

Click “Join Event” and join us inside.

Add it to your calendar, so you don’t forget!

Feb 19, 12:00 PM to Feb 19, 1:30PM EST

Things were messed up last month, so returning this month are our friends at QuickTie Products – Debbie Nowlin and Wes Robbins. If you thought QuickTie Products is just for wood frame construction, you’re mistaken. Learn how to use the QuickTie System with masonry construction for decorative porch posts, and behold their catalog of connectors, too.

Although AIBD chapters are regional in nature, anyone and everyone is welcome to attend this event. Click “Join Event.”

Add to your calendar, so you don’t forget.

Saturday, February 20, 2021, 12:00 pm EST

Welcome, all AIBD members, non-members, designers, and guests.
This month’s discussion is on LIDAR technology application in residential architecture.

  • 12:00 to 1:00 pm – Chapter meeting
  • 1:00 to 2:00 pm – LIDAR Apps Presentation by Heather Baldwin
Although AIBD chapters are regional in nature, anyone and everyone is welcome to attend this event. Click “Join Event.

Add to your calendar, so you don’t forget.

Feb 23, 10:00AM to Feb 23, 11:30AM EST
This month’s discussion will begin with “CAD drawings and the cloud.” If there’s time, a question that’s on our chairman’s mind, “Is CPBD for everyone?”

And possibly, a little discussion about ARDA, which opens March 1. No guest speaker or sponsor, just a round table talk.

Click “Join Event.”

Add to your calendar, so you don’t forget!

Feb 23, 11:45AM to Feb 23, 1:30PM EST
At the SE Texas Chapter meeting last month, AIBD Professional Member, author, builder, and teacher, Fernando Pages Ruiz taught us the history of wood and stone construction methods and how they influence how we design and build homes today. He also spoke about the renaissance of the traditional neighborhood. CLICK HERE to view the recording.

This month, the Eastern Tennessee Chapter will present Fernando’s continuation. He will go into detail about exterior cladding options and choosing exterior materials for an affordable home design that looks grand. Which was originally scheduled for the February SE Texas Chapter meeting, but there was a mix up in the schedule.

Feb 26, 11:30AM to Feb 26, 1:00PM MST
Meet one of our newest Corporate members, Savaria.

Savaria is all about products that help improve mobility. Whether that’s for your home, in a vehicle, or in public spaces, we design and build products to make life more accessible.

We employ over 1,500 people around the world including 30 staff in research and development dedicated to creating new products and innovations for improving existing products.

Savaria has a Denver office and the staff will join us for Lunch N Learn on residential elevators and ADA products.

Click “Join Event” and we’ll see you inside.

And add it to your calendar so you don’t forget!

Mar 5, 10:00 AM to Mar 5, 11:45PM CST
Join us for an international demonstration of 3DF Zephyr by Giacomo Vianini, Technical Sales Manager, from 3DFlow in Italy. See how 3DF Zephyr uses both photography and laser scanning techniques to extract photorealistic and accurate 3D models.
2021 NC-SC AIBD Design Conference and Trade Show Postponed
The decision has been made to postpone the 2021 NC-SC AIBD Design Conference and Trade Show until March 4th & 5th, 2022.

We hope you will mark your calendars ahead and plan to attend.

Of course, this is contingent on getting the virus under control, or better — eradicating it — so we can get back to normal.

As time passes in 2021 and we see how things are going, we will notify you about plans for the 2022 conference and trade show.

Training and Education
AIBD Members get 60% off on-demand education!
We’ve increased the discount available to AIBD members when registering for on-demand online education at The normal price for a one-hour course is $50, and rather than AIBD members paying $35, that figure has been reduced to $21. That’s a $29 savings on each course.

We said 60% off; it’s actually 58%, we rounded up.

One course per month (with a month or two off) means you’ve paid for your annual membership and more.

There are three ways to get ahold of the discount code.

  1. Refer to the welcome email received upon joining AIBD.
  2. Go to, log in and click the “Discount Codes” tab.
  3. Contact us at 202-750-4900 or
Advertising for Bids
While you are preparing to establish yourself in the field of total design, you might consider whether there are services you could perform for your clients in your own right after the design stage, without the need for additional members of your team.

Some of you are currently involved in the process of bid-letting and construction inspection, but many building designers are not.

This blog post will deal with a few possible areas for building designer service after the drawings are complete.

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Like this one presented by AIBD Corporate member Plastpro.

Design professionals learn about fiberglass entry doors’ physical and structural components and compare their performance to those of wood and steel doors.

Did you know the National Fenestration Rating Council and North American Fenestration Standards have a rating system?

Are you aware fiberglass entry doors can be used to fulfill guidelines relating to ENERGY STAR® and LEED®?

4 weekly tips to improve your life & business
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4x Friday is a concise email I send out with four of the coolest things I’ve found, learned, or experienced that week.

It could include new products, ideas, tips, articles, hacks, and tricks.

It’s concise. A tiny bite of goodness before you head off for the weekend.

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#HomeDESIGN Pro Daily narrows down all the social media clutter to 12 articles,  1 pic, and 1 video, curated by a human with your interests in mind.

Subscribe to a trustworthy source to scour the internet and deliver your inbox content worth your time and attention.

Find AIBD on iHeartRADIO.
Listen to the AIBD podcast, Let’s Talk Certification, on iHeartRADIO, a free broadcast, podcast, and streaming radio platform founded in 2008.

Thanks to the work of AIBD Communications Director, Garrett Mickley, ten episodes are currently available featuring Sam Morgan, Jeremy Farner, Brendan Smythe, Miguel Villalobos Sandoval, Casey Thompson, Kristen Kaiser, Pamela Macior, Dan Turner, Larry Stephenson, Past AIBD President, David Pillsbury, and AIBD Certification Director, Rusty Hudnet.

If you’re interested in becoming a building designer, want to earn your CPBD designation, or want to hear some great career advice, join in the second Tuesday of each month to meet guests who have completed or are currently on their journeys to becoming a CPBD.

Featuring the 2020 ARDA winners, the 2020 Summer issue of the AIBD magazine is on the shelf. Please read it now. 

“When I was elected in 2018, I had a long list of goals.” Writes our Immediate Past President. Read what Karen Kassik-Michelsohn is proud of accomplishing.

“Building a better residential design profession, one designer at a time.” Writes AIBD President Bernie Kern. Read about his objectives for 2020/2021.

Read the next issue of AIBD magazine…

Find new job opportunities with AIBD using robust search filters.
Set up a Job Alert to have relevant newly posted jobs sent directly to your inbox and be the first to see and apply to those open opportunities.

An uploaded resume in your job seeker account makes applying quick and easy.

  1. Search for jobs and apply filters to just view jobs relevant to you.
  2. When the jobs populate, enter your email address on the pop-up window.
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  4. Click the link to receive emails containing only jobs that match your criteria.
Have a triumphant week!

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