The late Kelvin Kiptum’s house is under construction. What type of construction is it?

Kelvin Kiptum Cheruiyot was a long-distance runner and marathoner who died on 11th February 2024 in a terrible road accident.

Before his death, Kiptum had run three of the seven fastest marathons in history and was even ranked among the first world men’s marathon runners.

Kiptum was born on 2nd December 1999 and died while aged 24 years and his death shocked the whole country and the world because he was a promising athlete and a world champion.

The president of Kenya HE William Samoei Ruto declared that KIptum’s funeral would be a state function and as such he had to construct a house for Kiptum’s young family before his burial.

The construction of the house within seven days is a shock especially in Kenya because the building design in Kenya has been limited to the basic construction of concrete houses which takes a while to be ready. After all, the house has to dry.

That is why Kenyans have been protesting on social media asking why the president would choose to construct for Kiptum a house with plywood and steel. Especially when plywood was launched people questioned its durability.

But it’s a precast house.

What is a precast house?

Precast houses, also known as prefabricated or modular houses, are houses constructed using precast concrete or other materials in a factory setting before being transported to the construction site for assembly. This method of construction offers numerous advantages, making it increasingly popular in the housing industry.

Why opt for precast houses

Speedy construction

Firstly, precast houses are known for their speed of construction. Since the components are manufactured off-site in a controlled environment, weather conditions do not delay the process. Once the foundation is ready, precast elements such as walls, floors, and roofs can be quickly assembled, significantly reducing construction time compared to traditional methods.

Quality Houses

Moreover, the quality of precast houses is often superior to traditional on-site construction. Factory production ensures precise measurement and consistent quality control, resulting in stronger, more durable structures. This can lead to fewer defects and maintenance issues over the lifespan of the house.

Environmentally friendly

Additionally, precast houses are more environmentally friendly than traditional construction methods. The controlled manufacturing process generates less waste, and materials can be recycled and reused efficiently. Furthermore, the energy efficiency of precast houses can be enhanced through the integration of insulation and other sustainable features during the manufacturing process.

Versatile

Another advantage of precast houses is their versatility in design. Modern technology allows for a wide range of architectural styles and customization options to meet the needs and preferences of homeowners. From contemporary to traditional aesthetics, precast houses offer flexibility without compromising structural integrity.

In terms of cost, while the initial investment may be slightly higher due to factory production and transportation costs, overall savings can be significant. Reduced construction time means lower labor expenses and the durability of precast materials can lead to long-term savings on maintenance and repairs.

Conclusion

Precast houses represent a modern and efficient approach to housing construction. Their speed, quality, sustainability, design flexibility, and cost-effectiveness make them an attractive option for homeowners, developers, and builders alike. As technology continues to advance, the popularity and adoption of precast construction are expected to grow, shaping the future of the housing industry.