Shonagh Rae

A lot has changed since the NAHB held its first convention and exposition, now known as the International Builders’ Show or IBS, almost 70 years ago.

Most people traveled to those early conventions by bus or train. And it’s likely that the attendees kept their fingers crossed that a blizzard wouldn’t roar into town, because those early shows were held in Chicago, generally in January.

Today, the International Builders’ Show is always located in the Sunbelt, and in 2012 it will be held in Orlando, Fla., from Feb. 8 through 11.

Although much has changed from the early days, the great features that have made IBS the crown jewel of the NAHB’s offerings for almost seven decades—an industry-specific exposition and quality educational programs—will again be the center of attention for the 68th consecutive year.

There’s no better way to keep up with what’s happening in housing than by attending any of the more than 175 education sessions at IBS. Nationally recognized experts and carefully crafted programs will provide attendees with the information that is crucial to staying competitive in today’s tough business environment.

The show will also feature central areas where people interested in specific aspects of the home building industry can gather, access targeted educational materials, and network. These areas will focus on custom building, remodeling, apartments and condos, 50-plus lifestyle, design, and sales and marketing.

IBS is also home to the largest and most spectacular showcase of housing-related products in the nation. Many IBS exhibitors have been with us for 25 years, and a significant number have reached or passed the half-century mark. We very much appreciate their support and loyalty and the great service and products that they provide to the industry.

The New American Home (TNAH) is another great feature at IBS. Now in its 29th year, TNAH is built annually in conjunction with the Builders’ Show to showcase innovative technologies and the latest building products, which are provided by members of the NAHB Leading Suppliers Council.

Detailed information about the 2012 IBS is available at, where you can also register to attend. Registration opens on Sept. 1 with some great early registration offers. Free “expo only” registration is available to NAHB members through September, and “expo only” registration for non-members is $50 through September. Full registration, which includes admission to the exhibit floor and all education programs, will be $225 for NAHB members in September. And in September only, spouses receive free registration in the same category as the primary registrant.

Beginning Oct. 1, all rates will increase leading up to the show, so be sure to visit in September!

In 2012, a paid full registration for IBS includes a great new bonus, one year of complimentary access to the online library of IBS education sessions (does not apply to spouse, exhibitor, or student registration).

NAHB members who have never attended IBS pay only $125 for full registration.

IBS 2012 is going to be a great show. You will be amazed by how many products you can see, how many people you can meet, and how much you can learn during the most exciting and productive 96 hours of the year.