Thousands of exhibitors and tens of thousands of attendees will migrate to sunny Florida for the 2017 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show and International Builders’ Show. The co-located events will take place Jan. 10-12 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, as part of the fourth annual Design and Construction Week.

Attendance is expected to surpass 80,000 as the two shows once again joins forces to showcase the largest annual event geared toward design and construction industry professionals.

"We are returning to Orlando with an even more impressive show than ever before," said National Association of Home Builders chairman Ed Brady, a homebuilder and developer from Bloomington, Illinois. "With the addition of the Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association Smart Home Pavilion, an expanded offering of education sessions, a huge show floor featuring the latest products, and not one but two official show homes, IBS attendees are sure to be impressed."

“KBIS is proud to be the place where top kitchen and bath brands, designers, builders, and media gather at the start of each year,” said Brian Pagel, vice president, Kitchen and Bath Group, Emerald Expositions. “Our ability to connect influencers within our community helps to facilitate the ideas and relationships driving kitchen and bath innovation year-round. We’re eager to reconnect with our entire community at KBIS 2017 in Orlando — and [excited] for another great year for the kitchen and bath industry.”  

Kitchen and Bath Industry Show

The 2017 KBIS show will bring a mix of the best and most anticipated stage programming, events, and new show features that showcase the latest design trends in kitchen and bath. Returning this year will be the highly-anticipated Voices from the Industry conference; Champagne & Cupcakes, the annual, unofficial kick-off to KBIS hosted by Modenus; the prestigious NKBA 30 Under 30 Program; KBIS DESIGN BITES; the Hard Hat Media Tour; the highly successful portfolio reviews and the coveted BEST of KBIS Awards. 

New for 2017 will be The Magic of Design opening party featuring the 2017 NKBA Design Competition awards held at Epcot’s World Showcase, as well as The Deck, a casual outdoor space giving attendees a chance to escape the show floor while being exposed to the absolute latest in outdoor kitchen design.

“In 2016, a record number of industry professionals attended Design and Construction Week,” Pagel said. “We’re expecting a huge turnout in Orlando this January.”

International Builders’ Show

IBS brings together the industry's manufacturers and suppliers and showcases the latest products, materials, and technologies involved in all types of buildings. More than 1,400 of the industry's top manufacturers and suppliers covering 550,000 net square feet of exhibit space will pack the IBS show floor with the latest and most innovative products.

Another major draw of the show is the education offerings available at IBS. The 2017 show features more than 130 sessions taught by renowned building industry experts on topics ranging from sales and marketing to construction techniques and building codes.

As in past years, IBS attendees will have access to several special show floor offerings such as featured product demos, the High Performance Building Zone featuring a series of interactive sessions on high performance and green technologies, and IBS Live! sessions showcasing lively demos and presentations on a variety of topics.

The 2017 show will give attendees their pick of numerous special events. Kicking off this year's show is legendary quarterback and Super Bowl great Peyton Manning, who will serve as the keynote speaker for the Opening Ceremonies. Another show favorite is the IBS Spike Closing Concert, where attendees will close out the week by hearing a performance from Grammy award-winning band Little Big Town.

The New American Home, the official IBS show home, will return for its 34th year. The show home is constructed annually in conjunction with IBS to showcase innovative construction technologies, emerging design trends, and the latest building products. This year, in addition to TNAH, IBS attendees will also have the opportunity to visit The New American Remodeled Home 2017, a fully remodeled existing home that will exemplify the improved design, livability, and energy efficiency made possible by renovation with updated building techniques, products, and standards.

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The preceding information was provided by the National Kitchen and Bath Association and the National Association of Home Builders

This article was originally titled "Fun in the sun" in the January 2017 print edition of Plumbing & Mechanical.

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