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2021 Design & Construction Week Converts to All-Virtual Event

Posted on 12 October 2020 by cradmin3

Due to health and safety concerns and ongoing travel restrictions stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) have regretfully announced that the 8th annual Design & Construction Week® (DCW) featuring NAHB’s International Builders’ Show® (IBS) and NKBA’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® (KBIS) will no longer be an on-site event. Instead, the two groups are planning a robust, all-virtual event.

Design & Construction Week was scheduled to take place on Feb. 9-11, 2021, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The new all-virtual DCW 2021 will still take place the week of Feb. 8 with extended programming.

“Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety of our exhibitors, attendees and the thousands of onsite workers who support the premier event of the residential construction industry, we feel the only prudent course is to make this year’s show a virtual event,” said NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke, a custom home builder from Tampa, Fla. “We have plenty of great virtual educational programs, innovative products, services and workshops on tap, and we are very excited about the 2021 show. It’s an opportunity to set a precedent for the industry by producing a dynamic virtual trade show, and we look forward to a very successful Design & Construction Week.”

“This difficult decision comes following months of lengthy conversations with NAHB and Emerald,” said Bill Darcy, CEO of the NKBA. “The safety and well-being of our attendees, partners, exhibitors, site workers and staff has always been our top priority. As we now cross the 16-weeks-out mark, it was time to transition to 100 percent focus on a virtual event. An all-virtual Design & Construction Week will be a different experience, but with it comes new opportunities to reach an even larger audience that would not have been able to participate on-site, for any number of reasons, including on-going travel restrictions. We pledge to transform KBIS into an exceptional show experience for everyone. And we will be back live — bigger and stronger — for DCW 2022.”

Registration for the virtual DCW event is free for all NKBA and NAHB members and, as with the in-person shows, attendees will have access to KBIS and IBS exhibitors and programming. The new virtual format will allow participants to see the latest product launches and cutting-edge housing and design innovations, hear from the top leaders in the industry, and take part in online education courses, from wherever they are in the world.

Design & Construction Week will return to Orlando as an in-person event Feb. 8-10, 2022.

Further details on the virtual offerings will be forthcoming. For more information on the International Builders’ Show, visit  www.buildersshow.com, and for information on the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, visit www.kbis.com.

You may also be interested in this article: IWF Announces Virtual Trade Show

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Design & Construction Week Draws 85,000 Attendees

Posted on 11 January 2018 by cradmin

The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and the International Builders’ Show (IBS) were held January 9 to 11 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. This year’s shows brought one of the highest turnouts in recent history.

Design & Construction Week, as the combined events are known, drew more than 85,000 attendees, and 60,000 of those were registered for IBS.

“Each and every year, a tremendous amount of work goes into making IBS an extremely valuable, can’t-miss event for anyone in residential construction,” said Geoff Cassidy, NAHB senior vice president of exhibitions and meetings. “And once again, the show was an incredible success with a palpable enthusiasm reflective of the momentum in the homebuilding industry.”

This year also marked an expansion of space for IBS from 569,000 sq. ft. to 583,000 sq. ft., and more than 1,500 exhibitors were available to demonstrate and display all the latest products and technology for homebuilders, which includes the countertop industry. Increased foot traffic was widely reported by the exhibitors.

“The show is back, and we were extremely busy all week,” said Vicki Frye, director of corporate marketing for Ply Gem. “People are eager to know what’s new, so we had a lot of fun showing them a wide variety of real products for real projects, from entry-level and do-it-yourself, to higher price-point homes.”

Attendees at the shows were able to view and interact with product demos, network with peers and attend more than 140 educational classes and presentations by industry experts.

“After attending just two [education] sessions, I already found exactly what I came for,” said Walt Schumm, a custom home builder and president of C.D., LLC in Crestwood, Ky. “I’ve made several new connections with whom I think we’ll strike up business relationships. Plus, it’s really interesting to see a huge presence from Asian and European vendors on the show floor. The products they’ve got on display are just unbelievable.”

