January-February 2003

Attend IBS and Become Knowledgeable by Viewing New Products and Attending a Variety of Seminars
    by Samantha Carpenter

Record crowds are expected to welcome the International Builders' Show (IBS) back to Las Vegas for the first time in nine years as the outlook for housing remains solidly upbeat and builders prepare for a repeat year of strong demand for new homes. 

In addition to its new venue, IBS will shift from its traditional weekend time frame to a Tuesday-Friday schedule. The show moves to the Las Vegas Convention Center, January 21-24, 2003, and is expected to draw more than 70,000 attendees from 100 countries.

Organized by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), IBS is home to the industry's largest new product showcase, with wares from 1,000 manufacturers and suppliers spanning more than 200 building product categories. The exhibit floor will occupy more than 1.2 million square feet of space, equivalent to almost 30 acres. 

The exhibit floor hours will be Tuesday, January 21, 2003, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (South Hall only) and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. (all other halls); Wednesday, January 22, 2003, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, January 23, 2003, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Friday, January 24, 2003, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"Las Vegas is always a popular destination for the Builders' Show," said Gary Garczynski, NAHB president and a builder/developer from Woodbridge, Va. "But with the industry performing as well as it has, this year's show should be an even more exciting place to kick off the new year and get the information and education all of us will need to keep our businesses in top shape." 

While at IBS there are two other shows of which you can take advantage. Technology moves to center stage this year as tecHOMExpo™ evolves into a spectacular show-within-a-show that focuses on a wide range of cutting-edge technologies and innovative products for construction, management and consumer applications. A new attraction this year, "Discovery Day," makes its debut at tecHOMExpo on Wednesday, January 22. It will offer convention-goers a full day of eye-catching exhibits, fascinating demonstrations and informative programs, as well as other surprises on the latest technological innovations in the industry. 

The International Commercial Construction Exposition is another popular feature of IBS, where builders and contractors involved in commercial construction projects can learn about the new products and services in the light commercial field. 

Don't Miss the Informative IBS Seminars
IBS also is known for its vast selection of educational seminars that are geared to all segments of the residential and light commercial construction industry. Here are some seminars that might be of interest to your company:

How to Begin and Expand Your Business Internationally
Las Vegas Convention Center
January 21, 2003, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Housing and Economic Outlook
Las Vegas Convention Center
January 21, 2003, from 1 to 2 p.m.

How to Develop and Implement an Effective Safety Program
Las Vegas Convention Center
January 21, 2003, from 3 to 4 p.m.

Adopting the International Residential Code
Las Vegas Convention Center
January 22, 2003, from 9 to 10 a.m. 

Green Building Success Stories and Mainstream Green Building Tips
Las Vegas Convention Center
January 22, 2003, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Best Practices for Controlling Moisture Intrusion and Enhancing Building Durability
Las Vegas Convention Center
January 22, 2003, from to 5 p.m.

Insurance 101
Las Vegas Convention Center
January 22, 2003, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

The Effect of Poor Indoor Air Quality on the Health of the Occupant: A Physician's Perspective
Las Vegas Convention Center
January 23, 2003, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cure for the Common Callback
Las Vegas Convention Center
January 23, 2003, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Green Building Guidelines: Meeting the Demand for Low-Energy, Resource-Efficient Homes
Las Vegas Convention Center
January 23, 2003, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Safety 101
Las Vegas Convention Center
January 23, 2003, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

How to Avoid Window Pains
Las Vegas Convention Center
January 23, 2003, from 4 to 5 p.m.

Products at a Glance
If you are looking for some new products, here are a few that you'll see at the Builders' Show this year.

IBS Booth #N772
JJJ Specialty's new display stand for its Builders' Show booth. JJJ Specialty to Display New Window
JJJ Specialty Co. of Minneapolis will be displaying its new polyurethane, 20-by-20 windows, which are available in five colors. According to the company, all of its items are handcrafted to customers' exact specifications.

IBS Booth #N861
White River's Marbelwood product has the look of real marble. White River Offers Products with a Metal or Marble Look
If you are looking for some unique finishes for your millwork, White River Hardwoods-Woodworks of Fayetteville, Ark., has the products for you. The company will be displaying its Metalwood™ and Marblewood™ prefinishes for all products. Metalwood comes in brass, copper, pewter and bronze, and Marblewood has the look and feel of real marble and granite.

