Orlando gears up to welcome International Builders’ Show

The International Builders’ Show (IBS) exhibits kick off Wednesday in Orlando, with pre-show programming slated for tomorrow, Feb. 12, and Home Channel News will be there to cover the important industry event from top to bottom. IBS is being held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Feb. 13 to 16.

The event will include many familiar sights, such as the “NextBuild” expo, formerly known as the “TecHomeExpo,” a collection of technologically advanced home-building tools. More than 100,000 housing and home-building professionals are expected at the event -- last year, IBS drew around 104,000 professionals.

Not surprisingly, one of the main themes of this year’s IBS show is green building. But many educational sessions and events are geared more toward cutting through the hype than merely being trendy -- these include seminars on legal issues associated with green building and findings on green trends from the Housing Research Consortium.

Feb. 14 has been designated “Green Day” at the show, with day-long educational seminars on green building and the kick-off of the National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) new Certified Green Professional program for home builders.

Prior to Green Day, several other green events are planned, most notably a tour of the NAHB’s “New American Home,” a project billed as the “first show home certified” under the NAHB’s new National Green Building Program.

Further programming focuses on technology, both through NextBuild and educational seminars with themes on how to better manage materials with technology, the top home technology trends and how to court younger buyers with technology.

Keynote speakers at the event are husband and wife political analysts James Carville and Mary Matalin, who will speak on the topic: "All's Fair: Love, War and Politics."

Check back at www.homechannelnews.com for updates as this year’s IBS gets underway.