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Two Shows Under One Roof
Rick Judson / BUILDER / September 16, 2013
The International Builders’ Show and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show will be held together for the first time in 2014.
I’m really looking forward to the upcoming NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS), and I urge you to start planning now to attend. For the first time since its inception seven decades ago as NAHB’s annual convention and exposition, IBS will be co-located with another popular housing-related show in 2014—the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS).
KBIS and IBS will be held simultaneously Feb. 4 to 6 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, creating the nation’s largest annual gathering of residential construction and design professionals called Design and Construction Week.
Co-locating the two shows is what I think of as a universal “win.” It’s more cost-effective for attendees and exhibitors who typically go to both shows or would have to choose between them. It also combines the exceptional networking opportunities associated with two great events at a single location, and the joint exhibition will showcase far more companies and products than either individual show.
To clarify what you should expect in Las Vegas, the NAHB and the National Kitchen & Bath Association will continue to operate and manage their respective events independently. Those who want to attend educations sessions at IBS should register for IBS; those who want to attend programs at KBIS should register for KBIS. However, regardless of which event you attend, your show badge grants you access to both show floors. That applies to Expo passes, too.
Details about pricing and attendance options are available at BuildersShow.com. And don’t forget two important details: you get the best price by registering early and with all registration types, spouses pay only $20 to attend.
Cutting-Edge Sessions In addition to the great exhibits, IBS offers cutting-edge educational opportunities in various formats to help attendees get ahead and stay ahead. For the 2014 show, we are streamlining our innovative “Building Knowledge” sessions from 90 minutes to 60 minutes so attendees can participate in more IBS activities. We also are introducing new education formats and will welcome 40 new industry experts to our lineup of speakers.