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15 Must-See Building & Construction Trade Shows for 2021-2022

User IconMike LaFollette
Clock IconJuly 15th, 2021
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While the COVID-19 pandemic squashed the global meetings and convention industry in 2020, in-person conferences and trade shows are back in full force for 2021 and beyond.

Similar to other industries and associations, the construction industry features hundreds of annual conferences and trade shows for home builders, remodelers, architects, and other related professions to network with industry peers, learn about the latest products and cutting-edge technology, gain new skills in education sessions, and explore exhibit space spanning tens of thousands of square feet.

To help you decide which trades shows to attend, or send your team to, we compiled a list of some of the most innovative construction expos happening across the U.S. and Canada.

1. Atlanta Build Expo

When: July 21-22, 2021, Cobb Galleria Centre, Atlanta, Georgia Cost: Free for industry professionals

Atlanta Build Expo is the premier building and construction show in the U.S., featuring dozens of industry-leading seminars and hundreds of exhibitors. At this event, industry professionals will find the ultimate networking opportunity. Build Expo offers over 20 expert seminars and workshops covering many topics.

2. American Institute of Architects Conference 2021

Four-day virtual event: 

  • June 17, 2021 (already past, but on-demand access for 30 days)

  • July 8, 2021 (already past, but on-demand access for 30 days)

  • July 29, 2021 (attend live, or get on-demand access for 30 days)

  • August 19, 2021 (attend live, or get on-demand access for 30 days)

Cost:

  • Standard price $499

  • AIA member $399

  • Assoc. AIA member $99

  • Student $25

  • New AIA member $25

A’21 brings together leaders in architecture and beyond for a four-day, immersive digital experience that defines the year ahead. Hear from the best in architecture, design, and beyond, including keynotes by José Andrés, Dr. Robert Bullard, Shelley Halstead, Gabriella Gómez-Mont, and leaders from ARO, BIG, McKissack & McKissack, SHoP Architects, and Moody Nolan.

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3. Greenbuild International Conference + Expo

September 21-23, 2021, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California

Cost: Multiple packages and pricing options

Powering the future of work for the green building and sustainability industry through education and events, the Greenbuild International Conference + Expo is open for registration. Designed with new keynotes, education tracks, and expanded networking, Greenbuild is a reimagined event experience designed for contractors in the trades.

4. AGC 2021 Convention

September 21-23, 2021, Orlando World Center Marriott, Orlando, Florida

Cost: 

  • Member: $1,200

  • Nonmember: $1,525

  • *Prices increase after July 30

The AGC Annual Convention provides contractors of all sizes business-critical insights into the issues most affecting their operations. From risk management and safety on the jobsite to the latest in project management solutions, AGC brings together experts from across the industry to share their knowledge and help prepare contractors to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.

5. Advancing Construction Quality Conference

September 27-29, 2021, Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center, Denver, Colorado

Cost: Multiple packages and pricing options

Advancing Construction Quality is North America’s ultimate end-to-end quality conference, focused on cementing quality at the heart of your company culture and providing your team the tools they need to get the job done right the first time. This is the first and only national event uniting hundreds of leaders in quality management, assurance, and control with operations teams to share lessons learned and showcase the tools, processes, and culture that will reduce rework, better manage risk, and drive accountability for quality excellence at every stage of the project.

6. World of Modular

On-demand Virtual Event

Cost: 60+ Sessions for Only $299 ($499 for non-MBI members)

Join modular construction professionals around the globe for the 38th annual World of Modular. For nearly 40 years, the Modular Building Institute (MBI) has provided professionals in the commercial modular building industry a place to network, exchange ideas, learn from experts, discuss issues, promote new products, and receive well-deserved awards and industry recognition. Listen to high-profile speakers, attend top-notch educational sessions, visit exhibits, and see the latest trends in commercial modular construction, entertainment, and more.

