KBH Industry News | July 2020
UPCOMING EVENTS

CHAPTER OFFICER ELECTIONS
Self-Nominations Are Open
Deadline: July 17

VIRTUAL CHAPTER MEETING
"Manmade Natural"
.1 CEU talk given by Grace Jeffers
July 23, 4 pm
Register here .

COUNCIL MEETING
Monday, August 3
ONLINE LEARNING WITH OUR
CHAPTER SPONSORS
 
While our in-person Chapter Meetings are on pause, you can still get together online . Sponsors are offering online courses. Check the newsletter each month or nkbamanhattan.org .

July 22 1:30-2:30 pm EDT
Steam Cooking with Thermador
Learn how to unlock the secrets of steam cooking. Register here.

ONGOING
Thermador offers online training during
July. Go here for times and to register.
ECO AWARDS—Inspiring Our Community Through Environmental Leadership
The Manhattan Chapter is pleased to announce this year we will be honoring our sponsors exhibiting best practices for environmental stewardship with our inaugural 2020 ECO Awards.
We look to inspire not only our sponsors but also our members to consider as well as reduce their environmental footprints. Gett an application here.
 Deadline: 9/302020.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SERVE ON THE CHAPTER COUNCIL?

The positions of Membership Chair and Treasurer/Secretary are up for election for the 2021-2022 term.
Self nominations are open till July 17.
To self-nominate, go to nkba.org.
EDITOR'S NOTE :

Do you have news to share with your chapter colleagues in the  NKBA Manhattan Newsletter? We'd like to hear from you! Please send an email to Communications Chair  Charlotte Barnard, at chabarnard@yahoo.com. Member and sponsor news will be published monthly, space permitting.
UNIVERSAL DESIGN
What It Is and Why I Became Certified
by Rose Ott, AKBD, UDCP, NKBA, IFDA
Living through a global pandemic, all of us are spending significantly more time in our homes. We are getting intimately familiar with every single nook and cranny, and are beginning to truly understand the true value of  home , especially a well-designed one. In fact, the design of your home is a key factor in making it not only warm and comforting but safe, too—both during and after COVID-19. 
And let’s face it.... the world is shifting with the average life expectancy continuing to increase and families sharing the responsibilities of home life with many homes becoming multi-generational. Studies done by AARP recognizes that people prefer to stay in their homes as they age opposed to going into a nursing home. This is where  Universal Design steps in. Leveraging concepts in Universal Remodeling, you can make your home safe, inviting, and accessible for all residents without sacrificing design. 

An Introduction to Universal Design
If you haven’t yet heard of Universal Design, it is essentially the concept that all homes should be easily accessible and usable for  all  members of the family. This is regardless of their age, size, or physical abilities. Moreover, Universal Design ensures that the home accommodates its residents throughout their lifespans. 
Universal Design has  seven principles  for designers and remodelers to incorporate into their design so that every product and building can be used to the greatest extent possible regardless of gender, size or physical abilities and that will last throughout their life span. These design elements are virtually invisible and include simple things like levers on faucets for ease of use and blocking in the wall for grab bars in bathrooms that may be needed in the future. A UDCP (Universal Design Certified Professional) understands the details of what needs to be done during the renovation process to ensure the occupants have what is necessary to make their lives comfortable, safe and stylish for many years to come.

The Benefits of Working with UDCP
As our country was on pause, I used the time to study and prepare for the test to become certified. Obtaining the UDCP accreditation was super important to me because my ultimate goal from day one when I started my business was to elevate the lives of my clients by providing thoughtful, transparent and accessible design. Using the knowledge gained and tested on universal design principles in remodeling I am able to help guide homeowners on remodeling decisions in electrical applications to include but not limited to the proper placement of electrical devices, incorporating smart technology and balancing light levels. In plumbing, I am able to assist in proper placement of fixtures, design barrier free bathrooms, follow kitchen guidelines to ensure multi-generational functionality that will aid in ease of use. I learned universal design construction techniques to be used in every room of the house with specialization in installations and requirements for safety. And I am able to do all of this without it being apparent!  
Universal Design can also go a long way in increasing the market appeal of our homes. Should the homeowner decide to move, incorporating Universal Design elements into their home can potentially increase its market value. The main benefits, however, center on a more pleasant living experience in your home.  

Integrating Universal Design in Our Homes
As we live through this global pandemic, most of us have quickly  appreciated the value of our homes . Not only do we want our homes to be comfortable for everyone living with us but we want the experience to be enjoyable, safe and healthy. 
Universal Design can accomplish all of these goals. Leveraging the seven principles of Universal Design the benefits gained are real and life lasting. 
President's Column | Toni Sabatino
I hope this month’s column finds you well. If you, like myself, are wondering where do we go from here, an optimistic view of life would be thankful for time to reflect on what’s important, thankful for having unjust societal issues brought to the forefront for change, and thankful that our industry becomes even more relevant as home is now also school, office, and oasis. I think we trudge forward, continuing to educate ourselves on product offerings, lifestyle changes, and pursue our relevance in the marketplace. I am grateful to be a part of an industry and an organization with the ability to positively impact how people live. I am sorry to miss seeing you at the Summer Social this month. The cancellation is disappointing, but these times require a diverted path, and I look forward to continued success together as we work through these ever-changing circumstances. 
—Toni, President, Manhattan Chapter
INTRODUCING THE GALLEY KITCHEN WORKSTATION FROM HASTINGS
The Galley kitchen sink from Hastings represents a culinary workstation where one can prepare, serve, entertain and clean in one central and convenient place. The kitchen workstation is even more functional and ergonomic with a cooktop next to it. Each Galley sink is thoughtfully designed, engineered, and hand-crafted in the USA. For more information, visit here or 800-351-0038; info@hastingstilebath.com.
HAFELE GOES STRAIGHT DOWN THE LINE WITH LOOX5

Häfele recently unveiled its all-new Loox5 LED lighting system featuring:
  • NEW, narrower LED strip lights with increased lighting quality.
  • NEW profiles for recess and surface mounting applications in a variety of designs and finishes.
  • NEW options for light control including a wireless wall switch, remote control and Häfele’s Connect Mesh App. 
And much more. See the new catalog  here .  
CONTESTS ARE CALLING!

