During the past 10 years, building construction in Kenya has faced challenges. The challenges faced by the construction industry in Kenya include the government demolishing houses, contractors abandoning their work, and building collapses. These challenges are due to the high costs of building and the complexities involved in the process.
In order to prevent these challenges from recurring, it is necessary to develop a regulatory framework for the building and construction industry in Kenya. This will also help in ensuring that the industry conforms to standards of safety.
The construction industry in Kenya has to be monitored closely to ensure that it complies with the legal requirements. It also plays a significant role in the creation of jobs and access to markets. The industry is expected to grow at a 10.9% CAGR over the forecast period.
The National Construction Authority (NCA) is responsible for regulating and promoting the construction industry in Kenya. The authority accredits and registers construction projects, contractors and site supervisors. It also investigates construction sites and trains skilled workers. The quality assurance team is led by an investigation officer. These inspectors inspect construction sites to ensure that the safety standards of buildings are met.
One of the main drivers of substandard building construction in Kenya is the lack of building inspectors. This means that buildings are often built without plans that have been approved by the local authority. Hence, it is imperative that government sets up competent inspectors to ensure that the construction process is efficient.
Aside from the National Construction Authority, there are several other regulatory bodies in Kenya that play an important role in the construction industry. These include the Kenya National Highways Authority (KENHA), the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA), the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), and the Kenya Forest Service (KFS). The KWS will exercise jurisdiction over construction in the vicinity of airports. The KCAA will regulate construction near aerodromes and the KFS will regulate construction near airports and other wildlife sanctuaries.
Another regulatory body is the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA). The NEMA is a government regulatory body that is responsible for regulating construction near the environment and other areas of interest. It is established under the Environmental Management and Coordination Act (EMCA).
One of the main challenges that the construction industry faces in Kenya is the high cost of building. The cost of building a house in Kenya is high due to the legal formalities involved. It also involves the cost of buying materials and labour. The quality of finishing is also a factor that affects the cost of building a house in Kenya. It is usually expensive to build a house with a high ceiling. However, the cost of building a house with a low ceiling is cheaper.
The construction industry in Kenya is expected to grow at a 10.9%CAGR over the forecast period. The infrastructure construction sector is expected to maintain its growth momentum. Nevertheless, the residential construction industry is expected to grow at a 9.0%CAGR over the forecast period.
West Kenya Real Estate Ltd is a design and building construction company in Kenya. We specialize in both residential and commercial properties. We are a key player in the construction industry in Kenya.