January 24, 2020

2020 IBS Wrap Up

From January 21-23 the NAHB held its massive International Builders Show (IBS) in Las Vegas with a crowd of more than 65,000 in attendance. Throughout the three-day event, visitors were invited to participate in 140+ education sessions and to visit the 600,000 square foot exhibit hall featuring 2000+ vendors – including several HBA Member companies – displaying the newest building products and technology. During the event, several celebrity guests spoke to the crowd including Keynote Speaker baseball pro Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod), as well as race car driver Danica Patrick. The Doobie Brothers closed the show with a rockin’ live concert.

At the NAHB Leadership Council Meeting, Dr. Ben Carson, United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz educated the crowd on key industry legislation and economic outlooks.

Specifically, Carson spoke about The White House Council on Eliminating Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing which is working with local leaders and citizens to identify and remove regulatory burdens that block affordable housing development. Wheeler announced a final, new “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) regulation, resolving years of uncertainty over where federal jurisdiction begins and ends. Dietz gave and economic update for the housing market, citing optimism for the industry in 2020.

Finally, the NAHB unveiled a new app developed with the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). “The Pocket Guide to the Fair Housing Act” is a free app designed to help home builders, contractors and designers meet the accessibility requirements of the act.

The 2021 IBS will take place in Orlando from February 9-11.