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International Builders’ Show and Kitchen & Bath Industry Show Extend Co-Location Agreement for Design & Construction Week

August 23, 2018

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22—The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) today announced an agreement to extend the co-location of the NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), known as Design & Construction Week® (DCW). The new six-year agreement will begin in 2020 and will run through the 2026 shows. 

Created by the two associations in 2014, DCW has become the banner industry event focused on new ideas, products and technologies to design, build and remodel homes. While IBS and KBIS remain two separate and distinct shows, the combined shows host more than 2,000 exhibiting brands spanning over a million net square feet of exhibit space, making DCW the largest annual gathering of the residential design and construction industry. One pass provides attendee access to both shows.

“We have seen extraordinary growth and success of Design & Construction Week over the past few years,” said NAHB CEO Jerry Howard. “There is a natural synergy between our two organizations, and it just made sense to bring our two shows together to create a mega-event, giving show attendees the added benefit of having access to anything and everything housing related in one place. We are thrilled to continue this relationship and build upon this success into the next decade.”

“NKBA is proud to continue our partnership with NAHB, creating this tremendous opportunity that benefits members of both associations as well as the industry in general,” said Bill Darcy, NKBA CEO. “The kitchen and bath industry, as well as overall residential design, building and remodeling, are vibrant, as is evidenced by the robust growth of both shows since our co-location. This represents a vital component of the American economy, and together, we play a critical role in keeping businesses in this segment strong and on solid footing.” 

IBS is the largest annual light construction show in the world. Building industry professionals from across the world attend to see the latest products and services from more than 1,500 exhibitors representing top housing-related companies, attend cutting-edge education sessions, visit show homes featuring the latest trends and innovations, and network with peers. Now in its 75th year, IBS is produced and managed exclusively by NAHB.

The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) is the premier industry event dedicated to all aspects of kitchen and bath design. With an expansive show floor filled with the freshest designs from over 600 leading brands, North America's largest kitchen and bath trade show delivers attendees and exhibitors the ultimate destination to network, exchange ideas and build their businesses. KBIS is operated by Emerald Expositions, the largest operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States.

The extended DCW agreement includes the 2021-2022 shows in Orlando, Fla., at the Orange County Convention Center, the 2023-2025 shows in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center, and then returning in 2026 to Orlando. 

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ABOUT NAHB: The National Association of Home Builders is a Washington-based trade association representing more than 140,000 members involved in home building, remodeling, multifamily construction, property management, subcontracting, design, housing finance, building product manufacturing and other aspects of residential and light commercial construction. NAHB is affiliated with 700 state and local home builders associations around the country. NAHB's builder members will construct about 80 percent of the new housing units projected for this year.

ABOUT NKBA: The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is the not-for-profit trade association that owns the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® (KBIS), as part of Design and Construction Week ® (DCW). With nearly 14,000 member companies representing tens of thousands of members in all segments of the kitchen and bath industry, the NKBA has educated and led the industry since the association’s founding in 1963. The NKBA envisions a world where everyone enjoys safe, beautiful and functional kitchen and bath spaces. The mission of the NKBA is to inspire, lead and empower the kitchen and bath industry through the creations of certifications, marketplaces and networks. For more information, visit NKBA.org or call 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522).