It all happens in Vegas
They say a picture says a thousand words, and after taking a trip to Vegas for the International Business Show, Hayden LePage couldn’t wait to share a few with us.
We’ve all heard the phrase, ‘what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas’; however, in this instance, I think it is okay to make an exception.
Being an inquisitive person and having developed a fascination with intuitive building materials and practices over the past several years means that I’m always on the lookout for new products and ideas. Given that everything is bigger in the US, I decided to take the leap in January and fly to sin city for the NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas to see what I could find.
IBS is the biggest annual light construction show in the world, every year attracting more than 60,000 visitors from 100 countries. It brings together some of the industry’s most important global manufacturers and suppliers and showcases the latest products, materials and technologies involved in all types of buildings – including wood, concrete, stone and brick. The event is held across a staggering 550,000ft2 with more than 1400 manufacturers and suppliers of the latest and most in-demand products and services on show. To say I was buggered by the end of the convention would be an understatement. There was seriously just so much to see, from full-scale modular homes to ridiculous inventions; this show really takes it to another level.
In addition to the products and exhibits, forums and presentations were held by industry experts and covered everything from sales and marketing to construction and codes.
I wanted to share some of the smarter products and ideas with you to give a better understanding of just how far behind we are, and to hopefully inspire some of the more creative among us to venture out and try something different.
If you ever get a chance to fly over and check out the IBS I highly recommend it, as it really will give you a greater perspective of what can be achieved in our industry. While I don’t think we’ll ever catch up to the Yanks in terms of innovation, we can certainly learn from them and put our own touch on things.