Building a New Home: The Pregnancy and Childbirth Analogy [Monday Minute]

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May 15, 2023 edition of the AIBD’s Monday Minute weekly newsletter.


Building a New Home: The Pregnancy and Childbirth Analogy.

Have you ever had a client showing signs of stress or anxiety?


Or you may have a client that is inexperienced or unfamiliar with the home-building process and would benefit from additional guidance and support.

Here’s a story I recently heard that may not be the best customer service approach, but one to tell clients anyway.

Watch now

Meet our newest CPBDs!

Please help us congratulate our latest achievers.
  • John LaStrape, CPBD #44-833, from Sugar Land, TX (4/24)
  • Dustin Adams, CPBD #44-832, from Austin, TX (3/20)
  • Ursula Gonzalez, CPBD #44-831, from Lakeway, TX (3/20)
  • Denise Martinez, CPBD #44-830, from Austin, TX (3/10)
Here are our stats for this Fiscal Year.
  • 27 new CPBDs in 2022/2023 (Pace = 29 by June 30, 2023)
  • 33 in 2021/2022
  • 47 in 2020/2021 (the record)
  • 46 in 2019/2020 & 44 in 2018/2019
You can pass the exam. Give it a try. The CPBD Sample Test is free and available 24/7 without an appointment.


Need some help? Reach out to your Certification Director, You can also call 800-366.2423 x2.

Welcome our new members and those rejoining us!

  • Gary Fondel, Professional Member from TX
  • Jay David Fries, Professional Member from TX
  • Jeremiah Patton, Professional Member from TX
  • Heather Sellers, Associate Member from CO
The following loyal and devoted AIBD members have reached a milestone.


Please help us celebrate their achievement by thanking them for their many years of support.


  • Charles L. Smith (FL) – April 26, 1974
  • Richard Bea Wilkin (CA) – April 5, 1978
  • Edel Breland (CA) – April 17, 1978
  • Steven Allen Shard (FL) – April 5, 1985
  • James Cox (TX) – April 10, 1985
  • Pamella Patterson Parker (TX) – April 11, 1985
  • Robert L. Clinton (GA) – April 30, 1985
  • Susan Bond (VA) – April 11, 1986
  • Robert G. Brown (TX) – April 8, 1988
  • Brian Smith (TX) – April 8, 1988
  • Mike Nelson (AR) – April 20, 1988 (AIBD Director)
  • Gary H. Morrell (AZ) – April 22, 1989
  • Fredrick Everett Byerly (NC) – April 19, 1993
  • David Mango (FL) – April 3, 1995
  • David B. Gray (FL) – April 3, 1995
  • John Fought (FL) – April 3, 1995
  • Catherine Henderson (FL) – April 13, 1995
  • David M. DiSpirito (VA) – April 14, 1997
  • Jay Henderkott (IA) – April 21, 1998
  • Larry Gilland (CO) – April 12, 1999
  • John H. Harrison (IN) – April 26, 1999
  • CJ Champagne (LA) – April 9, 2001
  • Jerry Roetcisoender (WA) – April 16, 2001
  • Sergio Astorga (TX) – April 23, 2001
  • Chuck Harrison (PA) – April 11, 2002

Compass Club Report 

Help us welcome, and thank our newest Compass Club members.
  • Ryan Gardner (WA) recruited a Professional member in April.
  • Joe Selbi (OK) recruited an Associate member in April.
  • Douglas Moore (CA) recruited a Professional member in April.
  • Darren Hollyman (OR) recruited a Professional member in April.
  • Bruce Hollenbeck (KS) recruited a Professional member in April.
  • Christopher Turner (TN) recruited an Associate member in February.
  • Jason Aselin (NH) recruited a Professional member in October.
  • Elias Rodriquez (TX) recruited an Associate member in October.
  • Javier Gonzalez (TX) recruited a Professional member in October.
  • Hunter Godfrey (TN) recruited a Professional member in September.
  • Beatriz Castro (TX) recruited a Professional member in August (And with it, reached the 2500 Compass Club point plateau)
  • Heather Baldwin (OH) recruited a Professional member in August.
  • Angel Silva (TX) recruited one new Professional Member in July.
This week’s movers and shakers:
  •  Diamond member Bernie Kern recruited a new associate member and has continued his streak of recruiting at least one new member every fiscal year for eight years straight and 10 out of the last 11 years. Yeah! Bernie! 
The total points this Fiscal Year (July to June).
  • Total Score = 74 points. (Our pace = 86 by June 2023)
  • Last Year’s Score = 97 pts. (2021/2022)
  • The Record = 154 pts. (2018/2019)


Upcoming chapter meetings, conferences, and more.

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Training and Education

American Training Solutions
  • May 18, 2023 – Specifying Wood and Wood-Composite Products, 12:00 pm to 5:45 pm EDT (3.0 AIBD P-CEs + 2.0 E-CEs,  5.0 AIA HSW). A full-day live webcast. Tickets are free.
  • Look ahead for other live and virtual events.
AEC Daily
  • May 25, 2023 – DuPont™ Building Science Master Summit, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm EDT (3.0 AIBD P-CE, 3.0 AIA HSW). A full-day live webcast. Tickets are free.
  • Look ahead for other live and virtual events.
  • June 13, 2023 –  7:30 am to 5:30 pm PDT (8.0 AIBD P-CEs, 8.0 AIA HSW, 4.0 GBCI General Hours), NW College of Construction, 8111 NE Holman St., Portland, OR 97218 (A live classroom event). Tickets are $100.
  • Look ahead for other live and virtual events.
Design & Build Nashville
  • August 4 & 5, 2023 – The Science in Design: How Science is changing the value and dimension of the design industry. Loews Vanderbilt Hotel,  2100 West End Ave, Nashville, TN. A hybrid conference experience. Ticket prices vary. Get more information.
Chicago Build Expo
  • October 11 & 12, 2023 – The Midwest’s leading construction and design show. McCormack Center, Chicago, IL. A live conference experience. Tickets are FREE.

Design & Build Nashville

Registration is open for The Science of Design.


The site of Design & Build Nashville is the luxurious Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, and conferencegoers can take advantage of a special rate between now and July 1.

Located close to Vanderbilt University and to many attractions that distinguish Music City, it recently undertook a $17 million renovation, including its stunning lobby. One of the most impressive results is the columns finished with semigloss Venetian plaster, an architectural finish that gives them a rich marble look.

Venetian plaster is a mixture of traditional plaster with marble dust, applied in thin, multiple layers, which are burnished to create a smooth surface with the illusion of depth and texture.

Fun facts
Courtesy of Southern Wall Systems, the crafters of the Venetian plaster)

  • Founded in 1873, Vanderbilt was named for its first benefactor, shipping and railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt.
  • Despite having never been to the South, New Yorker Cornelius provided the school with its initial million-dollar endowment.
  • Loews Corporation traced its roots to 1946 when Laurence Tisch persuaded his parents to invest $125,000 to buy a resort hotel in Lakewood, New Jersey.
  • In 1959, Tish and his brother Robert purchased a controlling interest in Loew’s Theatres, Inc., a nationwide chain of 102 movie theaters, which formed the foundation of modern-day Loews.
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Attaching a Deck to Cantilevered Joists

Posted by: JLC, The Journal of Light Construction


It’s Deck Safety Month, and the Journal of Light Construction answers the question, “I’ve mounted deck ledgers to many cantilevered floors in the past without a problem. 

Why were my plans rejected this time?” 

There are two solutions to building a deck when the house has a cantilevered floor. 

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Have a triumphant week!

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