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CHOOSING A COMMERCIAL KITCHEN EXHAUST HOOD Controlling Odors Another important function of your commercial kitchen exhaust hood is keeping cooking odors from spreading throughout your restaurant. While your customers might love your onion soup, they don’t want to smell the onions cooking.

If you’re setting up a restaurant kitchen for the first time, or even renovating an existing kitchen, you can be completely preoccupied with choosing kitchen equipment, interior design ,furniture among other things ,but what about your commercial kitchen exhaust hood? Air flow is probably not your thing. And when you start to research your options, you quickly discover that there’s a lot more to it than you thought.

WHY CHOOSING THE RIGHT COMMERCIAL KITCHEN EXHAUST HOOD IS SO CRITICAL Although it may not be as much fun as choosing the cooking appliances, it’s essential that your commercial kitchen exhaust hood be carefully matched to the operation of your kitchen. Here’s why:

Fire Suppression If you are using any cooking appliances that produce smoke and grease, to meet building codes you must choose a commercial kitchen exhaust hood with a fire suppression system.

Essential Tips for Choosing the Right Commercial Kitchen Exhaust Hood Exhaust Rate Hood Design Physical Size and Mounting Ventilation Design Why choose Sheffield to supply and install your kitchen hood? Technical knowledge with proven certifications for 1SO 9001:2008 from Bureau Veritas Experience with restaurant installations especially kitchen ventilation Design engineers on staff to validate all aspects of HVAC system installation plans Excellent designs that are customized and easy to clean Annual maintenance contracts for your kitchen hood

Smoke, Heat & Grease Removal

Besides meeting building codes, you must remove smoke for the health and safety of your kitchen staff. You also want them to be able to see what they are doing! And don’t forget, if smoke is not removed from the kitchen, it will eventually migrate to your dining room and drive away customers. Heat removal is also critical to the functioning of your kitchen and your staff. The last thing you need is workers passing out because the kitchen is unbearably hot.Removing grease is important for fire prevention, and also for cleanliness. Grease that’s not removed by your commercial kitchen exhaust hood will settle on your kitchen surfaces. That means your staff must spend more time cleaning.


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Keeping your elevators and escalators in top gear

The potential of energy saving through solar water heating in Africa

An out of order elevator or escalator has detrimental effect on the functionality of a building. Elevators and escalators are extremely complex systems with hundreds of parts that must be maintained to ensure proper functionality.

Solar water heating (SWH) has been around for several decades but in Africa it is yet to get a firm grip on the market. The reason in the past has been the high initial cost of installation but as governments realize the benefits some countries have begun putting

24 Fire safety in buildings A fire can cause serious damage to property and even loss of lives.

in place enabling regulations and tax incentives to grow the market. Solar water heaters can enable savings of upto 80 percent of a households water heating bills and over time this can translate to savings that give a payback period estimated at around 5 years this alone should be adequate incentive to a would be owner. In addition to this the cost of solar panels has been falling making

Africa has the highest fire losses

SWH’s more attractive as alternative sources of

in terms of frequency and total

energy especially given the possibility of increases

losses; therefore, new facilities

in electricity bills and fossil fuels over time. For the

and renovation projects need to be designed to incorporate efficient, cost effective passive and automatic fire


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safety systems.

environmentalist the benefits can be chalked up as lower gas emissions meaning that SWH technology is safely in the green energy corner. Too few countries have in place any regulations that ensure the use of SWH. Kenya is one exception where new buildings are required to install SWH. More countries in Africa need to take definite steps towards ensuring the uptake of SWH technology so

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as to lower on-grid power supply demand and make

Keeping your elevators and escalators in top gear

hot water more readily available by using Africa’s

Britam Serviced Apartments Kilimani, Nairobi 28 Prudent procurement paramount 36 Steelstone Kenya Ltd: Smarter life, better planet 38

inexhaustible solar energy.

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Solairedirect completes 30MW PV project in Senegal

Italian firm wins Konza city roads and sewerage tender Italian firm Impresa Costruzioni Giuseppe Maltauro (ICM) has won the Konza city roads and sewerage tender; this is Kenya’s first smart city. The company was selected as the general contractor for the US$ 385m project and their priority will be to design the infrastructure for phase one of the project as well as procurement the necessary material and equipment. Precisely known as the Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Financing (EPCF) contractor, in details, ICM will oversee the building of roads, water and sewerage infrastructure within the 400 acre phase one of Konza City. Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KOTDA) chief executive, John Tanui confirmed the reports and said that construction works will commence in July this year. “Construction starts in July and ICM is required to build horizontal infrastructure as well as all the basic amenities and build a water reclamation plant and a reservoir for the city,” said Mr. Tanui. The company will also landscape the parks and set up water distribution, sewage collection and treatment facilities.

Solairedirect, a French PV developer and a subsidiary of French energy company Engie, has completed and connected a 30MW PV project in Senegal. The project was developed in Santhiou Mékhe, located in the Thiès region in northwest Dakar. The Senegal National Electric Company (SENELEC) will procure the energy generated by the 30MW installation of PV and feed it into the country’s national grid. Solairedirect was responsible for the construction and the maintenance of the just completed project, while financial responsibility was shouldered by the Meridiam, Proparco and Senegal’s Sovereign Fund. In total, funding for the project was tabbed at approximately US$46.8 million. In January 2017, Engie signed off on a partnership with ANER, the National Renewable Energies Agency in Senegal, to develop renewable energy within the country.

Capital Projects to invest US$780m for road construction in Mozambique Capital Projects, a South African firm, has announced plans to invest US$780m to fund the construction of a highway linking Mozambique’s southern province of Inhambane and South Africa as part of a strategic bid to boost tourism and trade between the two countries. The construction of the MapinhanePafuri regional road (N222), covers the provinces of Inhambane, Gaza, and Maputo, in southern Mozambique. The project is expected to kick-off in May next year and is scheduled for completion within three years. According to Capital Projects representative, the company has US$780m available to build the 500km road, which connects Vilanculos district to the border between Mozambique and South Africa. This funding has been obtained through a partnership between Capital Projects and China Harbor Engineering.

