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15 Apr 2016
Structural Systems 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 weather that is changing, and its protection for its intended purposes. As a total result, more efforts are being put in destination to modernize these systems and bring them to par with international standards.

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


Urban Kenya

        Electricity is hard wired into houses and something can use prepaid and postpaid systems to pay bills
        Regular power outages have 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, force lights and lanterns
        Some urban properties are installed with solar panel systems to counter electricity failure

Rural Kenya

There clearly was a registered increase use of electricity hardwired into properties although a significant number of properties lack access to 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 power source that is main
        Tilly lamps are sometimes used for lighting
        Tin lamps are the most widely used
        Biomass is the main source of energy


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

        Interconnected sewerage pipelines that drain into either separately made tanks that are septic into erected sewerage dams for waste-water treatment managed by local authorities
        Water piping systems that connect properties to top water supply points run by local authorities

Occasionally, property designers install large water tanks for rain 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 would rather use biomass to warm their water for shower and dishes that are washing
        Drainage systems are operated by local authorities

In minor towns and rural areas, there are no sewerage systems and properties need certainly to develop specific 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 many high-end residential properties and large commercial facilities. They are generally built-in systems, mounted on walls or ceiling in each room or room and temperate is controlled with a control that is remote.
        Both hardwired and portable fans are commonly utilized among center and low-income classes and most small-scale business facilities.

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

Home Intelligence

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


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

        Decorative and ambient lighting are frequently used in commercial and residential properties
        Neon signs are utilized in commercial facilities, institutions such as colleges and churches and along roads, 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 time, most property lights are down throughout the day and lit later in the day.

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