The Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) has raised a red alert following a recent report by the National Construction Authority that only 20 percent of all the buildings in Kenya are built by professionals.
AAK president Florence Nyole said the reports indicate that 80 percent of the buildings are left in the hands of unprofessionals.
According to Miss Nyole the situation is a threat to this country.
’’This is a threat to the country. A recent report by NCA shows that only 20 percent of the buildings are built by professionals 80 per cent of the same remains in the hands of non-professionals; this is quite a risky venture,’’ she noted
She further pointed out that, as an association of professionals, they have been working towards reducing the impacts of urbanization and the resultant climate change in Kenya.
The AAK president noted that AAK has also launched several programs, including the Grow A Class program aimed at increasing the number of trees in Kenya.
’’We have several projects that we have launched, including the grow a classroom program which aims at increasing the amount of tree cover,’’ Miss Nyole pointed out
Nyole points out that they have developed a green building rating tool commonly referred to as Safari Green Building Index aimed at focusing on rating building based on local context.
She noted that through its je Una Mjengo and Mulika Mjengo campaigns AAK has been able to maintain order in the sector.
She said, ’’The AAK President said they have launched some campaigns that have brought saniy to the sector,’’
On the other hand, the Principal Secretary representing the state department of public works John Arumonyang said the government has developed a policy framework and refined policies and regulations that promote affordable housing.
He further pointed out that the policies help to streamline land acquisition process and provide incentives to private sector involvement in the housing sector.
’’As a government we have developed a policy framework and refined policies and regulations that promote affordable housing,’’ he noted.
He noted that the government has advocated for financial inclusion by partnering with financial institutions to provide accessible and affordable financial options for housing projects.
Arumonyang says climate change is a reality that has been affecting communities the world over.
’’We are also advocating for financial inclusion. This is through our partnerships with financial institutions to provide accessible and affordable financial options for housing projects,’’ The PS noted.
He said there is need to embrace sustainable practices to incorporate green technologies and prioritize resilience throughout the country
’’We are committed as a government to mitigate the impacts of climate change,’’
The AAK President Florence Nyole was speaking during the Architectural Association of Kenya convention in Nairobi.