IBS Termed Successful Despite Attendee Decline

Orlando — Despite an 11% lower attendance than the previous year’s show, the 2008 International Builders’ Show (IBS) “marked another successful year,” according to the event’s sponsor, the National Association of Home Builders.

The Washington, DC-based NAHB announced that the four-day show, conducted in February, attracted some 92,000 attendees and more than 1,900 exhibitors spread across more than one million net square feet of exhibit space. Nearly 100 of the exhibitors have product ties to the kitchen and bath market.

Closing out its four-year run at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, the show hosted builders from across the country against a backdrop of dramatically slowing housing starts and new-home sales.

NAHB celebrated Green Day on Thursday, Feb. 14, as the association launched the NAHB National Green Building Program and introduced the Certified Green Professional educational designation (see related story, Green Building Standard Introduced by NAHB). Attendees were exposed to a wide-ranging series of green building-related seminars.

After spending four years in Orlando, the IBS will move to Las Vegas. The next show is scheduled for Jan. 20-23, 2009, the NAHB said.

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