FEB 9-11, 2021

Press FAQs

What is Design & Construction Week®?
What are the press registration policies for Design & Construction Week? 
How can I register online for press credentials?
Where can I pick up press credentials or register on site?
May I bring my spouse?
Whom should I contact with questions regarding housing?
What are the Press Complex hours?
What are the exhibit floor hours?
Whom should I contact to arrange an interview or ask about covering a specific convention event?
Where can I get information from exhibitors about new products on display?

What is Design & Construction Week®?

Featuring the co-location of the NAHB International Builders’ Show and NKBA’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, Design & Construction Week will bring together more than 80,000 building industry professionals from around the globe.

What are the press registration policies for Design & Construction Week?

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 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. Satellite media tours (paid or unpaid) are strictly prohibited. 

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.


Press registration for bloggers and other online media outlets will be considered on a case-by-case basis by NAHB and 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, 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 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 NAHB and 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 or the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show.
  • 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 Stephanie Pagan or Liz Thompson. 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 show. Individuals solely engaged in sales, marketing or any type of "pay-for-play" activities must register as paid press.

How can I register online for press credentials?

Register Now.

Where can I pick up press credentials or register on site?

Onsite press registration will open on Tuesday, January 21 at 7:30 am in the Press Registration Room (N238) of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Anyone registering onsite must show proper photo identification and press credentials to be considered for a complimentary press pass. Non-editorial paid press who register in advance will receive their badges in the mail. Those who prefer to register as non-editorial paid press on site can do so at any registration counter for the International Builders' Show or the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show.

May I bring my spouse?

You are welcome to bring your spouse, however complimentary spouse registration is not available. Spouses must register separately and pay the appropriate registration fees.

Whom should I contact with questions regarding housing?

In order to get a press badge, you must register for the show. Once you register on BuildersShow.com, the system will automatically link you to the hotel section where the names of the hotels with blocks reserved for press will appear first in a list of available hotels and you will be able to reserve a room. Please note that press block rooms are limited and will be available on a first come first served basis. If you have any questions regarding registration and/or hotel accommodations, please call our Registration and Housing Office at 800-967-8619.

What are the Press Complex hours?

Tuesday, January 21: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, January 22: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday, January 23: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

What are the Exhibit Floor Hours?

Tuesday, January 21 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, January 22: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday, January 23: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Whom should I contact to arrange an interview or ask about covering a specific convention event?

For questions about press at IBS or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Stephanie Pagan
Manager, Media Relations
[email protected]

Liz Thompson
Director, Media Relations
[email protected]

For exhibitor events, please contact the exhibitor directly. 

Where can I get information from exhibitors about new products on display?

Prior to the Show, visit BuildersShow.com for a preview of exhibitors. Exhibitor press kits will also be available online beginning on the first day of the show.

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