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April 15 2016


Structural Techniques in Kenyan Real Estate

Kenya is coming to the realization that structural systems are the backbone of any real-estate property and can boost usability by occupants, adaptability to changing weather conditions, and its protection for its intended purposes. As a  result, more efforts are being put in place to modernize these systems and bring them to par with international standards. Kenya real estate

Huge disparities exist between structural systems in rural and urban Kenya, using the latter having comprehensive modern systems that include diverse access points such as power points, radio control systems, water inlet and outlets and technological systems (such as net connection points, etc.).


Urban Kenya

        Electricity is hard wired into domiciles and something can use prepaid and systems that are postpaid pay bills
        Frequent power outages have actually required institutions and commercial facilities to set up generators that are automatic
        The urban poor who cannot afford the price of electricity and generators use charcoal burners, lights, candles, pressure lights and lanterns
        Some properties that are urban installed with solar panel systems to counter electricity failure

Rural Kenya

There was a increase that is registered of electricity hardwired into properties although a significant number of properties do not have usage of electricity.

        Rarely are generators used unless during special occasions and ceremonies that are religious
        Marginalized areas with limited electricity supply have generators and solar panels as the main energy source
        Tilly lights are sometimes used for lighting
        Tin lamps are the most widely used
        Biomass is the main supply of energy


In major towns such as Nairobi and Mombasa, properties are installed with well-concealed plumbing systems including:

        Interconnected sewerage pipes that drain into either independently made septic tanks or into erected sewerage dams for waste-water treatment managed by local authorities
        Water piping systems that connect properties to main water supply points run by local authorities

Occasionally, property developers install large water tanks for rainfall harvesting and water storage for usage during water rationing and spells that are dry. Alternatively, burrowing water wells are manually or automatically pumped.

        Water boilers are used to water that is warm upscale properties
        Majority of metropolitan and rural dwellers choose to use biomass to warm their water for shower and washing dishes
        Drainage systems are operated by neighborhood authorities

In minor towns and rural areas, there are no sewerage systems and properties have to develop individual septic tanks, water wells and drainage and waste disposal systems.

Heating, Cooling & Ventilation (HVAC)

        Heaters and ACs are used as heating and cooling systems in most high-end residential properties and large facilities that are commercial. They are generally built-in systems, mounted on walls or ceiling in each room or area and temperate is controlled with a control that is remote.
        Both hardwired and portable fans are commonly used among center and low-income classes and a lot of small-scale business facilities.

In rural areas, HVAC systems are unheard off and people depend on fireplaces to keep warm or they need to open doors and windows to aerate areas that are closed/warm

Home Intelligence

        Surveillance cameras are used in majority of residential premises
        Kenya is yet to embrace the more advanced house intelligence systems that allow radio control of lighting, security and music systems.


In a bid to cut energy costs, most properties that are residential energy-saving light bulbs and systems.

        Decorative and lighting that is ambient routinely used in commercial and residential properties
        Neon signs are used in commercial facilities, institutions such as colleges and churches and along roadways, streets and avenues
        There are light fixture on walls and ceilings in all homes
        Tin lamps, pressure lamps, lanterns, candles, torches and battery-operated lights are alternative source that is light

Since Kenya receives at least seven hours of sunlight every day, most property lights are down throughout the day and lit later in the day.

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