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Apr 8 14 tweets 3 min read
PRECAST CONCRETE IS CHEAPER NOW THAT STEEL IS SO EXPENSIVE IN KENYA.

thread 🧵.
Now that steel is so expensive in Kenya
Economic factors play an important role in the choice of a suitable building system. This has most notably an effect on housing if large numbers of houses are built. Construction with precast concrete elements offers a great number of advantages in this case.

🔸Fixed final price and completion date for precast buildings

🔸Short construction time compared to traditional building methods

Moreover, you only need a short
Apr 7 22 tweets 5 min read
FACTS ON FLAT CONCRETE ROOFS (precautions & causes of leakages).

🧵 Thread.
Dear @MburuTm

Concrete prepared under a nominal mix can retain water up to a certain extent depending on the corresponding pressure applied. This capacity of the nominal concrete mix to retain water 1/ Image increases with the grade of the concrete.
It also depends on the age and surface condition of the concrete structures.However, without the implication of waterproofing admixtures or other mix design methods, concrete itself is not 100% waterproof. Before discussing how to stop 2/ Image
Mar 22 16 tweets 3 min read
THE MISTAKES WE ARE MAKING IN OUR 20s . (career-wise and Generally).

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We all make mistakes, but for Millennials in our 20s the real pressure's on. 

We've been told that we need to build our careers, escape the shackles of debts, make our first major purchases, and find our one and only soul mate.

With all of these financial, career, and personal pressures, there's almost no room for one of the most important tasks--discovering who we are, what we value, and how we want to make an impact on the world.

When we get caught up in all of
Mar 21 39 tweets 7 min read
THE NGONG ROAD MISERY.
AND WHY
THE NAIROBI EXPRESSWAY IS A WASTE OF PUBLIC FUNDS.
(Building Bigger Roads Makes Traffic Worse)

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The concept is called induced demand, which is economist-speak for when increasing the supply of something (like roads) makes people want thing even more. Though some traffic engineers made note of this phenomenon at least as early as the 1960s, it is only in recent years that social scientists have collected enough data to show how this happens pretty much every time we build new roads.
Mar 20 26 tweets 6 min read
WHY DO ROADS HAVE UNNECESSARY YET NECESSARY CURVES?

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In the old times, when a road had to be built up a hill, the team of prospectors would lead a donkey or a mule up the incline. The donkey would not go straight up along the shortest route, but would instinctively follow a path with a moderate incline, or grade, very similar to the maximum grade considered safe for roads (8 to 10%).

The prospectors would hammer stakes in the ground after the donkey and then measure the position of the stakes, draw all the points on a map and start drawing
Mar 1 36 tweets 6 min read
📌DESIGN-BUILD VERSUS DESIGN-BID-BUILD: WHICH ONE'S BETTER?.

A THREAD.

Every construction project and the circumstances surrounding it is different. Some projects are public, and some are private. Some are complex, and some are simple. For each unique project, there’s a more appropriate delivery method. Selecting the best delivery method for the project can help reduce overall risk and bring the project in on schedule and on budget. When comparing different project delivery methods, such as design-build vs design bid build, some things to consider
Feb 1 35 tweets 8 min read
📌ROOFING MATERIALS PRICES IN KENYA 2022 [PER SQUARE METRE].

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This is not one of those threads that make vague assumptions about the roofing materials prices in Kenya. Rather, it stretches beyond indefinite pricing estimates to reveal the specific costs of roofing Roofing Materials Across different regions in Kenya.

📍The Guide To Roofing Materials Prices In Kenya

We’ve compiled the guide after scrutinizing an array of contract bills, as well as roofing materials price lists from various manufacturers, suppliers, and retailers.
Feb 1 25 tweets 4 min read
📌FEASIBILITY StuYdy – IS YOUR REAL ESTATE PROJECT WORTH IT'S MONEY?

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Picture this – you get a construction loan and excitedly embark on a seemingly promising real estate project. Then during construction, you suddenly discover that the project is off schedule and over budget by a long shot. 

Who would you blame for the mess? The contractor perhaps? 

Now, imagine you somehow happen to survive through the whole thing and the construction project is eventually completed. But, just as your new building units hit the market, you suddenly
Jan 15 25 tweets 4 min read
📌 BREAKDOWN OF THE COSTS OF CONSTRUCTION PERMITS IN NAIROBI📌
A thread.

📍Building Plan Approval Fees

0.5% of the total construction costs (based on the building rates above)

📍Fees for Renewing Previously Approved Building Plans

10% of the charges levied during the initial submission of the architectural and structural plans. 

📍Charges For Amending / Altering / Changing Approved Building Plans

0.1% of the total construction costs. 

📍Site Construction Board and Hoarding Permit Application Fees

Kshs 30,000 for building sites in; Roysambu,
Jan 15 19 tweets 3 min read
📌COST OF CONSTRUCTION PERMITS IN KENYA – NAIROBI BUILDING APPROVAL FEES
BREAKDOWN.📌

A THREAD

Trying to figure out how construction permits in Kenya work? Or perhaps wondering how much you stand to pay while you submit your building approval application form? 📍The Bad News About Construction Permits in Kenya📍

Well, here’s the thing. Urban planning and development control in Kenya is a devolved function. That means you won’t find a centralized system for awarding building permits in Kenya. 

Instead, you’ll be required to submit
Jan 15 47 tweets 7 min read
📌CONSTRUCTIONLOANS IN KENYA: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE FOR BORROWERS.📌
THREAD.
Although construction loans in Kenya can be costly with comparatively high-interest rates, the fact is- we’ve seen developers who’ve calculatedly leveraged them for successful real estate projects. On the flip side, however, reports from various banks show that a fair number of the funded projects usually bite the dust. And as a result, financial institutions in Kenya apply very strict qualification requirements for construction loans.