The 2009 International Builders' Show was held Jan. 20-23, 2009 in Las Vegas—its first return to Sin City since 2004. The staffs of residential architect's sister magazines, BUILDER, EcoHome, BUILDING PRODUCTS, and others, reported back on the latest housing industry news, trends, and products they learned about at the show.
Read on for a handpicked selection:
IBS Product Picks, Day 1: Energy-efficient refrigeration, commercial-grade water filtration, fiber-cement panel siding, an extra-large-opening sliding door, and more. Read the story.
IBS Product Picks, Day 2: Contemporary cabinetry, composite porch flooring, paper-based cladding, a touch-technology faucet, a solar-powered heat pump, and more. Read the story.
IBS Session—Changing Population Trends: Single women, baby boomers, and the growing Hispanic population are among those groups shifting design and product demands. Read the story.
IBS Economic Forecast—Housing Will Continue to Struggle in '09: NAHB economists estimate that builders will sell just 420,000 new homes this year. Read the story.
IBS Session—Dense Neighborhoods, Smaller Homes Need Not Sacrifice Design: Pardee Homes' Portico community showcases eco-friendly living that doesn't skimp on architectural appeal. Read the story.
IBS Session—Mixed-Use Development Holds Out Opportunities and Challenges: A builder and architect discuss pros and cons at IBS. Read the story.
IBS Session—Green Building Going Strong: Market studies suggest that interest in green homes—from pros and buyers alike—continues to climb. Read the story.
IBS Session—How to Evaluate Green Products: In this era of greenwashing, legal experts offer guidelines to researching product claims and protecting your business from litigation. Read the story.
Video: New products and interviews from the show floor: Hanley Wood editors bring you live video coverage from the Builders' Show. Watch the videos.
IBS Video—2009 BUILDER LivingHome: Its construction in the LivingHome factory and transport to IBS. View the video.