Sika involved in expansion of Hazelmere Dam in South Africa The severe drought experienced recently has resulted in Sika products being used in a mammoth ongoing project in KwaZulu-Natal. The site is Hazelmere Dam, a concrete gravity dam originally constructed in 1976, 40km north of Durban. Although fifteen families had to be relocated


to higher ground, the project benefitted the local community by creating 53 new jobs. By July 2016, the dam volume had dropped to 23% due to the severe drought in KZN. However in November 2016, volume could have exceeded 70% if it were not for critical construction work on the slipway. Once

this stage of the project was completed, in January 2017, the dam was allowed to fill to its maximum 100%, which is where it stands to date. Realising the total inadequacy of the dam’s water storage capacity, the Department of Water and Sanitation contracted consulting engineering company, Ingerop South Africa, for an effective design. A decision was made to raise the dam wall by seven metres, thereby increasing the dam’s capacity from 23.9 million cubic metres to 43.7 million cubic metres. Group 5 were appointed as main contractors. As the first project of its kind in Southern Africa, involving the installation of 83 anchors into the

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spillway and the dam wall itself, the task called for the Australian based company, SRG to be sub-contracted to drill, install and post tension the anchors. With grouting of the anchors being of critical importance, it was decided that Sika products would meet the high standards required by SRG. The first of two admixtures specified was Sika ViscoFlow-25 ZA, especially designed for concrete mixes with extended workability requirements as well as improved flow characteristics. Sika Stabiliser-229 ZA, the second specified admixture, increases the cohesion and plasticity of concrete, reducing bleed and segregation.


Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) celebrates their Golden Jubilee The Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) marked its 50th Golden Jubilee Birthday by hosting a Gala Dinner night at The Stanley Hotel in Nairobi, at the very same location where the association was formed back in 1967 on 31st of May, in the Tate Room. The AAK President, Architect Emma Miloyo in her speech highlighted the association being the premier of the built environment professionals and has had a lot of achievements, from initiating the automation of the Development Approval Process in Kenya - a first in Africa, to the fight against imposition of single business permits on its members. The association has also spearheaded the signing of a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) for architectural services under the East African Institute of Architects, the publishing of numerous policy position documents such as the Development Control Framework and has also published books including most recently ‘The CAA@50 Commemorative Book’. The AAK President also emphasized on how the Association has grown over the last 50 years from just over 40 members to over 2000 registered members and continues to forge the path for the built environment professionals and the construction industry as a whole.

Green Building Council South Africa announces 250th green building certification in Africa As it enters its 10th year in operation, The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) has reached the remarkable milestone of 250 green building certifications in Africa. Streetlight Schools’ Jeppe Park Primary achieved a 4 Star Green Star SA Interiors v1 certification earlier this month, marking this the 250th certification on African soil. It also happened to be the first school to achieve a Green Star rating in Africa. hese 250 certifications will go a long way towards the reduction of carbon emissions, as well as water and energy savings. A total of just under 3.8 million square metres, these green buildings will save an approximate 450 million kilograms of CO2 per year; 380 million kilowatt hours of energy per annum; and 350 million litres of drinking water annually. Put into perspective, these buildings are roughly the size of 540 rugby fields and their sustainability credentials save enough energy to power an equivalent of approximately 26 000 households for an entire year every year and provide the daily drinking water needs every year for just under 500 000 people, while their carbon emissions savings are the equivalent of taking 113 000 cars off the road every year.

Concrete Industry Associations invites professionals to a conference in South Africa It is all systems go for the first ever Concrete Conference, a joint initiative of South Africa’s concrete industry associations to bring concrete professionals together





developing the industry. Concrete is the most important building block in the development of our country and the conference aims to discuss and discover concrete technologies that will set the country apart in the provision of quality construction materials. The conference will leverage the technical expertise of the Southern Africa Readymix Association (Sarma), Concrete Manufacturers


(CMA), The Concrete Institute (TCI) and the Concrete Society of Southern Africa (CSSA) to Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) certifying the first housing projects in the country with EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies)

ERB invites engineers to the 15th annual engineer’s day The Engineers Registration Board of Tanzania (ERB) is pleased to inform the engineering community and the general public that the 15th Annual Engineers Day (AED 2017) will be held on September 7 – 8, 2017 at Dr. Jakaya Kikwete Convention Centre, Dodoma. The Annual Engineers Day is the biggest annual event for engineers from all disciplines of engineering practice in Tanzania. It is a forum where engineers, government officials and other stakeholders in engineering from both public and private sector meet and hold a learned discourse on a theme of topical interest to the nation. The event also provides an opportunity for engineers to share and exchange ideas and experiences in the engineering practice. Recommendations emanating from the discussions are forwarded to relevant authorities for necessary action. Confirmation of participation is through payment of registration fee

deliver insight into the world of concrete. “This is an important milestone in the industry as it marks the first truly integrated event of all four concrete bodies under





Concrete Industries Association (CIA). Concrete is changing and building techniques are too, so we will be looking at uncovering advancements that will impact concrete producer’s offerings and



techniques,” says Johan van Wyk, lead organizer of the event. The Concrete Conference will be held at Misty Hills Conference Centre on 17 & 18 August 2017.

of Tshs. 300,000/= per participant. The deadline for confirmation is August 11, 2017. Those who will register after this date will have to pay Tshs. 350,000/= per participant. September 6, 2017 will be the date of registration at Dr. Jakaya Kikwete Convention Centre and participants will be given conference materials.

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Power and Energy Cameroon 2017 Congress

PIPES XI conference

The 1st Cameroon International Power,

PIPES XI in conjunction with the Plastic Pipe Conference


SAPPMA is extremely excited and privileged to present


Association (PPCA) on 4 & 5 September 2017. As you

Exhibition, to be held at TurcamHall, the first

may know, PPCA hosts the biggest international pipe

Trade and Exhibition Center in the Capital of

conference every second year in either Europe or the




Cameroon, Yaoundé, between September

USA. Their spin-off conference, which is organized

13th and 16th 2017,is supported by the

every alternate year, is coming to South Africa this year!

Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources

The South African edition of the conference will this year

of Turkey, Directorate of Renewable Energy,

include at least 10 of the best papers from PIPES XVIII,

and the Ministry of Trade of Cameroon.

which was held in Berlin in 2016. This is in addition to

The congress has been designed to share

our usual line-up of national and international speakers.

information between Cameroon and Turkey, to improve cooperation between the two

The conference will take place over two days to provide

countries in the field of energy and to

for an outstanding offering to our industry. Over 35

boost the presence of Turkish businessmen

speakers will present their papers at this two- day event.

in the region. During the 1st Cameroon

This is a must attend event!!!

