Flaws in the Current Building Code and Code Making Process in Kenya

Kabando K. Erastus, Pu Wuchuan


For safe, decent and affordable housing, a proper code of practice is vital. A proper building code of practice should enhance growth, regulate and revolutionize housing sector and utilization of the available local materials without limitations.  As the stakeholders are revising and reviewing the code of practice and administration of many counties prepare to take the initiative of executing the code, various aspects concerning it should not be overlooked. The current housing and infrastructure policies and adaptive by-laws have led to calamities and epidemics being reported all over.  Poor planning, administrative procedures and inadequate enforcement strategies are a few challenges facing the current building code in Kenya. This paper discusses the various flaws that are observed in the current code of practice. As the building sector is preparing to acknowledge, implement and adopt KScode 2009; emphasis has been put on description of various principles concerning code development, adopting and implementation processes. This paper may also act as a guideline for currently concerned bodies revising the code of practice. Provisions of minimum standards, safety of lives, health and security of one’s property should be emphasized in any code of practice used.

Keywords: building code, flaws, implementation, materials, planning, buildings

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