KBIS Awards and Honorees

Although no one from the countertop industry was a Best of KBIS 2018 award winner, several great products were chosen:

  • Best of Kitchen: Gold – Tresco Lighting by Rev-A-Shelf
  • Best of Kitchen: Silver – FlexWash + FlexDry by Samsung Electronics
  • Best of Bath: Gold –  Grid by Kallista
  • Best of Bath: Silver – D-KAURI designed by Daniel Germani for Cosentino
  • Best of Smart Home Technology – Front Load Washer with QuickDrive by Samsung Electronics
  • Best in Show – Grid by Kallista

In addition to product awards, several kitchen and bath showrooms were honored, including the following:

  • Independent Retail Showroom Locations (1-5 showroom locations): Small – K2 Kitchens & K2 Kitchens Design Group
  • Independent Retail Showroom Locations (1-5 showroom locations): Medium – Häfele America Co.
  • Independent Retail Showroom Locations (1-5 showroom locations): Large – Empire Kitchen & Bath
  • Multi Location Retail Showrooms (6+ showroom locations): Medium – Miele
  • Multi Location Retail Showrooms (6+ showroom locations): Large – Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery – Naples
  • Overall Award Winner – Empire Kitchen & Bath

Design & Construction Week 2019 will be held in Las Vegas from February 19 to 21.

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MIA+BSI Joins IBS and KBIS for Design & Construction Week 2017

Posted on 17 November 2016 by cradmin

mia bsi natural stone institute logoMIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute is a supporting organization of the fourth annual Design & Construction Week (DCW).

Founding partners, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) will continue driving the possibilities of home forward as the co-location of the NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® (KBIS) moves to Orlando, January 10-12, 2017. DCW will bring together more than 80,000 design and construction professionals in the largest gathering of the residential design and construction industry.

MIA+BSI members will enjoy discounted registration for the event, while the organization’s leaders will participate in the Design & Construction Week Executive Roundtable to discuss issues and trends in the US housing market and exchange ideas with other industry thought leaders.

“MIA+BSI is thrilled to be a DCW Supporting Organization. We look forward to the networking and education opportunities offered by this event. Our members will benefit greatly from attending Design & Construction Week,” said MIA President David Castellucci.

“We have seen explosive growth in Design & Construction Week over the past few years, primarily due the draw of having so many big industry players all in one place,” said NAHB CEO Jerry Howard. “The support of MIA+BSI only further bolsters the prominence of this event. DCW has become the premier event for our industry, and we expect the 2017 show to be the best year yet.”

“NKBA is thrilled about this collaboration, bringing so many industry representatives together in one location creates huge value for everyone involved,” said Bill Darcy, NKBA CEO. “This is ultimately a huge win for consumers, as we lead the way in connecting the industry.”

Show dates include:

  • NAHB International Builders’ Show: January 10-12, Orange County Convention Center
  • Kitchen & Bath Industry Show: January 10-12, Orange County Convention Center

Registration is open at designandconstructionweek.com—registered attendees will have access to both trade shows held during Design & Construction Week.

You may also be interested in viewing other upcoming trade shows on our Calendar of Events.

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Updates From Design & Construction Week

Posted on 18 January 2016 by cradmin

dcw-logo (1)Design & Construction Week is only one day away, and 2016 marks the second year we will be attending the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), the International Builders Show (IBS) and The International Surface Event (TISE).

We will start the event early Tuesday at the Las Vegas Convention Center, leaving the day primarily for KBIS while Wednesday will be back and forth between KBIS, IBS and TISE. Then, on Thursday, we spend the entire day at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center to meet with some of our favorite suppliers and equipment manufacturers at TISE.

This year, I will personally be keeping you updated on each day’s events, giving all of you who can’t be there a sneak peek at some of the latest products in countertops and countertop fabrication. I will also be attending several presentations, such as Green Homebuyers, Green Home Trends and Water Conservation on Tuesday, Best of KBIS Awards on Wednesday and Affordable Sustainability hosted by Ed Begley, Jr. on Thursday.

Stay tuned at the end of each day for a new update on all the latest from KBIS, IBS and TISE.

