David Clark

Year-in and year-out, members tell us that the products and services from the NAHB that they value the most are education, networking opportunities, and advocacy.

Frankly, that’s no surprise, given the effort that the NAHB puts into ensuring that its offerings and activities are timely and relevant and meet members’ needs.

If there’s a single event that epitomizes this value, it is the International Builders’ Show (IBS) where tens of thousands of builders and associates gather each year to hone their skills, network, and do business, and learn about the many things that the NAHB does on their behalf.

In 2011, after two years in Las Vegas, the show moves back to sunny Orlando, Fla. From Jan. 12–15, members of the housing industry will gather at the Orange County Convention Center for the nation’s single largest event dedicated to housing.

As always, the exhibit floor will be the focal point of the IBS, with more than 1,000 exhibitors from the U.S. and around the world displaying an incredible variety of products and services. From toilets to tools and from siding to sinks, if it can be used in building a home, it will be on the show floor. Equally important, exhibitors’ representatives will be available to demonstrate products, answer questions, and help builders select the cutting-edge products that appeal to today’s smart, value-conscious home buyers.

In addition to more than 500,000 square feet of dazzling exhibits, the IBS will feature over 175 education sessions led by industry experts and notable business entrepreneurs who will provide valuable insight and help participants ramp up for the unfolding recovery. With “tracks” for a wide range of specialized interests, these programs are an invaluable part of the IBS experience.

Another exciting part of the IBS experience is The New American Home (TNAH), which is built annually in conjunction with the show to demonstrate innovative building technologies and the latest building products.

Now in its 28th year, TNAH displays design trends, construction techniques, and materials that the building industry can use in any new or remodeled home. The showcase products in the home are provided by members of the National Council of the Housing Industry, the leading manufacturers and suppliers for the construction industry.

A custom residence, TNAH 2011 is being built to attain Emerald status under the National Green Building Standard, which was developed by the NAHB. Emerald is the highest of the four levels of achievement in resource efficiency that the standard recognizes.

TNAH 2011 is being constructed on an infill building site in an older neighborhood near downtown Orlando; it is a joint project between the NAHB and Builder.

If you haven’t already made plans to attend the 2011 IBS, I urge you to sign up now. You can learn about our attendance options and register at www.BuildersShow.com.