“Best Of” Winners Address Builder Needs 

Builder needs include tackling supply chain disruptions and the labor shortage. With time delay costs and labor wage increases up to 20% and still climbing, the key to maintaining momentum is through partnerships, diversifying supplies, and exploring innovative construction techniques. 

Builder needs call for problem-solving products and programs.

Products and programs that take safety to the next level and reduce exposure to risks associated with poor quality installs and those that reduce complex installation were the standouts at the 2024 building product shows.

Builders, remodelers, developers and other home building professionals filled the exhibit halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center last month as the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) hosted the 80th NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS).  This year also marked the 11th anniversary of Design & Construction Week® (DCW), the co-location of IBS and the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s (NKBA’s) Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS).

DCW drew over 117,000 attendees, and more than 2,400 exhibitors occupied over one million net square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibits. This milestone attendance, representing more than 100 countries and the highest level since 2009, reflects the bullish outlook of the residential construction industry. DCW will return to Las Vegas, February 25-27, 2025.

Software Solutions Address Critical Builder Needs

Earning Best Business Solution Software, TraceAir land development software accelerates project schedules, accurately measures progress, and reduces costs to address builder and developer needs
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Integrated Layout System by Flashpoint Building Systems earned the award for Most Innovative Construction Tool. It combines plan drawings from multiple disciplines. Then, using its patent-pending process, building information is laser etched directly onto the subfloor of your building. This gives the crew everything needed to begin vertical construction same-day as delivery. The sub floor package is delivered to the site. Then, the contractor assembles the sheets like a puzzle. Each column receives a letter designation from A to Z and each row receives a number from 1 to 100.

Award Winners Offer Problem-Solving Solutions

Builder needs call for problem-solving products and programs.
Making window installation superior, faster and safer, Pella Installation System by Pella Group was Best Window & Door Product winner. Pella’s latest windows install more than three times faster than a standard fin installation systems window.  50% fewer people are needed for the job. And up to 64% of the installation happening from the interior. This makes installation more fail-proof. And it’s less of a safety risk to address builder needs.  By setting windows from the interior, installers don’t need to carry a window up a ladder. They only need a roll of flashing tape!
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IBS Best Kitchen & Bath Product winner was Empervious by Emser Tile.  The fully waterproof shower system features a closed-cell XPS foam core. The cement coating technology and joint sealant together enhance durability and provide superior bonding to tile. And this allows for same-day tile installation.
With mechanical fasteners are required for the installation Protecto Wall VP Water Resistive Barrier helps solve critical builder needs for controlling moisture.
Protecto Wall VP Water Resistive Barrier by Protecto Wrap Co took home the award for Most Innovative Building Material.  The primer-free self-adhering, self-sealing, drainable, nonwoven, vapor permeable, microporous polyolefin laminate provides 98.5% drainage efficiency. And with no mechanical fasteners required for the installation, this solves a need critical to builders..
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Best Outdoor Product was Quick Click 6″ Shadowline Soffit by ChamClad.  Each modern, affordable, and lightweight panel produced from 100% recycled rigid PVC attaches to tracks mounted on your truss or wall. 
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