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Preview of the International Builders’ Show

IBS 2016 December 13, 2016 Sonia








The largest convention in the world of homebuilding is the International Builders’ Show, to be held this January 10-12 in Orlando, Florida. Every year the event attracts more than 60,000 visitors from 100 countries. IBS brings together the industry’s most important global manufacturers and suppliers and showcases the latest products, materials and technologies involved in all types of buildings—including wood, concrete, stone and brick.

Extreme How-To offers this brief preview to highlight some of the products that will be exhibited at the show. For more information on the convention or to register for attendance, visit

Fontanot Staircases

Made in Italy with over 50 years of history, Fontanot is a leader in the production of made-to-measure staircases. The company’s LaFont Essential staircase begins with specific customer requests and passes through several phases of refinement to create an “industrial” product in terms of quality, fabrication accuracy and sales service. To complement the staircase, Fontanot expresses the “essential visible to the naked eye” in the railing model named Glass (shown on the cover of this issue). It is the ideal railing to accompany a balustrade next to the LaFont Essential 090 A staircase. Railing Glass is available in two versions: Glass In, completely recessed into the flooring and Glass On with an aluminum casing above the flooring level. Both models are available with clear or extra-clear glass, both with two different kinds of edge finish. An anodized aluminum border can be applied to the upper edge of the glass to protect it from humidity, potential impacts and external agents.

Another prominent model is Techne, manufactured in technopolymer, a material never used before in the staircase industry that enhances the lightness of the shapes while guaranteeing strength. Its regular and perfect geometry projects a dreamlike dimension to its surroundings where color, shape and material become a unique expressive language. Available in white, this model is perfect both for indoor and outdoor use, thanks to its particular process of coloration directly in the mix that makes it resistant to UV rays and to atmospheric agents.

For DIY enthusiasts, Oak 70.Xtra is a spiral staircase kit of great elegance. It is made in varnished steel with solid oak treads. The handrail is in PVC with an aluminum core. The railing is composed of vertical spindles in varnished steel and horizontal tubes. The landing, which can be cut during installation, can assume three different shapes (square, mezzanine or circular), allowing the staircase to be installed in three different openings.

The sense of rotation (clockwise or counter-clockwise) can also be decided during the installation.

The Fontanot Magia60 staircase, is perfect for outdoor use because its powder-coat finish is strongly resistant to oxidation caused by the outdoor elements. The railing is composed of vertical spindles in varnished steel and a black PVC handrail, and the direction of rotation (clockwise or counter-clockwise) can be adjusted during installation. Visit booth S647 or


DaVinci Roofscapes EcoBlend

DaVinci EcoBlend polymer slate and shake roofing is available in six colors that meet Title 24 requirements for California. These tiles reflect heat and emit the sun’s energy back into the atmosphere instead of into a structure, thus helping to reduce the cooling load of the home, which helps increase the energy efficiency of the building. New colors include Tahoe-EcoBlend, Mountain-EcoBlend, Brownstone-EcoBlend and Slate Gray-EcoBlend. Additional colors (that meet ENERGY STAR requirements) include Weathered Gray-EcoBlend and Castle Gray-EcoBlend. Visit booth W6871 or