FAQs

General Show Information
Registration Information
Hotel and Transportation Information
Pre-Show Education Course Information
Education Information
International Attendee Information
NAHB Information

General Show Information

When and where is the 2017 International Builder's Show?

January 10-12, 2017
Orange County Convention Center
9800 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
407-685-9800

How many people attended the 2016 Show?

59,687 building industry professionals attended the 2016 show.

Who should attend the Show?

Any professional involved in the residential or light commercial construction industries; such as home builders, remodelers, Realtors®, etc.

How can I register to attend?

Registration opens August 1.

Do I have to be a member of NAHB to attend the Show?

No. You do not have to be a member of NAHB to attend the Show. However, NAHB members are eligible for discounted registration fees. In addition, if an employee in your company is an NAHB member, all employees of your company may select from the discounted member registration fee options. See NAHB membership for more information.

I believe that someone in my company is a member of NAHB. How do I verify membership?

Call 800-368-5242 x4440 for the Membership Department between the hours of 8:30 and 5:00 p.m. (Eastern) or email membershipaccounting@nahb.org.

Are children allowed to attend?

Yes. However, children under 18 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times when in the exhibit areas. Registration for children is complimentary and must be done onsite. All children except infants in backpacks or slings must be registered and badged to be admitted to the exhibit areas. STROLLERS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE EXHIBIT AREAS.

Is photography allowed on the Exhibit floor?

No, due to the sensitive nature of new products and unique booth displays at the Show, photography and/or video recording of any booths within the Exhibit areas by any attendee/exhibitor personnel is prohibited. Exceptions are made only when permission is obtained from the exhibitor whose booth/product is being photographed/video taped and/or all individuals appearing in the photograph or video.

Can I purchase photos of the 2016 International Builders' Show?

Photos of the 2016 International Builders' Show are available for purchase from Oscar & Associates.

Is IBS an environmentally friendly event?

The International Builders’ Show is the housing industry’s largest single event. To ensure an environmentally friendly event, NAHB works closely with its official service contractor the convention center

Where can I find the dates for future NAHB International Builders’ Shows?

View the list of future Show dates.

What is Design & Construction Week®?

Design & Construction Week® (DCW) features the co-location of the NAHB International Builders' Show® (IBS) and NKBA's Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® (KBIS). In 2016, this synchronization of tradeshows and markets also included two partner events – International Window Coverings Expo (IWCE) and The International Surface Event (TISE), made up of SURFACES, StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas and TileExpo.

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Registration Information

What are the registration options?

Registration opens August 1.

How can I register to attend?

Registration opens August 1.

What types of payment are accepted for the registration fee?

You can pay for your registration fee using a Visa, MasterCard or American Express.

Do I have to be a member of NAHB to attend the Show?

No. You do not have to be a member of NAHB to attend the Show. However, NAHB members are eligible for discounted registration fees. In addition, if an employee in your company is an NAHB member all employees of your company may select from the discounted member registration fee options. See NAHB membership for more information.

I believe that someone in my company is a member of NAHB. How do I verify membership?

Call 800-368-5242 x4440 for the Membership Department between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Eastern) or email membershipaccounting@nahb.org.

Are children allowed to attend?

Yes. However, children under 18 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times when in the exhibit areas. Registration for children is complimentary and must be done on-site. All children except infants in backpacks or slings must be registered and badged to be admitted to the exhibit areas. STROLLERS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE EXHIBIT AREAS.

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Hotel and Transportation Information 

What are the Official Show Hotels?

The list and descriptions of the 2017 IBS Official Show Hotels will be posted in August.

What are the benefits of booking hotel rooms through the Show?

For your convenience, NAHB organizes rooms with an assortment of outstanding Las Vegas hotels that offer a wide variety of accommodations, amenities and very competitive rates. We understand that you have many options for making hotel reservations, however, by supporting NAHB's commitment to the Las Vegas hotel community, you benefit in many ways including:

  • Access to a wide variety of show hotels with the lowest available room rates
  • Exclusive shuttle bus service
  • One-stop-shopping for your registration and housing needs
  • Convenient customer service for changes and cancellations
  • Industry associate networking opportunities within show hotels

Will transportation be provided between the Official Show Hotels and the Orange County Convention Center?

