The Principal Secretary for Housing and Urban Development Aidah Munano has challenged architects to come up with feasible designs and technologies that can cut down the cost of building residential houses.
This, she said will enable the country meet its housing needs. She observed that the Government in conjunction with the private sector has envisaged to construct 300,000 housing units annually. “This would remain a mirage unless collective effort is undertaken to make decent housing affordable to all,” she observed.
Speaking during an interview on KBC recently, Arch Munano attributed frequent collapse of buildings under construction to ‘careless impunity’ in the construction industry. “Though there existed laws governing the building code, it required concerted efforts by consultants, engineers, quantity surveyors and supervisors to strictly comply with all laws and guidelines pertaining construction to curb incidents of building collapsing on people,” she explained.
She said the Government is spearheading implementation of the Building Environment Laws to make the existing laws compatible with emerging challenges.
Arch Munano said the State Department of Housing is working with county governments to propagate appropriate building technology as one way of cutting down the cost of putting up houses. She disclosed that the Government is working closely with partners in the private sector to help put up 10,000 housing units for civil servants.