International Builders' Show
February 9-11, 2021
Orlando, FL
FEB 9-11, 2021
ORLANDO
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FAQs

General Show Information
Registration Information
Hotel and Transportation Information
NAHB Education Courses
IBS Education Information
International Attendee Information
NAHB Information

General Show Information

When and where is the 2021 International Builders' Show?

February 9-11, 2021
Orange County Convention Center
9400 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32819
407-685-9800

Where are the IBS exhibits and when are they open?

IBS exhibits are located in the West Hall, South Hall and in the West Parking Lot of the Orange County Convention Center.  

IBS exhibits will be open Tuesday, February 9 - Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm daily. 

What companies exhibited at the 2020 Show?

Search the list of 2020 Exhibitors.

2021 IBS Exhibitor list coming soon!

How many people attended the 2020 Show?

The show welcomed more than 90,000 attendees as part of Design & Construction Week®.

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 for IBS 2021 will be open September 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 NAHB Data Services at 800-368-5242 x8313 between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm (Eastern) or email dataservicecenter@nahb.org.

Are children allowed to attend?

Yes, children under 18 years of age must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times when in the exhibit areas. Registration of children is complimentary and must be done onsite. All children except infants in backpacks or slings must be registered and display a badge to be admitted to the exhibit areas. Strollers for children are permitted in the Exhibit areas during published Show hours. Attendees assume all risks associated with the use of strollers on the Show floor, including but not limited to personal injury or property damage.

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/videotaped and/or all individuals appearing in the photograph or video.

Can I purchase photos of the 2020 International Builders' Show?

Yes, photos of the 2020 International Builders' Show are available for purchase.

What is NAHB doing to keep the Show sustainable?

NAHB works closely with its official service contractor and the Orange County Convention Center to focus on sustainability. Read about current initiatives such as implementing eco-friendly products and recycled materials. Find out more about green programs at the Orange County Convention Center. Exhibitors can also join in the effort by using these green tips.

How is security addressed at the Show?

NAHB and the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) hold the safe and orderly conduct of the NAHB International Builders’ Show as one of our highest priorities. Enhanced security measures are in effect throughout the facility. Please be aware:

  • Both uniformed and undercover security are present throughout the building
  • Attendees and staff are required to wear badges provided
  • All persons and packages brought to the building are subject to search
  • K-9 Security and Detection is in operation at the OCCC

    Through these enhanced measures and increased vigilance on the part of the facility, NAHB staff and our attendees we are confident that we will achieve our mutual safety goals.

    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 the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® (KBIS). This mega-event brings together more than 90,000 builders, general contractors, remodelers, designers, flooring professionals, as well as product specifiers from around the globe.  Featuring more than 2,000 exhibits in over one million square feet of indoor and outdoor spaces, the energy at the 2020 event was palpable as attendees explored the latest products and trends.

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    Registration Information

    What registration packages are available?

    Registration for IBS 2021 opens September 1. Available registration packages will be posted this summer before registration opens. 

    What types of payment are accepted for the registration fee?

    You can pay for your registration 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 NAHB Data Services at 800-368-5242 x8313 between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm (Eastern) or email dataservicecenter@nahb.org.

    Are children allowed to attend?

    Yes, children under 18 years of age must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times when in the exhibit areas. Registration of children is complimentary and must be done onsite. All children except infants in backpacks or slings must be registered and display a badge to be admitted to the exhibit areas. Strollers for children are permitted in the Exhibit areas during published Show hours. Attendees assume all risks associated with the use of strollers on the Show floor, including but not limited to personal injury or property damage.

    If I receive an email solicitation from anyone other than NAHB claiming they can sell me access to an authentic IBS attendee list is that legitimate?

    No. It is a scam and we would recommend that you flag it as SPAM and delete the email.

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    Hotel and Transportation Information 

    What are the Official Show Hotels?

    IBS 2021 Official Show Hotels will be posted this summer. 

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

    For your convenience, NAHB organizes rooms with an assortment of outstanding Orlando 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 Orlando 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, exclusive complimentary shuttle bus service will be provided between the Orange County Convention Center and Official Show Hotels that are not within walking distance of the convention center.

    Are there any special rates on airfare or rental car rates for attendees of the Show?

    Yes, NAHB negotiates special travel and transportation discounts for attendees of the International Builders' Show. Discount links coming soon!

    Where can I park at the Orange County Convention Center and how much does it cost?

    Limited parking is available at the OCCC. Parking costs $17-25 per car per day. Re-entry within the same day is allowed. The original parking receipt must be presented. View Parking at the OCCC.

    Can I park my car overnight at the Orange County Convention Center?

    No, overnight parking at the Convention Center is prohibited. Vehicles left overnight will be towed at the owner's risk and expense.

    Where can I find accessibility information for persons with disabilities?

    View accessibility information about the Show.

    Where can I find additional information on IBS hotels and travel?

    For additional information, see Hotel & Travel.

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    Pre-Show Education Information: NAHB Education Courses & Master Workshops

    What educational opportunities are available at the Show?

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

    • NAHB Education Courses (Pre-Show)
    • Master Workshops (Pre-Show)
    • IBS Education Sessions

    What is the difference between NAHB Education Courses, Master Workshops and IBS Education Sessions?

    NAHB Education Courses are in-depth courses on specific topics taught by NAHB-approved instructors. NAHB Education Courses are not included with registration for the Show and require a separate registration fee. 

    Master Workshops are 3-hour intensive programs that dig deep into specific industry topics. Master Workshops are not included with registration for the Show and require a separate registration fee. 

