January 9 - 11, 2018
Orlando, FL

Best of IBS Awards 2018

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Congratulations to the finalists and winners of the 2018 Best of IBS Awards! The companies listed below vyed for the title of the best of the best, in their respective categories at the 2018 NAHB International Builders' Show®. Category winners and our Best in Show winner were announced at the Best of IBS Awards on January 11. 

Over 300 entries in nine categories were received and our 27 industry and media judges considered the following criteria in order to select our 2018 finalists and winners:

  • Innovative – The product is either new (this type of product has never been offered) or has been significantly changed and would be deemed a game-changer in its product class.
  • Functionality – The product will be well-used by the builder in/for their business or the consumer in their daily lives.
  • Good Design – The product will help the builder solve a specific issue, help them add to their bottom line and/or helps solve a specific problem for the consumer/will be a product that a consumer is excited about having in their home.

Best in Show
AeroBarrier by Aeroseal LLC (Booth W8560) 

Best Bath Product
Indeco LED Bath Fixture by Kichler Lighting (Booth W5942)
Panasonic WhisperValue DC™ by Panasonic Eco Solutions North America (Booth W3016)
Precision Frameworks Easy Frame® by Precision Frameworks (Booth W8153) WINNER
Shower Bead by Trim-Tex Inc. (Booth S1744)

Best Energy Efficient Product
Juno SlimForm™ Surface Mount Downlight by Acuity Brands (Booth S1070)
AIREX PRO-SYSTEM KIT™ by Airex Manufacturing, Inc. (Booth S1433)
Ecobee4 by ecobee (Booth W5687) WINNER
Trane XR16 Low Profile Air Conditioner by Ingersoll Rand/Trane Brand (Booth W7943)
MagVent MV-180 Dryer Vent Coupling by MagVent, LLC (Booth S1176)
MXZ H2i® by Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating (Booth S231)
Noritz Residential Combination Boiler by Noritz America (Booth W7583)

Best Green Building Product
DekTek Tile by DekTek Tile Inc. (Booth S3238)
ThermoDrain by Ecoinnovation Technologies (Booth W7863)
Electric Series by EcoSmart Inc. (Booth S244)
EZ SIPS Do-It-Yourself Jobsite SIP Panel by EZ SIPS Jobsite-Framed Structural Insulated Panels (Booth W4371)
DLS Series SL280NV Ultra-Low NOx Furnace by Lennox Industries (Booth W3671) WINNER
TERM Barriers by Polyguard Products (Booth W6636)

Best Home Technology Product
The Brilliant Control by Brilliant (Booth W5791)
Onelink Safe and Sound Smoke/CO Alarm by BRK Brands, Inc. (Booth W5882) WINNER
Lyric Security and Home Control Platform by Honeywell International Inc. (Booth W5453)
NuBryte Audio Active Speaker by NuBryte (Booth W5976)
SmartPlug Instant Hot Water Control by Taco Comfort Solutions (Booth S1478)
Whirlpool Smart Over-the-Range Microwave by Whirlpool (Booth P18)

Best Indoor Living Product
Uven-R Acoustic Panel by Corruven Inc. (Booth W4870)
Home Automation Hub by Eaton (Booth W3490) WINNER
Vintage Ranch by Eldorado Stone (Booth W2583)
Phoenix by Heat & Glo by Hearth & Home Technologies (Booth W3982)
Horizon LED Downlight by Kichler Lighting (Booth W5942)

Best Kitchen Product
LE600A by Air King (Booth W6852)
Artis Wall™ by ARTISWALL (Booth S2864) WINNER
GE Profile Wall Oven with Assisted Cook by GE Appliances (Booth W3153)
Kitchen Transition by NanaWall Systems (Booth W3990)
Whirlpool Smart Front-Control Range by Whirlpool (Booth P18)

