Volume 5, Issue 2, June 2020, Page: 56-60
Affordable Walling Materials Used in Low Income Estates of Eldoret, Kisumu and Nakuru Towns in Kenya
Clement Kiprotich Kiptum, Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Eldoret, Eldoret, Kenya
Victor Muroki Mwirigi, Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Eldoret, Eldoret, Kenya
Ochillo Ochieng Steve, Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Eldoret, Eldoret, Kenya
Received: Mar. 7, 2020;       Accepted: Mar. 20, 2020;       Published: Apr. 14, 2020
DOI: 10.11648/j.ajset.20200502.11      View  350      Downloads  106
Abstract
In today’s building industry, availability of cheaper construction materials still remains the primary goal of any developer. In Kenya, bricks, iron sheets, mud and cement/stone blocks are some of the walling materials in use. A newly introduced material which is affordable is Expanded Polystyrene (EPS). This study aimed to evaluate types of walling materials used in low income areas of three major towns of Eldoret, Kisumu and Nakuru in Kenya with a view of determining the awareness levels of EPS. The methodology involved interview questionnaires administered to 77 respondents (landlords and tenants) in poor sub-urban areas of the three towns. The results showed that 56% of respondents lived in brick houses while a 4% lived in stone houses and the remaining 40% lived in houses made of mud or iron sheets. More than 80% of respondents were not comfortable in the houses they were staying and they hoped for improvement. That is why 94.8% were ready to pay more if their current living conditions were improved by their plot owners. The highest awareness of EPS use was in Kisumu (60%), followed by Nakuru (37.5%) and Eldoret at 33.3%. The most expensive rooms were those made of stones at KES. 500,000 while mud walled rooms were the least expensive to construct at KES. 35,000. Future research on relationship between distance to source of walling material and preference is recommended.
Keywords
Bricks, Expanded Polystyrene Awareness, Landlords, Mud, Tenants, Walling
To cite this article
Clement Kiprotich Kiptum, Victor Muroki Mwirigi, Ochillo Ochieng Steve, Affordable Walling Materials Used in Low Income Estates of Eldoret, Kisumu and Nakuru Towns in Kenya, American Journal of Science, Engineering and Technology. Vol. 5, No. 2, 2020, pp. 56-60. doi: 10.11648/j.ajset.20200502.11
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