It’s that time of year again. No, not the time of parties, cake, and New Year’s resolutions. It’s time for you to start thinking about the International Builders’ Show (IBS), which is headed back to sunny Orlando, Fla., in January. If you’re reading this, there is a strong possibility you weathered the financial meltdown and you’re ready to pick up and move on. Part of your agenda should include product research, and it should start here—and there, in Orlando.

The great thing about IBS, as we’ve always contended, is that it’s the ultimate place for product research. Where else do you have access to acres and acres of products in one place just waiting to be touched and tested?

The 2011 show will not be much different from years past. Sure, there might be lower attendance and some manufacturers may stay home, but there will be more than enough to see and do and learn.

Expect the energy-efficiency drum beat to continue, whether it’s in lighting, housewraps, or windows. The market might be slow, but the folks who are buying houses want buildings that take energy consumption seriously, so you’ll need to deliver.

Look for Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork’s new triple-pane windows for colder climates; they boast U-factors as low as .19. Lutron will unveil its Diva dimmer, which has the capability to control any lighting technology available on the market, including LEDs. And Clopay’s Coachman Collection garage doors have the option of an insulation upgrade that boosts the R-value to 17.2. Not too shabby.

Of course, the products at the show will not be all about green and energy efficiency. Products with other cool features will be there as well. Skeptical? Then take a look at the collection we’ve assembled here, and see for yourself.

U Got It: Featuring a beefed-up energy package, the Ultra EP casement and awning windows are made with triple-pane glass for improved performance in colder climates. The aluminum-clad wood windows come standard with 1 3/8-inch insulating glass and LoE coatings that can achieve U-factors as low as 0.19. Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co. 800-955-8177.

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