Though conferences and large events are currently facing challenges, planning for next year’s NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) is well underway. IBS is an outstanding event at which to share your knowledge and expertise on topics that impact the home building industry. It is the housing industry’s largest annual light construction show in the world, and is co-located with the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® as part of Design & Construction Week® (DCW), featuring a total attendance of more than 90,000 in 2020.

The 2021 IBS will be Feb. 9-11 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

Noteworthy for IBS 2021 Request for Proposal (RFP) Process:

  • Proposals will be accepted for 60-minute Building Knowledge sessions, as well as Master Workshops and Tech Bytes.
  • The full roster of presenters who are to appear on a session must be provided at the time of proposal submission. Each presenter’s profile information must be completed, and each presenter must verify his/her participation.
  • Speaking opportunities are highly competitive — less than 25% of proposals received are selected — so please review the RFP document carefully and take advantage of our Guide to Crafting Your Proposal to ensure your proposal has the best chance of being selected.
  • Deadline for submissions is April 24, 2020.

View the official RFP document, which includes attendee demographics, rules and guidelines for speaking and additional information for submitting a proposal.

Pay special attention to the Leading Topics of Interest included in the RFP. These are the topics attendees have noted they most want to learn about in 2021. Proposals that most closely align with these leading topics have the strongest chance of being selected.

You can also check out the education sessions presented in 2020 on

If you have any questions or would like to recommend a topic or speaker, please contact Kirby Simmering.