Earn Your CAPS at IBS

The number of adults over age 65 will increase dramatically to around 80 million between now and 2050. Seeing as most wish to remain in their homes as they age, clients will need skilled remodelers to make the necessary home modifications that allow them to age in place.

The Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist designation is your opportunity to reach this fast-growing demographic. And you can earn it in one weekend as part of the 2017 NAHB International Builders’ Show® Pre-Show Courses this January in Orlando.

Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist includes three required courses:

  • Business Management for Building Professionals, Saturday, Jan. 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Marketing and Communications Strategies for Aging and Accessibility (CAPS I), Sunday, Jan. 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Design/Build Solutions for Aging and Accessibility (CAPS II), Monday, Jan. 9, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Provide a growing population the renovations they need — and build your business at the same time. Regsiter for these courses today.

To register for the international Builders’ Show, click here.
DID YOU KNOW? The Professional Women in Building Council is offering travel grants to its members who wish to attend the International Builders’ Show in Orlando. Contact Abbey if you are interested.

Get Ready–IBS Registration Opens August 1

The month of August typically involves summer vacations, barbecues and pool parties. This year, it’s also when registration opens for the National Association of Home Builders International Builders’ Show.

Incredible savings are available to National Association of Home Builders members who register in August to attend the 2017 Show, which will take place in Orlando January 10-12, 2017.

The industry’s premier event is the best opportunity for members to see the latest building products, gain expertise and meet key business partners.

Here’s the deal for August registrants:

  • A free International Builders’ Show expo pass. Your ticket to explore the products of 1,400+ top manufacturers and suppliers on the building industry’s largest exhibit floor.
  • Pay $275 for International Builders’ Show full registration. The expo pass plus more than 120 International Builders’ Show education sessions covering eight industry tracks.
  • FREE spouse registration. This deal includes the same show access as the primary registrant.

Mark your calendars, set your alarms and be ready to press that registration button. These exclusive deals are only offered in the month of August.

Time is Running Out to Save on IBS Tickets

NAHB’s International Builders’ Show (IBS) is a three day event where members of the building industry have countless opportunities to learn and network. Taking place January 19-21 in Las Vegas, there are multiple benefits of attending, ten of which you can find here. There will also be a presidential candidates forum where they will be asked about questions pertaining to the building industry.

If you want to attend, buy your tickets before November 20 and get them at a discounted rate. Also, members receive a discount so speak up about your membership! For more information about the show and the amazing opportunities it offers, click here.

Presidential Candidates Forum Set for International Builders’ Show

NAHB is inviting all Democratic and Republican presidential candidates to present their views on economic, foreign and domestic policy issues – including the state of the home building industry – in a forum being held during the NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas on January 20, 2016. 

Get your tickets now!

A limited number of tickets will be available for NAHB members and other IBS attendees to attend. Demand is expected to be strong. You must be registered to attend the 2016 IBS to be eligible for the drawing.  If you and your members who are attending the IBS are interested in attending the forum, you can enter a drawing for an opportunity to get your seats. The drawing opens Tuesday, October 20, and will close November 30.
Current IBS registrants will receive an email (to the email address used for registration) Tuesday with instructions on how to enter the drawing. Anyone who registers after Tuesday (and before Nov. 30), will have the opportunity to enter the drawing through the registration process.

This is an excellent opportunity as part of a greater learning experience with the IBS and NAHB. Register for the Show today and be entered for a chance to attend a presidential forum with questions concerning the building industry.

125,000 Attend 2015 IBS, Design & Construction Week

About 125,000 housing industry professionals packed the aisles at Design & Construction Week™ on Jan. 20-22 in Las Vegas. Now in its second year, the co-located mega-event included the NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS), the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, the International Window Coverings Expo, The International Surface Event and the Las Vegas Market.

Official attendance for IBS was 55,237, 8% higher than last year’s show. More than 1,200 exhibitors filled 478,000 square feet of space with everything from the latest in kitchen and bath design to millwork and marketing services. Overall, Design & Construction Week boasted 3,750 exhibitors and 4.7 million netsquare feet of exhibit space.

“This has been the best show we have experienced since the economic downturn,” said Jerry Konter, chair of the NAHB Convention and Meetings Committee. “You felt a great energy the moment you hit the show floor, as builders and exhibitors continue to benefit from the recovering economy.”

If “green is the new black” was the catchword five years ago, exhibitors, show-goers and presenters made the case that “smart” is the new green: Home builders crowded sessions discussing the best apps for model home sales centers and tracking customers from first visit to purchase – and beyond.

Designers have gone beyond installing “drop-zones” to plug in smart phones, tablets and laptops in the mudroom. In the Concept Kitchen, a display in the Central Concourse, design-build specialist Jonas Carnemark installed plugs under the built-in kitchen table, so family members can charge their devices while they surf the web.

On the show floor, exhibitors fielded questions about technologies that didn’t exist five years ago, including smart-phone controlled home automation systems for security, lighting and entertainment that have only been available for high-end custom homes and with big price tags.

“We want to provide home automation for the mass market so home builders can penetrate 90% of the market instead of the top 5%,” said Tom Few, vice president of business development for Vivint, a home solar and automation company and first-time exhibitor at IBS.

The big question for many attendees: Do you have a smart phone app? Rob Canfield of Rain Bird irrigation systems – another first-time exhibitor – said he got that a lot. Instead, he pointed to the individual weather stations that come with each automatic sprinkler systems. “If you set this right, there is no reason to play with it on your phone,” he said.

Attendees crowded the aisles for a show that almost overwhelmed Las Vegas taxis, hotels and restaurants in what city officials said was the biggest week they’d ever had in January.

“The exhibit halls were packed from end to end and the energy on the show floor was amazing,” said newly elected NAHB Chairman Tom Woods, a home builder from Blue Springs, Mo. “Design & Construction Week was truly a unique one-stop shoppingextravaganza for all those involved in the residential construction industry, and this mega-event will be a great springboard for housing in the year ahead.”