Kenya National Construction Authority to develop Industry Policy
National Construction Authority will host Kenya’s first National Construction Week from 2nd – 4th November, 2016 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) as well the inaugural Big 5 Construct East Africa 2016 exhibition.
The National Construction Authority (NCA) has on September 13, 2016 announced the commissioning of a research to establish
capacity of Kenyan contractors, standardize construction materials and technology used in the construction industry while revisions of the building code are still undergoing.
The research will be a key output during this year’s Annual Construction Research Conference and Exhibition (ACoRCE) in November, which will bring together the region’s regulators who have adopted construction policies, manufacturers with new technologies adaptable for local industries and development partners. In it’s second year now, the forum will allow deliberations for adoption into the National Construction Policy, answering to a wider mandate of the NCA in the improvement of safety in the country’s building sector.
“The continued growth of construction has increased demand on materials, technology and skills resulting in gaps in their use and therefore a number of failures. Most of these failures are related to the quality or documentation of materials, inadequate capacity of contractors and their workers, unprofessional practices and enforcement challenges The presentations from the conference will guide the development of a national construction policy to better streamline the sector” Said Arch. Aidah Munano – PS., Housing & Urban Development.
The research which seeks to study and identify challenges facing the country’s construction industry such as the standardization of emerging construction materials, technologies and skills based on the National Construction Research Agenda (NaCRA), putting in place processes to improve the capacity of skilled construction workers and an accreditation mechanism.
“The Multi-stakeholder approach to the development of the policy is aligned to our National Construction Research Agenda (NaCRA) – a three-year plan to identify solutions facing the country’s construction industry. By improving the quality of material available in the market, improving the capacity of contractors and skilled workers which remain the greatest hindrance to realizing the 30% local content in Mega construction projects. Said Arch.Daniel Manduku – CEO, National Construction Authority.
In working towards the policy, the regulator is in consultation to repeal the physical planning act as an initial step in harmonizing regulations between the county and national governments while finalizing revisions on the building code.
“We’re looking at the collaboration between the NCA, NLC, NEMA and County governments’ on matters regulation. A good instance would be land acquisition procedures which are a main cause of delay in projects; where each party abides by its’ set regulations causing delays thereby impacting on financing a single project” Added Arch., Manduku.
Currently, several capacity building initiatives have been put in place in readiness for the policy such as training of women contractors and skilled construction workers with further commitment to identify the best possible mechanism to adopt new technologies, custom made to the local construction industry.
“Eventually, the NCA will adopt an Open-data reporting mechanism on the safety of construction to help sensitize developers and the public more on quality construction and reduce construction failures” Concluded Arch., Manduku.
Upon completion and adoption, the policy will better streamline the construction sector by creating a systematic framework for all players in the industry.