IBS 2021 Opens Speaker Submissions

Proposals are now being accepted to present an education session at IBS 2021.

Though conferences and events are currently facing challenges, we are planning for the next NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS). The Builders’ Show is an outstanding event for you to share your knowledge and expertise on topics that impact the home building industry. IBS is the housing industry’s largest annual light construction show in the world, and is co-located with the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® as part of Design & Construction Week® (DCW), featuring a total attendance of more than 90,000 in 2020. The 2021 show will be February 9-11 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Preferred Topics for 2021:

Pay special attention to the Leading Topics of Interest included in the Request for Proposals. These are the topics attendees tell us they most want to learn about in 2021. Proposals that most closely align with our leading topics have the strongest chance of being selected.

Top 20 Leading Topics of Interest – All Tracks

  1. New building products and technologies Building Techniques & Strategies
  2. Floor plan trends
  3. Efficient/attainable design; right-sizing
  4. Kitchens
  5. Customer experience best practices (before and after the sale)
  6. Bathrooms
  7. Design trends
  8. Improving profits and margins
  9. Improving productivity
  10. Estimating and job costing
  11. Exterior color and material trends
  12. Cost effective high performance building techniques
  13. Indoor/outdoor connections
  14. Interior color and material trends
  15. Team communication best practices
  16. Innovative building techniques
  17. Lessons from leading builders
  18. Healthier homes
  19. Brand marketing
  20. Leadership and coaching

Architecture & Design Leading Topics of Interest

  1. Floor plan trends
  2. Efficient/attainable design; right-sizing
  3. Kitchens
  4. Bathrooms
  5. Design trends
  6. Exterior color and material trends
  7. Indoor/outdoor connections
  8. Interior color and material trends
  9. Interior finishes
  10. Value engineering and lean design
  11. Universal design
  12. Outdoor living
  13. Aging-in-place
  14. Storage and organization

Noteworthy for IBS 2021 RFP Process:

  • Proposals will be accepted for 60-minute Building Knowledge sessions as well as Master Workshops and Tech Bytes.
  • The full roster of presenters who are to appear on a session must be provided at the time of proposal submission. Each presenter’s profile information must be completed, and each presenter must verify his/her participation.
  • Speaking opportunities are highly competitive—less than 25% of proposals received are selected—so please review the RFP document carefully and take advantage of our Guide to Crafting Your Proposal to ensure your proposal has the best chance of being selected.

Submit a proposal:

The deadline for submissions is April 24, 2020.

View the official RFP document, which includes leading attendee topics of interest, attendee demographics, rules and guidelines for speaking and additional information for submitting a proposal.

Check out the education sessions presented in 2020 on BuildersShow.com. If you have any questions or would like to recommend a topic or speaker, please contact Kirby Simmering at ksimmering@nahb.org

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