February 9, 2021 - February 11, 2021

NAHB's Virtual International Builders' Show

Virtual Event

For 76 years, IBS has been where the industry comes together to learn, see new products, talk, laugh and just be with the people that could understand their challenges and successes. And as we take IBS virtual, creating those opportunities and experiences remains our goal. We are committed to producing an outstanding virtual event where you’ll see product launches and cutting-edge housing and design innovations; tour The New American Home and The New American Remodel; learn from the top leaders in the industry, including expert demos; and connect with exhibitors, speakers and other attendees all from the safety of your home or office.

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The Future of Community Design in a Post COVID-19 World

Tuesday, February 9 2:30 - 3:15 EST | William Crump

In a world forever changed by the pandemic, builders and developers are concerned about the future of new homes and communities. What changes are necessary to adapt to shifting consumer expectations? How can we deliver appealing homes in communities that help residents feel connected while minimizing health risks? During this session, you’ll see how historical market and design trends led to development conditions at the start of 2020, explore future community design ideas based on consumer research and input from builders and developers from across the country, and learn how how to generate success through calculated, research-based decisions about product type, density, community layout, green space, social connectivity and amenities.

Breaking the Barrier to Superior Profitability

On-Demand | Stephen Moore

Cost-effective design and good purchasing practices are critical for achieving superior profitability, but too often overlooked. In this session, a panel of home building industry experts will demonstrate how changes to your design strategy and your purchasing process can result in an increase in gross profit of 5% (and beyond). Get ideas and examples for decreasing direct construction costs, learn a simple exercise for identifying low-margin, high-cost plans, and walk away knowing how to develop a product line that meets buyers’ needs while maximizing your profit.

Designing Homes & Communities Beyond the Pandemic

Tuesday, February 9 1:00 - 2:30 EST | Stephen Moore

When it comes to designing and building homes during and post-pandemic, how do we, as an industry, better adapt and respond? In this Master Workshop, a panel of experts will examine the design elements and community approaches that must change to be prepared. Land planning, architecture, interior health and wellness, building products/systems and consumer behavior analytics are key elements to such preparedness. Explore how good, healthy design in housing highlights the power of product and system selection and innovation. Recognize how communities that thrive will depend on the success of holistic approaches that consider regional and cultural diversity and mindful public/private partnerships.

Designing Must-Haves: Capturing the Buyer’s Imagination in Today’s Marketplace

Tuesday, February 9 6:00 - 6:45 EST | David L. Copenhaver

Design is the most effective way to connect with a buyer because it enables them to see their vision become a reality, but too often, builders guess at what it takes to capture their buyers’ hearts. Too much changes from year to year in both design and consumer preference to rely on old information. There are layouts, finishes, trim details, styles and cool features that are captivating buyers, so it’s important to understand your target market so you don’t make a mistake. This advanced session will demonstrate--with current market tested solutions from across the nation—the checklist of must-haves in capturing the buyer’s imagination in today's marketplace, including open space plans, trends toward cleaner lines and sophisticated style, colors, entry level design, and more.