IBS: Industry Officials Take Orlando

NAHB Chairman previews 2022 IBS.

By Chuck Fowke

The 2022 NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) is almost upon us, and it’s going to be great! NAHB will welcome tens of thousands of home builders, remodelers and other housing industry professionals to Orlando IN PERSON, Feb. 8-10 at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC).

We’ve put together a three-day show packed with the latest products for the residential construction industry, dynamic education programs and exciting networking opportunities. We’ll kick things off with basketball legend and entrepreneur Earvin “Magic” Johnson speaking at the Opening Ceremonies, powered by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. 

We’ll wrap it up with the Closing Concert, sponsored by Signature Kitchen Suite, featuring country superstar Trace Adkins. In between, there will be three sensational days that will help you build your business. 

Don’t Miss the Exhibits

As always, the centerpiece of IBS is the exhibits. More than a thousand exhibitors will showcase their most innovative products across nearly 500,000 square feet of exhibit space. Along with the co-located National Kitchen & Bath Association’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® (KBIS), the two shows bring more than 1,200 exhibiting manufacturers and over 870,000 net square feet of exhibit space together for the annual Design & Construction Week® (DCW).

New to IBS this year are three special areas; the Home Tech Zone, New Product Zone and Startup Zone, designed to showcase leading-edge products and ideas. These three special zones will give IBS attendees an early look at ideas that could shape the industry for years to come.

You will also want to tour the two official show homes: The New American Home® and The New American Remodel®. The tours are free to registered attendees of IBS. Timed tickets are distributed each day on a first-come, first-served basis at The New American Home/Remodel booths in the West Concourse of the OCCC.

IBS Education: Learn, Grow, Get Ahead

Education programming at the Builders’ Show is known for fresh content on key topics including design trends, construction technologies and business-building strategies. IBS education is a great way to gain knowledge that will help you get ahead. 

The heart of IBS education rests in the Building Knowledge Sessions. These 60-minutes sessions are divided into nine tracks; Architecture & Design, Building Techniques & Strategies, Business Management, Sales & Marketing; Custom Building & Remodeling, Land Development and Community Design, Project Management, Research & Trends and Multifamily Housing.

You’ll also want to take advantage of the seven “spotlight sessions.” These sessions, held across the three days of the show, are our most highly anticipated programs of the year. They feature high-profile speakers and highlight the latest industry trends and topics. 

Other education offerings during IBS include the once-daily Game Changer sessions featuring big names from outside the industry, and Tech Bytes, 30-minute sessions that focus on specific technical topics. Attendees can also arrive a day or two early and take advantage of pre-show courses and master workshops.

You need an All-Access Pass to participate in many of the education opportunities at the show. 

Network, Network, Network

It has been almost two years since housing industry professionals have had an opportunity to get together in person, so that will be one of the best aspects of IBS 2022. The show provides countless opportunities for attendees to connect with old friends and meet new ones.

The IBS Centrals are a great place to explore new ideas, refine your skills and gain insights into your specific niche in the building industry. The Centrals offer educational programming, refreshments and a great place to relax and engage with like-minded peers. All IBS registrants are welcome at the Centrals, which focus on six industry segments: 55+ Housing, Custom Building, Design, Multifamily, Remodeling and Sales. 

Special events held throughout the show also offer great networking opportunities. You may want to join the Official IBS House Party sponsored by Chase, which gets going at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at Mango’s Tropical Café. Wednesday evening, Feb. 9, the IBS Young Pro Party sponsored by Pfister is the event for professionals 40 and under. Country music star and U.S. Army veteran Craig Morgan will wow the crowd starting at 8 p.m. at Blake Shelton’s Ole Red venue. While the DCW Opening Ceremonies is open to all, the closing concert and the other events listed here all require tickets. 

Whatever networking opportunities you choose, be sure to mark your calendar and take advantage of the in-person IBS by making new friends and engaging old contacts during your visit. The Builders’ Show is the place to be if you want to build your business.

I look forward to seeing you in Orlando.

Chuck Fowke is the Chairman of the National Association of Home Builders.

 

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