All Homes Start
Here was the theme of NAHB’s International Builders Show® (IBS), and that’s
exactly what attendees took away from this three-day event. From the time the show
opened on Tuesday until the doors closed, building industry professionals
discovered an expansive variety of products and innovative concepts designed to
enhance their businesses moving forward.
The show, as part of Design & Construction Week®
(DCW), featured the co-location
of IBS and the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s Kitchen & Bath
Industry Show® (KBIS). This mega-event brought together approximately
80,000 builders, remodelers, designer professionals and specialty contractors
from around the globe.
- The show kicked off with legendary quarterback, Peyton Manning, as he shared his
thoughts about his career and what it takes to be a leader.
- The IBS exhibits spanned over 569,000 net square feet, with more than
1,500 manufacturers and suppliers.
- Thousands of building professionals attended more
than 160+ education sessions from 8 tracks
that covered the breadth of the entire building industry.
- The 34th edition of The New American Home and the second New American Remodeled Home,
produced and presented by the NAHB Leading Suppliers Council (LSC) and
cosponsored by Professional Builder
magazine, welcomed thousands through their doors.
- Social media—#IBSOrlando—was
a flurry of activity as attendees were excited to share all of the innovative
and new products seen on the show floor, educational insights gleaned, awards
won and their fun IBS experiences.
- Over 400 entries in nine categories were received in the 2017 Best of IBS Awards, which were
presented Thursday afternoon.
- The new NAHB Meeting of
the Members allowed members to explore the inner workings of NAHB
and network with other like-minded building professionals, as well as hear
“Shark Tank” personality Barbara Corcoran present her unique and winning
strategies on how to lead teams to success.
- Attendees got more hands-on, bite-sized interactive learning
experiences from the new Builder Clinics
and Tech Bytes sessions.
- The CEDIA
Smart Home Pavilion displayed exhibitors who specialize in technology
solutions for the home as well as featuring talks and panels that discussed the
future of home integration.
- Each day, many new solutions were discovered
through networking breakfasts, roundtable discussions and workshops at the six IBS Centrals.
- After-hours events, such as the Official IBS House Party, the Young Pro
Party and many awards programs,
provided diverse opportunities for attendees to kick back with colleagues over
cocktails and have a lot of fun.
- The IBS Closing
Spike Concert featured 2016 Grammy Award-winning country music sensations,
Little Big Town.
Attendees discovered best practices for
improving efficiency for every area of the home at the High Performance Building Zone (HPBZ)
and got a first-hand look at how high performance wall systems, floors, HVAC,
insulation and more are constructed and finished inside the new Building Performance Lab.
The next Builders’ Show will be in Orlando, January 9 – 11,
2018. See you there!