LAS VEGAS — Last January the International Builder's Show and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show announced plans to merge in a three-year trial marriage. It was a necessary move. IBS, which formerly drew over 100,000 builders before the recession hit, was a shadow of its former self, and the last couple KBIS shows were moribund. The early February show this year, in contrast, was an enormous success. At times one could barely walk through the
Combined Kitchen & Bath/Builder's Show a winner
Kohler introduced a spray option called Sweep Spray as an alternative to a typical round spray pattern from kitchen faucets. Viega introduced a product that will make life much easier for hydronic contractors — a ProPress to PEX Press adapter fitting that’s available in sizes up to 2-in. Delta introduced a new bath collection called Ashlyn in a transitional style that looks high end but it’s really affordable. Moen introduced the Align bathroom collection. Align lavatory faucets are certified to meet WaterSense criteria. Danze showed products that are both exceedingly simple and exceedingly high-tech. Geberit introduced a rear discharge toilet for retrofit applications called the Monolith. InSinkErator showed the Italian-designed 3N1 kitchen faucet that has a side handle that dispenses 210°F hot water from a High Performance Steaming Hot tank.