August 15, 2018

News Release

Kamloops, BC – CHBA CI and TRU School of Trades Kick Off 2019 Training House Project

Canadian Home Builders’ Association Central Interior and our partner Thompson Rivers University School of Trades and Technology are pleased to announce the start of the 2019 Training House Project. This year’s house is being built in Tobiano.

This unique project, now in its 29th year, is especially beneficial to the first year residential construction, and electrical program students at Thompson Rivers University as a “hands on” building experience. The students do the foundation, framing and rough in work, then the home is finished with the generous support of CHBA CI members.

For the last 22 years, the finished home has been sold to the Kamloops YMCA/YWCA for their Dream Home Lottery fund raiser. Proceeds from the Lottery have gone to specific community endeavours coordinated and run by the Kamloops YMCA/YWCA.

The annual project is very well known not only locally but provincially and nationally. The training house has won awards for its unique public private partnership, sustainable elements and community contribution every year.

The 2019 Training House will be a one story three bedroom home with a basement, approximately 3300 sq. ft. total floor area.

Designed by Ivory Winston of Procad Designs Ltd., the house style is west coast contemporary and positioned well to profile new products and systems to the general public and new home purchasers.

Member Builder Doug Steel of Diverse Contracting is the project manager for this new build. Many CHBA CI members provide ongoing support in products and/or labour.

“This project allows us to be part of the community and also showcase the incredible talents in our local homebuilding industry,” remarked Kelly Reid, CHBA CI 1st Vice President.

“For us it is about enhancing the educational experience of our trades students by giving them on site experience in addition to classroom work,” added Bryce Coombs, TRU Instructor.

Due to the nature of the project, it features the latest innovative product and designs for those thinking of building a new home or even renovating extensively their current home.

CHBA CI will profile the building steps on Facebook and Twitter, giving followers an unusual snapshot of the residential building process. Like us on Facebook – Canadian Home Builders’ Association Central Interior.



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