The International Builders’ Show returns to Orlando this upcoming February and registration is now open. With hundreds of exhibitors confirmed and floor plans already appearing packed, the show seems poised for a return to full, pre-pandemic form in February 2022.
The Early Need-to-Knows
While the National Association of Home Builders—which puts on the show annually—has yet to release an official detailed schedule for the event, some details are available.
IBS will take place in person next year at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center—where 2018’s IBS was held—from February 8 to 10, 9am to 5pm.
Education, as it has in years past, will be a significant focus of the show’s content, with a variety of programs advertised including three-hour workshops described on IBS’ website as “in-depth” and “intensive,” daily keynote addresses, and sessions that will cover topics most relevant to today’s residential design and construction industries. Further details, including information on presenters and pre-show educational opportunities, are expected to become available sometime this month.
IBS attendees will again have an opportunity to explore the event’s two show homes, The New American Home and The New American Remodel, both of which are anticipated to be completed by late-October and will showcase cutting-edge techniques, products, and appliances.
Finally, next year’s IBS will also include live demonstrations, such as in the show’s High-Performance Building Zone and throughout Show Village, and myriad means of networking. IBS Centrals, for instance, provides areas for those with, seeking, or curious to learn about a specific expertise, like constructing for aging in place, custom building, and sales.
What it costs to actually attend IBS varies.
NAHB members receive a discount, though its value lessens as the show approaches. Registering for an all-access pass before September 30 will receive a rate of $350—the price increases to $450 on October 1 and will remain as such until December 10. The price for non-members will be $525 throughout September and will similarly increase as February 2022 approaches.
There are other discounts, too.
First-time attendees will receive a reduced $150 rate for an all access pass, regardless of registration date (up to the day of), while special pricing for students and educational faculty, also unaffected by registration date, range from as low as $30 (for NAHB-affiliated students) to $80 (for non-affiliated faculty).
Full details on fees, pricing, and purchase options can be found through IBS’ website.