IBS 2011

By danielle

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So the first fun fact to point out about IBS 2011 is that it was held in Florida, which was the only US state where it was not snowing last week. It is the housing industry’s largest annual trade show and exhibition featuring cutting-edge designs, technologies and products for all segments of the industry. In terms of innovations, Hearth & Home Technologies showcased its award-winning Solaris, a circular, multi-sided gas fireplace featuring artistic design and flame performance. Panasonic Home & Environment Company debuted its third generation of the WhisperGreen line of premium, ventilated fans, with 13 new Energy Star-rated models that offer enhanced energy-efficient performance and quiet operation. Superior Walls featured NAHB’s first green-approved foundation system. Masco was there in full effect, showing off brands including AquaGlass, Behr, Brizo, Delta, KraftMaid and Milgard to name a few. For those that couldn’t be there, check out this virtual tour of the exhibit.

We’re still waiting on this year’s attendance figures, but the aisles were full and the buzz was positive. Offsite, there were a number of custom homes to visit. We found ourselves at Green Builder Media’s Vision and ReVision Homes. A short drive from the convention center, the Vision House, designed by Ed Binkley design is a new construction project built using the essentials of sustainable design and construction, while the ReVision House is a deep energy retrofit designed by Patricia Gaylor. It was built in the typical Florida block-style and incorporates advanced materials and design techniques that will significantly enhance energy performance and resource efficiency.

Mark your calendars as the date for IBS 2012 has already been announced. A bit later than the 2011 edition, it will be held from February 8-11, 2012.

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