The NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) is the premier event for all things homebuilding — from radiant floor heating and PEX plumbing systems to interior design and smart-home technology. With more than 2,000 exhibitors and over 185 educational sessions, IBS 2018 was one for the tool belt.  

 

If you didn’t have the opportunity to go to the show in Orlando last week (or you just weren’t able to see it all) here are the top 5 moments you missed.


1. Terry Bradshaw kicked off the opening ceremony.

Four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Terry Bradshaw was the show’s keynote speaker.


2Uponor launched Phyn Plus and Uponor Pro Squad.

Uponor and Belkin partnered to create Phyn Plus smart water assistant + shutoff for homes that automatically measures tiny changes in water pressure to identify and alert homeowners through a mobile app the moment a leak is detected. In conjunction with the launch, Uponor also announced the creation of the Uponor Pro Squad, an exclusive nationwide network of expertly trained plumbers and water specialists interested in leveraging the intelligent water technology of Phyn Plus to grow their businesses.

       3. RenoRun will deliver jobsite materials to you within 2 hours.

RenoRun is based in Quebec and Ontario and will deliver construction materials to a jobsite within two hours. Better yet? They bring coffee for the crew, too. They have more than 50,000 products to choose from and ordering is done through an app right on your smartphone.

      

      4. Attendees flocked to the high-performance remodeling educational session.

Fact: Remodeling a home is more challenging than building brand new, especially when homeowners are asking for high-performing products and technology add-ons. In this educational session, professional contractors walked IBS attendees through an actual residential build to talk planning strategies, costs and risks when insulating and air sealing existing homes. There wasn’t an empty seat at this session. 


5. Virtual reality (VR) was accessible at every turn.

VR is making major waves in homebuilding, so it should come as no surprise that it had a large presence at this year’s show. For example, attendees were able to experience the reNEWable Living Home concept house without ever having to leave the exhibit floor thanks to this revolutionary technology.