International Power, Energy and Equipment Congress and Exhibition, the first trade event of its’ kind, investment and cooperation opportunities for renewable energy in Africa and especially Cameroon will be discussed in depth. During the forum, projects to enable a much larger portion of the Cameroonian population to have access to energy will be examined and a regional information platform shall be established.


- Association of Consulting Engineers of - Kenya - Association of Professional Societies of East Africa APSEA)

Association Partners

- Kenya Property developers Association

- Khuthaza ( Women for Housing) - Concrete Manufacturers Association


Nigeria - Association of Consulting Engineers Nigeria - Association of Professional Women

- Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers

- The Construction Industry Federation of Zimbabwe (Cifoz)

Ghana - Ghana Institute of Engineers

Engineers Of Nigeria - Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria - The Nigerian Institute of Architects - American Association of Petroleum Geologists Africa Region

- Green Building council of SA

- Architects Registration Council

- Nigeria Society of Engineers

- South African Property Owners Association

- Ghana Institute of Surveyors

- Nigeria Institute of Architects

- Master Builders South Africa

- Ghana Green Builders Association

- Building and Construction Skilled Artisans

Uganda Institute of Surveyors of Uganda Uganda Institute of Professional Engineers (UIPE) & Uganda society of Architects

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and Quantity Surveyors (AQSRB)

- Construction Contractors Association of

- Zimbabwe Institute of Quantity Surveyors


Surveying Profession

- Tanzania’s Registration Board of Architects

- Ethiopian Association of Civil Engineers


- Institution of Surveyors of Kenya

- South African Council for the Quantity

- Construction Regulation Board (CRB)

- Association of Ethiopian Architects

- Institute of Engineers of Kenya

South Africa - ASAQS

- Tanzania Institute of Quantity Surveyors


- Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya

We are pleased to announce that the West Africa Architecture Festival 2017 will take place from the 24th to 27th of October 2017 in Port Harcourt at the Obi Wali Oil and Gas Conference Centre. The West Africa Architecture Festival (WAAF) is a National Program of the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA), powered by the Rivers State Chapter, showcasing Architecture, Building Materials/ Systems, Electronics and Lifestyle Products in the West African Sub-Region. This year, we are including a Fashion Fair and Food Fiesta in addition to Workshops, Exhibitions, Lectures, Cultural Displays, Music Shows and Networking events in a relaxed carnival atmosphere. The Fashion Fair and Food Fiesta would feature various prize winning competitions.


- Institute of Botswana Quantity Surveyors

- Architectural Association of Kenya

West Africa Architecture Festival

- Ghana Institute of Planners - Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors of Ghana


Association of Nigeria (BACSAAN)

Zambia - Zambia Institute of Architects (ZIA)

Institute of Namibian Quantity Surveyors

- Association of Building and Civil Engineering

Association of Consulting Engineers of Namibia

Contractors (ABCEC).

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BASF Launches New Generation of EcoFriendly Spray Foam Insulation The construction industry is looking at major challenges in the future. In a wide range of projects there will be big demand for progressive and sustainable products. So how can we reconcile energy efficiency, architectural ambition, and superlative home comfort? With its new Elastospray® LWP spray foam insulation, BASF combines maximum insulation performance with the best possible environmental protection. Performing strongly for energy-efficient and esthetically exciting construction The Elastospray® LWP systems are the consistent further development of the proven spray foams from BASF. In addition to improving environmental compatibility, they deliver the accustomed superlative insulation, thanks in particular to its closed-cell structure. Its excellent product properties make Elastospray® LWP the prime choice for all applications demanding speedy, simple, cost-effective, and sustainable construction methods. Suitable for almost all areas of the building envelope, the material impresses above all with its low thermal conductivity owing to its closedcell structure and air-tightness while permitting insulation without thermal bridges. In addition, it displays immaculate mechanical properties such as high compressive strength and appropriate water vapor permeability.

A new on board firmware for the GeoMax Zoom90 series has been released Besides the performance updates, a small “Battery Status” application will be available on the Windows Desktop allowing to quickly check the battery status. To take advantage of the various improvements, it is recommended to upgrade all existing instruments in the market to the new firmware version 3.13. Information how to install the onboard firmware can be found in chapter 3.2 of the “Zoom90 Installation Guide” available for download in the GeoMax partner area. Availability The new firmware will be installed in production with immediate effect, while receivers on stock will be shipped with the previous firmware version. These units can be updated by downloading the firmware from the Partner Area and installed as described in the Installation Guide. About GeoMax GeoMax offers a comprehensive portfolio of integrated solutions through the development, manufacture and sale of quality instruments and software for construction and field surveying. Our user-friendly, high-productivity total stations, GPS / GNSS instruments, software, lasers, optical and digital leveling, as well as accessories from Geomax are the right devices for professionals as well as for occasional users.

Bobcat launched backhoe loader series for Middle East and Africa markets Bobcat has launched backhoe loader series for sale in markets in the Middle East and Africa. The four models – the B700, B730, B750 and B780 – offer a choice of different specifications for diverse applications in construction, utility, rental, roadworks, demolition, excavation, landscaping and agriculture. Bobcat’s backhoe loaders are powered by the Perkins 1104C-44T 4,4 l engine with direct fuel injection producing 74,5 kW (100 hp) of power at 2 200 rpm and maximum torque of 408 Nm at 1 350 rpm, while delivering low operating costs due to low fuel/ oil consumption. All the models have an open centre hydraulic system and are equipped with bike gear pumps with high flow capacities of 136 l/min in the B700 and 154 l/min in the B730, B750 and B780 models, respectively. An unloader valve is featured as standard on all the models as is the electrohydraulic differential lock, with a limited slip differential being used on the B730 and B750 models. The backhoe loaders provide a spacious and comfortable operator environment – the B700 and B730 offer a choice of an open canopy or an enclosed cab, while the B750 and B780 are all equipped as standard with an enclosed cab.

