NCA committed at enhancing construction research and capacity building

National Construction Authority [NCA] Executive Director Maurice Aketch has reiterated his commitment towards improving local capacity building in a bid to empower Kenya’s construction industry in line with fast tracking growth and performance of mega infrastructure projects.

He said his office will continue partnering with various stakeholders including foreign agencies to enhance a robust construction sector that will guarantee effective service delivery to support government’s initiative in investing heavily in public infrastructure.

“Our desire is that local contractors acquire the same level of competitiveness as their foreign counterparts in the next few years so as to boost sustainability of the ever evolving building sector” he said

According to Aketch, the construction industry is one of the fastest growing in the country and with increased government spending the outlook can only get brighter.

1/2. Yesterday, NCA held a consultative meeting with the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI). The purpose of the meeting was to explore possible areas of collaboration and partnership avenues in construction research. pic.twitter.com/YHOe7TTmIc

— National Construction Authority (@ncakenya) March 3, 2021

With focus shifting to development of infrastructure in the devolved government, contractors are upbeat that this will increase their revenue streams and experience.

He noted that NCA was committed to research and training to ensure innovation and use of new technologies is adopted by local contractors across the counties.

“When investors know that they will come to a country that is well regulated and the infrastructure and buildings they put up will not collapse or be demolished, then it becomes a good place to invest,” he further added.

NCA embarked on series of workshops to upgrade construction workers and contractors in new and emerging trends in the construction industry

The purpose of these programmes is to provide participants with in-depth knowledge of the principles of regulation and regulatory models. In addition, the course offers an introductory session on construction skills and technologies aimed primarily at individuals with inadequate technical background.

In 2017, the authority  signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Kenya Green Building Society (KGBS) to leverage on mutually beneficial partnerships that will result in a more environmentally conscious and sustainable construction industry.

There is currently no substantive law requiring buildings to adopt green or sustainable technology and practices, although many players in the industry have now started incorporating greening elements such as natural ventilation and solar powered lighting and heating within construction.

The proposed building code once adopted with ensure green construction is part and parcel of design and construction practices.

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