Africa – The Sleeping Large on the earth of constructing building

Africa – The Sleeping Large on the earth of constructing building

Africa – The Sleeping Large on the earth of constructing building

As they are saying, necessity is the mom of invention. Now that globalization is right here with us, Africans should up their sport in building methodology to satisfy the present demand. Points corresponding to inhabitants explosion, urbanization, restricted provide of supplies, value of labor, and many others. have to be addressed.

Throughout early instances, labor was not a significant impediment as individuals may use slaves to construct constructions corresponding to Fort Jesus. At present, within the technique of designing constructions, the price of labor have to be included with a view to allow the mission to be viable.


Africans should embrace new building strategies used elsewhere on the earth. The Constructing Code of Kenya ought to be open to allow different requirements such because the US requirements that are extremely developed in the case of the usage of pre-engineered metal buildings. It is usually excessive time for somebody to give you the African Commonplace, regardless of how far-fetched which will appear. As soon as analysis is finished on African constructing strategies corresponding to adobe, picket constructions, a regular will be created which can assist the remainder of the world make their decisions.


Dwelling constructing options which were used right here in Kenya for hundreds of years will be revived to ease the housing scarcity.

Adobe has been utilized in Kenya for hundreds of years. Analysis must be performed to commercialize the usage of Adobe in building. At present, Indians and Chinese language are exporting fiber cement boards to be used as wall panels. If the Adobe expertise is additional researched, I am certain somebody enterprising will quickly give you an identical fiber cement board model and ease the price of building.
World-leading worldwide multinationals in cement like La Farge additionally began from step one, so it is by no means too late.

ceramic tiles

China and India are doing good enterprise exporting ceramic tiles to Kenya. Ceramic tiles are mainly constructed from clay soil which now we have in abundance right here in Kenya.

Our ancestors have been making pottery for hundreds of years utilizing clay. The manufacturing of ceramic tiles is just like the normal technique of firing clay vessels. Due to this fact, if an enterprising Kenyan can give you a technique of economic pottery manufacturing, we is not going to must import this “Asian soil” into Kenya.


The costliest roofing product available on the market is the stone coated tile roofing profile. That is bought in Kenya by corporations corresponding to South African Harvey Roofing Merchandise, Australian Decra Area and Fashion and Dura Roofing Tiles.

These tiles mimic the thatched roof that now we have used for hundreds of years right here in Kenya. It’s because the thatched roof has the very best aesthetic look and insulation. That is additionally one other manner Africans can work to enhance the availability of constructing supplies.

Textured paint

The costliest paint available on the market in the mean time is tough textured paint like ‘Crown Ruff n Tuff’. Once more this paint is dear as a result of it tries to seize the nice look of adobe mud wall and in addition the superior insulating qualities of adobe mud partitions.

Adobe mud partitions have been utilized in Africa for hundreds of years. If we are able to work to enhance this and produce it for the worldwide market, then we are going to save loads of overseas change and create jobs.

A number of factories in South Africa are producing plastic straw imitations, that are exported to the remainder of the world. If we are able to do a little analysis, we are able to absolutely discover a answer that’s higher than the present imitations.


The costliest doorways available on the market in the mean time are hand-curved picket doorways. In Kenya, now we have fantastic Swahili doorways. Once more, if these are produced for export to the worldwide market, then this can consequence within the creation of jobs and revenue right here in Africa.

In Kenya, now we have very inventive stick and picket furnishings that’s conventional. This may be produced commercially for export. A great instance is the Bamboo furnishings bought in Ramboo, Mombasa Street, made in South Africa and exported to Kenya.


Counter tops and imported flooring tiles are very costly. In Kenya now we have Mazeras stone flooring finishes which if minimize and polished nicely could be a main export for the nation. Due to this fact, it is very important word that Africa has the potential to produce the world with distinctive constructing supplies. All now we have to do is suppose exterior the field and provide the world with distinctive constructing merchandise at a low value.

It is a sleeping large ready to be woke up on this sector. Allow us to hope that the brand new structure will get up this large.

Architect Frank Gichuhi

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