John Deere unveils new PF45, PF60 Severe-duty Pallet Forks Pallet forks are staple attachments when it comes to getting more versatility and productivity from compact equipment, and now, John Deere has an option for material-handling jobs of every scale with the new severe-duty pallet forks, the latest additions to the ever-expanding lineup of Worksite Pro™ attachments. Two new pallet forks (PF45 and PF60) are optimized to work with John Deere G-Series skid steers as well as G- and E-Series compact track loaders (CTLs), along with another pallet fork that was specifically designed for use on K-Series compact wheel loaders with the skid steer-style Quik-Tatch™ coupler. All new pallet forks are also compatible with most competitive models. “Our new severe-duty pallet forks offer improved visibility, increased capacity and better durability than the previous fork-frame design,” said Gregg Zupancic, product marketing manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “Together with our standard- and heavy-duty options, we offer a material-handling solution to fit every customer’s need.” The severe-duty pallet forks for skid steers and CTLs are available in lengths of 48 and 60 inches, and they can be positioned in widths from 45 inches in 5-inch increments to 60 inches in 5.35inch increments. They feature a walk-through backrest with a bolt-on option and unrestricted visibility to the fork tips.

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Six ways to reduce workforce management risk and improve efficiency


uring the pre-hiring stage, employers and HR managers need to reach all forms of top talent. Whether or not a company is a federal contractor or subcontractor, it’s a best practice to stay within OFCCP regulations; therefore talent managers are required to take certain precautionary measures to ensure a diverse, safe work environment and help manage risks. HR and talent managers should consider the following for better risk management within an organization.

1. Document Outreach and Responses Avoid audits and adhere to federal regulations by documenting all recruiting outreach efforts and candidate responses to ensure that the company is properly sourcing its employees from a variety of backgrounds and demographics. Accessing a wide range of diverse candidates through use of an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) can help to automate the 8

distribution and documentation of job advertising. Another way to simplify outreach documentation is by guiding potential candidates through a uniform application process. This will also help to reduce errors and ensure consistency in the application process.


Survey All Applicants

During the application process, offer a voluntary survey to document race and ethnicity, as well as veteran and disability status. This is a necessary step to discover which efforts are effective and which ones aren’t, in terms of job distribution. It’s a best practice to offer this survey at the beginning of the process and for each and every applicant. Then it’s their choice whether they disclose the information and not a matter of the company not asking or having an inconsistent survey procedure.

3. Create an Applicant Log As the candidate pool shrinks and interviews are conducted,

it becomes important that an organization has a reliable system in place to record the stage each candidate progressed to and the reasoning for eliminating job applicants. These reasons are called ‘dispositioning’ a candidate. Disposition reasons examples could be; Not Qualified – Does Not Meet Basic Qualifications, Candidate Withdrew due to Salary or Not Selected – Another Candidate Hired. Where applicant logging becomes important, is when there is an open position to fill. HR managers can sift through a pool of previous job applicants and view previously recorded information to hire quickly. Applicant logging entails documenting all applicants’ information, including job applied for, what stages the applicant went through and the reason for not being hired.


Offer On-Job Related Topics and Maintain a Safe Work Environment

As a part of the onboarding process, new hires should be exposed to job-related topics including safety training, sexual harassment prevention and diversity awareness to promote a comfortable and healthy working environment. Along with these preventative measures, maintaining a safe work environment can also be done with random drug testing. Avoid on-site injuries and promote a safe working environment with an automated system that will record/process compliance and safety training and completion of other policy or regulatory documents.

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5. Create a Consistent Review Process Who are a company’s best employees and how does a hiring manager know this? To measure the success and productivity of employees, HR and hiring managers should develop a performance management strategy that allows for frequent and open conversation and evaluation. Although annual performance reviews are very common, only 26 percent of employees and managers believe that the traditional annual performance review is effective. HR managers should consider a more flexible and frequent evaluation method to motivate employees. Additionally, offering training modules to employees who demonstrate room for improvement will close skill gaps and improve overall performance quality.


Identify High Potentials and Employees Who Need Improvement

Spotting employees who are in need of further development and training can prevent a team from experiencing any risks or accidents. Companies that react quickly to employees’ need for additional training take the precautionary steps necessary to reduce the risk associated with on-site accidents or injuries. Talent managers can better manage risks by making safety a portion of the company’s culture. Developing an opendoor policy for employees will promote conversation between employees and their superiors and encourage employees to discuss safety issues/concerns.


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Africa needs affordable energy


ccess to affordable energy is key to Africa’s future. It is the springboard to increased prosperity and a better quality of life. Without it, children struggle to study, ideas won’t be transformed into thriving businesses and the continent will never completely plug into the global economy. But as many as seven in ten Africans can’t depend on reliable power. This is a huge brake, both on their ambitions and the continent’s development. Unless we can overcome this energy deficit, Africa’s economic and social progress will be crippled. The scale of the challenge is clear. Only 60% of properties in sub-Saharan Africa are connected to an electricity grid. Rural areas, in particular, find themselves cut off from power. Millions of Africans know, connection itself is by no means a guarantee of reliable supply. Blackouts are a fact of everyday life across much of the continent. In Ghana, Afrobarometer found that, while 87% of homes are connected to a grid, less than half enjoyed reliable power. The African Development Bank discovered that manufacturers lose an average of 56 days a year of production because of power shortages.

partnerships and show investors the rewards of working with African governments and companies, to drive growth within the continent. In turn, governments will have to work hard to provide the stable conditions to attract investment. We also need to take a regional view. One successful example is the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP). SAPP connects 12 countries across the region. This means that power coming from a new gas-powered plant in north-east Humphrey Kariuki is the Chairman of Great Lakes Africa Energy and the Dalbit Group. Dalbit Petroleum has operations in a number of other African countries including Tanzania, DR Congo, Zambia and South Sudan.

