December 6, 2010
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Learn to Value Engineer Projects, Build a Better Business at Apartment & Condo Central at IBS

Apartment and condo developers with years of experience, as well as those new to multifamily or looking to diversify, can find information that will help them build better businesses, value engineer and green their projects, network with peers and experts and more at Apartment & Condo Central, the official headquarters for NAHB Multifamily at the 2011 NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando next month.

The centrally-located headquarters in West 315A in the Orange County Convention Center is open from 7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, Jan. 12-14, and from 7:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 14.

Scheduled activities include:

Wednesday, Jan. 12

  • "LIHTC Roundtable: Tax-Credit Communities — What Works"
    1:30-3:00 p.m.

    Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) experts will explain what types of housing are the most successful in this affordable housing program. They will provide information, including the importance of finding the right management team, for anyone planning new affordable communities or rehabilitating existing communities.

  • "Greening Your Multifamily Projects ― An Overview of the National Green Building Standard for Multifamily"
    3:15-4:30 p.m.

    Consumer interest in sustainable building practices is growing and, to meet that demand, the nation's apartment and condo developers can now follow the new National Green Building Standard.

    The standard, which includes a comprehensive rating system, has criteria applicable to high- and low-rise condominiums and apartment buildings, as well as housing in mixed-use projects. In this informative session, attendees will learn more about the standard from a nationally recognized architect and other leading experts in green building.

Thursday, Jan. 13

  • "Multifamily Property Management Summit: Social Media, Marketing and Revenue Development"
    8:45-11:45 a.m.

    Between operating a profitable business and creating a memorable customer experience, managing an apartment or condominium community in today's economy has become a challenging balancing act. In this first-ever session, leading industry professionals will explore strategies to help multifamily developers, property managers, marketers and leasing/sales professionals enhance revenue and attract prospects to their communities.

  • "Meet the Multifamily Experts"
    4:00-5:00 p.m.

    Attendees will have to opportunity to ask questions and share ideas in a small group setting with leading industry professionals on topics addressing all aspects of the multifamily housing industry. Visit Apartment & Condo Central for a complete schedule of experts and sessions.

Friday, Jan. 14

  • "Apartment & Condo Design Showcase: Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Award Winners"
    9:30-11:00 a.m.

    Dozens of examples of the very best in apartment and condo design from recent NAHB Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards winners — including floor plans, site plans, common areas and amenities ― will be presented and analyzed during this session. Nationally recognized architects and designers will share the ideas that the best practitioners used to create the latest award-winning communities.

  • "Meet the Multifamily Experts"
    11:00 a.m.-noon and 2:30-3:30 p.m.

    Visit Apartment & Condo Central for a complete schedule of experts and sessions.

  • " Value Engineering for Multifamily: Ideas to Please Your Customers and Enhance Your Bottom Line"
    1:15-2:15 p.m.

    In this session sponsored by Design House, expert designers will share their secrets to value-engineering a multifamily community. Attendees will learn how to take a project from concept to completion — while learning how to design smarter, control costs and stay within budget.

For a complete list of activities at Apartment & Condo Central, visit; or e-mail Jeff Jenkins at NAHB, or call him at 800-368-5242 x8292.


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