Thursday, November 14, 2019

Talking with Building Systems Council’s Director, Devin Perry

I met Devin Perry, the Director of the NAHB’s Building Systems Council, just as he took the reins to this invaluable organization and watched as he has brought it back to prominence after the 2008 housing recession.

Devin Perry, Director, Building Systems Council

Membership is growing and attendance at both the BSC annual meeting and the BSC Lounge at the IBS shows his dedication to making this Council the place to join and meet with others involved in all the different types of offsite construction industries.

So I sat down with Devin to learn what he and his staff are working on for offsite construction. Sit back and learn what he and his staff are planning.

Gary Fleisher (Modcoach): ‘The Building Systems Council annual meeting in Pittsburgh seemed to be a great success. What have you heard from BSC members and others about it?’

Devin Perry, Director, BSC: “We received tremendous feedback from our attendees. Networking and education annually rank as the top two reasons industry professionals attend the Building Systems Housing Summit and the conference received high marks in both categories.”

“On the education side, attendees scored the keynote presentation by Skyline Champion Corporation CEO Mark Yost very favorably. Other highly rated presenters included Danushka Nanyakkara-Skillington, an NAHB economist and Ed Hudson from the Home Innovation Research Labs.”

“Overall, the 2019 Summit was our highest rated conference this decade.”

Modcoach: “I personally thought it was the best annual meeting in many years. Where is next year’s meeting and are speakers lining up to talk?

Devin: “Glad you enjoyed yourself and we certainly appreciated your attendance!”

“We’re extremely excited about Summit 2020, which is September 27-29 at the W Midtown in Atlanta. Because the event has grown, the National Association of Home Builders is dedicating more resources to next year’s event.

We are developing an additional education track geared towards builders who want to learn more about off-site construction techniques, especially modular homes. As you have mentioned, there is a lack of education opportunities for builders that want to learn more about systems-built housing and the Building Systems Councils intends to fill that gap. More details will be available soon, but we are lining up presenters that will give “hands-in-the-dirt”, first hand practical education sessions on adopting modular, panelized, concrete, log and timber frame construction.

Best yet, our repeat attendees can take advantage of education opportunities focused on economic data, builder trends and industry insights,all while networking with a broader group interested in buying their products. It’s a win-win.”

Modcoach:
“Next up is IBS in Las Vegas. The Building Systems Council Lounge has grown every year and I expect this year to be the best yet. What do you have planned for Vegas?”

Devin:
“Yes, it’s hard to believe but the International Builders Show is just over two months away. We have lined up a tremendous amount of programming in the Building Systems Council Lounge, the home of off-site construction at IBS.

On the modular side, we have great presentations scheduled by Ken Semler and Vaughan Buckley. Also, a panel of BSC members will take audience questions about adopting modular construction on Tuesday, Jan 21 from 10:30 – 11:00 AM.

The lounge is hosting networking receptions on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon with complimentary food and beverages. All IBS attendees in the off-site construction industry are welcome to attend.”

Modcoach:
“How does someone become a member of BSC and what are the benefits of joining?”

Devin:
"First and foremost, you must be an NAHB member. NAHB operates under a three-for-one membership model:- when you join your local home builders association, you automatically became a member of your state association and the NAHB. You can find your local home builders association by visiting nahb.org/join

Once a member of NAHB, you can join the Building Systems Councils as a modular home manufacturer, home builder or associate (goods and service providers) member. While each group has its own tailored benefits, BSC members enjoy opportunities for business development, nationwide marketing exposure and access to exclusive events by joining the council. Anyone interested in learning more about joining the BSC can contact me directly, 202-266-8577, dperry@nahb.org or visit nahb.org/whybsc for more information.”

Modcoach:
“Modular, panels and offsite market shares were a big part of the BSC Annual Meeting. What can the BSC do to help increase it?”

Devin:
“That’s the 3,000-pound gorilla in the room, isn’t it? BSC members and staff are working tirelessly to promote systems-built construction to the greater home builder community. There isn’t a better vehicle to champion modular and panelized home building than NAHB, which has over 140,000 members nationally and internationally.

Specifically, BSC is developing a new guide for builders interested in exploring off-site construction. It will be made available to all NAHB members as a benefit of joining the BSC. I equate the information published in the guide to a 200-level education course- and it will delve into each of the construction methods represented by the Council.

We’re partnering with some of our like-minded groups, like the Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) and Structural Building Components Association (SBCA), to promote their educational resources through the BSC. For example, SIPA is sponsoring the BSC Lounge at IBS and the SBCA is sending a large contingent of members and staff to the three-day trade show for the purpose of exploring future opportunities. It’s the same for individual companies as well-the BSC was part of the conversation that led Skyline Champion Corporation back to IBS-where they are re-launching the Genesis® brand.

We’re also using our annual events, The Building Systems Housing Summit and Building Systems Councils Lounge at IBS, to promote systems-built construction especially at the Summit with the new education track, dedicated to builders that want to learn more about offsite construction.”

Devin, thank you for an interesting interview about the value of belonging to the Building Systems Council and all the great projects you’ve planned for us in the future.

All of us at Modular Home Builder blog wish you and the BSC the very best in 2020 and we’ll see you in Vegas!

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