What are the best suggestions we can give our clients? [Monday Minute]

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August 30, 2021 edition of the AIBD’s MondayMINUTE weekly newsletter.
ATC – What are the best suggestions we can give our clients?
I’ve heard the industry is so busy these days that finding good help is difficult. 

I can imagine that applies to businesses, as well.

You want to help your clients find construction companies that demonstrate the technical ability for the project and management skills.

In our new segment, Ask The Community (ATC), we asked the community what to do, and here are the answers: 

Watch now
2021 ARDA Winners Page (with contact info)
The American Residential Design Awards recognize excellence in residential design.

We’ve made it easier to view and contact ARDA winners.

Whether you are looking for inspiration or need help with your next project, these ARDA winners have what you need.

View them now!
Congratulations! To our new CPBDs!
  • William Burton, CPBD, from Houston, TX (8/23)
  • Justin Loftin, CPBD, from Hattiesburg, MS (7/30)
  • Gerald Buckler, CPBD, from Mechanicsville, MD (7/29)
Become a CPBD. It’s a testament to your expertise—like a badge of honor.
It demonstrates to clients and employers that you are experienced and committed to following best practice standards.

Follow our progress (July to June).

  • 5 (So Far!) in 2021/2022, schedule your exam today!
  • 47 in 2020/2021
  • 46 in 2019/2020
  • 44 in 2018/2019
Want help scheduling your exam?

Watch this short video by ProctorU or Email us, certification@AIBD.org

  • Michele Dawson, Student Member from MO
Welcome our new Compass Club members (July 21 through June 22) 
  • Casey Thompson (NC) recruited his first Professional member in July.
July’s Movers and Shakers!
  • It’s an AIBD-HAT-TRICK! – Michael Payne (CO) recruited one student, one associate, and one Professional member in July. His 4 CC points move him into the Silver member level.
Our 2020/2021 Bill Ding Membership Awards Winners 
Professional members who have recruited 3 new Professional members or 1 Corporate member during the fiscal year  (July through June) receives a free renewal. Here are our Bill Ding Membership Award Winners in 20/21. 
  • Dan Baumann (MN) (6 Professional members + 1 Educator member)
  • Bernie Kern (CO) (7 Professional members)
  • Bill Murray (TX) (3 Professional members)
Check out the pics from this year’s Compass Club celebration party. 
They are free (no cost) to download and segregated into two folders, one set of large images suitable for printing and a second folder with smaller versions sized for the internet. 
Our photographer, Rob Miskowitch (https://purplebeephoto.com), has granted us permission to print and use the photos. 
To download, select either the large or small folder above, find your photo and click on it, so it appears as a large image on the right.  
Finally, click on the arrow pointing down to a line in the lower right corner. This will allow you to save your photo locally.
Upcoming chapter meetings (and more).
Be informed about all AIBD events at AIBD.org/events.  

Here’s a quick list of what we have on the calendar.

  • September 1 – AIBD Northeast Florida Chapter (12 pm ET/11 am CT/10 am MT/9 am PT)
  • September 3 – AIBD Southeast Texas Chapter (12:30 pm ET/11:30 am CT/10:30 am MT/9:30 am PT)
  • September 9 – AIBD Dayton Regional Chapter (11:00 am ET/10:00 am CT/9:00 am MT/8:00 am PT
Save the Dates:
  • September 30 & October 1 – AIBD presents SIPA’s BEST Live Conference. Two afternoons of Building Education with SIPs Training (B.E.S.T.). Delivered virtual using Hopin.
  • November 11 & 12 – AIBD Design & Build Fall Conference. Delivered virtually using Hopin.
Training and Education
Focused business training available on-demand.
A library of training videos provided by the Certified Training Institute (CTI), one of our newest CE Providers, now lives on AIBD.org.   
Each of the 25+ hours of training is identified and arranged according to the associated areas of knowledge and skills, according to the AIBD’s Building Designer Job Task Analysis (JTA), which is found on pages 39-43 in the CPBD Candidate Handbook.
There are four knowledge areas identified in the JTA – Business Administration, Business Practices, Design Process, and Building Design.
The new Certified Training Institute webpage currently includes instruction in only the first domain – Business Admin. But rather than waiting until all 56 CTI classes are uploaded, we’ll announce each of the parts as they go live (about two weeks apart).
Thanks to CTI, everyone wishing to become better skilled at their craft will have specialized training access.
Whether you’re a CPBD looking for approved Primary CEs, you’re preparing yourself for the CPBD exam, or you want to be the best you can be at what you do, bookmark AIBD.org/onlineCTI.
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 AIBD.org/continuing-education. 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 AIBD.org/member-center, log in and click the “Discount Codes” tab.
  3. Contact us at 202-750-4900 or info@AIBD.org


With nearly 50,000 professionals and homeowner’s trained since 2000, AIBD CE Provider Green Home Institute provides top-notch, relevant, and just-in-time live, online, and on-demand education.

Get trained, learn something new, and pick up some continuing education while you’re at it.


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®?

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AIBD’s has a new address.
We are pleased to announce, AIBD’s operations office is moving. 

AIBD-American Institute of Building Design
110 Front Street, Suite #300
Jupiter, FL 33477

Would you please make a note and begin to use this new mailing address, beginning today?

As AIBD’s industry presence grows, this new and exciting office strategy gives AIBD chapters, the Council, and its committees, access to meeting rooms and training centers at over 3000 locations worldwide.

Learn more by reading a report delivered to the Board of Directors by our Executive Director.

Reach 8,400+ AIBD members and professionals each week.
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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…

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  1. Search for jobs and apply filters to just view jobs relevant to you.
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