Even though housing starts have dropped
Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 12, 2007
If you believe everything you read, you may think that the housing industry is deteriorating at record-breaking speed. In actuality, what's record breaking is the interest that the upcoming SHOWCASE housing conference is receiving. The annual event, put on by the Building Systems Councils (BSC) of the National Association of Home Builders is welcoming record support this year. Exhibit space and sponsorship programs have sold out, with even more potential exhibitors on waiting lists. Registration is at levels not seen since 2000.
The Councils within the BSC represent the concrete, log, modular, and panelized home building companies, all of which build homes that are either pre-constructed or pre-fabricated in a factory or mill. This segment of the housing industry represents a growing slice of residential construction across the country, so it's no surprise that this conference has generated so much interest.
The SHOWCASE event is being held this year in Hilton Head, SC, at the Marriott Hilton Head Beach and Golf Resort, October 28-31. In addition to the exhibitors, attendees will have the opportunity to network with leading systems-built companies from across the country. In addition, attendees will also be able to attend a variety of seminars, tour a state-of-the-art panelized facility and a number of leading housing developments and model homes.
The programs planned for this year are diverse and plentiful, and include sessions on topics such as being successful in the current housing market, improving workforce skills, how to design and implement building programs, the green movement, and many more. Keynote speaker and acclaimed author Bill Webb will share some of the secrets of his success, and Dave Seiders, NAHB Chief Economist, will report on housing trends and market conditions. Other speakers on the agenda include Mike Luzier, President & CEO of the NAHB Research Center on "Systems Built Goes Green", Jerry Rouleau of J. Rouleau & Associates, LLC on "How To Use New Technologies To Increase Sales", Hal Von Nessen of RESH Marketing on "The Secret to Success" and other speakers, who will be discussing various housing related topics.
NAHB Building Systems Councils Chair Rob Cantrell of Stonemill Log Homes is excited about the popularity of this event, but not too surprised. "Even though housing starts have dropped," says Cantrell, "Many builders are looking at the housing starts numbers as finally getting back to normal. Housing starts were so good for so long, a lot of people forgot what normal was. NAHB figures show that 2007 will probably end up with 1.3 million housing starts. Interest rates are still at an all time low. Not the lowest, but 80% lower than in the past 30 years."
Information on the Building Systems Council and this years SHOWCASE event can be found on their website: http://www.buildingsystems.org or by calling 202-266-8676.
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