Day 2 KBIS/IBS Show doesn’t disappoint

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With the fitbit® step-monitoring devices all on overload, daddy needs a new pair of shoes. Much to see and do on day 2 at the KBIS/IBS show, so little time. But the second day was just as good as the first.

In fact, attendance numbers were released from the show organizers, and it was all good. Approximately 125,000 housing industry professionals packed the aisles at Design & Construction Week. Official attendance for IBS was 55,237, which was 8% higher than last year’s show. More than 1,200 exhibitors filled 478,000 square feet of space with everything from the latest in kitchen and bath design to millwork and marketing services. Overall, Design & Construction Week boasted 3,750 exhibitors and 4.7 million net square feet of exhibit space.

“This has been the best show we have experienced since the economic downturn,” said Jerry Konter, chair of the NAHB Convention and Meetings Committee. “You felt a great energy the moment you hit the show floor, as builders and exhibitors continue to benefit from the recovering economy.”

Let’s take a look at what caught our eye:


Uponor’s North American president Bill Gray (center) gives PEX expanding demonstrations at the Uponor booth. That’s as good as it gets. Uponor is working with local builders to prioritize radiant heating in new building construction.


Niagara Conservation’s Brad Egan highlights the updated Dual Flush Stealth Bath System with new Hot Start Showerhead.


At 19 SEER, the H2i MXZ is Mitsubishi Electric’s first Hyper-Heating INVERTER multi-zone unit for use in residential applications. A single multi-zone outdoor unit is capable of connecting to up to eight indoor units, making the system an ideal solution for whole-home cooling and heating.


Noritz calls the EZTR40 tankless unit a game changer. It is an easy 40-gallon tank replacement. It vents with flexible vent directly through existing B-Vent, with water connections on top.


More than 85% of households in the United States have hard water with high levels of calcium and magnesium. Hard water can destroy plumbing and shorten the life of any water-using appliances such as water heaters. Sediment, scale and corrosion can cause significant damage to water heaters, resulting in frequent maintenance repairs and raised energy costs. To eliminate these issues, Enviro Water Products developed the new Water Heater Shield™. A unique professional grade solution, the Water Heater Shield protects the water heater from sediment, scale and corrosion by filtering and pre-treating the water prior to it entering the unit.


By easily programming the Lennox iComfort S30 thermostat to adjust the temperature based on a family’s daily routine, homeowners can save an average of $180 per year.


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