    IBS Education Sessions offer information on the latest trends, newest techniques and forward-thinking business strategies. IBS Education Sessions are available at the Orange County Convention Center on a first-come, first-served basis to all Full Registrants and 1-Day Education with Expo Pass Registrants. Expo-Only registrants are not eligible. 

    If I register for IBS, am I automatically registered for education ?

    No, a full registration or 1-day education with expo pass registration are required for IBS Education Sessions. A separate fee and registration is required to attend NAHB Education Courses and Master Workshops.

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

    No, NAHB Education Courses require a separate registration which includes an Expo Pass to access the exhibit floor Tuesday, February 9 - Thursday, February 11, 2021. 

    Do I have to be registered for the Show to attend the Pre-Show Master Workshops?

    Yes, IBS registration is required to purchase tickets for Master Workshops.

    Can I register for NAHB Education Courses or Master Workshops on-site?

    Yes, while advanced registration is strongly recommended, on-site registration is available if space allows. Please note that seating is limited and courses do sell out.

    For NAHB Education Courses Only: In the event that people do not show up, you also have the option to come early and put your name on the waiting list for sold-out courses.

    How long after I register should I expect to receive a confirmation?

    You should receive a confirmation automatically upon completion of your registration. NAHB Education Course participants will receive an email with additional details on room locations and times for each course two weeks prior to the event.

    Can I purchase the NAHB Education Course materials without registering for and attending the courses?

    No, the course materials are not sold separately.  

    Who can I contact for more information?

    For more information concerning NAHB Education Courses, contact NAHB at 800-638-5242 x8174 or email BuildersShow@nahb.org.

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    IBS Education Information 

    What educational opportunities are available at the Show?

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

    • NAHB Education Courses (Pre-Show)
    • Master Workshops (Pre-Show)
    • IBS Education Sessions

    What is the difference between NAHB Education Courses, Master Workshops and IBS Education Sessions?

    NAHB Education Courses are in-depth courses on specific topics taught by NAHB-approved instructors. NAHB Education Courses are not included with registration for the Show and require a separate registration fee. 

    Master Workshops are 3-hour intensive programs that dig deep into specific industry topics. Master Workshops are not included with registration for the Show and require a separate registration fee. 

    IBS Education Sessions offer information on the latest trends, newest techniques and forward-thinking business strategies. IBS Education Sessions are available at the Orange County Convention Center on a first-come, first-served basis to all Full Registrants and 1-Day Education with Expo Pass Registrants. Expo-Only registrants are not eligible. 

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

    Yes, you must purchase a Full Registration for unlimited access or the 1-Day Education with Expo Pass and choose which day you wish to access education sessions.  

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

    No, NAHB Education Courses require a separate registration which includes an Expo Pass to access the exhibit floor Tuesday, February 9 - Thursday, February 11, 2021. 

    Do I have to be registered for the Show to attend the Pre-Show Master Workshops?

    Yes, IBS registration is required to purchase tickets for Master Workshops.

    How can I become a speaker at the 2021 Show?

    Please go to speaker resources for instructions.

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

    Please contact Kirby Simmering at 202-266-8387 or ksimmering@nahb.org 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 call the NAHB Professional Designation Helpline at 800-368-5242 x8154 for more information between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm (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?

    IBS Education On Demand gives on-demand access to recorded education sessions in different building industry topic tracks. A complimentary subscription to IBS Education On Demand is included with the purchase of a Full Registration.* Emails with instructions and a link to the 2020 IBS Education On Demand online library will be sent to all eligible registrants. If you are eligible and did not receive the email or are having difficulty accessing IBS Education On Demand, contact Hannah Murray at 202-266-8184 or hmurray@nahb.org.

    * Spouse, student and exhibitor registrants are excluded.

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    International Attendee Information

    I am not from the United States. What do I need to do to attend the 2021 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.

    I need a Letter of Invitation for my visa interview. How can I request one? 

    You MUST be a registered attendee or exhibitor of the 2021 Show to request a letter of invitation. If you are an attendee, during registration you will be asked if you require a Letter of Invitation. If yes, you will be presented with an online form to confirm the necessary information for the letter. Upon completion of your registration, you will be able to access a PDF copy of the Letter of Invitation via email. You may also choose to receive a mailed copy. If you are an exhibitor, you will find instructions to request a letter of invitation on your registration acknowledgement page and in your confirmation email.

    I need my letter more quickly. Can you ship is via express mail?

    Yes. If you need to receive your letter more quickly we can send it vie Federal Express or UPS. You will to include a valid Federal Express or UPS account number when submitting your request. If you do not include a valid account number, the letter will be sent by standard international mail. NAHB may contact you via email to verify this information.  

    Can you send my letter of invitation to the U.S. Embassy/Consulate for my interview?

    No. NAHB cannot send letters directly to embassies or consulates. No exceptions are made.

    I am from a country that is part of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), so I do note need a visa or letter of invitation. Is there anything else I need to do?

    Yes. A valid Electronic System of Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval is required for all eligible Visa Waiver Program (VWP) participants to travel to the United States. The Department of Homeland Security's ESTA is an automated system used to determine the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States under the VWP. ESTA applications may be completed FREE online at the official Department of Homeland Security website.  

    This is not my first time at IBS - I have traveled to the U.S. and/or attended the Show before. Do I still need ESTA approval?

    Yes. The Department of Homeland Security strictly enforces this requirement. VWP travelers who have not obtained approval through ESTA should expect to be denied boarding on any air carrier bound for the United States. Be sure to fill out and submit your application well in advance of your travel dates.

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    NAHB Information

    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 NAHB Data Services at 800-368-5242 x8313 between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm (Eastern) or email dataservicecenter@nahb.org.

    How can I find more information about NAHB?
    Please visit the NAHB website.

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