Why You Should Attend This Year’s 21CBEC

Do you still need a reason to attend this year’s 21CBEC? If so, several new events this year, coupled with our popular annual staples like the Kick-Off Celebration and Design House, offer a wealth of knowledge and opportunities that will position your company for growth in 2017.

Design House

Are you building the houses that buyers want in today’s market? The Design House will offer seminars and hands-on workshops to keep home builders up-to-date on the latest design trends and customer preferences. Builders and remodelers will go back to their offices with tangible ideas for changing or updating current building plans, making selections and much more! There is no additional charge for The Design House, with the exception of the luncheon presentation with Chip Wade on September 14, which is $25.

Visit www.21buildingexpo.comfor complete descriptions of each

course and workshop.

Wednesday, September 14 10:30 a. m. –Noon

Maximizing Flow and Function to Increase Buyer Interest –Laura Sullivan, IDology

Learn how space planning can make or break a space, as well as the sale of your home and future recommendations from that buyer. Find out how furniture placement impacts flow and functionality in comparison to walkways, windows, and door locations. Come away with a clearer idea of how prospects will visualize making a house their home.

Noon –1:00 p. m. The Art of the Amazing Space –HGTV Star Chip Wade

Join HGTV’s Chip Wade (“Elbow Room,” “Curb Appeal,” and “Ellen’s Design Challenge”) for a Design House luncheon presentation on creating inspirational spaces, simply by asking the right questions. The design trends today’s homeowners expect are constantly evolving, so it’s important to gauge a client’s expectations. Hear from one of the country’s foremost home building experts on how to clearly budget, plan thoughtfully, and find unique inspiration. $25 per person

1:30 p. m. –2:30 p. m. Design for Living: Livable Interiors Sell Homes –Joan Inglis, Carolina Spaces

New home builders are rightfully concerned about curb appeal, but the interior and its livability is ultimately what sells homes. Balance, scale, size and color attracts new home buyers. Expert consideration must be given to the layout and cohesiveness of interior spaces.

2:30 p. m. –4:00 p. m.

The Changing Indoor/Outdoor Space: Giving Your Customers What They Didn’t Know They Wanted –HGTV Star Chip Wade

Join Chip Wade for a workshop designed to inspire creative thinking, overcome design pitfalls, and put you, the builder, on track for designing unique indoor/outdoor spaces that satisfy clients across the board. No matter the home’s size or price point, Wade will help you discover new ways you can incorporate these functional living spaces in your new homes. Bring your building plans or iPad to this interactive workshop. Co-sponsored by Builders Mutual Insurance.

21CBEC Sales Rally

Thursday, September 17 9:30 a. m. –11:00 a. m.

21CBEC Sales Rally –Meredith Oliver, Meredith Communications

Need to reenergize your sales process? Meredith Oliver speaks to sold-out audiences nationwide about next-generation sales strategies that will drive more traffic, leads and sales in the digital age. Even in a hot housing market, there’s more competition than ever. Oliver will share tips to keep your sales a step ahead. $20 per person

Housing Economic Forecast

Thursday, September 17 1:00 p. m. –2:00 p. m.

Housing Economic Forecast –Mark Vitner, Wells Fargo

Join us as Mark Vitner, Senior Economist at Wells Fargo, explains the state of the housing market in North Carolina and where he sees it going in 2017 and beyond. A leading analyst on U. S. and regional economic trends, Vitner provides regular updates on the housing market, commericial real estate, regional economies, and inflation. His commentary has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and many other publications.

Student Career Fair

Again this year, the 21st Century Building Expo & Conference will hold a Student Career Fair to help students majoring in the construction field make connections with potential employers. Larger building companies with entry-level positions and internships will be available to speak with students about upcoming opportunities.

There is no charge for students to attend the Career Fair, but we do need to register you. If you are a company or college interested in participating, please contact Christi Connors at cconnors@nchba.orgor 1-800-662-7129.

9:00 a. m. –10:30 a. m. Expo Floor

10:30 a. m. –11:30 a. m.

Building Codes and the Construction Trades Seminar

11:30 a. m. –12:30 p. m. Lunch

12:30 p. m. –2:30 p. m. Career Fair