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Building a house with Prefabricated concrete Wall Panels - very cost effective
Bachuma Gate
#1 Posted : Wednesday, April 17, 2013 8:30:44 AM
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I think this gona change the way we build houses is kenya in a big way.

I was at Hongkong Ceramics at Plaza 2000 and saw the wall panels. Made of cement and polystyrene in between; they provide an economical way of building a house.

A panel goes for 2,500.00 for internal walls per piece and 3,000- for external walls. They are light and easily transportable. You need a few fundis; 2 to 4. You can put a whole house in 14 days excluding the floor slab.

A 10ft by 10ft room requires about 25 slabs. Approx 67,000.00. Minus roof and floor. A 10 by 10 mabati room costs almost 40,000.00

NHC has put up a factory for the panels in Mulolongo. I am going there today to have a look.

Just imagine what this can help us achieve. This is what I will use for my City and shags house.

http://www.nhckenya.co.k...mp;id=109&Itemid=68


Watch video here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Npxw3WHO1s

DOH
Ndaragwa
#2 Posted : Wednesday, April 17, 2013 6:01:46 PM
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Were these construction materials (panels and polystyrene) approved for use in Kenya? I thought we are still stuck in brick and mortar because of our outdated building regulations. The video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Npxw3WHO1s looks interesting.
Bachuma Gate
#3 Posted : Thursday, April 18, 2013 8:16:39 AM
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This is from the NHC website - Rink above. Hope it answers you.

"The EPS Factory was established at Mlolongo area - Mavoko of Machakos County in Eastern Province, a short distance from Nairobi, in May 2012 by National Housing Corporation which is wholly owned by the Government of Kenya at a cost of around KES 1 Billion."

"The use of the EPS panels was in fact approved by the Kenya Government as far back as 1996, based on the production of a model house and examinations carried out then."
DOH
majimaji
#4 Posted : Thursday, April 18, 2013 8:59:16 AM
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Has the EPS factory started working?
Seles83
#5 Posted : Thursday, April 18, 2013 9:25:23 AM
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Bachuma Gate wrote:
I think this gona change the way we build houses is kenya in a big way.

I was at Hongkong Ceramics at Plaza 2000 and saw the wall panels. Made of cement and polystyrene in between; they provide an economical way of building a house.

A panel goes for 2,500.00 for internal walls per piece and 3,000- for external walls. They are light and easily transportable. You need a few fundis; 2 to 4. You can put a whole house in 14 days excluding the floor slab.

A 10ft by 10ft room requires about 25 slabs. Approx 67,000.00. Minus roof and floor. A 10 by 10 mabati room costs almost 40,000.00

NHC has put up a factory for the panels in Mulolongo. I am going there today to have a look.

Just imagine what this can help us achieve. This is what I will use for my City and shags house.

http://www.nhckenya.co.k...mp;id=109&Itemid=68


Watch video here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Npxw3WHO1s




Please share your findings and pictures: madaraka.apartments@gmail.com
More monies, more problems...
ZZE123
#6 Posted : Thursday, April 18, 2013 9:28:17 AM
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I fear this new building technology - what happens if strong winds come??
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josimar
#7 Posted : Thursday, April 18, 2013 9:54:56 AM
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How does this techonology fare in terms of cost comparison to using stones?
shalishali
#8 Posted : Thursday, April 18, 2013 11:15:09 AM
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Very interested.Anybody who have constructed a house with this technology/materials and what's the experience.
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dave.kim
#9 Posted : Thursday, April 18, 2013 5:32:36 PM
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Bachuma Gate wrote:
I think this gona change the way we build houses is kenya in a big way.

I was at Hongkong Ceramics at Plaza 2000 and saw the wall panels. Made of cement and polystyrene in between; they provide an economical way of building a house.

A panel goes for 2,500.00 for internal walls per piece and 3,000- for external walls. They are light and easily transportable. You need a few fundis; 2 to 4. You can put a whole house in 14 days excluding the floor slab.

