The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) officially opened online registration for the 2018 NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS), the largest annual light construction trade show in the world.
IBS will return to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 9-11 where it will again co-locate with the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s (NKBA) Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® (KBIS) for the 5th annual Design & Construction Week® (DCW). The two shows are expected to host more than 2,000 exhibiting brands spanning over a million net square feet of exhibit space, for the largest annual gathering of the residential design and construction industry.
“Housing industry professionals from all over the world flock to this show because of its incredible display of products, top-notch education sessions and unbeatable networking opportunities,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald, a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas. “Each year’s show features more than the last—there is truly nowhere else that you can find all of these offerings in one place.”
In addition to the expansive show floor, another major draw of IBS is its extensive catalog of learning opportunities. Attendees have access to more than 140 education sessions led by renowned experts on a wide range of industry topics. For those looking for more niche programming, the IBS Centrals offer more targeted networking and education programs in such specialized fields as remodeling, design, 55+ housing and more.
As in past years, IBS attendees will have access to several special show floor offerings such as featured product demos, the High Performance Building Zone featuring a series of interactive sessions on high performance and sustainable technologies, and IBS Live! sessions showcasing lively demos and presentations focused on what’s next in home building. Additionally, for the second year in a row, the IBS show floor will feature the CEDIA Pavilion, a space showcasing exhibitors who specialize in technology solutions for the home.
The 2018 show will give attendees their pick of numerous special events. The show will kick off on the morning of Jan. 9 with an exciting opening ceremonies event featuring four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback, Terry Bradshaw and the first day is capped off with the Official IBS House Party that evening. Other events throughout the week include the Young Pro Party and the IBS Spike Closing Concert where attendees will close out the week by enjoying a performance of greatest hits from legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, Chicago.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to tour NAHB’s official IBS show homes, The New American Home® (TNAH) and The New American Remodel™ (TNAR). The homes are designed to showcase innovative building technologies, emerging design trends and the latest building products. Illustrating two different building designs, The New American Home is a stunning display of building innovation that blends traditional and modern architecture to create a transitional design, while The New American Remodel demonstrates the countless possibilities for a complete transformation of a 1930s home using today’s products and building techniques.