Press Registration

Thank you for your interest in Design & Construction Week®, the co-location of the NAHB International Builders' Show® (IBS) and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), brought to you by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA).

Please see the below criteria to determine if you qualify for complimentary press credentials. By registering you will have access to the exhibits of both shows.

Editorial Press:

Complimentary Editorial Press registration is available to members of the media who are solely attending the show in an editorial capacity and represent a recognized media outlet.

Editorial Press Register Now

Non-Editorial Press:

Non-Editorial Press registration is available for marketing, public relations, advertising, sales, publishers, book authors, book editors and other non-editorial employees of a media organization who plan to engage in any sales or marketing activities.

Non-Editorial Press Register Now for IBS Non-Editorial Press Register Now for KBIS

Press Credential Requirements


Please review the NAHB International Builders’ Show and NKBA Kitchen & Bath Industry Show’s press registration rules and regulations below in order to proceed with registration.

Press Registration Policy

Complimentary press credentials are issued only to qualified journalists (reporters, editors, freelance writers, bloggers and news photographers, producers, etc.) working for media outlets relevant to the housing industry.

Non-editorial/paid press registration is available to marketing, public relations, advertising, and sales personnel, as well as publishers, book authors, book editors and other non-editorial employees of a media outlet who plan to engage in sales or marketing activities. Satellite media tours (paid or unpaid) are strictly prohibited.

All press registrations will be reviewed and each registrant is subject to approval. You may be asked to provide additional information or supporting verification before press credentials are issued. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) reserve the right to deny press applicants if sufficient credentials are not provided.

Print and Online Media: Reporters, editors and other editorial staff from a print media outlet may be asked to show either a masthead from a current print publication listing you as an editorial contact, or supply a bylined article published within the last quarter.

Freelance Writers: Freelance writers must provide a bylined article related to the housing industry published within six months prior to registration. Additionally, to qualify for press credentials the freelance writer must have written a minimum of three published articles within the last year in an accredited media outlet.

Still Photographers: Photographers must submit a letter or email from the news organization they are representing describing what they have been hired to cover. Emails must come from the assigning editor's corporate email account. Generic email addresses (ie. Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail etc.) will not be accepted.

Bloggers: Press registration for bloggers will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • To be considered for press credentials, the blog must have been established prior to Design & Construction Week, must be independently hosted and regularly updated with original and current housing/design news for a minimum of one year.
  • The industry-related blog must adhere to a standard of professional journalism, illustrating practices such as editing, fact-checking and disclosure of conflicts of interest.
  • The blogger must have posted a bylined housing/design industry piece within two months prior to registering for Design & Construction Week, and be able to show a history of at least 12 bylined posts within a six month period.
  • Company-branded blogs and those affiliated with a service, product or other type of business will not be considered.
  • YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr sites, personal blogs, communities, forums and user groups will not be considered.
  • Press registrants must disclose any conflict of interest. Credentialed media are prohibited from engaging in a pay-for-play arrangement or any other type of financial compensation that may influence their reporting.
  • Applicants may be asked to supply a third-party-produced web traffic report indicating the blog/website has the required 1,000 unique monthly visitors.

Production Companies:

Production companies must pre-register under the policy on taping during Design & Construction Week and may not register onsite. Production crews and broadcast media should refer to the Policy Regarding Production Groups and Taping During Design & Construction Week for a complete list of requirements.

In-house Publication Employees:

In-house newsletter writers, book authors, book editors and publishers do not qualify as working press.


Publishers must register as non-editorial/paid press attendees. Publishers who also work in an editorial capacity for the publication will be considered for complimentary press credentials by demonstrating a regular history of bylined articles written for the publication. Publishers will be granted credentials at the discretion of NAHB and NKBA.

Public Relations Activities Prohibited:

It is the policy of NAHB and NKBA to require all persons requesting complimentary press credentials to disclose, in advance, whether they will be conducting any business other than reporting while at Design & Construction Week. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Requesting/receiving any form of compensation in exchange for the promotion of products, goods or services at the International Builders’ Show® (IBS) or the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® (KBIS)
  • Discussing opportunities for exhibitors to advertise in the representing publication.
  • Conducting appointments between exhibitors and publication representatives for further on- or off-site business dealings
  • Engaging in any sales, marketing or public relations capacity at the show
  • Prohibited activities include, but are not limited to, marketing and sales of satellite tours for or by on-air talent, producers and/or production staff, and marketing and sales of ad space for any publication of any kind by reporters, editors and/or photographers. It is an inherent conflict for a journalist to perform public relations work, paid or unpaid.

If you have any questions about the policies included herein, please contact Stephanie Pagan at 202-266-8254 or Liz Thompson at 202-266-8495. Anyone found conducting non-approved activities without prior, written consent from NAHB and NKBA may have their credentials revoked and may be removed from the premises for the duration of the show. Individuals solely engaged in sales, marketing or any type of "pay-for-play" activities must register as paid press.