JUNE 2012
 Sorry for the delay and tardiness of the June 2012 Newsletter. We have been experiencing computer complications. However, all issues have been resolved, hopefully. Hope everyone is having a wonderfully hot summer.


2012 Regular Legislative Session Adjourned  
A Snapshot of Major Issues Tackled

The 2012 regular legislative session adjourned sine die on June 4, 2012. A total of 1,983 bills were filed this year (1216 House Bills and 767 Senate Bills). When the dust finally settled late Monday, a total of 894 pieces of legislation passed the entire process (522 House Bills and 372 Senate Bills). The governor has decided final actions on bills he intends to sign or veto. 
For a snapshot of the major issues tackled in the latest session CLICK HERE
AIA Louisiana Architect Installed as NCARB President


Ronald B. Blitch, FAIA, FACHA, NCARB, of New Orleans, LA, was installed as NCARB president at its 93rd Annual Meeting. 


For full news clip CLICK HERE



The AIA Guide to the IgCC
For Members by Members
The AIA is excited to announce the release of the AIA Guide to the IgCC, a member-created resource giving an overview of the 2012 IgCC. The guide was created by members for members to provide a strong starting point for practitioners to begin examining the new code. 
"For architects to begin implementing and advocating for a code as far-ranging and complex as the IgCC, they need a document that covers everything about it," said AIA President Jeff Potter, FAIA. "The IgCC Guide should be part of every architect's client too-kit going forward."
Among the areas covered by the AIA's IgCC guide are:
- a comprehensive overview of the IgCC
- background information on the IgCC's genesis and a        history of environmental advocacy by the AIA
- a closer look at energy and energy modeling
- a chapter-by-chapter summary of the IgCC
- an entire chapter on how to lobby state and                          local governments to adopt the IgCC.



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Pre-design Conference Seminar
Gulf States Architects set Records in Design Excellece
Architects from the Gulf States Region of the American Institutes of Architects set records in both number of entries and number of awards in the 2012 Honor Awards program. "Extraordinary," "brilliant," "elegant" and "sustainable" were included in the jury comments when discussing the merits of these design projects. This Honors program identifies built works of distinction, and twenty projects were recognized as exemplary design solutions. 
For complete list of projects chosen and awards CLICK HERE
Brick Industry's First BIM Compliant Software for Architects

For the first time, brought to you by Acme Brick Company, architects and designers can utilize two existing online visualization tools from the Acme Brick website that are fully BIM compliant. 

To launch the Web version of AcmeBIM Online, please visit: 
 U P C O M I N G  E V E N T S
September 26, 2012: AIA Louisiana : Pre-Design Conference Seminar, Connect with Technology in Lafayette, LA

September 27, 2012 : AIA Louisiana :
Emerging Professionals Breakfast at the Design Conference (more information to follow soon)
October 26-28, 2012 : AIA Baton Rouge : ARE Structures Seminar with David Thaddeus (more information coming soon)
 each event is linked to event information