Kamloops, BC – August 12, 2020 - 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 2021 Training House Project. This year’s house is being built in Westsyde.

This unique project, now in its 31st 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 24 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 2021 Training House will be a 2 storey home, approximately 2800 sq. ft. total floor area. The house is designed by Ivory Winston of Procad Designs Ltd. and the interior designer is Deanne Roberts of Fine & Dandy Interiors. The house style is contemporary craftsman and positioned well to profile new products and systems to the general public and new home purchasers.

Member Builder Tom Eggers of Chimera Construction Ltd. 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 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. 


TRU Trades students together with TRU Instructor Bryce Coombs (left) and the 2021 Training House Project Manager Tom Eggers of Chimera Construction Ltd. (right)

About the CHBA CI:
Established in 1965, the Canadian Home Builders Association Central Interior is a not-for-profit, member-based residential construction industry association focused on providing industry leadership, education and advocacy. The association represents one of the largest industry sectors in Canada and currently holds a membership base of over 230 companies – including home builders, renovators, land developers, trade contractors, suppliers, lending institutions, insurance providers and service professionals.

Contact: Rose Choy
Executive Officer
Canadian Home Builders’ Association Central Interior (CHBACI)
T: 250.828.1844
E: [email protected]

"As a member of the CHBA, for the past 20 years, I have always found the association to be an extremely valuable resource and advocate for the industry."