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WASHINGTON, March 28- Builders and other housing industry professionals will meet in Denver to discuss the latest active adult and seniors housing design trends and innovations and the state of the market at the seventh annual Building for Boomers & Beyond: 50+ Housing Symposium. Hosted by the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) 50+ Housing Council, the Symposium, held May 30 – June 1 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center, is considered the premier education and networking event for housing professionals who serve the 50+ market.

This year’s Symposium offers several new events, including home tours and an awards gala. The NAHB 50+ Council will recognize the winners of the Best of 50+ Housing Awards at a gala held on May 31. The prestigious design and marketing awards recognize those builders, developers and other professionals working in the 50+ housing industry that have shown true excellence and innovation in their work. In addition, the Symposium’s popular housing tours have been expanded this year to meet demand. Attendees can now choose from one of three different tours: Active Adult, Service Enriched, and Transit-Oriented (Urban). Separate fees apply to the awards gala and housing tours.

Another highlight of this year’s Symposium is the press conference on Green Building and the 50+ Home Buyer, May 31. In this session, Colorado builder John Kurowski and Baltimore-based architect Ed Hord, AIA, will discuss the great demand among boomers for green building and how builders and architects are responding to this demand.

“With the addition of this year’s Best of 50+ Housing Awards gala and the newly expanded tour of homes, this year’s 50+ Housing Symposium will be an event not to be missed,” said Bob Tippets, 2007 Chairman of the NAHB 50+ Housing Council and a builder from Salt Lake City, Utah. “Attendees not only have a great opportunity to network with their peers and attend superior industry educational sessions, but they can also take advantage of the post-conference courses and get credit toward the new Certified Active Adult Specialist in Housing (CAASH) designation.”

In addition to the new offerings, the Symposium offers a multitude of educational programs, including breakout sessions and for-credit post-conference courses. Session topics include:

– Higher-density housing that appeals to boomers

– Kitchens and master suites: two keys to the hearts of boomers

– How 50+ consumers buy and sell homes

– Beyond Sun City: exciting new 50+ designs for home and community

The symposium will feature several speakers discussing the latest trends in the 50+ market, headlined by keynote speaker Andrew Zolli. A noted foresight and global trends consultant, Zolli will examine the ways in which increased longevity will touch every part of life, from the workplace and financial planning to health care and changing family structures. In the general session, best-selling author Sarah Susanka will talk about how the “Not So Big” housing movement is influencing the way boomers live. Real estate advisor Tim Sullivan, president of Sullivan Real Estate Advisors, will assess the long-term opportunities and challenges facing building professionals today.

In addition to the educational opportunities and speaker sessions, attendees can visit the extensive exhibit hall, featuring the newest and most innovative products for the 50+ market. The exhibit hall will also host two cocktail receptions.

Advance registration for Building for Boomers & Beyond ends May 11. To register, or for more information, please visit On site registration will also be available.

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