The National Construction Authority (NCA) is hosting the Construction Research Dissemination at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Upperhill in Nairobi. The event was officially launched on 19th January by the Public Works Principal Secretary Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Dr. Gordon Kihalangwa.
Also present at the launch were NCA Board Chair Qs. David Gaitho, NCA Executive Director Eng. Maurice Akech, Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) President Arch. Mugure Njendu and Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya (IQSK) President Qs. James Munene.
Research in construction
The event is providing a platform to industry stakeholders to deliberate findings and recommendations of the various studies that the Authority has undertaken recently. These are: Research on Building Failures, A Study on the Involvement of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the Construction Industry in Kenya, Appropriate Building Materials and Technologies: Promoting Models for Affordable Housing; and A Research study on “Construction Waste in Kenya: The need for Sustainable Waste Management Practices
According to Dr. Kihalangwa research is very important in the construction industry. “Construction remains an anchor for the development of all other sectors, and therefore construction research is an integral part of strategic planning. Moreso, construction research, taking into account pertinent socio-economic realities, can be used to guide and inform public policy, which impacts the entire economy. Strong, effective polices are evidence-informed policies, and thus we cannot escape research,” he said during the launch.
Attendees at the forum include stakeholders in academic fraternity, professional associations, research institutions and representatives from both the public and private sectors.
The forum is streaming live on the Authority’s Facebook and YouTube pages, both named National Construction Authority, with live tweeting on the NCA Twitter account, @NCAKenya. The forum is also being be broadcasted live on national broadcaster KBC TV.