Orlando is a great venue for the show, and I can’t think of a better way to keep the winter doldrums at bay than spending a few days in the Sunshine State. I always enjoy the Builders’ Show and learn a great deal about how to get ahead in the building industry. That’s because IBS attendees can test out cutting-edge products, materials, and technologies, network with peers, and attend education programs that can help their business succeed.
I encourage you to attend the upcoming IBS, which will be held Jan. 10-12, 2017. August is the best time to register because the NAHB is offering special pricing for the month, including a free expo pass for members and up to half off the on-site price for full registration. Nearly 1,400 of the industry’s top manufacturers and suppliers will participate at next year’s event. Many exhibitors introduce new products at the show, so you will be among the first to see the latest products.
If you’ve never attended the show before, you’re in for a big surprise. There is no way you can anticipate the impact of seeing the show floor for the first time. People are inevitably awestruck by the range and number of products.
For the fourth straight year, the IBS will be co-located with the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), under the umbrella of Design and Construction Week (DCW). This partnership enables people registered for the Builders’ Show to visit the exhibit floors of both trade shows with their IBS badge to see innovative kitchen and bathroom products. We are expecting over 80,000 attendees at the 2017 DCW.
The Builders’ Show will offer more than 120 education sessions in eight tracks taught by building industry experts. Tracks include sales and marketing, business management, and building science.
NAHB’s official show home, The New American Home, highlights state-of-the-art products, techniques, and design concepts that can be incorporated in new home construction in any market. The 2017 home will include aging-in-place features and resort-style amenities, such as a putting green.
Also, for the first time, the IBS will spotlight The New American Remodeled Home. This project features a 1980s house that has been renovated with many resource-efficient features. Remodelers and builders alike will benefit from seeing the revitalization efforts.
I also want to highlight the many networking opportunities at the IBS. I encourage you to check out the Official IBS House Party, the Spike Concert, and the Centrals, which are hubs for programs, demonstrations, and hands-on workshops featuring top building professionals in various niche markets within the industry. The IBS is also home to several prestigious industry awards programs where you can learn from experts in the field, including The Nationals and the Best in American Living Awards.
There’s no limit to what you can learn from attending the IBS. I hope to see you all in Orlando in January.