Major boost for low cost housing

NHC workers construct EPS panels house on Aga Khan Walk on June 14, 2013. Photo/Nation

NHC workers construct EPS panels house on Aga Khan Walk on June 14, 2013. Photo/Nation

The National Housing Corporation (NHC) is planning to build 30,000 low-cost homes across Kenya in a bid to ease housing shortage in the country.

NHC intends to build 20,000 units for the middle-income earners and another 10,000 for the low-income earners through partnerships with landowners and county governments.

The corporation’s managing director Henry Maina said the new housing units will be built using the Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) technology which uses soft boards and wire mesh to manufacture floor, wall and roof panels.

“The use of modern technology will allow for speed and lower the cost of delivery, which will translate to more affordable housing units,” Mr Maina said.

NHC had earlier said that the low cost housing technology would greatly accelerate housing in the country, with a three-bedroom house costing Sh1.2 million down from Sh2.4 million for a brick and mortar house.

High construction costs have made delivery of affordable housing a challenge, at a time when the country’s housing deficit stands at about 160,000 low cost units.

In June last 2013, NHC said it had received Sh1.2 billion from Treasury – the first allocation in 30 years – to finance construction of at least 50 housing units in every county.

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The corporation has already constructed 100 housing units in Balozi estate in Nairobi using EPS panels sourced from its Mavoko EPS factory that boasts an annual production capacity of 126,720 panels.

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