A CASE STUDY ON PRECAST BUILDING SOLUTIONS IN KENYA AND ITS IMPACT IN THE KENYA BUILDING INDUSTRY

ABSTRACT

Precast concrete is a construction production produced by casting concrete in a reusable mould which is then cured in a controlled environment transported to the construction site and lifted in place.

The construction industry in Kenya is becoming efficient in the area of cost, durability, strength and achieving advance technologies. The effective management of cost enables clients, developers, and facilitators to achieve value for money.

 Concrete is a major component in every construction project. The use of precast concrete technology has been embraced by the construction industry in Kenya. This study seeks to analyze the need to adapt precast solution in construction in areas of cost estimation, strengths, durability and reliability of the structural frame (column and slab) by considering cast-in-place and precast concrete slabs and columns, respectively.

 The study established that precast concrete construction were on average 21% cheaper than the cast-in-place concrete elements. The study established that professionals prefer the use of precast concrete products because of the life cycle cost, strength, and durability.

The precast solution in the country is yet to be embraced fully but encountered in the recent upcoming modern developments after the realization of its advantages.

Precast is discussed fully in this case study and recommendations given. This study will go a long way in giving detailed sufficient information in the advantage of using precast as opposed to cast in situ and how it can positively impact in the Kenya’s building industry.