IBS Booth #S7118
TLC Mouldings Offers Harmony Fiberboard Mouldings
TLC Mouldings of Willacoochee, Ga., offers a collection of mouldings that let customers mix and match a variety of shapes and designs to come up with their own unique statement. The company offers Harmony fiberboard profiles in baseboards, casings, crown mouldings and chair rails.

IBS Booth #N2373
Brite Manufacturing Displays a Variety of Products
Brite Mfg. has a variety of products, including mouldings and wall trims. Brite Manufacturing Inc. of Bolton, Ontario, offers custom multi-density-fiberboard mouldings, pressure-treated/cedar lattice and deck accessories, plastic lattice and composite decking. The company is nearly a quarter of a century old and it continues to endorse its strong commitment to "pride in our people and our products." 

IBS Booth #S7530
Crown Heritage to Feature Its New Stair System
Crown Heritage of North Wilkesboro, N.C., will feature its industry-first Crown System for perfect alignment of traditional stair systems, as well as its industry-first, factory-primed box newels finished and stained for quick installation.

Sharing a booth with Crown Heritage, A&H Windows of North Wilkesboro, N.C., will feature its Designview™ DP50-rated all-vinyl window series, Cladview™ vinyl-clad window series and wood composite Gallery Windows™ and Nuview™ Sash Replacement System.

IBS Booth #N1570
Railing Dynamics Will Offer New Colors
Railing Dynamics offers low-maintenance railing systems.
Railing Dynamics Inc. of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., innovators of Endurance® low-maintenance vinyl products, will be bursting forth with new colors, including earth and sand, and a new railing system, this spring. In addition to the company's number-one selling railing system, the Endurance line also includes low-maintenance structural porch posts and an American with Disabilities Act-compliant handrail. 

IBS Booth #S7342
The Look of Wood: Fypon Offers High-Density Polyurethane Products 
Fypon offers ceiling surrounds and fireplace Fypon offers ceiling surrounds and fireplace Fypon Ltd. of Stewartstown, Pa., provides an alternative to decorative wood elements, such as entrance systems, balustrade systems, fireplace surrounds, ceiling medallions, window and door trim and moulding. Constructed of high-density polyurethane, the company says its products offer the charm and elegance of wood, are easy to handle, require no priming or sanding and are low-maintenance.

IBS Booth #S7912
Turncraft offers columns in a variety of wood species. Turncraft Offers Columns in Your Choice of Wood Species
Turncraft of White City, Ore., manufactures both paint-grade and stain-grade columns in any wood species as well as fiberglass reinforced polymer columns, oak and hemlock stair systems and exterior rail and post systems. In addition to columns, the company also manufactures WEBB decorative windows, louvers and Stephenson cupolas.

IBS Booth #N451
Weatherproofing Product Creates a Continuous Seal
Jamsill Inc. of Talent, Ore., will showcase its Jamsill Guard™, a patented and proven method of weatherproofing exterior doors and windows, according to the company. It features unique, seamless, injection-molded corners that completely wrap the sub floor and plate, plus the company says its interior edge creates a continuous seal along the sill edge.

IBS Booth #N275
Contact Lumber Offers Family of Frames
Contact Lumber will showcase its family of frames. Contact Lumber of Portland, Ore., offers a family of frames with specifications to meet virtually any need, including interior and exterior door frames to match Jeld-Wen, Masonite, Therma-Tru and other leading manufacturers' styles. The company also offers wrapped products, veneered products and engineered wood products.

IBS Booth #S8014
NOV DEC COVER SHELTER Magazine Offers Free Subscriptions
Come read the latest issue of SHELTER magazine and see what the building industry holds for you and your business. Also at the booth, free magazine subscriptions will be available to qualified readers.


For more information on IBS and to register, visit 
the show website at 
or call 800/368-5242, ext. 8111. If you would like to 
search the list of this year's exhibitors, visit


Samantha Carpenter is the editor of SHELTER magazine.




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