Houses provide so much more than just shelter from the elements. They are a space of your own where you can rest, recharge, and make lifelong memories with friends and family.

Building resilient, comfortable homes to meet those needs is a top priority for the residential construction industry. The 2024 International Builders’ Show (IBS) showcased all things home construction – from the latest appliances and fixtures to in-demand home design trends – drawing a massive crowd of over 100,000 attendees and 1,800 exhibitors to sunny Las Vegas.

Amidst the hustle and bustle, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) booth hosted an impressive roster of innovation and expertise. On display were two propane-powered technologies: Bindus Manufacturing’s Heat Pump Helper™, a system that works with electric heat pumps and water heaters to ensure cozy, consistent home heat, and Upstart Power’s Fuel Cell technology, a virtually silent, non-combustion generator that provides reliable power. These pieces of equipment are the latest examples of how propane can partner with other energy sources, like electricity, to create sustainable, resilient homes.

In the ProBuilder Show Village, attendees toured two modular concept homes. One of the homes, a 1,600 square foot house, featured a propane-powered clothes dryer, cooking range, water heater, outdoor fire table, and furnace. With propane, homeowners and homebuilders can build dream homes almost anywhere – propane is stored on site, so there’s no need to build around natural gas lines or the electric grid. Propane appliances are highly efficient, often leading to homeowners recovering the cost of their investment in just a few years. And with a lower carbon intensity than the average U.S. electric grid, propane is a clean energy solution for homes across the country.

IBS activities were capped off with the Clean Build Conversations panel, where TV personalities and construction experts Matt Blashaw and Anthony Carrino shared insight into a number of topics such as how to build healthy homes, outdoor living trends, preparing for emergencies and power outages, and home design elements that help achieve sustainability.

Watch the Clean Build Conversations panel recap below to learn more about using propane at home.