A 10ft by 10ft room requires about 25 slabs. Approx 67,000.00. Minus roof and floor. A 10 by 10 mabati room costs almost 40,000.00

NHC has put up a factory for the panels in Mulolongo. I am going there today to have a look.

Just imagine what this can help us achieve. This is what I will use for my City and shags house.

http://www.nhckenya.co.k...mp;id=109&Itemid=68


Watch video here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Npxw3WHO1s


What were your findings at EPS??
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Wendz
#10 Posted : Thursday, April 18, 2013 5:47:00 PM
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shalishali wrote:
Very interested.Anybody who have constructed a house with this technology/materials and what's the experience.


At the NHC factory site, they've made one. You'll be surprised that the house made of this new technology is actually same if not better interms of strength as compared to concrete one. There's something they told us that as "weak" as the material looks, a bullet cant go through and it is harder to break through than concrete wall.
Wendz
#11 Posted : Thursday, April 18, 2013 5:48:43 PM
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majimaji wrote:

Has the EPS factory started working?


they are initially only producing for their housing construction needs.... unless this has changed in the last 3 moons.
Wendz
#12 Posted : Thursday, April 18, 2013 5:50:33 PM
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Ndaragwa wrote:
Were these construction materials (panels and polystyrene) approved for use in Kenya? I thought we are still stuck in brick and mortar because of our outdated building regulations. The video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Npxw3WHO1s looks interesting.


The government cant use what is not recommended (by the same government) for use, or can it? NHC is a government corporation.

You can build a story building too... and it is firm. very.
dave.kim
#13 Posted : Thursday, April 18, 2013 7:10:48 PM
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Wendz wrote:
shalishali wrote:
Very interested.Anybody who have constructed a house with this technology/materials and what's the experience.


At the NHC factory site, they've made one. You'll be surprised that the house made of this new technology is actually same if not better interms of strength as compared to concrete one. There's something they told us that as "weak" as the material looks, a bullet cant go through and it is harder to break through than concrete wall.

Economical scale of building a house? e.g a simple two bedroom
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Bachuma Gate
#14 Posted : Friday, April 19, 2013 8:50:31 AM
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I didnot manage to go over due to the rains. For those who want more inform about this technology; just google and you will gets lots of information or go HongKong Building Center at Plaza 2000. You can also get NHC contacts on the Web and call them. Read also the links above for more details.

It is used all over the world and its cost effective.
DOH
majimaji
#15 Posted : Friday, April 19, 2013 9:01:36 AM
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@ Bachuma, did you go to the NHC factory?
Bachuma Gate
#16 Posted : Friday, April 19, 2013 9:49:51 AM
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majimaji wrote:

@ Bachuma, did you go to the NHC factory?


See post above yours.
DOH
aces
#17 Posted : Monday, April 22, 2013 9:35:47 PM
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Interesting, very interesting. no hustle, completing a hse in 14 days is all that a common man like me needs....someone to get more info...il probably get time late this yr 2 visit NHC....
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Tara
#18 Posted : Wednesday, May 01, 2013 2:47:30 AM
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It looks like these guys are building with the same ... http://www.ecohomeskenya.com/index.html
Ash Ock
#19 Posted : Wednesday, May 01, 2013 10:25:17 AM
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[quote=Tara]It looks like these guys are building with the same ... http://www.ecohomeskenya.com/index.html[/quote]

I recall the International Bible Students Association along the Elgeyo Marakwet road being built in the 90’s using panels. The whole construction was completed in record time and I remember discussing with friends how fast the construction went up.
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Kaigangio
#20 Posted : Wednesday, May 01, 2013 10:53:12 AM
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Hi guys.

for those of you who want to see a classic example of prefablicated concrete buildings, please visit NSSF Embakasi estate.

These were done by Mugoya construction in between 1995 and 2000 and it is only Mugoya who had that technology and capacity in the entire republic.

The contractor could do 5 or 6 four floor block of flats per week!!
...besides, the presence of a safe alone does not signify that there is money inside...
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