The Best of NAHB’s International Builders’ Show 2022

Though nearly 500 individual industry awards were presented at this year’s show, judges found seven companies with notably innovative and sustainable products.
This education for most memorable products on the show floor at IBS 2022

This education session at the International Builders’ Show 2022 included a discussion of the most memorable products on the show floor. Photo courtesy Quinn Purcell

This year, the NAHB International Builders' Show (IBS) was live and in-person for the first time since 2020. With over 200 entries to the Best of IBS Awards, a panel of reporters and building professionals named the best products of the show.

The eight categories, plus The Best in Show winner, were presented on the final day of the show. 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.

THE BEST OF IBS 2022

Best Energy Efficient Product

SPAN Gen2 Smart Panel

SPAN reinvented the electrical panel so homeowners can intelligently monitor and control their home energy and charge their EVs, making it easier to power their lives conveniently and sustainably. The company recently announced the SPAN Drive, a new Level-2 EV charger, and launched the SPAN Meter Panel, an all-in-one replacement for existing meter combo panels. SPAN’s ultimate mission is to accelerate the adoption of clean energy upgrades for the home, including solar, batteries, and EVs.

SPAN Gen 2 Smart Electric Panel. Photo provided by span.io

 

Best Home Technology Product

SPAN Gen2 Smart Panel

According to their website, SPAN is developing products to enable rapid adoption of renewable energy and deliver an intuitive interface for the home. They believe that powering your home with clean energy should be a simple and delightful experience that is technology-forward and human-centered.

SPAN Gen 2 Smart Electric Panel_2. Photo provided by span.io

 

Best Indoor Product

Murphy Door Flush Mount Pantry Door

Murphy Door has taken the hidden doorway concept a step further by converting your doorway into functional, usable space. The Murphy Ladder delivers compact storage, with full ladder function, that transports and stores with ease. The addition of Murphy Beds to our product offering continues to create functional, usable space within any home.

Check out Utopia's TikTok on their products:

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Best Kitchen & Bath Product

Swidget 20/40/60 Control Switch

Swidget’s “smart ready” outlets and switches are installed and function just like regular wiring devices until they are paired with one of many sensing and convenience inserts: air quality, temperature and humidity, motion, USB charging, and much more.

According to their website, Swidget is committed to providing solutions for health and wellness, energy savings and conservation, and safety and security.

Swidget, power to live smart. Photo provided by swidget.com

 


"The innovation and sustainability of the entries were much more evident in all aspects of products and services, but the biggest take away I saw from a judging standpoint was the efforts to create products that were easy to install for contractors and the ease of use for the end user.” 
— Pat Coveny, Best of IBS Awards judge and president and owner of Arch Construction Management Inc.


 

Best Outdoor Product

Barrette Outdoor Screen Panels

Barrette Outdoor Living empowers homeowners to bring their personal outdoor space to life, however they envision it. 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. With more than 100 patents, proprietary state-of-the-art machinery and industry-leading testing and control standards, Barrette Outdoor Living products are meticulously engineered and designed to be flexible, stylish, and durable.

Barrette Outdoor Living, the outside company. Photo provided by barretteoutdoorliving.com

 

Best Window and Door Product

Endura Panolock Multi-Point Lock

Endura Products designs and manufactures innovative exterior door components that deliver high performance. According to Endura, choosing their products means having a door unit that will outperform all others, even in real-world, imperfect conditions, and save valuable time and money.

Endura Trilennium multi point locking system. Photo provided by enduraproducts.com

 

Most Innovative Building Material

Evolve Stone

Evolve Stone is stone cladding that can be face nailed in the same fashion as traditional siding, reducing installation time dramatically. Like real stone, this proprietary material holds its color throughout, so it can be cut to fit on-site while maintaining the highest appearance standards. According to their website, Evolve Stone is a mortarless, color-throughout manufactured stone veneer that installs with a standard finish nailer.

Evolve Stone catalogue. Photo provided by evolvestone.com

 

Most Innovative Construction Tool

GAF Energy Timberline Solar Energy Shingles

GAF’s products include a comprehensive portfolio of roofing and waterproofing solutions for residential and commercial properties as well as for civil engineering applications. The full GAF offering is supported by an extensive national network of factory-certified contractors. According to their website, GAF’s success is driven by a commitment to empowering its people to deliver advanced quality and purposeful innovation.

GAF Solar Energy Shingles. Photo provided by gaf.com/en-us

 


"This year's winners represented innovative and aesthetically-pleasing designs and functions.” 
— Tom Wong, Best of IBS Awards judge and associate and senior designer at Dandelion Associates


 

The Best in Show

Evolve Stone

The patented material that inspired Evolve Stone allowed them to produce a diverse portfolio of projects in theming and custom fabrication. Their products are even on display at renowned venues such as Cabela's, Sea World, Royal Caribbean, and downtown Disney.

Evolve Stone’s products offer infused color throughout, leaving cuts virtually unnoticeable—according to the company. The “stone” is strong and durable so it can withstand harsh weather conditions for years, and it is UV stable and moisture impermeable, having less than 1% water retention. It installs up to ten times faster than traditional stone veneer.

Check out this installation video from Evolve Stone:

 

About The Author

Quinn Purcell, UTOPIA Associate Editor

Quinn Purcell

Quinn Purcell is a graduate of Idaho State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, and an emphasis in Multiplatform Journalism. He specializes in video, photography, copywriting, graphic design, and even music production. He currently serves as Associate Editor for Utopia. When he's not working you can usually find Quinn at a local brewery, or watching true crime shows with his cat.

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