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The event was the biggest ever, as nearly 60,000 gathered in Dallas, Tex., for the annual convention and show of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in mid-January. Builders roamed through 18 acres of exhibits in three buildings and had the opportunity to attend 175 educational programs and hear 700 speakers at the four-day event. As usual, high-ranking bureaucrats and legislators made news. Highlights of the convention included: • A look at the "Smart House Project," a joint effort of 29 participating manufacturers and 11 major advisory council members, which might be the hottest topic in construction in the near future. • A call to arms against tax reform, which the NAHB says is cutting housing starts, making