International Builders’ Show Opens in OrlandoJanuary 9th, 2018 by Trey Barrineau
The International Builders’ Show (IBS) opened its three-day run at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., today, welcoming more than 70,000 housing industry professionals and 1,500 exhibitors — including more than 200 representing the door, window and millwork industries.
IBS is once again running in conjunction with the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s (NKBA) Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS). Together, the two events are called Design & Construction Week (DCW).
IBS Orlando will cover more than 580,000 square feet of exhibit space at the Orange County Convention Center, and KBIS will include another 700 exhibitors and 420,000 square feet of exhibit space. The combined shows will fill the entire facility and expand into the parking lots.
In addition to the trade show, attendees will also have access to more than 140 education sessions led by experts on a wide range of topics. Other educational opportunities include special show floor product demos, the High Performance Building Zone featuring interactive sessions on sustainable technologies, and IBS Live sessions that focus on what’s next in home building.
Super Bowl champion quarterback and Fox NFL Sunday co-host Terry Bradshaw delivered the opening keynote address on Tuesday morning. Bradshaw talked about how positive thinking and self-improvement helped him achieve success in life despite the sacrifices and struggles he faced in the highly competitive atmosphere of professional sports.
On Thursday, the IBS Spike Closing Concert will wrap up the week with a performance by legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Chicago.
Outdoor Living, Interactive Technology
The trend of indoor-outdoor living continues to be popular with homeowners, and Kolbe Windows & Doors’ booth featured options to expand living spaces with folding windows and quad sliding windows.
“The desire for indoor and outdoor living has spurred interest in sliding and folding windows that bridge the gap between indoors and out,” said Cindy Bremer, vice president of marketing at Kolbe Windows & Doors. “People want the option to include the outdoor environment as an extension of their living space, and these pass-through windows ease that transition.”
Kolbe’s sliding window is available in both Ultra Series and VistaLuxe Complementary, while the folding window is offered in Ultra Series, Heritage Series and VistaLuxe Complementary styles. The windows are suited for residential applications and commercial projects that require pass-through service for indoor and outdoor entertaining.
Meanwhile, LaCantina highlighted new interactive videos that dealers can use to help consumers better understand the company’s open-space products’ design considerations and material options.
The company’s booth featured dual touch-screen monitors for two new 360-degree interactive videos. The videos allow builders, architects, and consumers to select materials and designs that best fit their project needs.
According to the company, the videos represent a visual “how to design” a large opening door system. LaCantina Interactive allows viewers to watch the entire episode or only watch the video content they want by choosing categories within those video of interest, and actively engaging with the content that they deem is important or most relevant.
“LaCantina Interactive will help guide consumers and builders through the process of understanding and choosing the right products based on their preferred system type and where they live,” said Lee Maughan, LaCantina’s vice president and general manager. “The creation of the interactive video series puts us at the forefront of the digital experience and shows LaCantina’s innovation extends beyond the products we develop.”
Watch a sneak peek of the videos below:
The International Builders’ Show continues through Thursday. Stay tuned to DWM for more coverage from the show.