This year’s Design and Construction Week (DCW), the annual event that combines NAHB’s International Build Show with the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, welcomed a record-breaking 117,000 attendees and 2,500 exhibitors sprawled across miles of floor space in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Overflowing with both ingenuity and beauty, the event showcases the powerhouses of the homebuilding industry— everything from appliances, window manufacturers, mechanical equipment, countertops, flooring, prefab mini-houses, carpentry tools, trucks and more. The must-go event for the world’s top products and designers in residential construction presents a dizzying display of spinning graphics, hands-on demonstrations, and behind-the-scenes wheeling and dealing.

Wading through the conference’s glitz and glamour as a sixth-time DSW attendee, my modus operandi has always been to seek out manufacturers and products aligned with the sustainability mission of my company, Symbi Homes. Symbi is short for “symbiosis,” meaning to build in a way that is mutually beneficial for people and planet. Symbi’s new homes and deep energy retrofits reflect a holistic view of green building that encompasses energy efficiency, indoor air quality, climate resiliency, and lowered operational and embodied carbon.

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