Thoughts from the 2014 International Builders' Show
In early February 2014, the National Association of Home Builders hosted the 17th annual International Builders’ Show. With the theme of “Expect More,” over 75,000 industry professionals from around the world attended the show in Las Vegas to learn from each other about building and remodeling, architecture and design, and materials and technology. For the first time in IBS history, the show also included the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, allowing builders with an interest in manufacturing and in kitchen and bath products to see both at the same time.
The three-day event showcased exhibitors, vendors, guest speakers and 100 educational sessions on sustainable practices and industry-specific topics. Larry Acker participates on committees for the National Association of Home Builders, and is the owner of California-based Advanced Conservation Technology Distribution. He attended the show to gain insight into what other manufacturers are doing, and to hold meetings with builders and contractors about his ACT D’MAND Kontrols system, a proprietary pump that provides users with hot water on demand. It is an important contribution to sustainable building practices.
Acker admitted that the attitude among industry pros has been pretty glum the past five years, but 2014 was different. “This time there was a phenomenal amount of enthusiasm,” he said. “Everybody’s on an up. They believe the industry is turning around.”
When the economy fell flat in 2008, housing starts dropped for the ensuing years; instead of an average 1.5 million new homes being built each year in the USA, construction fell to the 450,000 to 700,000 range. Things are turning around because the value of existing homes is going up and bankers are lending a little easier.
“The new home construction market and first-time buyers are getting help from the lender side now that they were not able to a year ago,” Acker said. “That’s why the industry has turned around.”
This is great news for industry professionals, homeowners, consumers and the entire U.S. economy.
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Larry Acker Larry Acker is the CEO of ACT, Inc. D'MAND Kontrol Systems®. Involved with energy, water and energy conservation for 45 years, Larry is considered a leading authority regarding residential water and energy efficiency. Larry has been a featured speaker at major conferences throughout the world supporting ASHRAE, IAMPO, AWWA, ACEEE, PHCC and SB-08. Larry has written featured articles for National Trade Magazines and was the Chairman of the Pacific Coast Builders Conference in 2001. www