IBS Gets Green with Help From New Program, Exhibitors

This year, more than 1,900 exhibitors–product manu...

This year, more than 1,900 exhibitors–product manufacturers, distributors and more–from 300 industry categories came to meet and greet builders at the International Builder’s Show in Orlando, Fla.

To make that process a little more manageable, the National Association of Home Builders has both a standard and searchable exhibitor list on its Web site.

However, in honor of today’s Green Day status (coined as such by NAHB, who plans to release its green building professional program–which will give builders a Certified Green Professional designation–we thought we’d highlight a few of the unique green-centric exhibitors at the show.

  • Optiflame electric fireplaces--All of the cozy comfort, and none of the bad emissions: Canadian company Dimplex’s Optiflame fireplace cuts installation cost and safety concerns by foregoing gas or wood and creating a fire effect with a patented flame technology. Since it doesn’t use combustion, the electric fireplace produces no carbon monoxide or greenhouse gases.
  • Icynene insulation/air barrier system–Used in the IBS showcase homes, the Icynene dual-performing insulation and air barrier system creates a strong air seal, reducing air leakage and offering advanced moisture control, improved air quality and energy savings of up to 50 percent.
  • Forbo Flooring–Hazleton, Penn.-headquartered Farbo now offers Marmoleum, a natural floor covering made with primarily natural raw materials, in a click-together panel and square for easier installation.
  • Paige Electric Company–The retail division of Paige Electric Company, based in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., provides environmentally safe, energy saving LED tube lights for fluorescent tube replacement, rechargeable work lights and more.

Today will feature a number of green events–including the certification program launch, a press conference and tutorial about the National Green Building Program and William McDonough of William McDonough + Partners speaking about cradle-to-cradle design.

Excitement is brewing about the certification details announcement–for more on getting NAHB green certified, tune in tomorrow!