Last week, from January 19-21, we were excited to be in Las Vegas at the International Builders’ Show (IBS).

LasVegas-BThe IBS was founded by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in 1944 to promote the home building industry. It is the largest construction trade show in the world, annually hosting more than 100,000 visitors from across the globe. This year’s event was once again part of Design & Construction Week, which includes the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, the International Window Coverings Expo, and the International Surface Event.

With over 500,000 square feet of exhibits and more than 1500 exhibitors displaying all the latest products and services for the building industry, this show had it all — from adhesives to zero energy home plans. The venue was bustling with attendees taking part in seminars and hands-on workshops, and touring the exhibits.

Throughout the 3-day show, we met and talked with people from all over the globe. We had the opportunity to walk around and see some of the new and innovative products and services that are available to professionals in the building industry today.

vegasbaby1-BOn the last day of the show, the 2016 Best of IBS Awards were presented to eleven winners, including Best in Show to Red Horse USA, Inc., who won for their innovative product Winbag, a powerful inflatable air cushion made of fiber reinforced material that can be used to replace shims. Congratulations to all the 2016 IBS winners!

The IBS 2016 was an exciting event; a whirlwind three days. We were happy to be a part of it and we came home with lots of ideas and information about the latest in trends, products and new technology in the building industry.  Viva Las Vegas!

Mark your calendars for upcoming local trade shows. We’ll be at the Kelowna Home Show February 13 & 14, the BC Home + Garden Show February 17 to 21, and Buildex Vancouver on February 24 & 25! Plan to drop by any of these events to say hello and chat about windows and doors!

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