Robert R. Jones

Chairman of the Board, NAHB

Washington, D.C.
Robert R. Jones Chairman of the Board, NAHB Washington, D.C.

From the moment the opening ceremonies begin on Jan. 12, 2011 until the Orange County Convention Center doors close on Jan. 15, the 2011 NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Orlando, Fla., will be the center of the housing industry’s universe.

The grand opening ceremonies will feature a stirring rendition of the national anthem sung by our very own “NAHB Star” chosen by visitors to the IBS website. Additional performances by vocal groups 4Troops and Human Nature, as well as comedian impressionist Frank Caliente, will help get the IBS off to a spectacular start.

With more than 200 programs covering a broad range of industry-related topics, the IBS is the single, largest educational event of the year for the housing industry. Members consistently tell us that quality education is one of the things they value most from the NAHB, and the IBS provides unparalleled opportunities for attendees to learn from industry experts. Additionally, over 20 preshow courses are available to provide a more in-depth learning experience on selected subjects. Many of these courses will help fulfill the requirements for an NAHB designation program.

The Finance Pavilion, where members in search of acquisition, development, and construction financing can make contact with non-traditional lenders, returns to the IBS this year following its very successful introduction at the 2010 IBS.

With acres of dazzling displays, the exhibit floor is always the centerpiece of the show. Manufacturers and suppliers will present innovative products in more than 300 categories. This provides the ideal opportunity for attendees to examine products, meet with company representatives, and see the exciting new wares that exhibitors are introducing.

A feature of the show for almost three decades, The New American Home is a must-see at the IBS. As the NAHB’s official show home, it displays design trends, construction techniques, and materials that the building industry can use in any new or remodeled home. The New American Home 2011 is being constructed on an infill site in an older neighborhood near downtown Orlando and is being built to attain “Emerald” status, the highest level of achievement under the NAHB’s National Green Building Standard.

With tens of thousands of attendees from every state and dozens of foreign nations, the show provides countless opportunities for builders and associates to meet, make valuable business contacts, and learn from each other.

The IBS also provides great opportunities for members to relax and socialize including the Spike Party, Builders’ Night Out at EPCOT, and The Nationals Awards.

At, you can register for the IBS, make hotel reservations, learn about airfare and car rental discounts, and get more details about the many opportunities the show offers. The site also features an interactive map of the show floor and an electronic planner that you can use to make the most of your IBS experience. New for 2011, the site also features a free mobile application for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry.

If you haven’t made your plans yet to attend the IBS, I urge you to register now. I can’t think of a better way to get the new year off to a great start than by attending the International Builders’ Show.

Learn more about markets featured in this article: Orlando, FL.