Low Cost Housing in Kenya. Precast low-cost housing with steel fibre reinforced concrete: Final Report

The main objective of this project is designing precast elements in steel fibre reinforced concrete (sfrc) with local available technologies for low-cost housing in Kenya. With use of steel fibre reinforced concrete (instead of reinforced concrete) a reduction of the costs. On base of the experiences and test results a manual for preparation of sfrc precast structures has been written. In advance the present housing is examined. The most common way to build a house is to make it of mud and wood, these houses have a lifetime of ten years. A relatively new developed alternative is the eco-homes (of Bamburi special products). This type of housing is the only available precast house in Kenya at the moment, but is still rarely used. Based on the advantages and disadvantages of the present housing the design of a new precast system is made.