It’s that time of the year again and Walls & Ceilings is proud to present its annual Convention Companion Guide. We are happy to bring you our most comprehensive list of the various trade shows, conventions, meetings and more. The list is a resource to keep our readers up-to-date on an expanding roster of trade events serving our industry.
Some shows do not yet have all dates and planning finalized. So stay tuned on wconline.com for any updates regarding these events.
We look forward to reconnecting with you at some of these events. Hopefully, this Convention Companion will guide you on the right path for planning your 2023-2024 schedule.
| IIBEC | AWCI | BUILD23 | INTEX | EIMA |
| ABAA | WCCTS | CFSEI | FCIA | AIA |
| NFPA | WACA | TLPCA | FWCCA | Greenbuild |
| ICAA | BES+ | METALCON | FCIA | STAFDA |
| HPIP | World of Concrete | NAHB | Spray Foam Convention & Expo |
International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC) Convention & Trade Show
March 3-6, Marriott Marquis Houston and George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston
The IIBEC Building Enclosure Conference will be held March 3-6 in Houston. Come learn from some of the top minds in building science with expertise in building enclosures, moisture management, air barriers, sustainability and enclosure commissioning.
For more information, visit iibecconvention.org.
Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry Int’l. (AWCI)
March 13-16, Paris Las Vegas, Las Vegas
This year’s largest wall and ceiling event returns to Las Vegas. The convention will be held at the Paris Hotel, located mid Strip, and will offer in-depth education sessions and networking receptions. This year, the trade show is rechristened BUILD23: AWCI’s Convention + Expo.
In addition to networking opportunities and fundraising events, professional development includes the following education sessions:
- Performance Management Software Platform
- Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention
- Navigating the Economic Downturn
- Creating a Safety Culture
- Stucco—Doing it Right (Parts 1 & 2)
One of the many highlights of the convention is the AWCI Opening Session and Awards Presentation Brunch. This year’s keynote speaker is retired Navy SEAL Chad Williams.
For information, visit: awci.org/convention.
Ceilings & Interior Systems Construction Association (CISCA)
March 13-16, Horseshoe Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
CISCA promotes and supports the industry by providing a network of opportunities with industry leaders through education and a forum to allow the industry to interact, evolve and prosper. The premiere association for ceiling and interior contractors will provide a low-key, high-impact event in which you will be able to have discussions with attendees in a quiet, relaxed atmosphere.
For additional information on the CISCA convention, visit: ciscaconvention.com.
BUILD23 (formerly known as INTEX Expo)
March 15-16, Paris Las Vegas, Las Vegas
This year’s BUILD23, the first show officially under the new name, will be held in Las Vegas. The industry’s biggest trade show will feature ceilings, drywall related products, EIFS/stucco, steel framing, pumps/mixers, hand and power tools, building material cranes and lifts, insulation, plaster and accessories, software and plenty more. There are two days for you to get your time in chatting with loads of manufacturers, reps and colleagues.
Visit awci.org for a complete list of exhibitors and more information.
Visit Walls & Ceilings at booth #318 and meet our staff.
EIMA Annual Meeting 2023
April 26-27, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort, Palm Springs, Calif.
This year, EIMA celebrates its 43rd year and what better way to help the association than to join them in sunny Palm Springs. The 2023 EIMA Annual Meeting will provide seminars, networking, receptions and the Duncan Crowther Memorial Golf Tournament.
For more information about this year’s show, visit eima.com.
Air Barrier Association of America
May 1-2, Hyatt Regency Denver, Denver
The 10th annual ABAA Annual Building Enclosure Conference will be held May 1-2 at the Hyatt Regency Denver. The show is the only conference that focuses on air barriers and building airtightness. Come learn from some of the top minds in building science with expertise in building enclosures, moisture management, air barriers, sustainability and enclosure commissioning.
For more information, visit abaaconference.com.
The Wall and Ceiling Conference & Trade Show
May 4-6, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Without a doubt, one of the great industry events of the year, the NWCB always produces a top-notch show. This year’s conference includes collaborative industry meetings, an interactive trade show, powerful educational seminars, and fun, informal networking activities. Industry expert and keynote speaker, Jeff Sample, will share his insight on the next decade of wall and ceiling construction and present technological strategies to improve company decision-making. This event will be gathering leading signatory wall and ceiling contractors for a can’t miss opportunity for business development.
