Start Your Engines

Online registration is now open and housing reservations are being taken for the 2008 International Builders' Show (IBS), being held Feb. 13–16, 2008, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Produced by the NAHB, the show is expected to draw more than 100,000 attendees. More than 1,900 exhibitors will showcase their latest products and services at IBS, the largest annual light-construction show in the world, covering more than 1,000,000 square feet. It will also feature nearly 300 education sessions designed to help attendees stay current on industry trends and issues. To receive the early-bird registration discount and to request a room in your state hotel room block, you must register by Oct. 26, 2008. Attendee registration and hotel information can be found online at www.BuildersShow.com.

Down, Not Out

The NAHB was disappointed when a Senate vote effectively ended consideration of immigration bill S. 1639 on June 28, but urged lawmakers not to abandon efforts to overhaul the nation's immigration laws. “Though the Senate fell short today in keeping the legislation alive, the nation's home builders strongly support comprehensive immigration reform that would protect our borders; provide a process by which immigrants can legally enter the country to work to meet the labor demands of a growing economy; and create an enforcement system that is fair, efficient, and workable for all U.S. employers,” says Jerry Howard, the NAHB's executive vice president and CEO. The Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (S. 1639), was shelved for the foreseeable future when lawmakers were unable to muster the 60 votes necessary to cut off debate and proceed to a final vote. The motion failed on a 46 to 53 ballot. “Everyone has a stake in reforming the nation's immigration laws in a fair and just manner,” says Howard. “We hope to continue working with members of Congress to craft immigration policy that protects our borders without placing an unfair burden on small business owners.”

Fight Falls

In an effort to increase jobsite safety and reduce the chance of job-related accidents, the NAHB recently produced and released two safety products, the Fall Protection Video and the NAHB-OSHA Fall Protection Handbook, English-Spanish. The two products, available through BuilderBooks, provide easy-to-follow instructions on how to prevent construction-related falls. According to NAHB Labor, Safety, and Health, more than one-third of all fatal accidents in the construction industry are a result of falls. The publications are essential tools for learning how to select and use the right ladder; protect against injuries surrounding stairways, leading edges, window and wall openings, and floor holes; use personal fall arrest systems; safely build and erect exterior and balloon-framed walls; and much more.