KBB - April 2015 - (Page 8)

SHOW DIRECTOR'S NOTE Going Greener Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) 2016 January 19-21, 2016 Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas www.kbis.com Just the other day I was reading an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal on extreme recycling. It caught my attention, as the lead started with "New ideas include trying to brew beer from purified sewage water, composting bodies." That alone sucked me in; I had to read on. While I am not yet sold on the idea of "poo brew," the piece did highlight the ReBuilding Center in Portland, Ore., and their efforts to salvage and sell recycled building materials. They are just one of a number of resources nationally that collect and sell used kitchen and bath materials. The unfortunate reality of our business is that the building and remodeling industry produces a significant amount of waste. Only about 20 to 30 percent of discarded building materials is actively recycled. The leftover materials account for as much as 30 percent of waste in area landfills. There is no doubt that many of these discarded materials can be salvaged for future use - certainly there is room to improve. Over the years we have been conditioned to think green in our personal and professional lives. Clearly, we are more conscious of this issue, and consumer habits seem to reflect this cultural shift. We tend to seek out products that have a low environmental impact or those that have some level of recycled materials in the finished product or packaging. As design professionals, you follow established and widely accepted design standards and techniques that are more environmentally friendly. You seek out green materials and present those options to the consumer during the design process - everything from water-saving plumbing fixtures to energy-efficient appliances to locally quarried stone to the incorporation of reclaimed materials in the final design. However, how many designers and contractors are giving their customers the option of recycling or donating their existing kitchen or bath? More local and state municipalities are not just encouraging you to recycle, but they are actually going to penalize you if you do not recycle in the form of increased fees for dumping building materials. Certainly not everything is salvageable, but there are a growing number of services that are happy to offer a free quote to deconstruct a project for just that purpose. From the consumers' perspective, there are in many cases tax benefits for donating kitchen cabinets, hardware, appliances and plumbing products. As an industry we strive to be green, and there is no doubt we design green, but we should not look past the impact we can make during the demo process. With proper planning and outlining the benefits to the consumer, we can make a positive impact. In K+BB we report on industry trends throughout every issue - in our Special Report on page 26, designer Patricia Gaylor notes the sustainable products she saw at KBIS. Personally, I'd like to see green demolitions become the next big trend in the design space. n 1145 Sanctuary Parkway, Suite 355 Alpharetta, GA 30009 SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT Joe Randall joe.randall@emeraldexpo.com VP KITCHEN AND BATH GROUP Brian Pagel (770) 291-5438 brian.pagel@emeraldexpo.com SALES MANAGER Amy Hornby (770) 291-5434 april.hayslip@emeraldexpo.com ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Maria Hill (770) 291-5419 maria.hill@emeraldexpo.com ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Diana Gallagher (770) 291-5436 diana.gallagher@emeraldexpo.com MARKETING MANAGER Rebecca Corbett (770) 597-8166 rebecca.corbett@emeraldexpo.com OPERATIONS MANAGER Lane Vento, CMP (770) 291-5538 lane.vento@emeraldexpo.com President Maria Stapperfenne, CKD, CBD President-Elect Mark Kovich Vice President Denise Dick, CMKBD Treasurer Lorenzo Marquez Secretary Blue Arnold, CKD, CBD Immediate Past President John Petrie, CMKBD Chief Executive Officer Bill Darcy Senior Director of Finance Stephen Graziano General Counsel and Director of Legislative Affairs Edward S. Nagorsky Director of Governance and International Initiatives Suzie Williford Brian Pagel Vice President, Kitchen and Bath Group brian.pagel@emeraldexpo.com 8 + K BB April 2015 / www.kbbonline.com / The Official Sponsor of KBIS www.kbis.com Director of Learning Nancy Barnes Director of Marketing Loren Barrows http://www.kbis.com http://www.kbis.com http://www.kbbonline.com http://www.kbis.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of KBB - April 2015

Contents
Online Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Director’s Note
People & Places
Universal Design
Before & After
Solutions
Special Report
Tech Savvy
ICFF Special Section
Trends
Products
Design
Hidden Agenda
Not Your Typical Kitchen
The Rest Is History
Learning Corner
Last Word

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