For more information, visit wallceilingshow.org.
Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute Expo
May 8-10, Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans
The CFSEI Expo is designed for architects, builders/contractors and engineers and is geared toward both skilled cold-formed steel framing professionals and newcomers. PDH credits are available. Expo activities will also include the annual CFSEI meeting and installation of 2023-2024 officers.
A preliminary expo schedule and information on registration are available at cfsei.memberclicks.net.
FCIA Education & Committee Action Hybrid Conference
May 9-12, Sheraton New Orleans, New Orleans
ECA ’23, the FCIA Education & Committee Action Hybrid Conference, is an event focused on educating and engaging the firestop and effective compartmentation industry.
Filled with technical industry education, the FM & UL-ULC Firestop Exams, interactive FCIA Committee roundtable meetings, FCIA Contractor and Special Inspection Agency Members Only sessions, and the ability to participate either in-person or online, the show is the ideal opportunity to expand your knowledge and contribute to the development of the firestop industry.
For more information on the conference, visit fcia.org.
AIA ’23 Conference on Architecture
June 7-10, Moscone Center, San Francisco
This year’s AIA Conference returns to an in-person event in San Francisco. The main trade show will be held at the Moscone Center, the city’s largest convention center. More than 500 exhibiting companies representing software and technology, energy efficiency, building systems, finishes, lighting, stone and tile, restoration, as well as manufacturers from the wall and ceiling industry. The materials and technologies of tomorrow featured in specialty product pavilions today.AIA Conference on Architecture 2023 is one of the largest gatherings of architecture and design professionals in the world, and the expo floor is a hotspot of activity. It’s not just an exhibit hall—it’s also a temporary built environment packed with the first looks that will affect your business into the future.There’s also live programming, expo credit courses, and longer dedicated expo-only hours to give you ample time to browse the floor with no scheduling conflicts.
For up to date information on this show, visit: conferenceonarchitecture.com.
National Fire Protection Association Conference & Expo
June 19-23, Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas
The National Fire Protection Association has announced that it will hold its 2023 NFPA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. Interact with professionals that make up the fire and life safety community. Education sessions, networking and certification programs will be available.
For more information on this event, and a list of the various webinars and other virtual products, visit: nfpa.org/conference.
Wall And Ceiling Alliance
The Wall And Ceiling Alliance’s Construction Excellence Awards & Excellence in Safety Awards Show has yet to name a location and date for this year’s event. Continue to check the Alliance's site for up-to-date information.
For information on sponsorships, please contact Carmen Valencia at (925) 523-3898 or visit: wallandceilingalliance.org.
TLPCA Annual Convention
June 13-15, MARGARITAVILLE LAKE RESORT, CONROE, TEXAS
The Texas Lathing & Plastering Contractors Association Annual Convention and Trade Show will be held near Houston this year. As in years past, the Annual Convention & Trade Show will offer meetings, receptions, golf tournament, exhibitors trade show, educational program, an Annual Design Awards Competition, spouses program, awards banquet, dinners and nightly entertainment.
Additional information on registration and sponsorship opportunities will be available at tlpca.org.
FWCCA Annual Convention and Trade Show
July 6-8, Trump Doral Golf Resort & Spa, Miami
The Florida Wall & Ceiling Contractors Association will hold its 2023 Southeastern Wall & Ceiling Annual Convention and Trade Show at the Trump Doral Golf Resort & Spa, Miami, July 6-8. This year’s show will feature approximately 100 exhibitors from throughout the nation with many new, as well as returning exhibitors.
Management with the FWCCA have stated that there are still a few booths left for exhibitors.
For more information on this and more, visit: fwcca.com.
Greenbuild International Conference & Expo
September 26-29, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington D.C.
This year’s event will have thousands of attendees tuned in to the show’s virtual event series. Given the popularity of the education, accessibility and expanded CE offerings, Greenbuild will produce several different events this year. This year’s event will showcase:
- New summits
- Three days of in-person education
- Seventy-five plus sessions
- Trade show floor to see manufacturers’ latest products
Visit greenbuildexpo.com for all the up-to-date news, show and schedule information, hotel reservations and more.
