I’m really looking forward to the upcoming NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS), and I urge you to start planning now to attend. For the first time since its inception seven decades ago as NAHB’s annual convention and exposition, IBS will be co-located with another popular housing-related show in 2014—the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS).

KBIS and IBS will be held simultaneously Feb. 4 to 6 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, creating the nation’s largest annual gathering of residential construction and design professionals called Design and Construction Week.

Co-locating the two shows is what I think of as a universal “win.” It’s more cost-effective for attendees and exhibitors who typically go to both shows or would have to choose between them. It also combines the exceptional networking opportunities associated with two great events at a single location, and the joint exhibition will showcase far more companies and products than either individual show.

To clarify what you should expect in Las Vegas, the NAHB and the National Kitchen & Bath Association will continue to operate and manage their respective events independently. Those who want to attend educations sessions at IBS should register for IBS; those who want to attend programs at KBIS should register for KBIS. However, regardless of which event you attend, your show badge grants you access to both show floors. That applies to Expo passes, too.

Details about pricing and attendance options are available at BuildersShow.com. And don’t forget two important details: you get the best price by registering early and with all registration types, spouses pay only $20 to attend.

Cutting-Edge Sessions In addition to the great exhibits, IBS offers cutting-edge educational opportunities in various formats to help attendees get ahead and stay ahead. For the 2014 show, we are streamlining our innovative “Building Knowledge” sessions from 90 minutes to 60 minutes so attendees can participate in more IBS activities. We also are introducing new education formats and will welcome 40 new industry experts to our lineup of speakers.

Other enhancements include:

• Expanded number of our advanced-level “master sessions.”

• “Spotlight Sessions,” in which leading industry experts discuss emerging trends.

• A new Tech Hub where attendees can plug in and participate in various education sessions.

• Expanded education opportunities on the show floor,

• Programs designed specifically for material dealers and suppliers and specialty trade attendees

The Centrals—designated areas for networking and education programs geared to particular specialties— return in 2014. These popular resources provide specific programming for people working in custom building, multifamily, sales and marketing, design, and 50-plus new-home construction.

Another great feature of IBS is the New American Home, which celebrates its 31st anniversary as the official IBS show house. Now under construction in nearby Henderson, the house is a desert contemporary showcasing innovative products, concepts, and construction techniques that can be replicated in new homes in any market or price range. The New American Home is co-sponsored by BUILDER and the NAHB Leading Suppliers Council, which is made up of nationally known product and service suppliers to the housing industry.

Finally, IBS provides our industry’s premier networking opportunities. From casual gatherings to more structured events, IBS is the ideal place to meet the people you need to know to help your business thrive and grow.

Design and Construction Week promises to deliver great value to everyone who attends.

Learn more about markets featured in this article: Las Vegas, NV.