NAHB IBS: Wrap-up on 51,000 attendees and 900 exhibitors
Everything from a $6,390 Kohler toilet, to tours of The New American Home 2012 and the Cool Energy House, were part of the recent National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) International Builders' Show (IBS), on Feb. 8-11 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
The show was attended by more than 51,000 builders, remodelers and other members of the home building industry, with more than 900 home building industry suppliers exhibiting at the show. There were more than 165 educational sessions on design trends, green building, marketing, remodeling and other building industry topics.
The show opened on Feb. 8 with magicians Penn & Teller entertaining the crowd and Aron Ralston, whose bravery was made famous in the movie 127 Hours, sharing his thoughts about surmounting seemingly impossible obstacles.
A special address on Feb. 10 by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, where he discussed how restraints on credit for home buyers and home builders alike continue to impede the housing and economic recovery, drew a crowd of approximately 2,500 people.
The next International Builders' Show will be on Jan. 22-24, 2013 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
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