USE OF EXPANDED POLYSTYRENE AS A SOLUTION TO LOW COST HOUSING IN KENYA

Abstract
Demand for housing in Kenya is growing faster than the supply by developers, increasing the
housing deficit in the country. This project addresses this problem by carrying out an
intensive research and field study on using expanded polystyrene as an alternative building
material that may be used for low cost housing in Kenya. The objective of this project is to
evaluate the mechanical properties of expanded polystyrene and its suitability for its use as
building material, as well as the cost of using the technology to build houses as opposed to
the conventional masonry method.
A case study of panels from the National Housing and Corporation (NHC) will be used to
evaluate the cost of using the technology as a building construction material. Research shall
be carried out through interviews and questionnaires; these will help gain better
understanding of the technology. Supporting information will then be sought and used to
assess suitability of using the technology as well as verify whether it can be used as a low
cost solution.
The main findings are

 

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