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The Future of Home Building and Residential Construction

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The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) named the winners in its 10th annual Best of IBS Awards during the NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas. The awards were presented during a ceremony on the final day of the show.

This year’s Best of IBS Awards received more than 400 entries. Decided by a panel of 26 independent judges made up of industry and media representatives, the awards were given in nine categories, plus the overall Best in Show winner.


Awards were given to exhibitors with a product or line that shows the best combination of design, functionality and innovation, as well as its usefulness to consumers and/or home builders.

Best Energy Efficient Product

SPAN Drive by SPAN

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Sold as an accessory to the SPAN Panel, SPAN Drive is a Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) charger that delivers up to 48 amps (11.52 kW) of power. The charger brings universal EV charging to any home with 200A electrical service, eliminating the need to increase service size for new homes and communities.

Finalists for the award category include: Rheem's ProTerra Plug-In Heat Pump Water Heater and Whirlpool's 4.5 Cu. Ft. Ventless All In One Washer Dryer.

Best Home Software Product


BILT website screenshot

BILT is like a virtual filing cabinet. The app provides official 3D interactive instructions with voice, text, and animated guidance for thousands of products from hundreds of brands. BILT's interactivity means users can manipulate 3D images 360º for optimum view on a touchscreen, pinch to zoom in & out, and tap on a part for details.

Finalists for the award category include: Canvas and Houzz Pro by Houzz Inc.

Best Home Technology Product

GE Profile UltraFast Combo with Ventless Heat Pump Technology by GE Appliances

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GE Profile offers appliances with sleek designs and smart, leading-edge features that simplify daily life–from top load washers with built-in voice assistants to smart refrigerators.

Finalists for the award category include: Brilliant's Brilliant Home Control System, Lennox Industries' Lennox S40 Smart Thermostat, SPAN's SPAN Panel, and Vacuum Elevators by Pneumatic.

Best Indoor Product

Overture Automated Indoor Air Quality System by Broan-NuTone

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Broan-NuTone offers whole-house systems, bath fans, range hoods, and specialized ventilation products, all designed to deliver fresh, life-giving indoor air. Overture, the first fully-automated fresh air system, uses sophisticated sensor technology to monitor your home's indoor air quality.

Finalists for the award category include: Cantilever by Viewrail and Carrier's Performance Series V-Coil with Vertex Technology.

Best Kitchen & Bath Product

BlueStar Dual Fuel Range by BlueStar

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BlueStar's product line includes high-performance ranges, cooktops, wall ovens, complementary kitchen ventilation hoods, and premium refrigeration. This product signifies BlueStar’s first-ever dual fuel range, and features a fresh take on its 8-point star shaped burners.

Finalists for the award category include: Broan-NuTone's Broan Elite 21-Inch Custom Range Hood Power Pack with SmartSense and Legrand's Radiant Wave Switch.

Best Outdoor Product

HydAway Hydraulic Walls by HydAway Hydraulic Walls

HydAway Hydraulic Walls website screenshot

The HydAway doors and walls offer fully concealed hydraulic systems. One unique HydAway feature is its "Cushion Close" cylinder design—reducing the door/window's speed over the last few degrees of travel when closing, shutting more quietly than other walls and doors provide.

Finalists for the award category include: Rheem Manufacturing Co.'s Rheem HotWave and Emerald Rain Refresh by The Sherwin-Williams Company.

Best Window and Door Product

DoorStud by Door Stud LLC.

Door Stud website screenshot

The Door Stud enables the installer to conduct a single person, hands-free installation by mobilizing the door and preventing it from resting against the interior walls of the home; thus preventing damage to the wall, the door and the installer. Once the door installation is complete, the Door Stud is removed from the bottom edge of the door, ready to be used on the next job.

Finalists for the award category include: Axolotl by Axolotl LLC., Weber Technologies' MasterGrain Premium Fiberglass Door, and PAGEN's PAGEN greenEvolution.

Most Innovative Building Materials

Elevation Cable Rail by Barrette Outdoor Living

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Barrette Outdoor Living is an American manufacturer of vinyl, aluminum, steel, and composite fencing and railing; composite decking; and other outdoor products that are sold through specialty retailers, home centers and lumberyards. The RDI Elevation Rail comes in pre-assembled kits that can install 38% faster than the leading competition—requiring no special tools or fasteners.

Finalists for the award category include: Huber Engineered Woods' EXACOR Magnesium Oxide (MgO) Panels and ZIP System Peel & Stick Underlayment, and On-Site Building Solutions' Mobile Carpenter Workshop Trailer.

Most Innovative Construction Tool

Mobile Carpenter Workshop Trailer by On-Site Building Solutions LLC

On-Site Building Solutions website screenshot

The CT1 is a convenient, self contained work trailer with a vacuum system dust eliminator. It is self-powered, fits into a residential garage or parking space, and is a customizable industry first trailer.

Finalists for the award category include: Higharc's Procure and CertainTeed's NO-COAT PRO.

Best in Show

DoorStud by Door Stud LLC.

As an installation tool, the Door Stud revolutionizes how doors are handled, installed and re-installed by the trades, builders, flooring and painting professionals.

The panel of judges noted that the Best in Show winner, Door Stud by Door Stud LLC., integrates seamlessly with all door applications, interior or exterior doors, commercial or multifamily properties and national or international construction. The simplicity, cost, durability and ease of use of the product also impressed the judges.