WASHINGTON — Approximately 55,000 builders, remodelers and other members of the home building industry attended the National Association of Home Builders, which ended its four-day run Jan. 22 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“I’d call [the mood] cautious optimism,” said Ron Cook of Tamko Building Products in Joplin, MO, one of more than 1,100 exhibitors at this year’s event.

Members showed up at the Partnership Pavilion, a new NAHB initiative on the show floor designed to match builders with financing sources. The program was launched to help serve an industry still stymied by a lack of available credit for new housing developments — as well as tighter restrictions on home buyer mortgages.

Builders and remodelers also attended educational presentations on design trends, energy retrofitting, marketing, low-income housing tax credits and more than 175 other topics.

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