Also known as prefabs, prefabricated houses are manufactured off site (in a factory) and are transported in pieces and assembled on-site.
Prefabricated houses in Kenya could easily replace brick and mortar homes as builders move to dodge the rising cost of building and construction materials.
Prefabs are attracting many home-owners not only due to their affordability but also because they are built within a shorter period. In fact a two bedroom prefabricated house can be built within 2-3 months!
The shift toward the use of prefabricated technology is good for Kenya, a country whose demand for housing currently stands at over 200,000 units against a supply of just 35,000 units annually.
Although prefabs have been widely accepted in developed countries, the technology has failed to catch up in Kenya mainly due to the rigid building code that does not recognize prefabs. This is however expected to change once a new building code is adopted.