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New Green Trends and Products to be introduced in Atlanta at the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show

23 March 2009 No Comment

With Atlanta ranked as one of the greenest cities in the country, it is no wonder the city was selected to host the 2009 Kitchen/Bath Industry Show & Conference (K/BIS). K/BIS will take place from April 30 to May 3 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

“Industry professionals in Atlanta have many reasons to be excited about the show,” said Brian Pagel, Vice President, Kitchen and Bath Group, Nielsen Business Media. “We are offering a look at the hottest trends and green products on the market today. These will be valuable tools as research shows that total remodeling of kitchen and bath jobs in the South could increase significantly.”

KBIS, which hosts the largest collection of kitchen and bath products, courses and conference sessions, promises to offer the latest in product advancements, trends and insights to help attendees meet the needs of the marketplace.

“We’re thrilled to have KBIS in Atlanta, because it provides an opportunity to show the country what a green city we are,” said Mark Vaughan, Executive Vice President & Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Atlanta leads the Southeast in LEED-registered buildings and has over 140 projects currently seeking certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. What’s more, after the Georgia World Congress Center was damaged in the tornado, it was renovated with many eco friendly materials, making it the ideal location for the show.”

The 2009 K+BB Market Forecaster also indicated that by region, spending in the South could increase by 3% for kitchen remodels and 9% for baths.

Green Highlights – NKBA Center Stage
NKBA Center Stage offers presentations on a wide variety of topics for all kitchen and bath professionals and they qualify for NKBA Continuing Education Units (CEUs) credit. Some of the green presentations include:

Friday, May 1, 4:00pm — Alluring Energy Efficient Lighting
Saturday, May 2, 11:30am — Sustainable Competitive Design
Saturday, May 2, 2:30pm — How Green is That Product?

Show highlights also include:
· Hundreds of world-leading manufacturers showcasing their kitchen and bath products
· The Best of K/BIS Competition Sponsored by Kitchen and Bath Business. Cutting edge product advancements introduced into the marketplace over the past year.
· NKBA Design Competition Luncheon recognizes those designers who created the best kitchens and baths of the year, awarding more than $100,000 in cash prizes.
· The NKBA Conference Program offers a chance to meet and create new relationships with industry professionals
· Specialty Pavilions – Outdoor Grilling Pavilion (New), Decorative Hardware (New), Natural Stone and Tile and Cabinet – enabling attendees to source more effectively
· Celebrity Presentations

- Extreme Makeover Home Edition carpenter Paul DiMeo, This Old House’s plumbing expert Richard Trethewey, designer Carol Freehauf, John Gidding of HGTV’s Designed to Sell, and Food Network’s Aida Mollenkamp
- Former The Young and the Restless star Steve Ford, and Terry Savage, one of the country’s top economists
- Keynote speaker former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee.

Online registration is now available at KBIS.com. For more information, to attend the NKBA Design Competition Luncheon, or to request a camera pass for K/BIS, please contact NKBA Editorial Services Coordinator Annette Gray at 800-THE-NKBA, x3773 or at agray@nkba.org.

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