International Builders’ Show Draws Largest Crowd in a Decade
More than 67,000 home building professionals flocked to the Las Vegas Convention Center last week to attend the National Association of Home Builders’ 75th annual NAHB International Builders’ Show, the association said in a statement. IBS and the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s KBIS once again co-located their events in the LVCC, drawing a collective 100,000-plus attendees for their cobranded Design and Construction Week event.
"As the International Builders' Show celebrates 75 years, it remains the premier event for the housing industry," Geoff Cassidy, NAHB senior vice president of exhibitions and meetings, said in the statement. "With the largest attendance in 10 years, we're proving once again that IBS is the only place to experience such a diverse collection of innovative products, education sessions and networking opportunities all in one place."
Physically, the show grew as well, according to NAHB. Exhibit space for IBS was up 25,000 square feet over last year, to more than 608,000 square feet. That space was filled by nearly 1,500 exhibitors. The shows combined features more than 2,000 exhibitors that filled more than one million square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibit spaces at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
"The experience during the three days of the show has been great. It's been a very busy show, a lot of fun and we've been interacting with a lot of builders, contractors and other vendors at the show," Blake R. Edwards, Sr. Product Marketing Manager Controls & Indoor Air Quality at Lennox, said in the statement. "We're getting a lot of good insight from listening to the customers and the builders that come here that have questions on our products but we're also giving a lot of valuable feedback to them as well."
In addition to the exhibits and engagement on the show floor, NAHB reported that more attendees networked with peers and sought education through the groups 130 expert-led sessions throughout the week.
NAHB announced that IBS and Design & Construction Week will be held a little earlier next year, running from January 21-23—again back in Las Vegas.