IBS Day 3: Big Growth for the Big Show

January 23rd, 2015 by Editor

The International Builders’ Show (IBS) wrapped up another successful run on Thursday at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The show’s sponsor, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), says 65,000 people attended this year, up from 51,000 in 2014. More than 1,700 exhibitors filled the convention floor.

That big turnout reflects the ongoing rebound in housing, which an NAHB report says will continue into 2015.

Solar Innovations

Solar Innovations’ line of custom-made operable doors, walls and windows makes it a major player in that high-end market.

Here are some of the door and window products and trends of note from Day 3 of IBS.

The big story at IBS 2015 has been outdoor living, and Solar Innovations’ line of custom-made operable doors, walls and windows makes it a major player in that high-end market. The company is now utilizing dynamic glazing in its products via Pleotint’s Suntuitive technology, which features electrically charged glass that can turn from clear to dark. “We see that as a big area of growth, basically to limit blinds in front of doors and create a more functional opening,” says Greg Header, president of Solar Innovations.

pgt

PGT’s Winguard impact window and the EnergyVue non-impact window. which will hit the market in April, have the structural strength of aluminum combined with the energy efficiency of vinyl.

Simpson Door’s booth showcased the company’s commitment to personalization. “I would say every day we have a new product,” says marketing and product development manager Brad Loveless. “The folks buying our door, they want what they want.” The mid-century aesthetic of the company’s Contemporary line of wood doors reflects today’s hottest trends.

At PGT, the big reveal was two vinyl products – the Winguard impact window and the EnergyVue non-impact window. The windows, which will hit the market in April, have the structural strength of aluminum combined with the energy efficiency of vinyl, says Jamison Eige, regional sales manager for PGT. EnergyVue is engineered to withstand design pressures up to 70 pounds per square foot (psf), and WinGuard can hold up to design pressures up to 110 psf. “This is absolutely the thing we’re talking about at the show,” says Eige. The company also showed off a vinyl multi-slide door that’s available up to 40 feet wide and 10 feet tall.

Diversified Lineal Systems rolled out its Series 7000 sliding patio door system at IBS. The doors come in dual and multiple panels up to 96 inches tall and can be configured in many ways. They’ll also accommodate from 1-inch double- to 1 3/8-inch triple-glazed units.

EDTM, which makes testing equipment for glass and window film, wanted IBS attendees to know that it’s expanding its line into other areas of the construction industry. “Now we’re adopting it for siding and roofing and insulation, and found a few new applications,” says the company’s Mark Imbrock.

Certainteed showed off its Restoration Millwork exterior trim, which is a polymer product that handles just like wood. It meets ICC and CCMC code requirements and has can be made in what Certainteed spokesman Ryan Heath calls “industry-leading color choices.”

Dupont’s FlexWrap was among the many products the company displayed at IBS. It’s a self-adhered flashing for use around doors and windows. The product features a butyl-based adhesive and can be stretched and wrapped into an opening before the window is installed.

Awards

At the show’s conclusion, the NAHB gave out its Best of IBS Awards. The Best Window and Door award went to Marvin’s Next Generation Ultimate Double Hung Window.

Seen and Heard

Thursday’s big social event was the Spike concert with ZZ Top for IBS attendees.

The International Builders’ show returns to Vegas in 2016 on January 19-21. In 2017 and 2018 the show returns to Orlando.

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