As we prepare for an in-person NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS), February 8-10, the health, safety and security of the IBS community continues to be our top priority. Our team is working closely with local Orlando authorities, including the Orange County Convention Center and related hotel partners, as we continue to monitor evolving pandemic-related best practices. Bottom line, our plans will follow the recommendations of public health experts and the standards set forth by the CDC and federal, state and local government agencies.
We intend to ensure that IBS continues to help you make the connections you need to boost your business and build your brand. As such, we will be maintaining this FAQ page to help keep you updated on the latest plans for the show.
The information below is current as of May 7, 2021.
Will show attendees have to register for the specific day they are planning to attend to keep crowds down?
No, attendees will not register for access to the exhibit floor on specific days. All registration types will allow for access on all three show days.
Will booths be decreased in size to allow for wider aisles or two-way traffic down aisles, and/or will you set up one-way aisles?
Existing booths will not be redrawn or adjusted to allow for wider aisles or traffic flow management. A decision will be made this summer/fall on whether one-way aisles will be implemented by IBS and the NKBA Kitchen and Bath Industry Show® (KBIS).
Do you anticipate that the allowed time for set up and dismantle will be lengthened, or affected in any way?
No, currently we do not foresee any changes to the set up and dismantle schedule. We are working closely with Freeman and will notify exhibitors of any changes.
What health and safety measures does the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) have in place?
Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) has received its Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation on outbreak prevention, response and recovery. Recognized as the gold standard of safe venues, the OCCC is one of the largest venues in the nation to receive the GBAC STAR™ accreditation. See this comprehensive outline of the OCCC’s efforts.
What is the refund deadline in the event that I no longer wish to exhibit?
If an exhibitor withdraws their application to exhibit prior to June 15, the amount of deposit paid by the exhibitor, less the nonrefundable portion of the deposit (25% of the total cost of the exhibit space), shall be returned. If an exhibitor withdraws their application to exhibit on or after June 15, the exhibitor shall forfeit all monies paid. Requests to withdraw must be submitted via email to [email protected].
Will food and beverages be available for purchase in the OCCC?
Yes, there will be food and beverage options available for purchase throughout the convention center as well as menus for in-booth catering. Outside food and beverages continue to be prohibited.
Will face masks be mandatory at IBS 2022?
Currently, face masks are required inside the Orange County Convention Center when not eating or drinking. Attendees and exhibitors are encouraged to provide their own face masks however both IBS and KBIS will have supplies of masks for attendees that don’t bring their own. This requirement is subject to change as health and safety guidelines evolve.
How will social distancing standards be communicated?
All health and safety standards will be communicated through email, the IBS Mobile App, the Official IBS Show Guide and onsite signage.
Will you require a “Vaccine Passport” to enter or register for the event?
No. Governor DeSantis recently signed SB 2006 into law, which prohibits business and government entities in Florida from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
Will you require temperature checks?
Maybe. NAHB continues to evaluate all measures that will provide the safest environment for everyone that will be attending, exhibiting or working at the show.
How will you allow for social distancing on the shuttles?
We will limit capacity on shuttle buses to allow for social distancing in line with government and health official recommendations in place during the show.
Additional questions? Please email [email protected].