Best Outdoor Living Product
Aero-Therm Innovative Coatings by Advance Coatings Group (Booth S841) WINNER (tie)
Advantage Deck Tiles by Advantage Trim and Lumber (Booth S3006)
Aquor House Hydrant by Aquor Water Systems (Booth S3333) WINNER (tie)
dasso.XTR Fused Bamboo 7" Siding System by dasso Group (Booth S3040)
Knotwood Gate System by Knotwood (Booth S662)
Phantom Motorized Wall Screen by Phantom Screens (Booth W6683)
MeshGuard by Screen Tight (Booth W4215)

Best Window & Door Product
Kwikset Kevo Convert Conversion Kit by Kwikset (Booth S3416)
MagLev Glide by MagLev Glide (Booth S2175)
ClimaCLEAR by NanaWall Systems* (Booth W3990)
NanaWall Shades by NanaWall Systems* (Booth W3990)
Printing Glass by Printing Enterprise Limited (Booth S2466)
VELUX Active by VELUX America Inc. (Booth W3117) WINNER

Most Innovative Building Product
AeroBarrier by Aeroseal LLC (Booth W8560) WINNER
Comfort Block by Comfort Block (Booth S1757)
Pmomi MCM Wall and Floor Cladding by Phomi USA (Booth S1440)
SharkBite EvoPEX Plumbing System by SharkBite Plumbing Solutions (Booth S3200)
Habito® by CertainTeed (Booth W3629)
Savaria Vuelift by Savaria Concord Lifts (Booth W4553)
ZipWall® Magnetic Dust Barrier Door Kit by ZipWall Dust Barrier System (Booth S831)

See who won in 2017!

Thanks to the 2018 Best of IBS Judges!

Kari Armstrong
HRI Design
Littleton, CO

Michaelle Bradford
Closets & Organized Storage Magazine
Cedar Rapids, IA

Amanda Johnson Bryant
Redtree Builders
Asheville, NC

Cassie Cherry
Danielian Associates
Irvine, CA

Ken Clark
Hardware + Building Supply Dealer
New York, NY
Marla Esser Cloos
Green Home Coach
Oklahoma City, OK

Patrick Coveny
Arch Construction Management
Hinsdale, IL

Mike Demboski
Warmington Residential
Costa Mesa, CA

Denise Dersin
Professional Builder Magazine
Arlington Heights, IL

Sheridan Foster
Elemental Green
Los Altos, CA

Rafael “Ray” Fernandez
Skyline Homes
La Habra Heights, CA

Jamie Gold
Jamie Gold Kitchen & Bath Design, LLC
Bonita, CA

Troy Johns
Urban Northwest Homes LLC
Vancouver, WA

Dustin Johnston
Liberty Homes, Inc.
Oklahoma City, OK

Ron Kasperski
Oakwood Custom Builders, Inc.
Plymouth, MI

Stacy Kessinger
Willowsford Management LLC
Ashburn, VA

Tanner Luster
Luster Custom Homes
Scottsdale, AZ

Nigel Maynard
Products Magazine
Arlington Heights, IL

Camilla McLaughlin
Freelance Writer
Unique Homes Magazine and New Home Source
Salt Lake City, Utah

Kevin O’Meara
Interior Specialists
Plano, TX

Sara Sanger
Lifestyle Development
Des Moines, IA

Beverly Smirnis
Building SAVVY Magazine
N2 Publishing
Dallas, TX

Steve Smirnis
Building SAVVY Magazine
N2 Publishing
Dallas, TX

Fred Tobin
Tobin Construction Co.
North Canton, OH

Adam Weaver
Ashton Woods Homes
Roswell, GA

Kurt Welker
Welker Custom Homes, Inc.
Owatonna, MN

Tom Wong
Danielian Associates
Irvine, CA

Steve Yates
Lynn Builders LLC
Perkasie, PA

Interested in judging the 2019 Best of IBS Awards? Email us your bio and we’ll add you to our potential judges’ list! Only 2019 IBS registrants will be considered.

2019 Best of IBS Info
IBS Exhibitors: The 2019 awards program application period will open approximately September 1, 2018. If you’d like to receive notification when the 2019 Best of IBS Awards application opens, send us an email.

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