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November 22, 2021 edition of the AIBD’s Monday Minute weekly newsletter.
Is making money killing your design firm?
You might think you have a business, but really, you’re just doing a job.

If you don’t know what I mean, you will in a minute.

There could be any number of problems, but the big one is that you’ve designed your lifestyle around your career.

And so you’re trudging both.

Click here for the simple solution.
Early-Bird Registration is Open
The Business of Building Design is a two-day virtual training, conference, and networking event for Residential Design and Design/Build Professionals powered by Hopin.

  • The Foundations -> Contracts & Corporate Structure
  • The Cornerstones -> Finding a Mentor & Financial Literacy
  • The Keystones -> Building a Business Lifestyle & Exit Strategies
  • The Fun -> Coffee With Bernie, D&B Cafe & Buzz Sessions
Tickets are discounted 20% between now and November 30th.
AIBD Members get 60% – Check your inbox, the HUB, or contact us for the code.
People are using barns to design their dream “Barndominium” home.
From this week’s #HomeDESIGN Pro Daily.
Posted by:

Have you heard of a Barndominium or a barndo? 

It might be the perfect opportunity to build your dream home.

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Look who’s now a CPBD!
Help us congratulate our newest achievers.
  • Michael Ertzinger, CPBD, from The Woodlands, TX
  • Matthew Parker, CPBD, from Fort Worth, TX (10/29)
  • Christopher Zuniga, CPBD, from Austin, TX (10/25)
  • Nima Mahmoudzadeh, CPBD, from Las Vegas, NV (10/22)
Follow our progress 
(July to June).
  • 12 (So Far!) schedule your exam today!
  • 47 in 2020/2021 (the record)
  • 46 in 2019/2020
  • 44 in 2018/2019
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.

Want help scheduling your exam?
Watch this short video by ProctorU or Email us,

Already a CPBD? Know your status.
CLICK HERE, search by name, CPBD#, state, or zip code, and make sure you’re current.

  • Mike Chance, Associate Member from SC
  • Chan Hoyle, Associate Member from SC
  • Mims Mobley, Associate Member from SC
  • Tom Nafus, Associate Member from SC
  • Tonya Noffz, Associate Member from SC
  • Yarce Eduardo Sanchez, Professional Member from MD
  • Angelo Sciortino, Professional Member from SC
  • Mike Smith, Professional Member from ID
  • VELUX America Inc., Associate Member from SC
Compass Club Report
(July 1, 2021 through today)
Total Score = 29 points
Last Year’s Score = 93 points
The Record = 154 pts (2018/2019)
Welcome to our new Compass Club members 
  • Dinesh Shah (TX) recruited a Professional member in November
  • Jason Orlowski (TX) recruited a Professional member in September.
  • Roya Azimzadeh (MO) recruited a Student member in August.
  • Geoffrey S Jones (OK) recruited a Professional member in August.
  • Steve Smith (TX) recruited a Professional member in August.
  • Casey Thompson (NC) recruited a Professional member in July.
  • Ron Globke (OH) recruited a Professional member in July.
November’s Movers and Shakers!
Bernie Kern (Diamond – CO)
Recruited another Professional Member and has reinforced his position as 3rd on the all-time leader-board. Bernie is 10 points ahead of anyone else in the Club, 17 points behind Mike Keesee (Diamond – FL), and 20 points behind Richard Emigh (Diamond – CA).

Track your points, or learn how to join the AIBD Compass Club.

Weber State Seeks Industry Partners
We are excited to announce the kick-off of the registration process for the annual Design-Build Day at Weber State University.

Their Construction Management, Facilities Management, Architecture, and Interior Design students interact with industry partners to find internships and job opportunities. They also invite 1000+ concurrent enrollment high school and technical college students from Northern Utah. This is the premier career fair event in Northern Utah, as all attendees will be taking courses relating to the construction industry.

Event Timing: Friday April 1, 2022 8:00AM – 1:30 PM
Event Address: 2750 University Park Blvd Layton, Utah 84041
Watch this video to catch a glimpse of what the 2019 event looked like (Watch for AIBD president Bernie Kern at 0:2:28). The only difference is that the career fair will be happening in the parking lot in 2022, and there will be 15-minute breakout sessions for industry/education partners to present to students in the ballrooms.
The funding collected to participate in this event will be used to fund scholarships and to pay for the food trucks that we will have on-site for everyone to enjoy.
Jeremy Farner DBIA Assoc., CPBD, LEED GA, NAHB CGP, ACU, RCU
Click here to schedule an appointment with Jeremy
Wondering what other home designers charge, what their processes look like, how to find work?

Have questions about structure, bearing, etc?

Need general industry advice?

Nervous about going solo?

Email for details on how to be a part of a growing community filled with tips, tricks, and support.

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   
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 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
Air Vent Ask the Expert Seminar Schedule and Registration
More than ever design pros are using their attic ventilation knowledge to separate themselves from their competition.

Come to Air Vent’s Attic Ventilation: Ask the Expert™ seminar and we’ll arm you with:

  • Installation mistakes to avoid
  • Selling tips from contractors
  • Code violations that haunt
  • Our favorite Found in the Field photos
  • and much more…
Please join the thousands from across North America who have contributed to and benefited from Air Vent’s educational seminar since 1998. Enjoy a FREE meal, too!
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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®?

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.

Read the AIBD Magazine, 2021 Summer Issue.
Featuring the 2021 ARDA winners, and the 2021 BDA winners.

Plus letters and articles from AIBD leadership.

Read the latest issue of AIBD magazine…

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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.

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