Super Show

Imagine hosting all 28 of this season's College Bowl Games at once--with space left to accommodate three-quarters of the professional football games played on any given Sunday. The NAHB could accomplish just such a feat at the 2004 International Builders' Show (IBS) in Las Vegas.

During this year's IBS, held January 19-22, 2004, more than 1,400 exhibitors will occupy the equivalent of 40 football fields; the net square footage of exhibits, at what is one of the largest trade shows in the world, is expected to top 800,000 square feet, up more than 12 percent from last year.

The 2004 IBS is expected to attract more than 90,000 attendees from 100 countries. It includes the home building industry's largest new-products showcase, with suppliers spanning more than 200 categories that encompass all aspects of the residential building industry.

Visit www.Builders for up-to-date information on the show.

Golden Oldies

According to the 2003 NAHB Builder Survey, many of today's new homes--especially those in active adult communities and seniors apartments--offer aging-in-place features, which facilitate daily activities such as bathing, cooking, and climbing stairs. These include no-step entrances, bedrooms on the first floor, larger bathrooms with safety features, and improved lighting.

"All Americans, regardless of their age, deserve a home that is comfortable and allows them to maintain their independence and dignity," says Kent Conine, NAHB president.

Visit for a copy of the survey.

Energy Boost

The NAHB commends passage of H.R. 6, the conference report for the Energy Policy Act of 2003. The legislation contains important tax incentives to boost energy efficiency and conservation in the housing market.

"We encourage the Senate to follow suit and act quickly to pass this landmark bill," says NAHB executive vice president and CEO Jerry Howard.

The comprehensive measure provides a $1,000 tax credit to builders for the construction of a new home that is at least 30 percent more energy efficient than a home built under the 2000 International Energy Conservation Code, and $2,000 for homes built at least 50 percent above the code.

Additionally, the legislation gives consumers a tax credit of up to $2,000 for qualified remodeling projects that improve energy efficiency in existing homes.

Chart Topper

Sales of new single-family homes, bolstered by favorable mortgage rates and solid house price gains, are expected to top one million units for 2003, even though the seasonally adjusted sales rate dipped slightly in October, the NAHB says.

"The frenetic pace established during the third quarter was unsustainable," says David Seiders, chief economist for the NAHB, "but we're projecting 1.08 million new-home sales for the year as a whole, up by nearly 11 percent from 2002."