Protecting our right to design homes [Monday Minute]

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July 17, 2023 edition of the AIBD’s Monday Minute weekly newsletter.


Protecting our right to design homes

Local building departments are misinterpreting a particular sentence in the IRC to require the seal of a registered design professional. 


An unexpected twist, a new challenge. But rest assured. We’ll be on top of it when you let us know.

Learn where we’re currently fighting against these requirements and how the stories are unfolding.

Join us at the Annual Meeting of the Members for updates on our progress, discuss our strategies, and reveal what comes next in this exciting saga.

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Meet our newest CPBDs!

Please help us congratulate our latest achievers.
  • Crystal Richardson, CPBD #44-833, from Houston, TX (6/27)
  • Erik Scheuermann, CPBD #10-264, from Ft. Lauderdale, FL (6/19)
  • Lori Lowery, CPBD #34-172, from Clayton, NC (6/12)
The CPBD Sample Test is free and available 24/7 without an appointment.


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

Welcome our new members and those rejoining us!

  • Sebastian A. Guzman, Student Member from FL
  • Eric Miller, Professional Member from TX
  • Joe E. Stuckey, Professional Member from AR
  • Stephan Willard Zadach, Professional Member from GA

Compass Club Report 

We’ve awarded the first Compass Club points for this new fiscal year..
  • Richard Guzman (FL) recruited a new student member this past week and moved within one point of leveling up to the Bronze Level.
Click here to learn more about Compass Club.


Join us for the 2023 Compass Club Annual Party in Nashville, Tennesse, for an evening of honkytonking and networking.

On August 3, 2023, at 7:00 pm CT, the party begins on the front patio at Losers Bar & Grill Midtown.  

Network with all the movers and shakers in AIBD while enjoying your favorite beverage, some fine local BBQ, and live music.




Upcoming chapter meetings, conferences, and more.

  • July 20 – AIBD, Charlotte Metro Chapter (Virtual), 3:00 pm EDT, Sarah Dresher from Luxury Integrated Technologies is presenting on current lighting trends.
  • July 21 – AIBD, Central Oklahoma Chapter – (In Person), 9:00 am CDT, Les Seaton will be presenting on Acme Brick, Gemini Builders located at 3101 Tinker Diagonal, Oklahoma City, OK 73115 
  • July 21 – AIBD, Denver Metro Chapter (Virtual), 11:30 am MDT, Russ Heckle and Amy Hicks of the Jefferson County Building Department will teach how to comply with Wildland Urban Interface requirements. 
  • July 26 – AIBD, Eastern Shore Chapter (Virtual), Chapter Chairman Dennis Fletcher invites everyone to attend this new chapter’s first meeting to organize and plan for an enthusiastic launch.
  • August 3 & 4 – Annual Meetings (Hybrid)Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, Nashville, TN
  • August 4 & 5 – D&B Nashville (Hybrid)Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, Nashville, TN
  • August 5 – 2023 ARDA GalaLoews Vanderbilt Hotel, Nashville, TN
  • August 11 – Coffee With Bernie (Virtual) 8:00 am MDT. Bernie kicks continues his 12-month curriculum of discussion topics designed to enhance your design skills, build a business foundation, expand your business impact, and hone your leadership skills.

Design & Build Nashville: The Science of Design

August 3 – 5, 2023
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville, TN


Events in the ballroom are streamed live.

  • Leadership huddles and the Annual Membership Meeting.
  • The annual Compass Club Party.
  • Architectural Tour.
  • American Residential Design Awards dinner.
  • College of Fellows inductions.
  • Eight hours of continuing education credits.
  • And more…
Call the hotel and reserve your room today – (615) 320-1700
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Training and Education

American Training Solutions
  • August 16, 2023 – Carbon-Neutral Building Solutions, 12:00 pm to 4:45 pm EDT (4.0 AIBD P-CEs,  4.0 AIA HSW). A full-day live webcast. Tickets are free.
  • Look ahead for other live and virtual events.
AEC Daily
  • September 12, 2023 – AEC Building Insight Event. Registration opens soon.
  • Look ahead for other live and virtual events.
  • July 27, 2023 –  Nashville, TN, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm (8.0 AIBD P-CEs, 8.0 AIA HSW, 3.0 GBCI General Hours), Maggiano’s Little Italy, 3106 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203 (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,  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.
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Why a $90 million push could help U.S. buildings withstand climate disasters

The Biden administration is to award $90 million in grants to help cities, states, tribes, and organizations implement stronger codes for new and renovated construction. This is a significant investment in building resilience to extreme weather events and reducing carbon emissions from buildings.

As professional building designers, we have a unique role to play in ensuring that our buildings are safe, resilient, and sustainable. Stricter building codes will help us to meet these challenges and provide our clients with the best possible buildings.


Be prepared for this action to increase demand for your services. As more and more buildings are built to meet stricter codes, there will be greater demand for our expertise. This will create new opportunities for us to grow our businesses and find new clients.

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