IBS 2010: We're Taking Questions on New Tools and Productscomments (4) January 8th, 2010 in Blogs
A few of us from the Fine Homebuilding edit staff are headed to Las Vegas next week for the 2010 International Builders' Show, better known in the trades as IBS, an unfortunate acronym also used in reference to the unsoundly stomach disorder. But I digress.
The annual event is actually one of the biggest deals for tool and building product manufacturers who show off the latest and greatest products headed to market. The question this year is what will that look like, and will anyone be there to buy into it?
|HEADLINES FROM THE INTERNATIONAL BUILDERS' SHOW|
|IBS 2010: The Model Home Gets a Reality Check
A case study in irony: Construction stops on 6,000-square-foot showcase home dubbed 'The New American Home' after falling victim to the credit crunch. Read more...
|IBS 2010: Schluter Introduces new Foam Core Tile Backer System
Structural panels will ease the process of making tile partitions, walls, and structures for bathrooms and more. Read more...
|IBS 2010: More Bang for Your Flush in Kohler's 1.28 gallon Toilet
With water conservation top of mind Kohler showed off its new 1.28 gallon one-piece toilet at the International Builders' Show here in Las Vegas. Read more...
|IBS 2010: Bosch Shrinks Compact Cordless Line and Beefs up Battery
New compact cordless tools push the limit on size, power, and design. Read more...
|IBS 2010: Spray Insulation Rigs for the Rest of Us
Looking to get into the spray insulation business but don't want the huge investment? Here's a new portable unit you might be interested in. Read more...
|IBS 2010: Promising new water heater
GE released the first Energy Star rated water heater that uses heat pump technology and smart controls for significant energy saving potential. Read more...
|IBS 2010: Stiletto to Introduce New Titanium Square and Knife
The maker of high-end titanium hammers and prys shows off prototypes of its upcoming speed square and utility knife, due out later this year. Read more...
|IBS 2010: Day One Round Up of New Tools and Products
From entry-level spray foam applicators to a rainwater collection system to some smaller gadgets and accessories, here's what caught our eye at day one of IBS. Listen to the audio slideshow...
Get your questions answered
Before we jet off to warmer pastures, we want to know if you have any burning questions. Post a comment below and when IBS debuts on Tuesday, Jan. 19, we'll hit the show floor with camera and notebook in hand, and report back with answers in this very blog.
Energy Efficiency, Cool Tools, and Innovative Materials
This year's show is expected to have a lot to see in terms of energy efficiency and cutting edge building products. And there's always the tools.
My email inbox is also filling up quickly with press releases and announcements from companies like Ridgid, which is hosting a VIP event for the press that we don't plan to miss, and Craftsman, which will be participating in the NextGen Builders Challenge Home with a garage solution set up in one one of the awesome spec houses that will be erected in the parking lot of the convention center. (read our story about the model house that won't be on display.)
General Electric also said it plans to show off a hybrid water heater. And The Tapco Group said it will be demonstrating new brake systems for custom bends and roll forming, as well as new innovations in its line of roofing products, shutters and Foundry Stone Siding.
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