ICAA Convention and Trade Show
September 28-30, Sheraton Dallas Hotel, Dallas
The ICAA Convention & Trade Show is your one-stop shop to learn, network, and discover the latest insulation industry products and services from the best in the business. For 2023, ICAA is working on a carefully curated educational program that will include sessions from business operations to building science. The association encourages all previous vendors and exhibitors to shine up their booths and set up shop on the ICAA trade show floor.
Check the ICAA Convention webpage: insulate.org/convention frequently for updates and details as they are released.
Listen to W&C’s exclusive podcast with Executive Director Michael Kwart as he discusses this year’s upcoming event.
Building Enclosure Symposium (BES+)
September 29-30, Orlando, Fla.
The Building Enclosure Symposium Conference will be held September 29-30 in Orlando, Fla. The two-day Building Enclosure Symposium offers cutting-edge information regarding the design, construction, maintenance and repair of modern and/or older building envelopes, geared towards building envelope professionals, architects, engineers, contractors and FMs. The conference provides a comprehensive learning curriculum for design professionals, consultants, subcontractors, GCs and others interested in the building science industry.
For more information, visit: iibecconvention.org.
METALCON International Conference and Exhibition
October 18-20, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas
METALCON is the only event focused on metal construction products, technologies and solutions. As the show marks more than three decades of achievement, it sets the pace for shaping the future with metal through an unbeatable blend of new product exhibits, a nationally recognized education conference, and live-action demos of field techniques.
For more information, visit: metalcon.com.
FCIA Firestop Industry Hybrid Conference & Trade Show
October 18-20, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas
FIC ’23, the FCIA Firestop Industry Hybrid Conference & Trade Show, brings together industry leaders and change-makers for three immersive days focused on developing and improving the firestop industry. Whether attending in-person or attending online, FIC ’23 is the place for solutions-driven learning.
For more information and updates on the conference, visit: fcia.org/Events/Conferences-Symposiums.
STAFDA Annual Convention & Trade Show
November 5-7, San Antonio
The Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association is open to members only. You must be a member to attend. This annual event will serve its core members of contractors, suppliers and manufacturers in the tool and fastener industry. This past fall in San Diego, nearly 2,800 attendees attended the San Diego Convention to get the absolute most out of the three-day event featuring live demos, a buying show, networking, a student hiring event, and more. After years of pandemic travel restrictions, STAFDA was pleased to welcome the return of members from outside the U.S. STAFDA’s two-day Trade Show was bustling with 438 booths, including four islands.
For more information or photos, please contact Catherine Usher at: email@example.com.
Insulation Career Fair & Training Expo
Employers, manufacturers, distributors, contractor services, and career seekers with entry-level to advanced experience are all invited to attend the 2023 Insulation Career Fair & Training Expo. HPIP is working with local workforce development entities in the Department of Labor, and building science specialists from all corners of the industry to provide this one-of-a-kind training event.
For more information, visit: insulationtraining.org.
World of Concrete (2024)
January 23-25, 2024, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas
World of Concrete 2023 saw another strong turn-out. This signature annual event is for the international concrete, plastering and masonry industries. The show is also a great place to see what new insulation products are introduced as well as ICFs/SIPs. The show holds the bulk of the Las Vegas Convention Center’s inside/outside space. It is one of the country’s largest trade events. Among the highlights each year, the Annual SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship brings in crowds of spectators. More than 25 bricklaying teams travel from all over North America to Las Vegas to compete for the title World’s Best Bricklayer.
For more information, visit: worldofconcrete.com.
NAHB International Builders’ Show (2024)
February 27-29, 2024, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas
Thousands of home building professionals, contractors, manufacturers and more from around the world filled the exhibit halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center as NAHB hosted International Builders’ Show this winter. The massive show drew a total of more than 100,000 attendees. There were many wall and ceiling contractors in attendance at this event.
For more information, visit: buildersshow.com.
Spray Foam Convention & Expo (2024)
This year’s SprayFoam 2023 took place, as planned as an in-person event in Daytona Beach, Fla., in February. The event was well attended.
Information on the Spray Foam 2024 Convention & Expo will be announced later this year.
For more information, visit: sprayfoam.org.
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