UPDATED MARCH 13, 2020
Much like other events across the country, the 2020 International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC) International Convention and Trade Show has been postponed due to concerns over the coronavirus.
The convention was scheduled for March 26-31 at the Marriott Marquis Houston and the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. According to the IIBEC website, the IIBEC executive committee decided to postpone the show based on "the impact of the global COVID-19 outbreak and our priority for the health and welfare of our members and staff."
"We are working with our partners regarding options and potential dates for the future. More information will be provided as soon as it is available," the website states.
Reservation cancellations from Marriott Marquis Houston will automatically be sent to the email the hotel has on file for those who registered.
"This was a difficult decision; however, the safety of our members, attendees, and their families is our primary concern and responsibility," the website states. "We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through the logistics associated with this decision."
The premier annual event of the IIBEC (formerly known as RCI Inc.), is slated to feature over 25 hours of educational seminars, a two-day trade show with over 140 exhibitors and live product demonstrations, as well as the foundations’ silent and live auction.
“This year’s convention brings significant change; it is the first under our new name, the International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants, and fully embraces our role in providing consulting services for all six sides of the building enclosure,” said IIBEC President Robert Card.
The educational programming kicks off with the opportunity to participate in two auxiliary seminars: "Historic Preservation: An Overview of the Assessment and Restoration of our Historical Heritage"; and "Legal Issues and Potential Pitfalls that Confront Building Enclosure Consultants, Architects, Engineers, and Contractors."
The 2020 convention is the perfect opportunity to network with architects, engineers, and consultants in the building enclosure industry and to learn the latest about methods, materials, and trends in the roofing, exterior walls, and waterproofing industry.
“Cutting-edge educational sessions are where building enclosure professionals can find solutions to the challenges they are facing in their consulting practices,” said Brian Pallasch, IIBEC CEO.
The opening general session will feature A.B. Stoddard, associate editor of Real Clear Politics, who will provide attendees a data-driven examination of the state of play in Washington D.C., and how the 2020 elections may affect day-to-day business in the next four years.
Continuing its tradition of enabling students to learn through real-life experiences and education, the foundations will be hosting more than 50 students from colleges across the U.S. and Canada to attend the convention.
For more information, visit iibec.org/education/international-convention-2020.