power supply and demand requires urgent action. This is why providing the power Africa needs ranks among the most important global challenges. Africa does not lack energy resources. The continent has vast fossil fuel reserves, and will be powered by renewable energy in the longer term. Its climate in large parts provides ideal conditions for solar and wind power generation. Only a fraction of Africa’s hydroelectric and geothermal potential has yet been exploited. Innovation, investment and partnerships are needed to harness this rich energy Affordable energy is imperative And when energy does arrive, the price can potential, and ensure the continent’s be three times more than consumers pay in communities and businesses can prosper. Since 2000, investment in sub-Saharan other regions – even in those countries with similar levels of economic development. African energy supply has more than When businesses or families have to rely on doubled. But it is still nowhere near enough to diesel-based generators, costs can be even meet the shortfall in generation capacity and, critically, to put in place the infrastructure to higher. With Africa’s population forecast to get electricity to the entire continent. Official estimates show that sub-Saharan double to 2.4 billion by 2050, the continent is set to make up nearly a quarter of the global Africa will need $450 billion in power sector work force. Managing the mismatch between investment within the next 20-30 years. Most of this will have to come from Africa does not lack energy resources. The outside our continent. continent has vast fossil fuel reserves, and This is why partnerships will be powered by renewable energy in are so critical to overcoming the longer term." Africa’s energy challenge. We need the courage to forge new

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Mozambique won’t just help get electricity to the 70% of the population in that country without access. It also offers the possibility of sending it to places it is needed, such as Malawi or Zambia. Innovative solutions Just as we have adapted mobile technology to leapfrog the need for fixed phone networks, Africa can also lead the world in innovative energy solutions. These solutions must also be combined with initiatives tailored to local conditions and communities, using the resources available in those places. In some areas, small-scale solar power combined with biomass technology can meet the needs of rural villages without expensive power lines having to be put in place. Solutions must also be affordable for the consumer. For example, replacing charcoal with more affordable and environmental friendly briquettes saves consumers money, as well as the environment. Great Lakes Africa Energy is take a lead in such initiatives. Tackling Africa’s energy deficit must be a priority for the continent. But it should also be high on the global agenda. Providing access to reliable and affordable energy is key to Africa’s prosperity. And a prosperous Africa is key to a strong global economy in the decades ahead. Source:

Apex Steel Connects Kenyans from Nairobi to Mombasa with Development of SGR


The Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), which is Kenya’s biggest infrastructure project since independence and the flagship project under the Vision 2030 Development Agenda, was launched last month as part of the Madaraka


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More than 10,000 tonnes of steel was used for the 609 kilometres of track between Mombasa and Nairobi. The trip, which typically takes about 9 to 10 hours by bus, has been reduced to about 4 to 5 hours. Apex Steel Ltd, East Africa’s most trusted steel manufacturer with nearly 47 years of experience in raising the bar for quality products in the region, was the principle supplier selected by the contractor, China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), to provide steel for the project. The major reason why Apex Steel was selected to supply


steel for the SGR is because the company has pioneered the introduction of high quality world-class steel to the region. In 2006, Apex became the first company in East Africa to manufacture Grade 500+ steel, which is the internationally accepted standard, at its state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Athi River. Locally, Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) only requires manufactures to produce Grade 460 steel.


Apex Steel is also the first company to have a world-class inhouse testing facility that ensures that all steel manufactured and supplied to clients is of the highest quality. Every metre of steel supplied to the SGR by Apex is branded with the trademark, “APEX TMX,” as an added assurance that the steel used has undergone a rigorous, German engineering process that ensures consistency and excellence. SINCE 1985

The SGR, which is a defining moment for the country and its citizens, is just one of many iconic projects that Apex Steel has been part of. In Kenya, the company has supplied steel for the construction of Thika Superhighway, Villa Rosa Kempinski, Westgate Mall, Sankara Hotel, Delta Towers,

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Solar Water Heating in Africa I

n the domestic scene everyone loves a hot water shower even in Africa where temperatures are more moderate but the prohibitively high cost of electricity when

available at all has made this become more of a luxury for many. Even the use of wood or gas has its challenges which include cost and environmental degradation at least as far as wood is concerned. Additionally with demand for on grid power outstripping supply in Africa it is no wonder that policy is shifting towards the use of alternatives even in the area of water heating. As a result, there are numerous interventions offered by various institutions and of all these interventions, solar water heating is the only method that is 100% independent of electricity; meaning that once the initial purchase price has been paid, the water heating bill will be non-existent.


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Saving energy costs The actual savings will depend greatly on your use of hot water, but according to one researcher on average, if one installs a solar water heater, the water heating bills should drop by 50 to 80 percent monthly. Also, because the sun is free, one is protected from the risk of future fuel shortages and price hikes; and especially as the electricity price is most likely to increase over the coming years. Once the system is paid off the solar water heater provides a key link in the overall energy saving strategy for your home or business. So, if reducing energy costs is one


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The lifetime of a typical 10-year solar unit, which takes up about four square metres of rooftop space, is about 10 years.

of the goals in order to minimize expenditure, getting a solar water heater should be included in the plan. Environmental Aspect A 50-collector solar hot water system can offset over 50 tons of CO2 per year, or 5,000 tons over the life of the system. A 100-collector pool-heating system can offset over 80 tons of CO2 per year. This means that there will be a carbon dioxide emission reduction of 95 tons every year when solar water heating is used. So rather than burning fossil fuels such as natural gas or fuel oil to heat water, serious consideration should be taken to tap into the free, limitless energy of the sun to heat water for commercial and residential buildings. Government support Despite the obvious advantages of solar water heating as a source of energy for heating water, Africa has not yet fully embraced this technology. This is due to the initial cost of installation and lack of supporting government policy frameworks to stimulate investment in this sector. Kenya is one example of the exception however. In 2009 it was found that Kenya had a potential market for 100,000 SWH among small consumers alone. In 2008, between 8,000 and 10,000 m2 were installed. Not only this, but there was also a large market potential within the hotel industry with an additional installation potential of

6000 SWH. The interest in SWH was partially due to the increasing cost of electricity and to Government support which is spurred and also the fact that SWH can help reduce peak load. In that regard, the Electricity Regulatory Commission (ERC) directed that homes and buildings that are likely to consume more than 100 litres of water per day must fit solar panels. The directive that came into force in May 2012, now known as the Energy (Solar Water Heating) Regulations 2012, was directed to fittings in residences, hotels and guest houses that have hot water facilities. Buildings that existed before the directive came into force were given five years to comply. Moreover, today imported solar thermal panels are customs and import duty free in Kenya. The regulations were aimed at cutting down the use of nonrenewable energy and ease the current destruction of the environmental and energy burden of the country. South Africa has made some valiant efforts as well. In 2008, the South African government via the country’s electricity public utility ESKOM initiated a subsidy programme called the Solar Water Heater Rebate Programme. This was done in order to mitigate energy system constraints by installing a million solar geysers in homes across the country by 2013 and actively encourage and promote the widespread implementation of solar water heating. To fund the programme, the National Energy

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A 50-collector solar hot water system can offset over 50 tons of CO2 per year, or 5,000 tons over the life of the system.

Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) allocated funds, to cover programme development, marketing and funding the incentives to consumers to pay rebates for five years, after when the programme would be reviewed. However, the programme only managed to roll out about 424,790 solar geysers by 2015 after ESKOM withdrew from the programme early that year to allegedly focus on its main business which is the supply electricity. “Some 10 years ago there was about a dozen manufactures of domestic SWH’s in South Africa. When the South African government via ESKOM commenced with the subsidy program the products available on the SA market swelled to 500 suppliers of mainly products imported from the East. Today the bulk of these ‘get rich quick’ suppliers have disappeared with end-users having systems without spares or service. Some South African manufacturers also fell by the way side,” says Mr. Trevor van der Vyver of Maxlite an energy efficiency solutions provider in South Africa. According to Sameh Aziz, the chief executive of Solaris Innovative Solutions, an Egyptian solar power company, heating water uses up about 6 per cent of the country’s power production. Hotels generally use diesel boilers. Mr. Aziz calculates that if depreciation and other costs are factored in, it costs about US$0.050 per kilowatt hour equivalent to heating water in a boiler. A typical 300-litre solar water heater, enough for three hotel rooms, costs between US$557.88 and US$669.46 pounds, far more than a diesel boiler. 14

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The lifetime of a typical 10-year solar unit, which takes up about four square metres of rooftop space, is about 10 years. Maintenance costs between 2 and 3 per cent of the initial cost a year. And each solar unit needs a small backup electrical unit that adds to costs. Still, in total, this works out to about 0.55 pounds per kilowatt hour equivalent for a solar unit, making it cheaper than a diesel boiler, says Mr. Aziz. If a hotel were to convert to solar energy, the payback period would be a mere two-and-a-half years. If the government were to eliminate all energy subsidies, it would be even less – about one-and-a-half years. Mr. Aziz says there are no statistics for the amount of solar water units being installed in Egypt, but he believes it is only 1,500 to 2,000 units. In Nigeria, there are no official data on the installed capacity of solar thermal systems. However, the Country Market Report on Solar Thermal Heating Systems in Nigeria estimates that installed solar water heating collector area is less than 200 m2 (140 KW). This is despite the government waiving import duties on the importation of renewable energy systems into Nigeria. A survey conducted by GIZ Nigeria in 2013 on solar water heating applications in homes, schools, hospitals and hotels revealed shocking results of nearly complete unawareness of this technology amongst the sampled populace. However, a few applications exist in some homes and recently in some schools in Jos, Plateau State. There are also locally made systems for demonstration purposes at the research centres in Nsukka and Sokoto.

Market trends Despite the challenges, the domestic African solar water heating market has seen substantial albeit erratic growth since the last century. Eng. Arvinder Singh of Steelstone Kenya Limited, one of the leading suppliers and installers of solar water heating systems in Eastern Africa insists that; the solar water heating market can be considered as growing despite having a presence in various African countries over a significant period. “There are many factors contributing to this growth which include: Increase in the cost of electricity which is predominantly used to heat water in households has turned consumers to alternative sources such as solar; changes in rules and regulations set by the respective authorities has resulted in an increased interest in solar water heating systems further materializing into the increased demand of the water heating systems,” he adds. In South Africa, standards exists for complete solar water heaters and standard electrical geysers. SANS 1307 caters for the complete solar geyser, tank, collector and temperature control gear; and SANS 151 is for a standard electrical geyser. Mr. van der Vyver explains that, over the years many companies have manufactured solar water heaters in

Southern Africa. Some more effective and durable than others. The numbers of SWH companies have dwindled mainly due to affordability by the end-user. Coupled to the price hurdle of SWH’s, domestic heat pumps are now imported into the already stretched market. Challenges in the Market Being a relatively new venture in the African market, solar water heaters have had their own share of challenges in the African market. According to Eng. Singh, despite the increase in the number of distributors and agents, the lack of expertise has often resulted in the installed systems working inefficiently resulting in an increased cost or at times a whole replacement of the system by another company. “The bearer of the additional cost is the owner of the system. Moreover, despite having increased imports of solar water heating systems, due to a lack of standards and regulations of systems often poor quality systems are imported and installed which leads to the issues mentioned in the previous point. Furthermore this has resulted in a lack of consumer confidence in purchasing the panels due to poor experience,” he affirms. He further adds that, more support from the national

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government to the local manufacturing industry is very important if growth projections are to be met. “The Kenyan government should support the local solar panel manufacturing industry through incentives such as tax cuts or rebates. This will allow the manufactures to compete with cheap imports; furthermore it will create local jobs and the potential for increased investment both foreign and local which could potentially have a positive effect on the GDP of the country,” he asserts. Mr. van der Vyver further mentions that, as the ESKOM project came to an end in South Africa, many suppliers disappeared leaving users with equipment without spares or after service support. Today, the South African market has less than a handful of tank manufacturers and even less manufacturing SWH. Installation and Maintenance In order for the solar water heater to have a longer life span and at the same time provide the best service possible, the installation and maintenance must be top notch. According to Mr. Khalid Al Zubaidi of EMZ in Dubai, with any type of solar water heating system, proper installation and maintenance is critical and should only be done by a qualified, experienced supplier/ contractor. When selecting a supplier/contractor, look for one with a good deal of experience installing and maintaining that specific type

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of system. Check with your state or county for licensing requirements, check references from past customers, and check sources like the Better Business Bureau for any complaints or problems,” advises Mr. Al Zubaidi. “The Solar Water Heaters market is driven by a combination of factors, such as a growing building and construction industry, the cost and availability of on gird power, changing lifestyle and technological developments. The growth of the market in Africa is mainly attributed to increasing consumer preference for sophisticated and advanced products, supported by increasing disposable income, growing construction industry, increasing retail infrastructure, and others. Increasing demand for the continuous flow of hot water in households and commercial establishments is expected to drive market growth in the coming years,” asserts Mr. Al Zubaidi. The potential of solar water heating to address household energy needs while reducing electricity demand, and consequently global emissions, has long been understood in Africa. Given the rising cost of electricity and the imperative to supply services in an environmentally benign manner, SWH offers an excellent opportunity to provide equitable access to services without imposing high energy costs on poor households and additional global and local emissions.

