November 13, 2013
You’ve no doubt heard of the International Builder’s Show (IBS) and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS). But have you ever heard of Design & Construction Week? Probably not. That’s because it’s brand-new in 2014! It’s the result of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) agreeing to hold their respective events, IBS and KBIS, simultaneously at the same location.
The first annual Design & Construction Week will be held Feb. 4–6, 2014, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. While the two shows will remain in separate halls and provide distinct educational programming and special events, the mega-event promises to be the largest residential construction exposition in the nation in 2014. All registrants will have access to the exhibits of both IBS and KBIS as well as the exhibits of a third show, the International Window Coverings Expo.
“This new format allows exhibitors to reach a full range of design and construction professionals who buy, specify and influence the products that go into American homes,” says NAHB Chairman Barry Rutenberg, a home builder from Gainesville, Fla. “For attendees, it means access to two expansive trade show floors and hundreds of additional suppliers to meet.”
John Morgan, NKBA 2013 president, describes it as “Two shows, two associations, and one place to see and connect with every aspect of residential construction and remodeling.” Morgan is president of Morgan Pinnacle, a manufacturer’s representative for cabinetry and technology brands. “We couldn’t be more excited to deliver this special event for the industry.”
“IBS is an excellent opportunity for NTA to distribute information and solidify confidence in our services, which are invaluable to manufacturers looking to get their building products to market faster,” says Dale Arter, NTA Director of Product Certification and Testing.
“With attendance expected to reach 75,000 and exhibiting companies to top 1,500, the networking opportunities for NTA are going to be extraordinary,” says David Tompos, NTA President and CEO.
Not surprisingly, more than a dozen trade associations and industry groups have signed on as supporting organizations for the show. Supporting organization members will enjoy discounted registration for the event, while the groups’ leaders will be invited to participate in the IBS roundtable to discuss trends in the U.S. housing market and exchange ideas with other industry notables. Supporting organizations announced so far include:
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