7. Groundbreaking Women in Construction

On-demand virtual event, available through April 2022

Cost: 

  • Individual: $249

  • Group rate: $229

  • Student rate: $100

GWIC is much more than just a conference—it serves as a catalyst that helps women expand their presence, influence, and career success in an ever-shifting industry. Female contractors will learn to share, challenge, and inspire in their organizations. It also has grown into the leading talent-development and networking event for construction industry professionals. Enjoy this year's programming online, and plan to attend next year’s event, May 12-13, 2022, in San Francisco.

8. The Buildings Show 2021

December 1-3, 2021, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada

Cost: TBD

The Buildings Show provides an unforgettable experience as North America's largest event for products, services, educational programming, and professional networking. This event is where the design, architecture, construction, and real estate sectors meet.

9. Louisville Build, Renovate & Landscape Expo

January 14-16, 2022, Kentucky International Convention Center, Louisville, Kentucky

Cost:

  • Adults - $4

  • Children - Free

This comprehensive home show brings together homeowners and many of the most knowledgeable and experienced remodeling and building experts. Every aspect of the home can be explored, from the smallest design detail to the largest house addition. Professionals will share their valuable knowledge to bring your ideas to life or inspire you with new ones.  

10. World of Concrete

January 18-20, 2022, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada

Cost: $105

World of Concrete (WOC) has been serving the global concrete and masonry construction industries for 46 years. The organization connects and educates buyers and sellers through live and digital events throughout the year, facilitated via worldofconcrete.com, WOC360.com, and its bimonthly WOC360 e-newsletter. WOC’s goal is to provide this important community with the connections, intelligence, and opportunities that help customers grow, do business, and make better informed business decisions.

11. NAHB International Builders Show (IBS) 2022

February 8-10, 2022, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida

Cost: 

IBS Expo Pass:

  • NAHB Members - FREE

  • Nonmembers - $50

Education + Expo Pass:

  • NAHB Members - $350

  • Nonmembers - $525

The NAHB International Builders' Show (IBS)—the premier, once-a-year event that connects, educates, and improves the residential construction industry—is a hub for new product launches, construction demos, industry thought-leader sessions, workshops, panel discussions, and more. The people, products, and knowledge you’ll gain will give you the real ideas and solutions you need to grow and strengthen your essential business.

12. CONSTRUCT

2022 date and location to be determined

CONSTRUCT is an AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) educational program and exhibition that brings together the different disciplines within the construction industry to help improve building for the future. CONSTRUCT provides a platform for exploring and refining innovative solutions to complex problems facing the AEC industry today. During the three-day educational program and two-day expo, industry leaders converge with a common goal of educating and inspiring for the betterment of the industry.

13. New York Build

March 2022, Javits Center, New York City, New York

Cost: Free

New York Build is the largest construction show in New York. Since its launch five years ago, New York Build has steadily built up a loyal following of construction industry leaders, drawing in attendees with its focus on New York and the surrounding Tri-state region, its first-class content, free AIA- and CES-approved workshops, entertainment and multiple networking events. 

14. ServiceTitan Pantheon 

Los Angeles, California, April 21-22, 2022

ServiceTitan’s annual user conference, Pantheon, returns in April 2022 with exciting keynotes, software training, product announcements and, of course, epic parties and fun. Pantheon fosters a community of highly skilled trades professionals who are passionate about uniting in their vision for the industry to work smarter and faster, and deliver an exceptional customer experience.

Stay tuned for more details, including registration, venue, and ticketing information, and the announcement of the Pantheon 2022 keynote speakers.

15. CONEXPO-CON/AGG 

Las Vegas, Nevada, March 14-18, 2023

Cost: Multiple packages and pricing options

CONEXPO-CON/AGG is the only event that connects experts from every major construction sector. Here, you’ll meet the people who make the machines, discover new technologies, and build relationships in the construction community—all leading to new opportunities to improve your business, become more efficient, and grow your place within the industry.  

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