3 Ways to Learn More About Aging in Place and Universal Design at IBS


As baby boomers — the most lucrative generation — continue to reach retirement age, interest in universal design and aging-in-place continue to grow. The 2020 International Builders’ Show (IBS) offers ample opportunities to not only learn more about each concept, but also the distinction between the two. Attendees at this year's show can select from a variety of sessions to get a better understanding of what these design concepts entail.

Education Courses

Those looking to get an in-depth overview of what universal design and aging-in-place entail, and what to expect in the coming years in each of these concepts, can look to pre-show and IBS Education courses for more information:

  • Universal Design Essentials – Saturday, Jan. 18, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Today’s Multifamily Community Amenities and Design Trends – Wednesday, Jan. 22, 12-1 p.m.
  • The Latest Trends in Universal Design and Aging-in-Place – Thursday, Jan. 23, 10:15-11:15 a.m.

CAPS I-III courses will also be available on Saturday, Sunday and Monday for those interested in pursuing a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation.

Remodeling Central

Remodeling activity across the board is growing, including the universal design and aging-in-place segments, and information at Remodeling Central can help you leverage that growth. Sessions of interest may include:

  • Ways to Expand Your Remodeling Business into the Aging-in-Place Market – Tuesday, Jan. 21, 8:45-9:15 a.m.
  • How to Discuss Renovation with Every Generation – Wednesday, Jan. 22, 8-8:30 a.m.
  • How You Can Change the Lives of Disabled Veterans in Your Community – Thursday, Jan. 23, 1:15-1:45 p.m.

55+ Housing Central

The 55+ Housing Central focuses on one of the fastest-growing market segments — boomer buyers — and the current trends and marketing approaches that resonate best with this audience. Sessions on universal design and aging in place include:

  • Design Solution for the Solo Ager – Tuesday, Jan. 21, 8:45-9:15 a.m.
  • Fair Housing Accessibility Requirements that Affect 55+ Attached Housing – Wednesday, Jan. 22, 7:30-8:30 a.m.
  • Ageless Living: The Universal Way – Wednesday, Jan. 22, 12:30-1 p.m.
  • Emerging Shifts in 55+ Housing with Gen X Moving Up – Wednesday, Jan. 22, 4-4:30 p.m.

AARP will also be conducting a "Lifelong + Housing" series across the Design, Remodeling and 55+ centrals, with targeted sessions for each on Wednesday and Thursday, and a final multi-central roundtable discussion on Thursday at 1:15 p.m. in the 55+ Central.

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