Yes, complimentary hotel shuttle bus service will be provided between the Orange County Convention Center and Official Show Hotels that are not within walking distance. 

Shuttle Hours:

Shuttle hours will be posted in December.

Where can I find accessibility information for persons with disabilities?

View accessibility information about the Show.

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Pre-Show Education Course Information

What educational opportunities are available at the Show?

There are two types of educational opportunities available at the Show:

  • Pre-Show Education Courses
  • IBS Education Sessions

What is the difference between Pre-Show Education Courses and IBS Education Sessions?

Pre-Show Courses are in-depth courses on specific topics taught by NAHB-approved instructors. They are not included with registration for the Show and require a separate fee. IBS Sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis to all Full Registrants and 1-Day Education with Expo Pass Registrants.

If I register for IBS, am I automatically registered for Pre-Show Education courses?

No, a separate fee and registration is required for IBS and for each pre-show course.

Do I have to be registered for the Show to attend the Pre-Show Education Courses?

No, a separate fee and registration is required for IBS and for each pre-show course.

Who can I contact for more information?

For more information concerning NAHB's National Courses (Pre-Show Education), contact NAHB at 202-266-8244 or email pre-showeducation@nahb.org.

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Education Information 

What educational opportunities are available at the Show?

There are two types of educational opportunities available at the Show:

  • Pre-Show Education Courses
  • IBS Education Sessions

What is the difference between Pre-Show Education Courses and IBS Education Sessions?

Pre-Show Courses are in-depth courses on specific topics taught by NAHB-approved instructors. They are not included with registration for the Show and require a separate fee. IBS Sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis to all Full Registrants and 1-Day Education with Expo Pass Registrants.

Do I have to be registered for the Show to attend the IBS Education Sessions?

Yes, you must be a registered attendee to attend any of the education sessions offered during the Show. You may either purchase a Full Registration and have unlimited access to all education sessions or you may purchase the 1-Day Education with Expo Pass Registration option and choose which day you wish to access education sessions during the Show. 

Do I have to be registered for the Show to attend the Pre-Show Education Courses?

No. You may register for Pre-Show Education Courses ONLY without registering for the Show.

How can I become a speaker at the 2017 Show?

The National Association of Home Builders will began accepting education session proposals in March for the 2017 International Builders' Show. Check back for details. If you would like to be notified about speaking opportunities for IBS 2017, please complete our IBS speaker inquiry form and we'll email you when we begin accepting applications.

Whom should I contact with more specific questions about education at the Show?

Contact NAHB at 800-368-5242 for more specific information about education sessions and courses.

Where do I obtain additional information on Professional Designation programs offered by NAHB?

Examples include Certified Graduate Builder or CGB, Certified Graduate Remodeler or CGR, and Certified Green Professional or CGP. You can also call the NAHB Professional Designation Helpline at 800-368-5242 x8154 for more information between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Eastern). Learn more about our Professional Designations and how NAHB provides the best residential home building knowledge in order to foster success in the industry.

What is NAHB's IBS Education On Demand and how do I get access?

The IBS Education On Demand gives on-demand access to more than 120 education sessions in 8 different building industry topic tracks. Emails with instructions and a link to the IBS Education On Demand were sent to all eligible registrants. If you were eligible and did not receive the email, please contact Mobiltape Customer Service at 800-369-5718. Separate purchase of an Online Library subscription as well as individual session recordings in a variety of formats including CD-ROM, audio CD or MP3 download is available from Mobiltape.

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International Attendee Information

I am not from the United States. What do I need to do to attend the 2017 International Builders' Show?

Depending on your citizenship, you may or may not need a visa to travel to the United States to attend the International Builders’ Show. For more details on the visa process or to find out whether you need one, view the Visa Application Information. You can also find out more information via the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs.

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NAHB Information

Do I have to be a member of NAHB to attend the Show?

No, you can attend the Show and not be a member of NAHB. However, NAHB members are eligible for discounted registration fees. In addition, if an employee in your company is an NAHB member, all employees of your company may select from the discounted member registration fee options.  See NAHB membership for more information.

I believe that someone in my company is a member of NAHB.  How do I verify membership?

Call 800-368-5242 x4440 for the Membership Department between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Eastern) or email membershipaccounting@nahb.org.

Does NAHB have a website?
Yes, please visit the NAHB website.

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