Highlights from the first day of K/BIS 2008
in Chicago, by Plumbing & Mechanical
's Managing Editor Kelly
K/BIS 2008, at Chicago's McCormick Place, April 11-13.
It’s big. It’s noisy. It’s sometimes confusing. It’s
information overload. It’s full of the latest designs and technology
innovations in the kitchen and bath industry. It’s K/BIS 2008.
With 40,000+ attendees, 900+ exhibitors
and three buildings at Chicago’s McCormick Place, K/BIS 2008 is a big trade
show. Not as big as ISH Frankfurt, but pretty darn big for us North Americans.
Big enough for our feet to hurt and our shoulders to ache.
Here are some highlights of my first day
of KBIS 2008:
Everpure - Not only
does Everpure have point-of-use water filtration systems for the kitchen and
bar area, it is now introducing a hands-free filtration faucet for the
bathroom. Consumers concerned with possible contaminants in their water or
leaching from pipes can make sure they have clean, filtered water when taking
medications or brushing their teeth.
Everpure demonstrates how many plastic water bottles end up in landfills at its booth.
The company has also partnered with
Dacor to provide a water filtration system for an upscale coffee machine. This
filtration technology is similar to what Everpure provides to McDonald’s and
Everpure has made a commitment to be
eco-friendly - it has a large container in the booth containing empty plastic
water bottles to illustrate how much of these bottles end up in landfills, not
recycling plants. Providing homeowners with home filtration systems - and using
reusable water bottles - can reduce the amount of plastic bottles thrown into
Moen - The company has made a commitment that, by
January 2009, all of its faucets and showerheads with be equipped with its
WaterSense-certified aerator, a 1.5gpm aerator. For those who would like the
water savings of the aerator now, the Moen aerator can be used in existing
faucets - just pop out the old, and replace with a new water-saving one.
Moen has updated its roman tub valve design to accommodate
PEX connections, in addition to copper-to-copper connections. The adjustable
shank requires no cutting, and can accommodate a deck thickness of 4 1/2 inches.
Moen updated its roman tub filler to accommodate PEX connections.
The sill faucet line has been updated to
a single-handle, hot and cold faucet for outdoors: fill the kids’ swimming
pool, give the dog a bath, wash your car, etc.
And the Showroom brand has its first
WaterSense-certified lav faucets: the Fina collection, equipped with the Moen
Uponor - Simplification of heating controls is one
of the things Uponor is highlighting at the show. Its new multifunction climate
control allows all heating and cooling zones to be accessed in one place for
the installer, which also allows for simplification of Uponor’s proPanel units.
There is also a Web-based control for homeowners to change temps in different
zones while within the home, or from a remote location.
And the company has now eliminated
all metal fittings and valves for its potable water PEX lines. Its new stop and
in-line valves made of engineered plastic have ceramic disc technology that
allow for PEX stub-outs instead of copper, for commercial and residential
applications. A plastic escutcheon completes the look.
Basco - Tech-savvy
homeowners and showroom personnel can select, style, size and trim color of
Basco shower doors with its new Door Wizard on the Web site. Demos of the site
were given on the show floor. Once selections are made, the user is directed to
take a few simple measurements and then search for the closest dealer.
Uponor introduced its new multifunction climate control, new stop
and in-line valves made of engineered plastic have ceramic disc technology that
allow for PEX stub-outs instead of copper.
The site also has a virtual showroom,
where users can see what door and trim style might look like in their bathrooms
by changing the wall color.
Alsons - The company has updated its ADA-compliant
line to include more finishes, as well as a stylish shower seat.
impacting home improvement trends” seminar - This mini seminar
sponsored by NKBA dealt with several home improvement issues, but what struck
me the most was his observances of the ‘green’ phenomenon in America. While
various industries and manufacturers talk about “green” products and processes,
they don’t back up their claims. Education of the consumer by explaining what
makes a certain product green and why it may benefit him or her will increase
the acceptance of green building practices and products.
No matter how much I spend on shoes,
they never seem to have enough support to get me through a day at a trade show.
Which is why us media types LOVE the Moen Spa & Press event - good food and
drink, combined with wonderful spa treatments (back and neck massages, foot
massages, and paraffin wax hand treatments) make for relaxed and content
journalists. Until about noon the next day, when their feet are hurting again
and they need more foot massages…
Thanks, Moen, for providing that
experience for us.
Tune in tomorrow for more of K/BIS in