Washington -- The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) today officially opened online registration for the 2012 NAHB International Builders' Show (IBS), the largest annual light construction tradeshow in the world. Considered the premiere building industry event, the 2012 show, to be held in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 8-11, features impressive deals for both members and non-members who register before the end of September on things such as registration fees and education sessions.
"The NAHB International Builders' Show is the biggest event of its kind for our industry," said Larry Swank, Chairman, NAHB Conventions & Meetings Committee. "I don't know anywhere else where you can find such high-level networking opportunities, a wide variety of education sessions and an unbelievable showcase of the latest cutting-edge products, all in one location."
This year, NAHB introduces several new offers and incentives for attendees including:
* Free Exhibit Pass for NAHB Members-- Register by Sept. 30
NAHB members who register by Sept. 30 will be given the choice of either free admittance to the show floor all four days of the show, or $100 off the early registration fee of $325.
* First-time Member Attendee Registration -- Reduced
Members who plan to attend IBS for the first time are eligible for a reduced registration rate of $125, which enables them to attend any of the nearly 200 education sessions and tour the exhibit floor all four days.
* One- and Two-day Education Passes
Attendees can purchase one- or two-day passes for IBS education sessions, and access to the exhibits on all four days of the show is included. Passes will be available for education sessions held from Wednesday through Friday, Feb. 8-10. All seminars on Saturday, Feb. 11 are free for IBS registrants. To take advantage of these passes, attendees must choose which day(s) they will attend sessions when registering for the show.
* Free Spouse Registration
Spouses of members and non-members can register for free in September.
Attendees can choose from nearly 200 education sessions offered on multiple topics, including building trends, sales and marketing techniques, green building, housing finance issues and the economic outlook. Several pre-show education courses are also available to attendees looking to complete training and earn industry designations such as Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist and Certified Green Professional, among others. The show will also feature a number of special seminars, receptions and a line-up of notable guest speakers.
One of the biggest highlights of the show is its expansive tradeshow floor exhibition. More than 1,000 exhibitors covering 500,000 square feet of exhibit space will display the latest building products and services at the 2012 show. Attendees will get hands-on access to the latest products, and will be able to network and make business deals with top vendors representing more than 250 product categories.
Among the many draws of IBS is The New American Home(r) (TNAH) 2012, a one-of-a-kind green show home that is being built in a nearby neighborhood and will be open for attendees to tour throughout the IBS. The state-of-the-art home incorporates builders' best practices in energy efficiency, indoor-air quality, safety, convenience and aesthetics.
The NAHB International Builders' Show is not open to the general public. Building industry professionals and their affiliates throughout the housing trades are welcome to register by visiting the show's website.
ABOUT NAHB: The National Association of Home Builders is a Washington-based trade association representing more than 160,000 members involved in home building, remodeling, multifamily construction, property management, subcontracting, design, housing finance, building product manufacturing and other aspects of residential and light commercial construction. NAHB is affiliated with 800 state and local home builders associations around the country.
SOURCE: National Assn. of Home Builders
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