DOE to Participate in Upcoming International Builders' Show

December 29, 2005

Sessions on ideas and innovations, energy efficiency housing awards, home tours, and technical presentations are some of the ways the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Buildings Technologies Building America research program will participate in the upcoming 2006 International Builders' Show® (IBS).

The 2006 IBS will be held from January 11 through January 14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.  Approximately 110,000 housing professionals, including home and apartment builders, architects, product manufacturers, and those involved in every aspect of residential and light commercial construction, are expected to turn out for the industry's largest annual trade show and exposition.

Registered IBS attendees will have the opportunity to attend two National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) education sessions organized by DOE.  The first session, "Utilizing Your University to Build and Sell Better Houses," will discuss how educators at major universities, can partner with the Building America program, to bring the latest research technologies and practices from the program into their development of classroom curricula.  Building America is conducting pilot programs in cooperation with the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC). Educators from several NASULGC member universities will participate in the session.  

"Solar Decathlon 2005," the second session, will include an overview presentation on the decathlon, which challenged university departments of architecture and engineering to design, build and operate the most livable and energy-efficient solar powered house, and three to four in-depth case studies from the university participants. Attendees will learn about features of these off-the-grid solar houses and concepts useful in building their own future solar houses.  

In addition, IBS attendees will be able to attend a variety of technical presentations by DOE Building America Teams and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing at the Building America booth (W3659).  The booth is located in the TecHOMExpo section of the IBS West Exhibit Hall.  

The annual Energy Value Housing Awards (EVHA)--requiring separate registration--honors home builders who voluntarily incorporate energy efficiency into the design, construction, and marketing of new homes, and is coordinated by the NAHB Research Center in partnership with DOE. The EVHA winners will be unveiled at the IBS in the affordable, custom/demonstration, factory-built, production, and multifamily categories for hot, moderate, and cold climate regions.  

Again this year, the National Council of the Housing Industry of the NAHB and BUILDER Magazine are cosponsoring the building of the official IBS showcase house at a site near the convention center.  The New American Home® is a "real-world" laboratory that showcases state-of-the-art home-building techniques and materials that can be replicated in housing and can improve energy efficiency, indoor-air quality, safety, and market value. This year's show home is ENERGY STAR rated through the cooperative DOE/EPA program.  For the fifth consecutive year, Building America Consortium member, IBACOS Inc., provided design and engineering support as well as performance testing and monitoring. The Building America Industrialized Housing Partnership Consortium provided on-site support.  

At the IBS SHOW HOME VILLAGE, located adjacent to the West Exhibit Hall in Parking Lot D, showcase homes are being displayed.  Two of this year's three energy-efficient showcase homes are the First Time Buyer modular home and the Move-Up Buyer modular home.  These homes, from factory-module construction to subsequent assembly on site, are by Palm Harbor Homes, a builder member of the Building America IHP Consortium. Palm Harbor Homes supplied the factory-constructed modules for the third energy-efficient home, the NextGen "Peace of Mind" home, which a NextGen builder will assemble on site.