Demo Zones to Hit IBS

Demos, demos and more demos are happening at the 2023 NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Vegas, Jan 31 – Feb 2. The Builders’ Show features two main demo zones, both with live demonstrations of trending topics that are critical to the residential construction industry.

Construction Performance Zone

Step into the Construction Performance Zone (formerly the IBS Building Zone). Stay a while to see experts reveal industry best practices for building more durable, efficient, higher-quality homes. We start from the basements, move up to the wall systems and head up to the roofs.

The Construction Performance Zone is bringing together an unprecedented collection of experts for demonstrations and discussions. Demo leaders are Ben Bogie, a second-generation high-performance builder from New England and Josh Salinger, founder of Birdsmouth Design Build in Portland, Oregon. A host of leading builders and industry influencers are joining them throughout the week.

Some of the topics we’re covering:

  • Construction Techniques & Materials: framing and wall systems, insulation, air/water sealing, roofs and more
  • Systems, Pre-Fabrication & Offsite Construction
  • Lean Design, Value Engineering & Material Usage
  • Resiliency & Durability

The Construction Performance Zone features three distinct learning areas to show and explain the processes for better performance and construction efficiency.

Demonstration Stage

Participate in a series of 30-minute interactive demonstrations leading you through the practical steps for constructing various building components using the latest techniques, tips and tricks in high-performance construction.

Presentation Stage

Join industry experts in interactive discussions that dive deeper into the best practices addressed on the Demo Stage and the latest research and growing trends in residential building and construction efficiency.

Building Display Area

Mock-ups created in the demos go on display in the Building Display Area. Get a closer look at how to build various components. See how the products and techniques discussed translate to real-world applications.

Craft Techniques Zone

The Craft Techniques Zone is new to the Builders’ Show. It explores the details and finishes that complete a home. Step into this new zone to participate in a variety of 30-minute interactive demonstrations highlighting best practices, tips and how-to techniques and skills on the craft side of the residential building industry.

Expert craftspersons Aaron Butts and Walt Tomala lead the demonstrations. Industry-leading builders and influencers like Jon Hilgenberg, Joe Cook, Dr. Decks and more join them during the week. It’s a must-see for builders, specialty remodelers, trade contractors and craft professionals interested in skilled techniques.

Some of the topics we’re covering:


  • Carpentry/Fine Woodworking
  • Stair Building
  • Home Tech
  • Kitchens & Baths
  • Basements
  • Wall Finishes
  • Flooring


  • Roofs
  • Decking
  • Outdoor Living
  • Landscapes
  • Exterior Finishes & Siding
  • Additions

Demos, demos and more demos are happening on the exhibit floor. It’s one of the things that makes the Builders’ Show the #1 residential construction industry show in the world. Is a visit to one or both zones part of your show plan?

Find out more about these zones. If you haven’t registered for IBS, now is the time to register. Then, add these zones to your show plan.

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