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housing with low cost materials
Ventures has introduced a new housing technology
based on use of expanded polystyrene (EPS) panels with
a cement coating to replace conventional stones
REPORT BY XINHUA Correspondent
(Xinhua) -- Savvy Kenyan entrepreneurs have
revitalized green housing through use of energy
efficient but low cost lighting and construction
materials sourced mainly from China and India.
quest for green homes surge in Kenya, property
developers have a reason to cheer as novel
technologies replace conventional materials to
construct durable and eco-friendly houses.
are alternative building systems that are both
energy efficient and affordable which can be tapped
to put up homes in any part of the country,” CEO
of Prime Ventures, Menelik Makonnen said on
Ventures has introduced into the Kenyan market a new
housing technology based on use of expanded
polystyrene (EPS) panels with a cement coating to
replace conventional stones.
told Xinhua during an interview in Nairobi that this
technology has been adopted globally and has a
promising future in Africa where demand for low cost
housing has increased.
use of non brick and environmentally friendly
building system has picked up in Africa largely
because of the quest to eliminate slums through
provision of low cost houses,” Makonnen remarked.
conventional stones with welded panels that have been
plastered with cement and sand saves on cost and
duration of constructing a house.
to Makonnen, it would cost 30,000 dollars to put up a
posh three bedroom unit in a suburban location using
panels with cement coating. Likewise, this building
system utilize only steel for roofing and help save on
panel technology is ideal for building houses,
schools, hospitals, swimming pools and basement
packing. The stone has a 90- year guarantee and can
withstand earthquakes or hurricanes,” said
Ventures has developed model housing units in several
Nairobi suburbs, central province and South Sudan.
home grown small and medium enterprise imports the
expanded polystyrene panels from South Africa and
Dubai and has partnered with a construction company to
develop housing units using this technology.
revealed to Xinhua that the machines and equipment for
manufacturing these panels are sourced from China.
far, the National Housing Corporation has purchased
the machines from China to manufacture 3-dimensional
wired panels with polystyrene insulation to
construct low cost houses,” Makonnen said.
small and medium sized enterprises have partnered to
revolutionalize green housing using technologies that
are home- grown, cheaper and environmentally friendly.
said that a partnership formed with two Kenyan mid-
sized enterprises, Deutrex Limited and Clean Power
Technologies limited, has promoted solar lighting and
waste recycling and re- reuse at household level.
Limited is a six-year-old limited company founded by
Gitonga Murungi, a Kenyan solar energy innovator and
to Murungi, the company has partnered with the World
Bank and International Finance Corporation (IFC) to
provide modern and cleaner off grid energy sources to
local communities through the Lighting Africa Program.
is abundant solar in Africa to sustain lighting in
homes and what is needed is to make solar products
locally available,” Murungi told Xinhua.
limited import solar equipment from China while
research and development is conducted in India.
Prime Ventures construct houses, Deutrex is tasked
with installing solar equipment in this one year
other partner, Clean Power Technologies Limited,
provides household solution to solid and liquid waste
through recycling and re-use.
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