IBS: Know Before You Go


Feeling overwhelmed by the number of education and events at IBS? Take a look at our list of top picks of things to do and see next week in Orlando:

Celebrate the best of the best

Best in American Living Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, January 10 | 5:30 – 9:00 PM

West Concourse – Level 3, Room W331

Be among the first to know the winners of the Best in American Living Awards! Celebrate unique and innovative projects from elite design professionals and welcome the newest inductees into the Best in American Living™ Awards Hall of Fame. This is a ticketed event. Your ticket includes a plated dinner and signature cocktails. Buy tickets online at buildersshow.com/bala.


Energetic presentations with real take-home value

Designing World Class House Plans

Presented by Jamie Walker of Walker Home Design

Tuesday, January 9 | 12:30 – 1:00 PM

Why do homes with similar square footage cost more to build? Why do some have better curb appeal? After years of coordinating with builders and subcontractors, we have developed a way to create plans that are economical, functional and attractive. If you are ready to start thinking differently, then come prepared to learn 8 secrets to creating a world class house plan!

60 Design Ideas in 60 Minutes

Tuesday, January 9 | 3:30 – 4:30 PM

Location: Spotlight Sessions – West Concourse, Level 2, Tangerine Ballroom, WF3

Moderated by Heather McCune, accompanied by Thomas Devine, Teri Slavik-Tsuyuki, Alaina Money, David Copenhaver, Dawn Duhamel, and Ryan Decker

The most highly attended session of IBS – so get there early! Join moderator Heather McCune for a whirlwind of ideas. Each presenter has just 10 minutes to share 10 ideas that are easy-to-implement and that you can use to update elevations, renew floor plans, animate streetscapes and develop dynamic neighborhoods.


Network, eat, and learn

The Design Studio offers unique education and networking opportunities. A full schedule is available online at buildersshow.com/designstudio.

Networking receptions

Tuesday night, join us in the Design Studio for the Cheers to Design Networking Reception.*

Are you an emerging professional? A veteran of design? All are welcome to enjoy complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres at Design Studio. Discuss career paths and success stories to help jump start your career or gain a fresh perspective from new voices in the industry. This event is held in partnership with NAHB’s Young Professionals, and all design professionals are encouraged to attend.

On Wednesday, The Design Studio offers Wine & Design! How Will Gen Z & Millennials Impact the Future of Home Buying.* The newest generations, Gen Z (7-21) and Millennials (22-40) are poised to reshape the economy; their unique experiences will change the ways we buy and sell, forcing companies to examine how they do business for decades to come. Join us for complimentary wine and cheese and learn about the future of home building.

*You must be 21+ to consumer alcoholic beverages.


Plan reviews

Don’t forget to bring your plans to IBS! We’ll have reviewers on Tuesday and Wednesday, all day, available to review your plans for free. All you need is a full-education registration. More info available here.



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