EH to launch TecHome Builder Conference & Expo in Phoenix, AZ, May 18 -20, 2005

Event to Address Builders' Surging Interest in Home Technologies and IT Solutions

Framingham, MA - July 7, 2004 - EH Events & Education, the trade show unit of EH Publishing, Inc., announced today its plans to produce an annual conference -driven trade event for homebuilders at the Phoenix Civic Plaza in 2005. Titled the TecHome Builder Conference & Expo (TBX), the event will feature suppliers and integrators of home technology and IT solutions as exhibitors and attract homebuilders, architects, remodelers and allied trades as attendees. Over 100 exhibitors and 1,500 attendees are projected for the inaugural event. TBX conferences will run May 18 -20; the exposition will run May 19 -20.


Homebuilders are aggressively adding products like structured wiring, multiroom audio, home theater, home automation, electronic security and advanced energy efficiency products to their standard and optional features mix. In fact, recent research shows market penetration for structured wiring systems exceeding half of all housing starts, while the other home technologies are all experiencing strong growth and headed toward double -digit market penetration rates. In the IT solutions arena, a recent EH Research/TecHome Builder magazine study found strong usage of computer applications, including:

* Accounting - 86%
* Automated Options Selection - 17%
* CAD - 67%
* Consumer Oriented Websites - 94%
* Cost Estimating - 73%
* Inventory Management - 25%
* Marketing/Sales Lead Tracking - 47%
* Online Home Financing Qualification - 26%
* Project Management & Job Scheduling - 65%
* Proposal/Bid Management - 67%
* Virtual Home Tours - 34%
* Web -based Customer Service - 24%

Forty seminars, two keynotes and dozens of manufacturer training sessions will populate the TBX conference program. EH envisions a three track program covering:
* TecHomes & Communities -about incorporating technology in new homes and communities to increase sales and profits.
* Tech Sales & Marketing Solutions -about using information technology to sell and market new homes effectively.
* Tech Management Solutions -about using information technology to increase field and back -office productivity.

"The TecHome Builder Conference & Expo will help builders, remodelers, and architects keep pace with the rapid rate of change in technology to ensure they maximize their opportunities and wisely implement systems for improvement," said John Galante, vice president of EH Events & Education and publisher of EH's market leading TecHome Builder magazine, which will sponsor the event and serve as one of its most important promotional tools. "The time is right for a focused event like this. EH's expertise in the market via TecHome Builder magazine and its track record of successful tradeshow launch and development make it the perfect organizer for TBX."

Priority exhibit space selection reservations will be taken starting July 14, 2004. To submit an application for a space selection number, please contact John Galante at 703 -352 -9211, jgalante@ehpub.com.

About TecHome Builder
TecHome Builder magazine is the only magazine that provides builders with essential information and advice on how to leverage technology to increase productivity, competitive edge, and profits and how to incorporate technology products and services effectively in new homes and remodeling projects. It features a blend of builder and industry news, product news and analysis, builder profiles and how -to stories to create an authoritative resource on technology for the builder.

About EH Events & Education
EH Events & Education develops and produces world -class trade shows, conferences and events for the electronic home industry. The EH Events & Education flagship event, Electronic House Expo (EHX) was named the fastest growing tradeshow in America by Tradeshow Week magazine in 2003 and is the leading trade event of the electronic home industry, joining thousands of industry professionals together with leading manufacturers and service providers.

Contact:
Nancy Franco
EH Publishing
508.663.1500 x234
nfranco@ehpub.com

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