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HDD and trenchless products are more economical and environmental safe solutions making them the ideal equipment for greenfield projects

Horizontal directional drilling


Horizontal Directional Drilling is being hailed as the most cost effective way of rehabilitating aging water supply pipelines as well as rolling out new projects in Sub Saharan Africa. According to Scott Fisher the Sales Manager at Barbco in the United States, trenchless products in general should be embraced anywhere in the world as they limit harm to the surface environment and allow for ways to install utility lines that is cost effective. It is a worrying trend that critical infrastructure that is key to Africa’s development is falling apart faster than it is being rehabilitated. Fortunately, the arrival of horizontal directional drilling (HDD) has emerged as the perfect solution to the challenge when it comes to trenching alternatives. In the more developed world trenchless technology has proved invaluable.

To quote Fisher “The trenchless industry in the USA is a very key part of infrastructure sustainability and would only benefit African countries as well,”

Convenience Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) has proved handy when applied in greenfield water supply projects. Fascinatingly, contractors can trench across a river or a road with minimal disruption to the ecosystem. HDD has come to the fore as legislations on environmental preservation demands compliance, and implementation costs of greenfield projects keep on rising. Mr. Fisher further explains that, HDD and trenchless products are a more economical and environmental safe solutions making them the ideal equipment for Greenfield projects. Mr. Frank Beerthuis the Managing Director of Vermeer Equipment, a supplier and distributor of the Vermeer product range throughout sub-Saharan Africa further adds that, HDD technology is an excellent work method for crossings of roads, railways, water canals and rivers or when installation work needs to be done in urban areas. Since it is a no-dig or no-trench method there is no disruption of road surfaces and no disruption of traffic. Since there is no open excavation of trenches it is also a quicker and more environmental friendly method. “HDD technology was first introduced in South Africa and it is now an

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“In contrast, the conventional method of rehabilitating pipes has been to dig up and replace. This process turns out to be both complex and expensive as pipelines which were built as far back as 40 years ago run below buildings. In these days of economic recession, this is a luxury that most African countries can ill afford,” he adds. The specialist also added that he valued the technology’s ‘green’ benefit. “In particular, they highlighted the fact that no digging is involved and there is no environmental footprint,” he affirms. With regards to refurbishing corroded pipes, there is demand for pipe replacement technology that minimizes the need to disrupt infrastructure, Construction Review is informed that one of the most intriguing technologies that have taken the lead is the lining of pipes with a tight-fit highdensity polyethylene liner that can be applied up to 1 km at a time called Swagelining. Of note, through the innovation, pressured and non-pressured pipelines are replaced quickly Through HDD innovation, pressured and non-pressured pipelines and cost effectively. are replaced quickly and cost effectively. accepted methodology and most utilities such as water pipes, gas and oil pipelines, sewerage pipes, electricity and fiber cables are being installed by means of horizontal directional drilling technologies,” Frank affirms. Relining old pipes It is encouraging to hear from specialists that new HDD products are reducing the margin for error, ensuring better cost efficiency and environmentally conscious execution. This development could have not come at a better time, with a huge backlog in the development and rehabilitation of infrastructure for water, supply telecommunications, electrical installations and transport in Africa. In an interview with an African specialist in HDD who is involved in water supply infrastructure rehabilitation projects in most Sub Saharan countries, he hailed the ability of Horizontal directional drilling to reline existing pipelines without having to dig trenches to reach the pipe.


Reception of HDD in Africa The reception of HDD in Africa has been very positive. According to Brian Jorgensen the European Sales Manager at Ditch Witch , their company has supplied HDD equipment, service and support to the African continent since the 1990s. “Beyond traditional HDD units, Ditch Witch also offers the All-Terrain line of units. All Terrain technology is a patented two-pipe system that delivers superior power to the bit, enabling customers to effectively and productively drill and steer in hard rock conditions that are prevalent in many parts of Africa,” he says. “The newest Ditch Witch drill to hit the market, the JT40 was designed from direct customer feedback and input, and is a complete re-imagination of the industry-leading fleet of Ditch Witch HDD units. Designed with next-generation enhancements, the machine features several pending patents to optimize drilling productivity and operator comfort. The JT40 offers boosted power – 20 more horsepower than competitive models in its class – to maximize drilling performance. The compact, yet powerful machine also reduces jobsite footprint and has increased pipe-rack capacity compared to previous models for enhanced productivity. Additionally, the new machine boasts a premier operator interface and station for a more transparent view into all machine operations, improved operator comfort and enhanced operational control,” asserts Mr. Jorgensen. Using no-dig technologies allows contractors to cross rivers, roads and railways in a modern, cost-effective way. This method is quite convenient when trenching or excavating is not a viable option. Moreover, the method has minimal impact on surrounding environments and eliminates many of the restoration work and associated costs, making it an attractive option in many urban settings; especially in Africa where the development of infrastructure is still ongoing and critical to development.

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Fire safety in buildings


ver the past few decades fire safety in buildings has undergone an evolution. Unprecedented new hazards and threats have emerged. Fires are burning differently because of modern construction techniques and furnishings; budget constraints are limiting staffing, equipment purchasing, training and firefighters now face not only new hazardous materials and technical rescue challenges but also terrorist and criminal events. Africa has the highest fire losses in terms of frequency and total losses and therefore new facilities and renovation

projects need to be designed to incorporate efficient, costeffective passive and automatic fire safety systems. Standard Regulations In Kenya, the Kenyan building regulations allow the use of the British Standard (BS) 9999, the code of practice for fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings. BS 9999 gives recommendations and guidance on the design, management and use of buildings to achieve reasonable standards of fire safety for all people in and around them. It also provides guidance on the on-going management of fire safety within a building

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incidents, school shootings, and natural disasters, the role of a building’s fire systems has expanded. These systems have evolved into emergency communication systems that provide essential information that is needed for occupants to respond during all types of emergencies. These systems should be effective in detecting, containing and controlling or extinguishing a fire event in the early stages. Fire protection engineers must be involved in all aspects of the design in order to ensure a reasonable degree of protection of human life from fire and the products of combustion as well as to reduce the potential loss from fire. According to USA-based Firetrace International’s marketing director Scott Starr involved parties should appreciate the importance of providing mission critical fire equipment system with dedicated proven fire protection and appreciate the impact on the company that a fire can have if a piece of mission critical equipment is destroyed. For these systems to be effective in providing information, it is imperative that building occupants can hear and clearly understand the messages. In the past, a lot of attention was focused on audibility.



