Press Registration

Thank you for your interest in Design & Construction Week®, the co-location of the NAHB International Builders' Show® (IBS) and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), brought to you by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Kitchen and 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 note that all press registrations will be reviewed and are subject to approval. Additional information or supporting verification may be required before press credentials will be provided. NAHB and NKBA reserve the right to deny any press applicant if sufficient credentials are not provided.

Print Media:

Reporters, editors and other editorial staff from a print media outlet must be able to show either a masthead from a current publication listing you as an editorial contact, or supply a bylined article published within the last two months.


Freelance writers must provide a bylined article that was published within the six months prior to registration. Additionally, to qualify for press credentials they 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 (i.e. Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.) will not be accepted.

Bloggers/Online Media:

Press registration for bloggers and other online media outlets will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the NAHB and the NKBA.

  • 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 a year.
  • The industry-related blog must adhere to a standard of professional responsibility regulating institutional journalism, such as editing, fact-checking and disclosure of conflicts of interest.
  • The blogger must have posted a bylined housing industry piece within two months prior to registering for Design & Construction Week, and show a history of at least 12 new 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, or Twitter accounts, 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 coverage.
  • Applicants must be able to supply, upon request, a recent monthly web traffic report from an external demographic tool such as Google Analytics, verifying the publication or blog receives a minimum of 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 on site. 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. However, publishers who also act 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, if no other editorial staff from the publication are attending. Publishers will be granted credentials at the NAHB’s and the NKBA’s discretion.

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 and Bath Industry Show (KBIS).
  • Discussing opportunities for exhibitors to advertise in the representing publication.
  • Setting up 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 whether specific activities are prohibited, please contact Liz Thompson or Stephanie Pagan. For questions specific to KBIS, please contact Anyone found conducting such practices without prior, written consent from NAHB and NKBA may have their credentials revoked and be removed from the premises for the duration of the event. Individuals solely engaged in sales, marketing or any type of "pay-for-play" activities must register as Non-Editorial Press.