Construction growth slows as new railway nears completion

Growth in the Kenyan construction sector slowed down in the third quarter of 2016, weighed down by a general slowdown in private real estate development, official statistics show. The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics says in its quarterly gross domestic…
EDITORIAL: Uhuru tax break will not make houses affordable

We take this opportunity to thank the government for heeding to calls to re-evaluate a tax incentive that it had extended to low cost house builders in a bid to boost affordable housing in the country. In his budget speech…
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…
Skills shortage poses major challenge for home builders

An acute shortage of skilled construction workers is emerging as one of the biggest impediments to overcoming Kenya’s housing deficit. The skilled labour crunch, which has been attributed to the latest trend where students shun technical education in favour of…
Here is why buildings collapse so frequently in Kenya

The frequent cases of collapse of buildings in Kenya have become a major concern among all the stakeholders in the local construction industry. Barely three months go by without hearing reports of a collapsed structure – which in some instances…
OPINION: What Kenya’s mall developers must do to win tenants

For the past few years, developers have spent billions of shillings to put up show-stopping malls in Kenyan cities to meet the rising demand for international retail brands expanding into the country. This has left the capital Nairobi with 391,000…
Kenyan builders bet big on prefabricated homes

Kenyan firms are betting big on prefabricated building technology as they seek innovative ways to address the country’s housing shortage in a cost-effective way. The technology involves manufacturing modular houses in a factory, usually in standard sections that can be…
Why you should give green building a chance in 2017

You may have heard all the reasons why you should never go green when building or remodelling your home. It’s too expensive, it takes ages to complete, I’m too young for that…. And for every excuse, there are multiple reasons…