Regulatory gaps to blame for buildings collapse – NCA

THE National Construction Authority, the agency charged with regulation and coordination of the construction sector, has blamed the rampant collapse of buildings on little coordination among regulatory bodies overseeing different segments of the sector.

Executive director Daniel Manduku said there are different supervisory entities involved in the construction chain that are independent of the NCA.He said this has created challenges in the regulation of the sector to ensure best standards are observed throughout the construction process.

“We don’t regulate engineers, architects and quantity surveyors. It is their professional regulatory bodies that investigate them when they do a mistake in construction,” he said in a telephone interview.Other regulatory entities in the sector include the Engineers Board of Kenya and, the Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors.

The 47 county governments are also involved in the approval and issuance of physical planning permits to contractors.Cases of building collapsing while still under construction have been rife in the recent years. This has resulted not only in loss of lives but also drains millions of shillings in investments.Nairobi, which is experiencing a construction boom due to the growing demand in the lower end housing segment, has been the hardest hit.

The latest case was on Sunday morning when a six-storey residential building under construction in Rongai, Kajiado county, tumbled. Two of the six workers, who slept on the site, were reportedly killed.“Our preliminary investigations into the building that collapsed in Rongai over the weekend show it collapsed due to design failure,” Manduku said. “When one party does a mistake in construction, it will result in a collapse. But we are trying to have a coordination mechanism in the industry.”

Source : theStar

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