IBS Education is a popular focal point each year at the NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS). The 2024 IBS Education sessions happening Feb 27 – 29 at our Vegas show will not disappoint. If you haven’t already, register for an Expo+Education Pass to experience IBS and IBS Education.
IBS Education Sessions are your chance to learn from the top industry experts and experts in their field at IBS 2024: All Homes Start Here.
Meet One of the Expert Speakers at IBS in Vegas: Dennis Steigerwalt
Dennis Steigerwalt is the president of the Housing Innovation Alliance, a future-oriented community for production home building. He is one of the speakers for the Learning Labs at the Builders’ Show, Punch List: 30 Innovations in the Built Environment – Connecting People, Product & Place.
Get to Know Dennis
We caught up with Dennis to get a sneak peek into his session at the Builders’ Show and get to know him better.
What information or actionable takeaways can attendees expect to walk away with from your session?
Attendees will walk away with actionable insights that empower them to make a positive impact on the way we design, build and live in our homes. Our focus will be on increasingly important consumer drivers that extend well beyond physical and emotional well-being to include an emphasis on financial stability and civic responsibility.
- Consumer-Centric Framework: Insights into consumer-driven home design and community development
- Practical Wellness Integration: Tangible ways to infuse wellness into your business and product
- Best-of Innovation Round Up: Materials, methods, and technologies
- Activation: Understand who needs to be at the table and when
What are you most looking forward to at IBS?
For me, it’s all about the people – connecting with peers, sharing growing pains and participating in IBS Education Sessions. I also look forward to the Start-Up Zone and the pitch competition to meet with the founders and explore the problems they’re solving.
What advice would you give someone attending the Builders’ Show for the first time?
There is a lot of ground to cover between education sessions, exhibits and evening activities. It will go fast. Know what you need to get out of each day and spend time mapping out your priorities while leaving plenty of room for impromptu conversations.
Where is the best place to be at IBS? Why?
I always look forward to the late afternoon meet-ups outside in the Outdoor Exhibits and Pro Builder Show Village. It’s a great place to exchange ideas about what everyone is seeing on the floor and hearing in the sessions. And an opportunity to catch your breath before you transition from the show programming into evening events.
What is the most interesting 2024 industry trend?
After a decade of advancements in Fintech and a recent focus on enhancing transactional inefficiencies in housing, founders are poised to address affordability challenges head-on. They have the chance to lead the way in driving a spectrum of business models that aim to increase access to housing and enable economic mobility.
The industry has changed so much in the last five years. What changes do you think we’ll see in the next five years?
Over the next five years, we’ll see clearer commitments and allocations of research and development resources, broader adoption of advanced methods of construction and increased integration of alternative building materials.
What do you think is the biggest challenge in the industry right now?
Dennis’s Learning Lab, Punch List: 30 Innovations in the Built Environment – Connecting People, Product & Place is Feb 28, 2:15 – 3:15 PM.
Register for the Builders’ Show Expo+Education Pass to attend Dennis’s session.