Ted and Yvonne Cummins of Morning Star Builders LTD of Hockley attended the International Builder’s Show, the housing industry’s largest annual trade show and exhibition in Orlando, Florida, February 13-16 2008. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) event, held in one of the largest convention centers in the country, featured the most cutting-edge designs, technologies, products and services in the industry.


At the NAHB Designee Reception Ted Cummins received the Certified Graduate Builder and the Graduate Master Builder designation while Yvonne Cummins received the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist designation. These designations recognize those builders who have completed educational requirements as set forth by NAHB.


More than 1,900 exhibitors were on display across more than one million net square feet of exhibit space. Suppliers spanned more than 300 product categories ranging across every aspect of the residential and light commercial construction fields. Here are just some of the many exciting innovations the Morning Star Team investigated at the Builders Show:


QuietRock 525

This drywall product is ideal for home theaters. A single layer of QuietRock 525 is equivalent to 8 layers of standard drywall (acoustically).


Illumi-Heat by Hunter
If you would like some additional heat in your bathroom, Hunter just released a light fixture with a heating function.


dB-3 Sound Barrier by United Plastics Corp.
Another sound reduction product, however this is designed to go behind the drywall and or under the sub-floor.


360 Electrical
You have to see this really cool product. Each 360 electrical outlet turns, providing space to accommodate oversized plugs. Just plug in your cell phone charger, hairdryer or ipod and make room for the next big plug.


Residential Rainwater Harvesting System by GRAF
This is a rain water collection package including tanks ranging from 135 to 1700 gallons, control module letting you know how much rain water you’ve collected and automatic pump. Why not water your lawn, garden and wash your car with rainwater?