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). Both shows will take place virtually in 2021.

To register for press credentials, please contact Liz Thompson and Stephanie Pagan. Please review the below IBS and KBIS press registration rules and regulations to see if you qualify for press credentials. Your registration will include access to the virtual exhibits of both shows.

Working Editorial Press:

Complimentary editorial press registration is available to qualified journalists (reporters, editors, freelance writers, bloggers, news photographers, producers and production companies taping for a show in current production and booked to air on a recognized network, etc.) who are solely covering the show in an editorial capacity and represent a recognized media outlet.


Attendee registration is available to non-editorial press for marketing, public relations, advertising and sales personnel, as well as publishers, book authors, book editors and other non-editorial employees of a media organization outlet who plan to engage in any sales or marketing activities.

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Press Credential Requirements

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. NAHB and NKBA reserve the right to deny press access if sufficient credentials are not provided.

Print & Online Media:

Reporters, editors and other editorial staff from a print or online media outlet must be able 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.

Freelancer Writers:

Freelance writers must provide a bylined article related to the housing industry that was 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.


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 DCW, 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 DCW, 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 recent third-party-produced web traffic report (i.e. Google Analytics) verifying that the blog/website has the required 1,000 unique monthly visitors.

In-house Publication Employees:

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


Publishers must register as IBS or KBIS attendees. However, publishers who also work in an editorial capacity for their publication may 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 during 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 IBS or 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 during 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.

Anyone found conducting non-approved activities without prior, written consent from NAHB and NKBA may have their credentials revoked. Individuals solely engaged in sales, marketing or any type of "pay-for-play" activities, qualify as non-editorial press and must register for an attendee registration for IBS or KBIS.

If you have any questions about the policies included herein, or need specific information about IBS, please contact Liz Thompson or Stephanie Pagan. For questions specific to KBIS, please contact