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Bernie Kern of BBKern DESIGNS Named Designer of the Year

Drafting firm developing working drawings for new custom residential homes, additions, and remodels.Washington, DC – During its Annual Meeting in Philadelphia this past weekend, the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) awarded its prestigious Designer of the Year title to Colorado Springs building designer, Bernd A. Kern. Bernie, as he’s known locally, received this recognition for his work within the organization as well as the industry outreach his work has produced for the organization.

Drafting firm developing working drawings for new custom residential homes, additions, and remodels.In 2012, Bernie assembled a group of building designers and formed the High-Performance Homes Team (HPHT) with a mission to provide resources and education on building energy efficient, comfortable, and environmentally safe homes. The purpose led Bernie to a stage at the International Builder Show (IBS) in both 2017 and 2018 where he and the HPHT designed a Tiny House Lab for the show’s High-Performance Building Zone. “The building had to be a Tiny House with various wall and roof framing configurations considered to be high-performing and energy efficient,” Bernie said of the specifications given to him by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), owners of the IBS. Recently, the NAHB approached the team again to design a Radon Test Model.

During all this, Bernie also made himself available to share the story of the high-performance home design with college students during the AIBD’s 2018 Design & Build Day conferences at Weber State University and the University of Central Missouri. His efforts this past year have resulted in unprecedented national recognition for the Institute to thousands of professionals and hundreds of students.

Drafting firm developing working drawings for new custom residential homes, additions, and remodels.As the principal owner of BBKern DESIGNS, Bernie Kern has developed code approved working drawings for new custom and model residential homes, multi-residential, additions, remodels, and light commercial projects for nearly 30 years. He assists clients in all stages of building design, including planning, design fees, budget, education, specifications, special services, and consultation.

The American Institute of Building Design is a nationally recognized organization dedicated to supporting and promoting residential design professionals. Its members have specialized knowledge and expertise in residential design and are committed to a high level of professionalism and ethics in their business practices. You can trust an AIBD member to bring a combination of talent and practical value to your project.

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Photo Captions & Credits:

AIBD10-AMN_9421 – AIBD Executive Director, Steve Mickley (Right) presents Bernie Kern with the Designer of the Year Award. Photo by JPG Photo & Video
11-AMN_9426 – Caption: Bernie Kern delivers his acceptance speech at the AIBD Annual Meeting. Photo by JPG Photo & Video
12-AMN_9440 – Caption: Bernie Kern delivers his acceptance speech at the AIBD Annual Meeting. Photo by JPG Photo & Video