GreenBuild 2017

The annual Greenbuild tradeshow took place Nov. 8-10 in Boston.

The show attracted about 20,000 builders, architects, and green activists, while the exhibit hall was set with just more than 600 booths. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and noted astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson were the keynote speakers.

This year, net zero was a major theme, with an entire education track devoted to it and a 3,000-sq.-ft. “net zero zone” on the expo hall floor, powered by a microgrid set up at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. In past years, Greenbuild has not paid much attention to energy efficiency, and it appears that it might be too late to compensate. Despite the theme, not a single ICF company was listed as an exhibitor.

The 2018 Greenbuild show is scheduled for November 14-16 in Chicago.

Construct Canada

Canada’s largest construction tradeshow was held in Toronto, Canada, Nov. 29-Dec. 1.

As in previous years, the show was combined with several others, including HomeBuilder & Renovator Expo and World of Concrete Canada. The event typically draws about 30,000 attendees.

Fewer ICF manufacturers exhibited, compared to years past. Only Canadian-based ICFs Amvic, Logix, Nudura, and Plasti-Fab were represented, along with a few makers of related products such as waterproofing (Dorken, Mapei, Sika, Soprema, etc.) and flooring (Canam-Buildings, iSpan, and Nucor).

IBS Preview

The National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) International Builders’ Show is in Orlando, Florida, again for 2018, running Jan. 9-11 at the Orange County Convention Center.

This show is geared toward high-end custom homes and large tract residential developers. Usually most of the large
ICF companies exhibit, and this year is no exception.  In late November, Amvic, Buildblock, Fox Blocks, Logix, and Nudura had reserved booths.

The New American Home, a model home built in conjunction with IBS to showcase the latest construction technology has been built with ICFs for much of the past 15 years. This year the home is built with traditional CMU and wood frame exterior walls.

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