DSC_1989Tuesday, January 19 – KBIS

Although we didn’t make the opening ceremony fetauring Jay Leno, the day started early enough with a visit to Wilsonart, checking out all of the new and exciting products they have to offer this year. Wilsonart’s theme, Explore New Surfaces, is not entirely about new surfaces, but new combinations, such as mixing their new quartz countertops with wood or stone-inspired laminate backsplashes and vertical surfacing, as can be seen in the photo below.

From there we explored the always-lavish Kohler booth, and the introduction of their new kitchen sinks and faucests, which included a single-basin sink made of ultrapolished steel designed by Kelly Wearstler under the DSC_1991Ann Sacks brand.

Directly afterward, we set out to speak with Tim Blair, president of Native Trails, who gave me a personal tour of their new sustainably manufactured sinks that incorporate jute fibers into a concrete base.

Next, we said hello to Cathy Morgan and the folks at Federal Brace, who have developed some of the most innovative countertop supports and brackets on the market today.

After Federal Brace, it was time to visit the presentation on Green Home Trends, where we learned some important information for our sister website GreenSurfaceResource.com. Be on the lookout over there for further details on what the future has in store for sustainable homes.

DSC_2018One of the most impressive new designs at the show this year came from Silestone by Cosentino. Their new Silestone Plus quartz surfacing repels liquids and provides “enhanced color” and “increased luster,” and I was personally impressed and intrigued by the process witnessed in the demonstration.


Wednesday, January 20 – IBS

Wednesday was not as fast-paced as Tuesday was, but we still managed to meet up with DSC_2081several of our favorite suppliers, mostly at IBS, but as scheduling would have it, there was a enough back and forth between the North and South Halls to put in another 15-mile day.

Our first stop was a visit to our friends at IceStone to say hi and check out the latest additions to the company’s line of recycled glass surfacing, and from there, we went straight to the eye-catching displays offered by Italian stone dealer Antolini. Antolini displayed several unique pieces, including a few filled with amazing fossils, the most impressive of which was Jurassic Brown “Extra” Polished Finish. The company’s floor-to-ceiling natural stone design was equally as impressive.

DSC_2062After Antolini, it was time to catch the first and only presentation of the day back at the KBISNEXT Stage. This presentation was about indoor air quality and provided some interesting material for our readers at GreenSurfaceResource.com.

Despite the company’s recent troubles and our detailed reporting of its stock collapse, we had a fantastic meeting with Caesarstone, and it looks like things are finally picking up. It was great to see everyone in such a positive light, ready to put the past behind them. This year, Caesarstone has been focusing on lights and whites. Among the notable new colors we saw were Statuario Nuvo, Calacatta Nuvo, Vivid White and Statuario Maximus Honed.

DSC_2075Our last stop on the show floor for the day was one of the best we had at the show this year. Neolith/TheSize had several new designs of its sintered compact surfacing, many of which were based on solid earth tones, natural wood and marble. These slabs are available in several formats, sizes and thicknesses for use as DSC_2078countertops and vertical surfaces. We watched a quick display of how these surfaces can be used as stovetops and how they resist heat and open flames.

After Neolith, we took the shuttle over for our first look at TISE where we met with a few dealers of eco-friendly flooring products and fellow media personnel. We also had a talk with our friends at the Marble Institute of America who were celebrating their partnership with the Building Stone Institue (BSI).

Shortly after our meeting, we all headed down to the banquet hall for the MIA+BSI happy hour with stoneworkers, stonebuilders and stone dealers from around the country. At the happy hour, I had a few great conversations with Kevin Cole and Paul Wisnefski of ISFA,  and then I met Ted Pitts and Harry Hollander, founders of one of our closest supporters: Morware. This year, Harry and Ted brought their entire crew, including Patrick Foley, host of the StoneTalk podcast, Jason Pliml in marketing and Kathleen Teodoro in support.

Thursday, January 21 – TISE

Thursday was our last day in Las Vegas, and we were more than happy to spend it at TISE with some of our favorite equipment dealers from years past and a couple of new ones. We were thrilled from the get go because we ran across a new safety product called CarryMate, a device that provides handles for lifting and carrying slabs with a reduced risk of back injury.

