Rheem to sponsor NKBA Sustainable Bath Award

HACKETTSTOWN, NEW JERSEY, AND MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA (JUNE 17, 2008) — Innovative approaches to water and energy savings in the bath will be honored with a new “Best Sustainable Bath Award” category in the 2009 NKBA Design Competition, hosted annually by the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

Formerly named the “Smartest Hot Water Award” in its 2008 competition debut, the new award goes beyond hot water delivery to recognize the expanding array of sustainable solutions being applied in today’s new and remodeled bathrooms. Designers entering any of the competition’s bathroom design categories will be invited to submit additional information demonstrating how they maximized both comfort and resource efficiency.

The winner of the “Sustainable Bath Award” will receive a $5,000 award and be recognized at the NKBA Design Competition Awards Ceremony during the 2009 Kitchen/Bath Industry Show (K/BIS) in Atlanta, which will be held from April 30 to May 3, 2009 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

“We’re very pleased to sponsor this innovative design category, and applaud the NKBA’s desire to expand its scope for 2009 to accommodate the growing range of sustainable design elements and product applications,” comments Bob Hitchner, Director of Rheem Tankless Sales.

“The National Kitchen & Bath Association is proud to have Rheem sponsor the Best Sustainable Bath Award in the 2009 NKBA Design Competition,” said 2008 NKBA President Sara Ann Busby, CKD, “The NKBA is committed to promoting the use of environmentally responsible design practices, and this award category will not only recognize those designers who have expertly implemented sustainability into their work, but will also increase awareness of the importance of green products and procedures.”