10 building materials that pose highest risk to your health

Hazardous construction materials, commonly known as red list building materials, are natural or synthetic chemical substances that are harmful to humans or the environment. Though highly toxic, the chemicals can hardly be seen, tasted or smelt but they are present…
Why laminate flooring has become so popular with homeowners

Laminate flooring, referred to as floating wood tile in the U.S and Canada, is a synthetic flooring product consisting of two thin sheets of paper impregnated with melamine. Although it looks like real wood or real stone, laminate wood flooring…
Dangote postpones Kenya factory plan over Nigeria’s forex crisis

Africa’s largest cement producer Dangote has postponed its planned entry into Kenya as the company continues to struggle with a constricted supply of foreign-exchange in Nigeria. Dangote Group, which is owned by Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote, had earlier announced…
Panic as ban of twisted steel bars usage takes effect Apr 1

A wave of panic has swept steel dealers from across Kenya as the government’s ban on usage of twisted steel bars in construction projects draws near to taking effect. The Kenya Bureau of Standards recently announced that, beginning April 1…
Why prefab steel houses are likely to steal Kenyan hearts

Prefabricated steel houses are increasingly gaining popularity in Kenya as demand for truly affordable housing rises. According to Eco-Steel Africa, a steel construction firm that deals with prefabs, steel prefabricated houses have become a popular choice among individuals looking to…
Kenya bans usage of twisted steel bars over safety concerns

Kenya has banned the production, importation and usage of twisted steel bars in construction as the country moves to address the perennial buildings collapse menace. The Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) on Tuesday said that, beginning April 1, 2017, builders…
Common types of building materials in Kenya

Building materials refer to any substance, natural or man-made which is used for construction purposes to create structures and buildings. The choice of building materials to use in a construction is determined by factors such as availability, cost, tenacity and…