2019 Builders’ Show Draws Largest Crowd in 10 Years
More than 67,000 home building professionals from around the world filled the exhibit halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center as NAHB hosted the 75th anniversary of the International Builders’ Show (IBS) Feb. 19-21.
IBS and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) once again combined for the annual Design & Construction Week® (DCW), which drew a total of more than 100,000 attendees. Texas alone had several thousand attendees from Associations across the state.
“As the International Builders’ Show celebrates 75 years, it remains the premier event for the housing industry,” said Geoff Cassidy, NAHB senior vice president of exhibitions and meetings. “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.”
Exhibit space for IBS also expanded from last year’s 583,000 square feet to more than 608,000 square feet, where nearly 1,500 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 spaces. Many of the exhibitors noted the increased foot traffic this year.
“The International Builders Show featured an amazing display of the newest technology in home building and materials,” said HBA Board President Becky Collins of United Development Funding. “It was a great time to meet on issues related to housing through the NAHB committee meetings and the IBS educational offerings. I was glad to hear affordability and attainability are top priorities for the Association in 2019.”
In addition to meeting suppliers and seeing product demos throughout the three-day show, attendees networked with peers and attended any of more than 130 education sessions led by experts on a wide range of industry topics.
“The 75th anniversary IBS was the biggest show in NAHB history and did not disappoint,” said first time attendee Scott Turner, Riverside Homes. “The massive exhibition halls were fun and packed with people, but my top two takeaways were insights from education sessions and that NAHB’s focus on housing affordability in 2019 is drawing attention from lawmakers on the national stage, echoing our efforts here in Austin.”
Next year, IBS and Design & Construction Week will return to Las Vegas, Jan. 21-23, 2020.