MHBA Housing Forum 2017

Ongoing professional development is a key piece of what differentiates a Manitoba Home Builders’ Association (MHBA) member from other residential construction companies in Manitoba.

MHBA builder and renovator members keep up to date on the newest information and trends, the latest best practices and newest building technologies that help ensure their work is of the highest quality.

The MHBA’s annual Housing Forum and Building Trade Show provides MHBA builder and renovator members with two days of education and training sessions.

This forum, which takes place on Nov. 7 and Nov. 8, provides MHBA builder and renovator members with the latest information and best practices on technical aspects of residential construction. Training on subcontractor communications, stucco installation and the integration of VR technology in construction safety training are just some of the many sessions available to MHBA members at the housing forum.

MHBA members can also attend information sessions that share marketing tips and expertise and sessions that provide training in workplace wellness and safety. Through the building trade show, MHBA members also experience cutting-edge building technology and the newest in building materials.

As well, the MHBA is launching a new safety training program specifically for home renovators at this year’s housing forum. The MHBA has partnered with the Construction Safety Association of Manitoba (CSAM) to develop a specific safety training program to promote and achieve greater safety results for renovators. This new program will be available for renovators and their employees to take following the launch at next week’s event.

The MHBA is very excited to provide this new training tool to our members to help ensure they are working in a safe job environment.

The training program outlines health and safety roles and responsibilities, how to do proper hazard assessments and how to implement proper safety practices and procedures while working on renovation projects. The goal of this program is to help MHBA renovators improve safety on their worksites and keep our members up to date on the latest in safety procedures and best practices.

In addition to the annual housing forum, the MHBA provides ongoing education sessions throughout the year and continually shares the latest in industry best practices and information with our membership.

MHBA builders and renovators are committed to professional development and being up to date with the latest trends in residential construction. Our members build to the highest standards and are continually integrating the latest industry standards into their work. So, when you see the MHBA logo, you know you are dealing with a company that is dedicated to quality.

Lanny McInnes is president of the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association.


This year, Bit Space attended MHBA Housing Forum 2017, as in joint with Manitoba Construction Sector Council in showcasing two Virtual Reality training programs: VR Framer App and Confined Space.

VR Framer App

Bit Space Development Ltd. in partnership with Manitoba Construction Sector Council developed a series of eLearning modules of the Framing Course, using 360 photos and videos technology. This has created an immersive learning content that entitled trainees to access the job site beforehand without leaving the training room, unlike the other conventional training methods like paper-based or online training with audio.

The framers course will teach technical skills (knowledge of tools, equipment and processes) and will embed safety training and Essential Skills throughout the program (reading, measurement, document use, communication, physical dexterity, working from heights, working with others).

Confined Space

Confined Space is a VR training program that raises awareness of safety issues when working in a confined space. The project is consulted with MHBA for the learning content. Learners can access this app while in the training room with a series of eLearning modules: Introduction of a confined space, Typical reasons for entering a confined space, Hazards in a confined space, Code of Practice, etc.