Builders' latest show declared best since economic downturn
An estimated 125,000 housing industry professionals descended on Las Vegas in January for a mega-event that combined Design & Construction Week™ with the National Association of Home Builders' International Builders' Show (IBS), the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, the International Window Coverings Expo, The International Surface Event and the Last Vegas Market.
The event drew more than 3,700 exhibitors spread across 4.7 million square feet of exhibit space. The one-stop extravaganza featured everything from millwork and marketing services to vendors who showcased the latest in kitchen and bath designs.
Show officials said participants were eager to learn about technologies that didn't exist five years ago, such as smart phone-controlled home automation systems that had only been available for high priced, high-end custom homes.
More than 100 education sessions were offered, along with demonstrations, tech forums and celebrity appearances. The show also marked the 32nd edition of the New American Home, NAHB's show home. This year's design demonstrated how the most cutting-edge building technology, products and materials can be integrated into a production community.
This year's show home concept created by Blue Heron, the design build team, is intended to be sold and built with various structural and finish options. Show literature described it as "a collection of ideas for the industry to take away-in large pieces, or bit-by bit-and put into millions of homes at any price point across the country."
The shows return to Vegas next year.