Design & Construction Week Attracted more than 100,000 Attendees

Window & Door
February 22, 2019
Meetings & Events

More than 100,000 professionals attended Design & Construction Week (DCW) Feb. 19-21 in Las Vegas, which encompassed the National Association of Home Builders International Builders’ Show and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show.

"As the International Builders' Show celebrates 75 years, it remains the premier event for the housing industry," says Geoff Cassidy, NAHB senior vice president of exhibitions and meetings. "With the largest attendance in 10 years, we're proving once again that IBS is the only place to experience such a diverse collection of innovative products, education sessions and networking opportunities all in one place."

Nearly 1,500 IBS exhibitors had displays through more than 608,000 square feet, an increase from last year’s 583,000 square feet of exhibits. In total, DCW featured more than 2,000 exhibitors occupying more than 1 million square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibits.

Other news headlines to come out of the show include:

Best of IBS Product Winners
Andersen Windows’ Easy Connect Joining System took home this year’s Best in Show award, as well as the Best Window and Door product. A panel of 31 independent judges sifted through more than 300 entries to determine which products merited recognition. NAHB says the awards were given to exhibitors with a product line that showed the “best combination of design, functionality and innovation, as well as its usefulness to consumers and/or homebuilders.”

NAHB 2019 Leadership Elected
NAHB elected four senior officers to top leadership positions. Greg Ugalde, a Connecticut builder and developer, was named chairman of the board. Dean Mon was elected as first vice chairman of the board, John “Chuck” Fowke was elected as second vice chairman of the board and Jerry Konter joined the board as third vice chairman. Randy Noel, 2018 NAHB chairman, will remain on the leadership ladder as immediate past chairman.

BALAs Spotlight Design Trends
The Best in American Living Awards (BALA) showcased several overarching trends. Among them are black windows frames and indoor-outdoor connections, which is a trend that appears to be getting only stronger. Most winners this year included physical and visual connections with outdoor spaces.

Homeowners Want Efficient Windows
Energy-saving features, including Energy Star windows, are among the top features homebuyers want, according to a survey NAHB conducted of nearly 4,000 homebuyers. Consumers are largely attracted to the cost savings green materials provide, with half willing to invest between $1,000 and $9,999 to save $1,000 annually on their utility bills. Thirty-seven percent are willing to spend upwards of $10,000.

 

Next year’s event will be held Jan. 21-23 in Las Vegas.