More than 100 traditional stick builders took a detour from an enticing trade show floor to gather in the far corners of the Las Vegas Convention Center during the 2009 International Builders' Show (IBS). The draw was the second annual Concrete Home Building Council's (CHBC) free “Connect with Concrete” luncheon.
For the second year in a row, the event exceeded capacity, becoming a cornerstone event for CHBC. Open to all builder attendees, a panel of concrete experts highlighted the benefits of incorporating concrete elements into residential projects. The economic considerations, sustainable benefits, and labor issues were examined for each of the concrete wall systems: insulating concrete forms, removable forms, masonry, precast, and tilt-up. Additionally, decorative concrete applications including concrete tile roofs and concrete pavers were addressed.
Attendees learned the many ways concrete can diversify their businesses, help give them an edge over other builders, and appeal to a larger consumer base.
Moderated by Jim Niehoff, director of the residential program at the Portland Cement Association, the 2009 panelists included:
Allan Anderson. Involved with insulated concrete home construction for more than 10 years, he is a certified energy rater and also a green verifier with the NAHB green verification program.
- Joe Carter. Carter is nationally recognized in the top 20% of realtors and is a trainer with ERA Wilder Companies and Carter Construction promoting concrete construction.
- Robert Cenk. Vice president for Homecrete Homes, Cenk has a background building with various forms of concrete construction.
The feedback from attendees was great. “I really enjoyed and benefited from the concrete program,” says one builder. “Over the last few years, I have attended several seminars and programs at IBS. This was the best one I have ever attended. I liked the format, the moderator asked the right questions and the contributors answered in a way that could be understood by all. All four of the men were knowledgeable and represented the industry very well.”
NAHB's CHBC continually works to provide builders the information and resources necessary to enter the residential concrete market through programs like the “Connect with Concrete” luncheon at IBS.