After discussing CarryMate, we had a talk with Laser Products Industries about its templating system and then the vacuum-lifting equipment from Wood’s Powr-Grip. At that point, the presentation from CMS Brembana caught my eye. This international company DSC_2085was one of the first to manufacture a CNC machining center for stone working in the 1980s.

From there, we strolled across the aisle to see the good people at Lackmond, and I had a very enlightening discussion with Ted Skaff, Vice-President of Marketing. Lackmond has been manufacturing diamond stone-cutting tools for more than two decades, and its products have evolved over time to meet the needs of the industry.

After talking with Lackmond, we met with Chemical Concepts, who was primarily promoting its CounterBalance countertop support brackets and Chem-Set line of adhesives and fasteners.

We had a busy morning on the floor, so we took advantage of the Press Room Luncheon before heading back out to meet with our friend Stephanie Kadlec of Park Industries. Park Industries had several of their state-of-the-art machines on display, including the Fusion CNC Saw/Waterjet DSC_2082and the Saber 5-Axis CNC Saw.

Next on our schedule was BACA Systems, an old friend and sponser. Marketing Manager Debbie Gettings said the company has had an extremely busy year, but as always, everyone was happy to take time out of their regular workdays for the show, promoting its Robo SawJet. The Robo SawJet is an impressive piece of machinery, and the company says it can save fabricators 20 percent on material and 70 percent on labor.

After meeting with BACA, we headed over to one of the most hyped presentations of the week: Affordable Sustainability hosted by Ed Begley, Jr. and sponsored by Bostik, who has an eco-friendly adhesive that is said to be one of the best in the industry.

DSC_2087Finally, our last meeting was with Craid Horsley at Daltile, who has a wide range of countertop options available for fabricators, including granite, One Quartz Surfaces, natural quartzite, marble, limestone and travertine.

Of course, we met with a lot of other companies – far too many to name – and learned more than we could ever share. Thanks to everyone who took time to speak with us and share industry knowledge. We wish we could mention you all (and we will try to get all of the great info up on the site eventually). Even though the show consisted of long days with 10 to 15 miles of walking on each, all-in-all, we had a great time being there and presenting you with a lot that is new for 2016. Stay tuned in the coming months for further product news gathered from Design & Construction Week.

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Wood’s Powr-Grip Offers Code for Free TISE Registration

Posted on 04 December 2015 by cradmin

Wood’s Powr-Grip, makers of a variety of lifting equipment, is offering free registration for the upcoming TISE show. TISE (The International Surface Event) is made up of three shows: StonExpo, Tile Expo and Surfaces. And, it is once again part of Design & Construction Week, so those registered for TISE also gain entrance to the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and the NAHB’s International Builder Show (IBS). The events run concurrent from January 19 to 22 in Las Vegas. Click Here to register now for free. It is not clear how long this opportunity for free registration is open, so interested parties are urged to take advantage of it as soon as possible.

You may also be interested in this calendar listing explaining how to register for Coverings 2016 for free in April.

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2016 Presidential Candidate Forum to be Held During Design & Construction Week in Vegas

Posted on 03 November 2015 by cradmin

The National Journal, along with sponsorship from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and in partnership with Vegas PBS, will convene a 2016 presidential candidate forum during Design & Construction Week in Las Vegas in January.  Design & Construction week includes the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), StonExpo, TileExpo, the International Builders Show (IBS) and Surfaces. The forum titled, “Building Opportunity: Solutions for the American Dream,” will give the candidates the opportunity to address the issues affecting the country in front of the largest annual gathering of housing industry professionals. The candidates are invited to discuss their vision for taking on America’s domestic, economic and foreign policy issues. The forum will be co-moderated by Atlantic Media Editorial Director Ronald Brownstein and Jon Ralston, host of Vegas PBS’s “Ralston Live.” The event will be held at the Westgate Hotel, Paradise Event Center, in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. PT (8:30 – 10:30 p.m. ET). A full agenda will be released in the coming months.

You may also be interested in seeing what else is coming up on our Calendar of Events!

