WASHINGTON — Despite an 11% drop in attendance from the previous year’s show, the 2008 International Builders’ Show marked another successful year with an expansive product showcase and highly attended education sessions, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The show attracted just over 92,000 attendees and over 1,900 exhibitors spread across more than one million net square feet of exhibit space.

“Builders came to this year’s show with a renewed sense of purpose and got straight to work learning about the latest products and trends and how to differentiate themselves from the competition,” said NAHB President Sandy Dunn, a homebuilder in Point Pleasant, WV, who was installed Feb. 15. “They’re doing what they need to do to get back on track in a slower market.”

NAHB celebrated Green Day on Thursday, Feb. 14, as the association launched the NAHB National Green Building Program and introduced the Certified Green Professional educational designation.

After spending four years in Orlando, the International Builders’ Show moves to Las Vegas, NV, Jan. 20-23, 2009.  “As the housing industry regains its strength in 2008, I predict a great show next year, too,” said Dunn.

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