What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, right? Well, not so fast. Below, we wanted to share a few insights from the International Builders Show (IBS), taking place in Sin City this week, courtesy of two industry reporters.
Green is still king, as sustainability stays on the forefront of professional home builders’ minds. Environmentally-friendly products remain the stars of this year’s show. But there are a handful of green products–according to Wall Street Journal columnist June Fletcher–that have failed to catch on, despite their advantages, including spray-foam insulation, isolated concrete forms (ICF’s) and solar shingles. For further details, check out Fletcher’s piece, “Green (Again)“.
Home values are stabilizing, according to economists at the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), and the housing market is expected to plateau. Because of these projections, many homeowners are opting to stay put, and looking to implement strategic upgrades. From a Waterworks drains that promises to never clog to residential elevators with cherrywood trim and motorized revolving shelves, these products are hoping to grab the attention of the cranky consumer.
Check back here next week for more highlights from the IBS!
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