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The American Institute of Architects’ 2013 Convention

This year’s American Institute of Architects (AIA) convention will be held in June at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colo. The conference and AIA Expo will run June 20–22. The AIA Expo is a showcase of the architectural community’s products, materials, technologies, and services. According to the AIA, the convention is the industry’s leading national event and includes seminars and educational tours for earning Learning Units (LUs), professional networking, and exhibitors with the latest products and tools. For more information, visit

PCBC 2013 Homebuilding Tradeshow

Dedicated to creating better ways for the housing industry to connect and engage, this year’s PCBC Homebuilding Tradeshow will be held June 5–6 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif. For more than five decades, PCBC has brought together America’s building professionals in the single family and multifamily homebuilding industries with ideas, inspiration and innovation. The tradeshow will also include full-day educational forums and an exhibit floor covering an extensive range of residential building materials from new home technologies to green products. The tradeshow is a trade-only event and is not open to the general public.

IT Widely Used by Building Industry, But Not to Interact with Customers

The most common types of information technology used in the residential construction industry are smartphones, desktop computers and laptops, according to recent surveys from the National Association of Home Builders. However, IT has been used more for managing internal operations than interacting with customers. At least 80 percent of builders use the various types of information technology for internal management of their businesses, individual projects, and internal communications. About half use IT to select products and to help make client presentations. Further use of technology to interact with customers is limited to about 20 percent of builders.

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