International Builders' Show Opens Today

February 8, 2012
Meetings & Events
 Ply Gem and Marvin are hosting two of the largest window and door displays in Orlando.

Orlando, Fla.—Fewer windows and doors are on display, but there is still much to see as the International Builders' Show begins its four-day run at the Orange County Convention Center today.  As exhibitors set up yesterday, displays suggest that much product development may be in the door category.

The reason fewer windows and doors are on display is that this year's event is once again smaller overall.  There are fewer big exhibits too. IBS once featured huge displays from a dozen window and door manufacturers and many more took large booths.  This year, the list of manufacturers with sizable displays consists of Kolbe & Kolbe, Marvin, Masonite, Ply Gem and a few perhaps a few others.  

Several companies that once brought big displays to IBS, including Andersen, Atrium, MI, Pella and Weather Shield, are not here.  Other companies that once took huge displays, such as Jeld-Wen, are here on a smaller scale.  

As noted, doors seem to be much more prominent than windows. Therma-Tru, Neuma, Plastpro and Glasscraft are featuring fiberglass entry doors. Wood interior and exterior doors are being featured by Jeld-Wen, Simpson and others. What is also evident in these booths is a movement toward more contemporary styles.  As companies continue to expand design options, many are adding patterned glass styles and new panel designs to their lines.

This year's show once again features a broad arrary of multipanel door systems as well. Specialty suppliers, such as NanaWall, Solar Innovations and WinDoor, continue to be joined by mainstream manufacturers now adding such products.

In addition to window and door manufacturers, this year's event features a variety of industry suppliers.  Long-time exhibitors including Royal, Hoppe and ODL, are being joined by some new firms, including Brio, the Australian hardware supplier; Meshtec, the security screen producer; and Konrad Hornschuch, the supplier of color and woodgrain laminates for vinyl profiles.

While the number of windows on display in Orlando may be down, doors are still prominent on the IBS floor.

IBS Live
One new feature at this year's event is IBS Live, a new stage on the trade show floor designed to host a variety of educational sessions. It kicks off today at noon with Bob Vila, the former host of This Old House, who will talk about the trend toward more compact, energy-efficient home and the new luxury details that consumers want.  The schedule also includes representatives from Better Homes & Gardens, discussing top consumer trends around the country; McGraw Hill representatives reviewing the results of a survey examining green building preferences; and Professional Builder editors, who look at some of the newest home building and remodeling smart phone and tablet apps. 

"We developed the IBS Live concept based on feedback we had from past attendees that wanted more education and networking opportunities on the floor," says Mark Pursell, NAHB senior vice president of exhibitions, marketing and sales. "We think the area will be a big draw and add an energy that will benefit both the attendees and exhibitors alike. It will be right smack dab in the middle of the show floor, so if you are on the show floor you can't miss it—and I hope you won't."

The show continues through the end of this week. Look for complete coverage of the show in next week's WDweekly.