SUB-ZERO, WOLF AND COVE 2019-2020 KITCHEN DESIGN CONTEST
Designers: Time to submit your best projects.
To get started,  Click here! or contact your local trade representative,  Bianca Olsson  for info.
Deadline: January 31, 2021.

DACOR 2020 STUDENT DESIGN CONTEST
Students can enter to win a $10,000 scholarship! First runner-up will also be awarded a $5,000 scholarship. Deadline is July 31, 2020.
For more information and to register, click here.

THERMADOR KITCHEN DESIGN CHALLENGE
Compete for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $110,000. To enter, write a narrative of no more than 300 words, and upload photos of your remarkable design including at least three Thermador appliances. For details and entry rules, visit  here. Deadline is extended to May 15, 2021.
VMAX ALL-IN-ONE CONTROLLER

The VMax All-in-One Controller from Vitrea is the perfect solution for adding a smart home system. The VMax Controller’s technology allows for seamless control of up to 16 electric fixtures including lights, blinds & shutters, dual poles, HVAC and more, eliminating the need for costly multiple controllers and extra room on the electric board. This complete system includes software that enables it to be managed from an iOS or Android app and the ability to create a variety of scenarios that can be scheduled by using the built-in astronomic clock and timer.
INTEGRATION— VMax seamlessly integrates with leading third-party controllers including RTI, Crestron, Somfy and more so that you can control every element of your house, from your audio and visual systems to your home security system and everything in between. It's totally connectivity.
CUSTOMIZATION— Create your own scenarios to set the perfect mood for any time of the day, from morning to night. Through Vitrea's app, you can even set specific scenarios for daily use with the built-in calendar and astronomical clock.
HASTINGS SHOWROOM REOPENS

The Hastings NYC showroom is now open, by appointment only . To make an appointment, please go here. There will be no staff in the showroom unless an appointment has been made. Once you submit your request we will call to verify and make an appointment. Hours will be limited
FISHER & PAYKEL HOSTS CHAPTER MEETING & COOKING DEMO
The June 25 Manhattan Chapter Meeting saw a Zoom gathering of members who enjoyed "California Cooking with Chef Jenny Messing" at the Fisher & Paykel HQ kitchen and showroom in Costa Mesa, Calif. Chef Jenny demonstrated how to make salmon tacos on the Pro Series 36" Cooktop and Double Wall Oven . The afternoon concluded with a virtual tour of the showroom.
RENOVATION ANGEL OFFERS NEW PROGRAM TO SAVE KITCHENS AND REMODELING EXPENSES
Renovation Angel, the nation’s premier luxury kitchen recycler, announces a Recycle & Rebate Program. Nearly 100,000 luxury kitchens are discarded in landfills each year. By recycling kitchens, appliances and interiors, Renovation Angel has diverted more than 40 million pounds from landfills since its inception in 2005. Now homeowners who donate their qualified kitchens can receive a discount on new Miele appliances, on top of already significant tax and removal savings, from a participating Miele Dealer. Renovation Angel will provide a complimentary “Net Value Estimate.” Then free, professional and insured white-glove removal/pack/transport is completed in one day.
View the complete Press Release here , and to get your clients started, visit here !
NYC DACOR SHOWROOM
OPEN FOR APPOINTMENTS

Keeping our staff and you safe is our priority. Dacor is following all protocols based on the mandates issued by the CDC, state, and local authorities. With that in mind, we are now open for in-person and virtual consultations.
Schedule an appointment, and we’ll answer your questions either face to face or from the comfort and safety of your own home! Call 646-756-4629 or visit  www.dacor.com.   
SUB-ZERO WOLF COVE
EXPANDED SHOWROOM OFFERINGS
In an effort to continue to meet customer needs and exceed expectations, the Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove Showroom Manhattan is now offering private,   in-person appointments for you and your clients , in addition to virtual assistance. To request an appointment please visit our  website .  We will follow all locally mandated procedures to keep you, our employees, and our communities safe. We are unable to accept walk-in appointments at this time.
If you have questions regarding product specifications or use and care, please email  manhattan.showroom@subzero.com .
Do not hesitate to reach out via the above channels with any questions you have. We look forward to the opportunity to continue serving our clients while protecting the health and well-being of everyone involved.
FULL-SIZE REFRIGERATORS
FROM MONOGRAM

Monogram full-size refrigerators are expertly engineered down to the finest detail. From precision machined door bins to showcase LED lighting, our premium refrigerators go beyond superior food freshness with innovative features.
Be sure to check out news from National at the all-new NKBA.org
THANK YOU to the sponsors of NKBA Manhattan Chapter:

GOLD LEVEL
SILVER LEVEL
The National Kitchen & Bath Association is the ONLY professional organization that solely supports kitchen, bath and hardware with over 60,000 members in North America!
Learn more about the benefits of membership at nkbamanhattan.org/nkba-membership .
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