About this time last year, the majority of us were in Las Vegas for the International Builders’ Show, unaware that just weeks later no one would dream of gathering in close vicinity of nearly 65,000 others. How quickly things can change.

While the show experience will be different this year, there’s still plenty to learn. Our staff combed through the education sessions—a mix of live, semi-live, and on-demand offerings—to craft our annual list of editors’ picks for what should be on your radar.

Time will tell what 2021 holds. Meanwhile, we can be grateful for the technology that allows us to come together to communicate, collaborate, and discover new ways to better ourselves and our businesses.

On-Demand Sessions

The Social Distance Adaptation: The New Rules for Driving Foot Traffic to Your Community
Learn how technology has played a role in connecting the customer experience through creative storytelling, featuring resident events and online engagement. Learn more here.

We Rise Together: Why Diversity Matters
In this session, panelists will discuss why diversity matters, how to create a welcoming environment to attract a more diverse workforce, and how diverse individuals can take ownership for personal growth and leadership. Learn more here.

Teaching Future Skilled Labor Through Tech: Re-Skill & Upskill with Blended Learning
Learn how the industry, and your company, can upskill and re-skill workforce through technology. Learn more here.

Land Acquisition to Community Sales Success: Why Tying It Together Brings Competitive Brilliance
In this session, hear from a builder, developer, sales, and marketing panel as they illustrate the best ways to integrate your entire team from the start. Learn more here.

Tuesday, Feb. 9

Industry Trends: What You Need to Know in the Wake of COVID-19
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM EST
The panel will address how marketing, land strategies, product mix, and financing combine for builder success in challenging economic times. Learn more here.

Pandemic Project Management: How to Estimate, Schedule, Maintain Cash Flow & Keep Your Jobs Moving
1:00 – 1:45 PM EST
During this session, the panel of seasoned builders and remodelers will share their experiences and “lessons learned” from this past year of unknowns and abnormalities. Learn more here.

Designing Homes & Communities Beyond the Pandemic
1:00 – 2:30 PM EST
In this Master Workshop, a panel of experts will examine the design elements and community approaches that must change to be prepared. Learn more here.

How Multifamily Spaces are Transforming to Meet Today’s Single-Family Lifestyle
2:30 – 3:15 PM EST
Learn how builders and architects are accomplishing single-family living in a multifamily world, as the panel addresses changes and current community, amenity, and floor plan examples. Learn more here.

Wednesday, Feb. 10

Demystifying Zero: Builders Share their Secrets for Cost-Effective Zero Net Energy Homes
11:00 – 11:45 AM EST
This session includes lessons learned from innovative builders who are building award-winning homes that achieve remarkably high-performance levels. Learn more here.

Small Spaces, Big Impact: Bathrooms, Entryways, Storage & Other Jewel Box & Flex Spaces Buyers Want
2:00 – 2:45 PM EST
A team of interior designers and architects will walk you through design details, plan considerations, finishes, and tech needs of many overlooked and under appreciated small spaces. Learn more here.

All Shapes & Sizes: Outdoor Living for Every Product Type
5:00 – 5:45 PM EST
Explore how outdoor living can be incorporated into a variety of product types, including single-family detached, single-family attached, narrow lots, and multifamily. Learn more here.

Thursday, Feb. 11

Suburban & Urban Multifamily Development in the Wake of COVID-19
10:00 – 10:45 AM EST
This session will explore the changing dynamics driving multifamily and rental housing development across various regions of the U.S. through a COVID-lens. Learn more here.

High-Performance Homes: Meeting the New Comfort & Health Needs of Today’s Buyers
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM EST
Learn how to design and build new homes that meet the high-performance demands of the new, experienced buyer. Learn more here.

Friday, Feb. 12

Shift Happens, Have You? Rethinking Your Marketing & Sales Strategies
12:00 – 12:45 PM EST
Learn how to adjust your messaging, accept necessary strategy changes, and push your traffic, leads, and sales into overdrive. Learn more here.

Single-Family Built-For-Rent Strategies & Trends
1:30 – 2:15 PM EST
Discover the best strategies for serving the boom in build-to-rent demand and why a different mindset is required when identifying the most profitable opportunities. Learn more here.

Head to the IBSx and KBIS Virtual education pages to see a full list of sessions offered at the shows.