Performing at the Top Level

With a new awards program comes a new kind of awards reception. Join us at the Plugging into Performance: Best in Green Awards Brunch hosted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) during IBS 2015. This new awards brunch, happening January 21, 2015, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm at The Renaissance Hotel (next to the convention center), will feature an industry thought leader, an engaging awards host and plenty of mimosas. Winners of the 2015 Best in Green Awards (BIG) will be unveiled during the event.


The Best in Green Awards— or “BIG” Awards—are new for 2015. With an eye towards integration, green and sustainable categories have been incorporated into many of NAHB’s other awards programs, including the Best in American Living™ Awards, The Nationals℠, the 50+ Housing Awards, the Pillars of the Industry Awards and the Jerry Rouleau Awards for Excellence in Marketing and Home Design. Winners of green or sustainable awards in any of these awards programs are automatically entered to win a Best in Green Award. Best in Green categories include:

  • 50+ Home or Community 
  • Single-Family Production Home 
  • Single-Family Custom Home 
  • Multifamily Project 
  • Interior Project 
  • Remodeling Project 
  • Development 
  • Sales and Marketing Strategy 
  • Systems-Built Home 
  • ICC 700 National Green Building Standard

So the thought of green homes coupled with brunch and mimosas is making your mouth water? Us, too! All industry professionals and green home enthusiasts are welcome and encouraged to attend. Register early to guarantee you can attend. We anticipate tickets will sell out before we get to the show!

Join us at the 2015 BIG Awards! Find more information and buy your ticket today at

Top 4 reasons to register for IBS in September


September is your only chance to take advantage of the best deals on registration to the NAHB International Builders’ Show, the building industry’s biggest event!

  1. FREE IBS expo pass for NAHB members Only – See more than 500,000 net square feet of exhibits and 1,300 manufacturers and suppliers of the latest and most in-demand products and services.
  2. Save $100 off IBS full registrationIBS education is in demand! The number of attendees getting full registrations (with access to all education sessions) has grown 40% over the past two years and speaker ratings are at an all-time high! With more than 100+ education sessions in 10 tracks you’re sure to gain the knowledge to improve their business.
  3. HBA housing block – Take advantage of great hotel properties at discounted rates and complimentary shuttle service to/from the Las Vegas Convention Center.
  4. Spouse registration – Registration for your better half is FREE during the month of September!

PLUS, an IBS expo pass also gives access to the four other exhibit floors of Design & Construction Week™ – KBIS, IWCE, Las Vegas Market and TISE.

Register today @

The International Buyer Program Selects IBS Again in 2015

The U.S. Department of Commerce recently announced trade shows for next year’s International Buyer Program (IBP), and the NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) is one of only 24 U.S. trade events to receive the IBP designation (PDF) for 2015. The IBP recruits thousands of pre-screened foreign buyers, sales representatives and business partners to U.S. trade shows each year, giving U.S. companies excellent opportunities to expand sales globally.

IBP Brings Together International Customers and Buyers

Construction manufacturers and suppliers have long recognized the value in showcasing their products to the international buyer. The demand for home products is not limited to the United States, and the home building and remodeling industry continues to have high export potential.

“Through our collaboration with the NAHB, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Buyer Program was a great success at IBS [last year],” stated Dustin Ross, the 2014 Project Officer for the IBP. “Our Commercial Specialists brought over 160 delegates from around the world to the IBS – all eager to do business with U.S. exhibitors.”

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Save the Date: September 2

While you’re enjoying summertime, family vacations and backyard BBQs, we’re busy working on the 2015 NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) website and show registration!

We’re only a month away from when show registration opens on September 2. Make sure you register in September to get the best deals! After September 30 the fees will go up so don’t miss out! Sign up for IBS notifications and news!

Why IBS 2015?

Once again IBS is co-locating with NKBA’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) to present Design & Construction Week™! This mega-event will bring together more than 125,000 builders, general contractors, remodelers, designers, flooring professionals, as well as product specifiers from around the globe.

All registered IBS attendees will have access to five exhibit floors:

  • NAHB International Builders’ Show: January 20-22, Las Vegas Convention Center
  • Kitchen & Bath Industry Show: January 20-22, Las Vegas Convention Center
  • International Window Coverings Expo: January 20-22, Las Vegas Convention Center
  • The International Surface Event:  January 21-23, Mandalay Bay Convention Center
  • Las Vegas Market: January 18-22, World Market Center Las Vegas

Mark your calendar for September 2 so you can save big!

Profile: Meet the Faces of IBS

Felix Capitulo, Sales Representative
Aeon Stone + Tile
Vancouver, B.C.

What area of the building industry do you represent?
Aeon Stone + Tile is a natural stone materials and mosaic tile supplier located in Vancouver. Our extensive collection makes us one of the largest suppliers in Vancouver. I help architects and designers integrate stone products into residential and commercial projects. I also help advice the A&D community and their clients on questions they may have about natural stone materials.

