In addition to the 55+ Housing Industry Council’s strong slate of educational sessions in the 55+ Housing Central, the 2017 International Builders’ Show (IBS) includes at least three additional ways to learn the ins and outs of building homes and communities that 55+ buyers find attractive.
First: there’s the Professional Builder’s Show Village. The Village, located on a large parking lot behind the Orange County Convention Center, contains a number of homes, including one with features that appeal to 55+ buyers. The modular builders at Nationwide Modular Homes, Martinsburg, Va., worked with 55+ Council Chairman Jim Chapman, of Jim Chapman Communities, Atlanta, to turn one of Chapman’s most popular stick-built models into a modular home that could be easily assembled and disassembled at IBS. There will be tours of the 55+ home throughout the week, and Professional Builder magazine has scheduled special events at the 55+ home and others in the Show Home Village.
On the second day of IBS, the council is also offering a bus tour of at least two local 55+ properties. The tour will take place Jan. 11 in the morning, and will highlight the work of award-winning 55+ Housing Industry Council members.
Later that day, check out the best of the nation’s 55+ housing sector at the 25th anniversary of the Best of 55+ Housing Awards at a gala reception. Applaud the winners of the 2017 Best of 55+ Housing Awards with council members from 5-7 p.m.
And there are new product-based events at the 55+ Housing Central. From 1:00-1:45 p.m. on Jan. 10, a panel of four experts in Universal Design will discuss new products that can help builders create homes that 55+ buyers can live in for decades. These must-see products will be on exhibit on the show floor, where manufacture representatives will explain and demonstrate how they appeal to buyers and help builders sell homes.