Top 10 Largest Building and Construction Trade Shows in 2023

Looking to take your construction business or launch your new product at a trade show? Find the 10 largest building and construction trade shows happening in 2022.

The construction industry is booming in the United States. According to Statista, the U.S. construction sector is valued at about 1.6 trillion US dollars. With so much growth in the industry, it’s no wonder there are so many massive building and construction trade shows. 

What’s even more fascinating is the overall value of the industry rose by 8% between 2020 and 2021. Trade shows are a great way for companies to show off their latest products, services, and innovations. If you’re new to building and construction, keep reading to find out where the heavy hitters play.  

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What happens at building and construction trade shows? 

Building and construction trade shows function in the same way as any other trade show. Members and companies in the industry are brought together to showcase their latest products, services and news. Most shows have keynote speakers and panel discussions about industry trends and topics.  

Many construction trade shows offer educational opportunities that help professionals further their career. Additionally, most shows are held in popular cities that are studied by many construction professionals. For example, many premier building shows take place in Chicago, the first city to have ever built a skyscraper. 

Choosing the right building and construction trade show to exhibit or attend shouldn’t be too difficult. The industry is comprised of multiple sectors, each with its own specific show. If you specialize in roofing, then you’ll fit right in at the International Roofing Expo (IRE). If your focus is on architecture, then the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is where you’ll want to look.  

The top 10 largest building and construction trade shows in 2023 

There are many great building and construction trade shows in the United States. Here are 10 of the best. 

IBS and KBIS
Sinc 2021, IBS and KBIS combined their resources into one show.

1. KBIS/IBS 

When: Jan. 31 – Feb. 2, 2023  

Where: Las Vegas Convention Center 

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) host the International Builder’s Show (IBS), which since 2021, teamed up with the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS).  

IBS is one of the largest annual trade shows for the building and construction industry, with over 1,500 exhibitors and 100,000 attendees from around the world. IBS features educational sessions on a variety of topics, as well as an extensive exhibit hall with the latest products and services.  

Registration link: NAHB International Builders’ Show | IBS 2023 


Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating (AHR) Expo
Rub Inc. at the Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating (AHR) Expo.

2. Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating (AHR) Expo 

When: Feb. 6 – 8, 2023 

Where: Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA 

The AHR Expo is the world’s largest HVACR marketplace, bringing together over 1,800 exhibitors and 45,000 attendees. The show offers a unique opportunity to see the latest products, find new suppliers, and learn about the latest industry trends – all under one roof.  

In addition to the exhibits, the AHR Expo features a comprehensive conference program with over 100 sessions covering a wide range of topics. Whether you’re an HVACR contractor, engineer, facility manager or manufacturer, the AHR Expo is a must-attend event. 

Registration link: AHR Expo


Lerma at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) show.

3. American Institute of Architects (AIA) 

When: June 7 – 10, 2023 

Where: Moscone Center, San Francisco 

The AIA Conference on Architecture is a must-attend event for architects and other design professionals. The conference features over 200 educational sessions on a variety of topics related to architecture and design, as well as an exhibit hall with hundreds of exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services. 

Registration link: AIA Conference on Architecture 2023 


4. International Roofing Expo (IRE) 

When: March 7 – 9, 2023 

Where: Kay Bailey Hutchison Center Convention Center, Dallas  

If you are in the roofing industry, or any construction-related industry, the International Roofing Expo (IRE) is a must-attend event. IRE is the largest trade show for roofing professionals, featuring over 400 exhibitors and around10,000 attendees.

Exhibit trends at the 2022 show included a focus on energy efficiency, sustainability and technology. Many exhibitors were showcasing products that help roofing contractors reduce their environmental impact and save money on energy costs. There was also a lot of interest in new technology, with several exhibitors demonstrating drones and other innovative tools that can be used in roofing applications.

Registration link: International Roofing Expo  

Read our IRE show spotlight here.


5. National Hardware Show (NHS) 

When: Jan. 31 – Feb. 2, 2023  

Where: Las Vegas Convention Center 

The National Hardware Show is another huge show for the building and construction industry, with over 2,600 exhibitors and 19,000 attendees. NHS takes place every May in Las Vegas, Nevada. For the first time ever, it will run concurrently with KBIS and IBS in 2023.  

Registration link: National Hardware Show 


6. Greenbuild International Conference and Expo 

When: Nov. 1 – 3, 2022 

Where: Moscone Center, San Francisco 

Greenbuild is a conference and expo dedicated to sustainable building practices and green buildings. Greenbuild takes place every November in a different city each year; past locations have included Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, and Washington D.C. 

Registration link: Official Greenbuild International Conference and Expo  


7. Conexpo-CON/AGG 

When: March 14 – 18, 2023 

Where: Las Vegas Convention Center 

The construction industry is always evolving, and Conexpo-CON/AGG is one of the leading events that brings together the latest innovations and technologies. Held every three years in Las Vegas, Nevada, Conexpo-CON/AGG showcases the latest equipment, products and services for the construction industry.

In addition to the trade show floor, Conexpo-CON/AGG features educational seminars, demonstrations and networking events.  

Registration link: CONEXPO-CON/AGG 

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Hardware Resources at IWF.
Hardware Resources displaying all its brand at the International Woodworking Fair (IWF).

8. International Woodworking Fair (IWF) 

When: Aug. 20 – 23, 2024 

Where: Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA 

The international Woodworking Fair is the world’s largest trade show for the woodworking industry. It is held every two years in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. The fair showcases the latest machinery, equipment, supplies, and services for the woodworking industry. It attracts visitors from all over the world and is a great opportunity to network with other professionals in the industry. 

Registration link: IWF 


9. Equip Exhibition 

When: October 18 – 21, 2022 

Where: Kentucky Exhibition Center, Louisville, KY 

Formerly known as GIA + Expo, Equip Exposition is a trade show that focuses on the latest in technology and equipment for the manufacturing industry. If you’re in the manufacturing industry, this is an event you won’t want to miss. Attendees can expect to see the latest in machines, tools, and software that can help take their business to the next level. 

Registration link: Equip Exposition 


building and construction shows
Summit exhibiting at World of Concrete.

10. World of Concrete 

When: Jan. 17 – 19, 2023 

Where: Las Vegas Convention Center 

World of Concrete is one of the top building and construction trade shows in the United States. Held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada, this show is a must-attend event for anyone in the concrete industry. With over 55,000 attendees and more than 1,500 exhibitors, World of Concrete is the largest annual gathering of the concrete industry. 

The show provides attendees with an opportunity to see the latest products and technologies, learn from experts, and network with other professionals in the industry. 

Registration link: To World of Concrete 


Conclusion 

If you’re in the building or construction industry, trade shows are a great way to network and stay up to date on the latest trends. From small, local events to large, international gatherings, there’s something for everyone. 

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The Trade Group is a full-service trade show and event marketing company. We will work with you to create an exhibit or an event that brings in leads and helps you achieve your business goals. Contact us here or give us a call at 972-734-8585. 

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