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KBIS 2016, Voices From The Industry Registration Opens

Posted on 14 September 2015 by cradmin

The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show(KBIS) is again co-locating with the International Builders’ Show (IBS) and The International Surface Event (TISE) for Design & Construction Week in Las Vegas Jan. 19 to 21, 2016. Registration is now open for KBIS and its Voices From the Industry (VFTI) conference sessions. VFTI will host numerous conference sessions with opportunities to earn CEUs for the the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). NKBA members can register free during September and receive the 2016 EXPO pass that gives access to all of the Design & Construction Week shows. Non-members can register for a fee.

You may also be interested in viewing up-coming events on our Events Calendar.

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On the Floor at KBIS 2015 and TISE

Posted on 17 February 2015 by cradmin

DSC_0090It’s been three weeks since the end of Design & Construction Week, but if you are anything like us, it has taken this long just to get back into the swing of a standard work week. For the second year in a row, the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) was co-located with the International Builders’ Show (IBS), and this year the two shows held at the Las Vegas Convention Center were joined by The International Surface Event (TISE), which was hosted by the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, also in Las Vegas.

For us here at CountertopResource.com, this was an exceptional event because it is the first that I personally had the pleasure of attending. I had a fantastic time meeting many of our longtime readers and clients in person for the first time and chatting with representatives and owners of some of the most prominent companies in the countertop industry. Not only was the show interesting and exciting on a personal level, it marked an upswing in overall attendance and the industry in general.

Design & Construction Week was held this year from January 20 to 22. It was the 51st annual event for KBIS, and including attendees and exhibitors at IBS, 2015 was a “banner year.” More than 500 exhibitors were on the floor in both the North Hall and South Hall while IBS was held in the Center Hall. The addition of the South Hall provided an extra 500,000 square feet of floor space for exhibitors and on-floor programming. Overall, 3,750 exhibitors spread across 4.7 million square feet of floor space participated in Design & Construction Week.


In all, more than 125,000 dealers, designers, suppliers and builders participated in the event, which is an increase of 5 percent over last year. In addition, more than 300 media representatives were on hand to cover what is the largest platform devoted to the kitchen & bath industry in North American. According to the Las Vegas Review, Design & Construction Week helps to make January one of the busiest months of the year for the Convention Center.

“Everything about this year’s show lived up to the promise of bigger, better and bolder,” said Bill Darcy, CEO of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). “We were thrilled not only by the turnout but by how many innovations were introduced by exhibitors this year. We couldn’t be happier that the industry sees KBIS as the platform to successfully launch new products.”


Brian Pagel, vice president of the kitchen and bath division of Emerald Expositions, the company producing the show, also released a statement about the event. “KBIS 2015 and our participation in Design & Construction Week was a huge success. We are incredibly excited about the future of these events given the prospect of a stronger housing market in 2015.”

At KBIS 2015, I was able to get a few sneak peeks at some of the latest technologies and designs from a few of the most prominent surfacing manufacturers in the world. Formica had two new collections on display, and Wilsonart announced the company was introducing a new line of quartz surfacing (although I kind of had the scoop on that a little bit early.

A few miles away at the Mandalay Convention Center, TISE was being held in conjunction with Design & Construction Week. Last year, the event included SURFACES and StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas, and this year, it was co-launched with the all-new TileExpo, which brought together professionals from the stone, tile and flooring industries.


At TISE, I was in awe at some of the state-of-the art machinery that was brought out to display. One of the most prominent and impressive of these was the RoboSawJet from BACA Systems. However, Park Industries also made a distinct impression with the STORM Multi-Blade System and the HydroClear 90 water treatment system. Finally, I would be negligent if I failed to mention that ETemplate Systems walked away with the 2015 StonExpo Technology Award for its ELaser 3-D and 2-D measuring system.

Back at KBIS and IBS, representatives from the NKBA and the National Home Builders’ Association (NHBA), announced that the two shows will continue to co-locate through 2020, and KBIS 2016 is scheduled for January 19 through January 21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. I am already excited for what this event will bring, and I hope to see you all there.  And apparently TISE will once again be going on in conjunction with the other shows! I think it will be another one to remember…

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