The NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) is the largest annual light construction show in the world, and I get incredibly excited when I attend (it’s like Christmas for home building geeks!). The show is co-located with the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), and together, these two shows draw more than 95,000 building industry professionals.
This summer, I was nominated by my local home builders association to be an IBS Ambassador – to help promote the benefits of attending the show to others in the industry. It’s a sweet gig!
Part of my “job” as an IBS Ambassador is to keep industry professionals informed, and I cannot think of a better way to do so than on my blog.
Builders Show Information
The Builders’ Show will take place January 21-23, 2020 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The show is “co-located” with KBIS – meaning both shows will be in the same spot at the same time. It also means that when you register for one show, you get access to both show floors.
Deciding Which IBS Registration Type
The type of registration you opt for will also determine what parts of the IBS Las Vegas show you have access to. Here’s an overview of each registration type.
- Full Registration: This is the all-access pass, as you’ll get access to 130+ education sessions, complimentary one-year subscription to IBS Education On Demand and entry to the exhibit floors (all three days).
- One-Day Education with Expo Pass: This registration provides you entry into one day of education (you must select which day when you register) along with access to the IBS and KBIS exhibit floors (all three days). This registration type is ideal for industry pros who want to attend a few education sessions on a particular day but are primarily attending the show to walk the exhibit halls.
- Expo Pass Registration: This registration type provides entry to the IBS and KBIS exhibit floors (all three days). This is ideal for industry pros who only want to walk the show floor to see new products and demonstrations.
- Spouse Registration: This will give your spouse the same registration type as you for $50.
- First Time Attendee Deal: If you are an NAHB member and you’ve not attended the show before (as a member) you can take advantage of the first-time registration rate of $150. This is the deal I took advantage of in 2015 to attend for the first time. Check out what all is included in the first-time attendee deal.
Builders’ Show Las Vegas Key Dates
Like most industry shows, the rates increase as you get closer to the actual show date, so it’s important to register as soon as you are committed to attending.
Early bird pricing is currently going on now through November 15. NAHB members can save on Full Registration through this date, which currently costs $450. See all of the IBS fees and deadlines.
Hotel rooms are also a key consideration when traveling to a show of this magnitude. Just think – 95,000 industry professionals also need hotel accommodations, and it’s Vegas, so there are probably other events happening the same week as the show.
NAHB organizes rooms with several hotels in Las Vegas at a competitive rate, and the deadline to book a room through the show is November 22.
However, rooms are already in low supply, especially at the most sought-after hotels, so I highly recommend that if you are planning to attend the show, book a room now. If you book through the show (via your registration), your credit card will not be charged until mid-December. Here are a list and descriptions of the 2020 IBS Official Show Hotels.
Learn more about the show at BuildersShow.com. I’ll post another update with more information in a few weeks.
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