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2018 NAHB International Builders Show - Key Takeaways


The 2018 NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla., joined again with NKBA’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, and featured Design & Construction Week – bringing together more than 80,000 building products professionals from around the globe.

Key takeaways from the 2018 International Builders Show:

  • Builder and contractor sentiment remains very high. Demand conditions are excellent, but a drag on construction deadlines persist, due to labor issues. Channel players and product manufacturers continue to look to intuitive, easy-to-install products.

  • The Builders’ Show combined with the Kitchen and Bath Show to showcase interiors, exteriors and construction updates in one event.

  • There was an emphasis on innovative products and systems, including hydronic heating, PEX tubing and quick-connect plumbing solutions. A new composite siding and roofing product – that looks like wood or cedar, but is made with urethane, silica or polymer formulations – provides a greater level of dimension and appeal.

  • Modular construction and contemporary designs remain popular. Many ready-to-assemble (RTA) or simple kit-install systems for cabinets, outdoor living and decking/flooring, were highlighted at the event.

  • A fresh level of aesthetics was featured, with advancements in high-resolution graphical printing on various substrates. The cutting-edge process is used in flooring, cladding, cabinets, fencing and decorative wall panels – all leveraging European influences.

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