NAHB: Strong IBS attendance reflects industry optimism

Las Vegas — Nearly 65,000 home building professionals from around the world filled the exhibit halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center as the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) hosted one of the largest turnouts in recent years at the NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) Jan. 21-23.

IBS and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) once again combined for the annual Design & Construction Week (DCW), which drew a total of approximately 90,000 attendees.

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“The strong attendance at this year’s show reflects the positive outlook for the home building industry and the enthusiasm that our attendees have for the future,” said Geoff Cassidy, NAHB senior vice president of exhibitions and meetings. “Attendees continue to seek the innovative products, education sessions and networking opportunities that only IBS can provide.”

Exhibit space for IBS totaled approximately 600,000 square feet, where more than 1,400 exhibitors displayed the latest in building products and technology.

In all, DCW featured more than 2,000 exhibitors occupying more than one million square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibits. Many of the exhibitors noted the strong foot traffic this year.

“It’s been a great show for us,” said Darren Salapka, vice president of builder experience at Allegion Home, a representative at the Schlage booth. “We’ve had a lot of traffic, a lot of good interactions and really good meetings throughout the day.”

In addition to meeting suppliers and seeing product demos throughout the three-day show, attendees networked with peers and attended any of more than 140 education sessions led by experts on a wide range of industry topics.

Next year, IBS and Design & Construction Week will be in Orlando Feb. 9-11, 2021.

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