Ed Earl is the principal of Priority 1 Projects based in San Diego and offers more than 25 years of construction experience. He has been nicknamed the “Zen Builder” as a 20-year practitioner of Zen Buddhism and the project manager of the construction of a nunnery complex at Deer Park Monastery in San Diego.
Last fall, we caught up to Ed to ask him some questions about the show and where he thought the building industry was heading in 2017.
NAHB: What are you are looking forward to the most at IBS?
ED: Specifically, seeing the new products in home automation. It is so much fun seeing the cool new products that make our homes smarter and more efficient.
NAHB: What industry trends are you most excited about?
ED: High-tech modular homes that maximize efficiency by creating multi-purpose living spaces with sliding walls and moveable panels. For example, a dining room can be transformed into a rec room, or a guest room can turn into a home office. Virginia Tech is doing some amazing work in this area.
NAHB: In three words, describe your prediction of the building industry in 2017.
ED: Smaller is better.
On July 12, Ed will present “Wisdom from the Zen Builder” as part of the Best of IBS Webinar Series.