Enhanced Education at IBS 2014
The NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) enhanced its education programs to meet the growing needs of building professionals. These enhancements not only focused on what attendees learned in terms of content, but also how the information was delivered. Attendees experienced a variety of new session formats, technology upgrades, a variety of interactive architectural and design plan reviews, and more hands-on demonstrations both on and off the show floor.
The new and improved Builders’ Show educational lineup featured:
- Revamped Building Knowledge Sessions. Attendees had the opportunity to build their knowledge on a variety of industry-specific topics with approximately 100 sessions to explore. Session length was reduced from 90 to 60 minutes, giving attendees in-depth, innovative and concise programs in areas including sales, marketing, design, business management, technology, high performance building and more.
- 80+ New Speakers. New and insightful programs provided fresh content, informative concepts and plenty of useful tips.
- New Formats. Various session formats, such as case studies, debates, demonstrations, individual speakers, lightning rounds, town halls and even talk show formats.
- Spotlight Sessions. Show-stopping sessions that featured leading industry experts and discussed emerging trends for the coming year including the latest in design, color and kitchen enhancements. Dynamic spotlight speakers included the VP of Community at Houzz, the fast-growing online platform that is changing the way consumers design, build and remodel their homes.
- The Tech Hub. Equipped with advanced technology, attendees plugged-in at the Tech Hub to participate in sessions using their laptops and mobile devices. Tech-heavy topics such as social media, online business management tools and mobile marketing were covered.
- Expansion of Exhibitor Floor Forums. Exhibiting companies offered NAHB-approved education sessions right in their booths throughout the Show. These 20-60 minute interactive forums qualified as continuing education (CE) for those who hold NAHB professional designations. New in 2014, some participating companies also offered technology-focused Forums in the Tech Hub.
- High Performance Building Zone. The exceptional “technique demonstration stage” on the Show floor known as the High Performance Building Zone featured top building science experts who led a series of live, interactive construction demonstrations showcasing the latest methods, tips and tricks used in high performance building. Demonstrations ranged from 19.2-inch and 24-inch on center framing techniques to advanced flashing and air sealing methods.
- Master sessions were restructured from full day to half day programs and the number offered increased from 3 to 5. These sessions dug deeper into specific industry topics and allowed attendees to take advantage of more IBS activities each day.
- Lumber & Building Material Sessions. For the first time in recent history, IBS offered content specific for building material distributors and suppliers. Sessions covered hot topics such as supplier services and OSHA crane regulations.