What did you think of Design & Construction Week™?
This was my first time attending either IBS or KBIS, and it was an amazing experience. There is definitely a lot to see, and I am unsure I actually saw it all!

KBIS mostly concentrated on interior finishes while IBS focused on the entire home, so it was nice to be able to go between the shows to get a full spectrum of ideas. Since attending Design & Construction Week™, I have been able to build a greater vision of how natural stone products and mosaic tiles can be used throughout the home – not just in kitchens and baths.

Design & Construction Week™ brought the entire industry together. The energy was great, and with so many innovative products, it was exciting for me to be there.

What did you find to be the most valuable reason for attending Design & Construction Week™?
One of the most valuable aspects of the show was seeing the number of new products. I spent time identifying interesting and unique materials that I could bring back and introduce to the Vancouver market.

Learn more about Aeon Stone + Tile by following on Houzz, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Update: The 2015 New American Home

Progress is being made on The 2015 New American Home. The framing is complete; rough trades including plumbing and HVAC will be completed soon. 

Flexibility is key to stay on schedule. The builders hit a snag with the pool design due to field conditions, but they turned the unforeseen condition into a positive. The redesigned pool will enhance the whole backyard as it is more exciting and interesting than the original design.

Profile: Meet the Faces of IBS

Michael McArthur
Wood Castle Software
South Jordan, Utah

What area of the building industry do you represent?
We are a software company that provides solutions for home builders, and we recently developed an app called My Home’s Story.

What prompted the development of your app?
As the third generation of a family homebuilding company, we wanted to use our sales, marketing and technology experience to solve a problem that a lot of builders face; how to use social media marketing effectively. We realized that if we could get our homebuyers talking about us on social media, it would be much more effective than just talking about ourselves. The My Home’s Story app was developed to allow builders to post content that buyers will be interested in sharing (photos of their own homes), and making it very easy for the buyers to share that with their friends and family via social media. These shares include a link back to the builder’s website, driving traffic, leads and referral sales.

At McArthur Homes, we saw a 400% increase in referral sales thanks to the My Home’s Story app. At IBS, we were able to share this great success story during the education session, Secrets of the Internet Marketing All-Stars. The response has been amazing!

Why did you choose to attend the 2014 NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS)?
This was my first year attending IBS, and I decided to go because I wanted to see what solutions other software companies where providing to the industry. Additionally, I wanted to network and get the word out about our product, My Home’s Story.

What do you find to be the most valuable reason for attending IBS?
During the show, I attended many of the technology workshops and found those to be very valuable. I liked learning about how others were using technology in the home building industry. I definitely will attend next year and look forward to learning more about the ways in which home builders are applying technology to their companies.

Learn more about My Home’s Story at

Profile: Meet the Faces of IBS


Kristi Allen, Sales and Marketing Manager
McArthur Homes
South Jordan, UT

What area of the building industry do you represent?
McArthur Homes is a local, family-owned builder serving the Salt Lake City area. I’ve been in the business 11 years and have attended IBS four times, including the last three years in a row.

What was your 2014 NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) experience like?
In 2014, I was one of four panelists for the session, Secrets of the Internet Marketing All-Stars. I enjoyed being a presenter because it allowed me to give back to the industry.

While at IBS, I pack my schedule so I can make the most of those three days. I was at the Convention Center every morning by 8 a.m. so I could attend education sessions and walk the show floor. We also had a lot of fun participating in the social media contests that were going on during the Builders’ Show, and I even won a few prizes!

What do you find to be the most valuable aspects of attending IBS?
One of the most valuable aspects of IBS is the education sessions, which is why I try to attend every year. I’ve not been to any other conference where I’ve gotten as much solid information. I leave with pages of notes, and once I am home, I sift through them to determine what ideas I can implement this year.

Sales Central was one of my favorite aspects of the show this year. We had lunch there every day and took part in some of the mini-education session that were available. It is a great place to meet people and network with others that have a common interest within the industry.

Learn more about McArthur Homes by following on Facebook and Twitter.

Green Building Concepts
Blue Heron Construction builder/designer Tyler Jones discusses the green building technologies in The 2015 New American Home; a combination of many technologies. The most important aspect is the building envelope; a closed cell foam roof system which acts as a vapor barrier with a UV coating to reflect the sun’s rays off the roof.

They will also use a window and door system by Sierra Pacific with a passive solar design to help regulate the temperature of the home.

There is no silver bullet, the green building concepts used to design the home are a result of the teamwork between different technologies and methods.

Introducing TNAH Updates

In addition to the ongoing video series of Phases documenting the construction of The 2015 New American Home, we are pleased to announce a new series of “Updates”. This video series features Blue Heron Construction builder/designer Tyler Jones.

The Concept
Tyler discusses the overall design concept of The 2015 New American Home. The designers took their knowledge from the past two homes and incorporated it into a predesigned, custom concept.

The home will include the newest products available from appliances, solar panels and plumbing fixtures.

They combined innovative concepts with green building philosophy to make it a completely custom home, yet designed it so that it can be put together quickly and efficiently in the field.