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.

More Global Than Ever

More than 3,700 people from 100+ countries outside the United States traveled to Las Vegas for the 2014 NAHB International Builders’ Show. The advent of Design & Construction Week™, combined with the robust IBS education programs made the 2014 Show a must-attend event for building and construction professionals around the world, making this year’s show one of the most global ever.  

Representatives from nearly 2,000 overseas and multinational companies streamed into the Las Vegas Convention Center to make the most of this invaluable opportunity for face time with top building industry suppliers and manufacturers, as well as the chance to see the latest products and newest home building technologies.

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A Simple Act of Kindness

Announcing the 2014 IBS Hero


With over 75,000 attendees and thousands of service personnel, medical and other emergencies are an unfortunate but inevitable occurrence during tradeshows. Unbeknownst to many, a medical emergency took place at IBS during the NAHB Board of Directors’ Meeting. A gentleman at the back of the hall suffered an aggressive seizure, and Judy Dinelle, CGP, CAPS, immediately jumped into action, giving comfort and aid to a stranger. Judy Dinelle, a sales professional with 84 Lumber and a 2014 Regional Trustee of the Professional Women in Building, handled the situation with grace and compassion while awaiting the medical team.

Mark Pursell, NAHB’s Senior Vice President of the Exhibitions, Marketing & Sales Group, witnessed the incident and later congratulated Judy saying “In this instance, your willingness to offer aid really helped someone in need and certainly made a difference in a difficult situation.”

The gentleman who suffered the seizure fortunately made a full recovery, and in recognition of her incredibly selfless act of kindness, Judy Dinelle has been named the 2014 IBS Hero. Judy’s simple act of kindness should serve as a reminder to all of us to be mindful of one another.

Become a Speaker at the 2015 International Builders’ Show

image NAHB is now currently accepting education session proposals for the 2015 NAHB International Builders’ Show®, January 20-22 in Las Vegas, NV.

We’d love to hear your speaking topic ideas and insights for the 2015 show. The deadline for submitting proposals is April 16, 2014 and only online proposals will be accepted.

New for 2015:

The full roster of all speakers who are to appear on a session must be provided at the time of proposal submission.

Please note there is a $50 non-refundable application fee for each proposal. Visit for proposal guidelines and to submit a proposal.

If you have any questions or would like to recommend a topic or speaker, please contact Kirby Simmering at

Relive IBS 2014!

Memories fade, but images last a lifetime! IBS 2014 was amazing! Relive it with digital memories from each day of the Show. Order your photos from Oscar & Associates.


Good times at the IBS Spike Concert with Pat Benatar! #IBSVEGAS

Good times at the IBS Spike Concert with Pat Benatar! #IBSVEGAS

And that’s a wrap! Thanks for attending! See you next year. #IBSVEGAS

And that’s a wrap! Thanks for attending! See you next year. #IBSVEGAS

Full house at #IBSLive for Design Ideas That Sell. #IBSVEGAS

Full house at #IBSLive for Design Ideas That Sell. #IBSVEGAS

Did you post a photo yet? We’ll be selecting today’s Instagram contest winner at 3:00 pm so you still have time, use #CELEBRATE to enter. #IBSVegas

Did you post a photo yet? We’ll be selecting today’s Instagram contest winner at 3:00 pm so you still have time, use #CELEBRATE to enter. #IBSVegas