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Design & Construction Week, the largest gathering for the residential design and construction market, will return in-person for the first time in two years, Feb. 8-10, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The mega-event combines the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show and National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders’ Show.
DCW is expected to host more than 1,000 exhibitors displaying products and services throughout more than 800,000 square feet of trade show space. The show offers attendees the chances to check out top products and attend educational opportunities all with the opportunity to once again personally make industry connections.
There are events that bring together attendees planning to be at both KBIS and IBS, including the following:
Although the exhibit space is shared between the two trade groups, each association also has educational programs and special events tailored for builders and designers. Let’s take a look of some highlights for each. For the latest updates, log on to www.kbis.com and www.buildersshow.com.
One major new feature this year will be the KBIS 2022 Kickstarter Zone, offering new-to-market residential design and construction brands who have not previously exhibited at KBIS the opportunity to purchase a special introductory exhibit package.
Located in the of the South Hall Discovery District, Kickstarter Zone exhibitors will receive free entry into a special KBIS Kickstarter Competition. Participating exhibitors will be invited to present to key industry leaders in a “Shark Tank” style setting, outlining what makes their products unique and innovative. Winners will receive media exposure and cash prizes. A “People’s Choice Award” will allow attendees to vote for their favorite Kickstarter brand.
The South Hall is also the place to find the KBIS NeXTStage, one of the most popular show destinations.
NeXTStage stage will host more than 20 programs, including four awards events and more than 60 presentations.
Topics for the 2022 programming grid include how the generational divide is impacting design and lifestyles, how to integrate diversity and inclusion practices into your business, what’s happening in healthy home and resilient design, how to manage your business for today’s new realities and more.
Here is a preview of some of the sessions:
The stage will also feature NKBA Designer Finds in which design pros share products they’ve spotted at the trade show. Four awards will also be presented:
The South Hall is also the place to find the Design Milk X Modenus Lounge; the Discovery District; the NKBA Global Connect Pavilion and the NKBA German Global Connect Pavilion. Meanwhile, the West Hall features the NKBA booth, along with other legacy KBIS exhibitors.
In other educational opportunities, CEUs will be offered to all who attend the Voices from the Industry Conference, which features more than 80 live and on-demand sessions. VFTI has six categories: Grow Your Business, Kitchen & Bath Specialty Training, Design, Management, Customer Service and newly added Building & Remodeling. A full schedule is available here: bit.ly/3lKKo40
Other planned events include:
Attendees with an All-Access Pass or One-day Education + Expo Pass will have access to more than 110 education sessions led by well-known experts on a wide range of industry topics. Three different session types — Building Knowledge Sessions, Game Changer Sessions and Tech Bytes Sessions — offer different approaches to important topics.
For a deeper dive into specifics, attendees can also participate in Pre-Show Master Workshops – three-hour intensive programs held on Feb. 7, the day before the show officially begins. These workshops are part of pre-show education and will be open to all registered attendees for an additional fee.
Topics covered at the Master Workshops include the following:
In addition, the IBS Centrals are meant to be more informal than traditional education session, and include session under 55+ Housing; Custom Building; Design Central; Multifamily; Remodeling and Sales.
For a full schedule of education, log on here: bit.ly/3GKigq7
Plus, IBS attendees will have the opportunity to experience new show destinations, including three new zones to highlight innovations in residential construction:
In addition, show favorites, such as The High Performance Building Zone and IBS Jobsite Safety Zone will return to the show floor to feature construction demos led by building science experts to improve home efficiency and workplace safety.
More innovative building technologies, emerging design trends and the latest building products will be on display at NAHB’s official IBS show homes, The New American Home and The New American Remodel.
Finally, here a few other events for the IBS crowd: