Rise of substandard buildings in Nairobi raises an eyebrow

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The alarm comes barely two weeks after a five-storey building collapsed in Kinoo estate, one of Nairobi’s neighbourhoods. No casualty was reported.

The Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya (IQSK) has raised concern over the escalation of the substandard buildings being constructed in Nairobi.

Poor workmanship, use of substandard materials, poor structural design, inadequate maintenance, and non-compliance to statutory requirements are the reasons why many buildings are collapsing in Kenya’s capital.

According to the surveyors, the developers outlook the professionals and instead go for unlicensed people to cut construction costs, a move that has led to the loss of lives and destruction of property.

IQSK deputy chair Jenifer Musyimi said that since Kenya recorded the first building collapse in 1990, more than 200 people have died, and thousands have been injured.

IQSK General Secretary Wilson Kipkoech stated that the 2018 National Building Inspection Service (NBI) audit found that of the 14,895 buildings they looked at, 723 were classified as very dangerous, 10,791 unsafe, 1,217 fair, and only 2,194 are safe.

Mr. Kipkoech went on to say that the 2020 report issued by the National Construction Agency (NCA) indicated that 35 out of 100 buildings in Kenya could collapse.

To counter this threat, the NCA and the county governments have launched an audit of all buildings in the country to determine if they are suitable for human habitatio

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