Signage for evacuation Other than audibility, another aspect that enhances fire safety is visibility especially in the event that the building’s interior is plunged into darkness. When installing such signs, end users should be familiar with the luminance properties of the photoluminescent safety signs they are planning to purchase and install in their buildings. The luminance intensity



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and period of light decay are determinant on how effective a safety sign will be during an emergency situation. There are many International Standards that set the minimum luminance performance on safety signs, namely ISO 16069. To ensure they are getting photoluminescent safety signs with a reliable quality, end users should require photoluminescent safety signs from recognized and certified manufacturers. They should require that the signs have their luminance properties printed on as well as the name/ brand of the manufacturer and that they are given a copy of the manufacturer third party certificate. Everlux limited in the UK is recognized within the fire protection industry as a leading supplier of photoluminescent safety signs’ sales manager Tiago Pedrosa adds that it has been proven that in the event of fire and the consequent accumulation of smoke only a low location lighting system, safety signage systems at floor level will be effective in providing continuous guidance to evacuees throughout the evacuation routes. Therefore, the requirements for low location lighting systems are increasingly becoming integrated in many international building. Moreover, according to Kennedy Munyendo the Assistant Sales Manager at Morison Engineering in Kenya, the fire safety environment is growing and different equipment are coming in which Morison Engineering is at the forefront of embracing. “The fire ball for example is an equipment that works by itself. You just throw it into a fire, it activates within 3 seconds, and effectively discharges extinguishing chemicals. Also, when a fire occurs and no one is present, the

Challenges Speaking on the challenges in the fire detection industry in Africa, Ali Mohamed, the Operations Director of IFSS in Kenya says, “A lot of building owners take fire detection to be an unnecessary cost; the idea that once in a while in case they get a fire, insurance will compensate for the damages. However, with the big fire incidences experienced in Kenya recently, the mentality of most people has changed.” Ali insists that despite the change in mentality, it is still a challenge because people do not consider so much the quality of the detection system and installation being done but rather the cost. “Clients still feel it is a huge investment and want to invest the minimum they can afford,” he says. “There is also no proper training and understanding of fire detection and protection. A

l o t o f buildings just have the basic fire extinguishers. The issue of maintenance of the detection systems is not also taken very seriously, and people give maintenance jobs to unqualified personnel because of cost,” he offers. Mr. Kim Botha of Centa in South Africa further adds that South Africa has been experiencing an increase in building fires due to the shortage in Inspectors (due to the current economy). Buildings are not being monitored and maintained according to fire safety regulations. “SABS (South African Bureau of Standards) is also part of the problem in the fire industry at the moment. They are not able to test any fire related products or provide permits,” he affirms.

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Fire Detection Fire burns and spreads very quickly much faster than most people imagine. A few minutes can mean the difference between only minor damage and a situation that is way out of control. The faster everyone gets out of a house, and the firefighters can get to the scene, the better the chances are that the repairs needed will be minimal. Mr. Ian du Plessis of Sperosens in South Africa affirms that there are numerous new fire detection technologies that are in the market at the moment; they include: the optical cable that can be used over long distances, up to 10km. This cable can then measure and report temperature in 500mm sections. This is a robust cable that can be used in mines and industries. “Another relatively new product is pressurized tubes that interprets rising temperature over distances of up to 100 meter. The disadvantage of this tube is that it cannot determine the hot spot exactly but it has applications in industries and mining,” he says. “Moreover, point smoke

detectors is also undergoing a change as modern detectors can be programmed to distinguish between smoke characteristics. It can for instance be programmed not to detect cigarette smoke but detect smoke that is generated by other common combustible materials,” he adds. It is important that customers buy the appropriate gadget in order to effectively prevent occurrences of fire. According to Cesar Covarrubias from Brooks Equipment in the United States, clients should learn as much as they can about fire safety and the various fire codes. Having basic knowledge will help one understand which products they need for which applications ensuring that they are getting the right equipment

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fire ball will self-activate when it gets into contact with fire and put it off,” he explains. Morison Engineering has also introduced a new fire safety system for schools, the Morison School Fire Set. “This is a system built to protect the equipment from tampering or theft, and also acts as a fire alarm system. Whenever you open the door of the fire set, you trigger the alarm and people are alert. This was in response to complaints from schools about theft and vandalism of extinguishers by students. It is a lot cheaper compared to putting up a comprehensive fire detection system in schools,” Kennedy says.



Decorating Modern Kitchens


itchen sink shopping may not necessarily be the goto task when it comes to decorating your home, but getting the right sink for your kitchen is known to guarantee not only enjoyable working but also adds to the room’s aesthetics. When it comes to kitchen sink material, most people only consider the aesthetics. This leaves them with mismatched décor, unforeseen maintenance issues and sometimes even having to redo the whole thing. You should be aware of the different materials in the market, the prices and then pros and cons with regards to resistance to heat, germs, staining and scratching; and ease of cleaning, and durability. Knowledge on mounting styles also comes in handy in such situations, as you want to select an option that is not only suitable for your kitchen, but also works flawlessly with the design. There are four basic mounting styles: • Top-mount kitchen sinks sit on top of the counter. Top-mounted sinks are easy to install but cleaning the area where the rim meets the counter is an added chore. • Under-mount sinks are easier to 22

clean and they create a sleek, onepiece look to counter and sink. Installation is trickier, however, and more expensive. Flush-mount kitchen sinks sit flush with the countertop after installation but can be dropped in to the countertop like a topmount sink. Farmhouse or ‘apron’ sinks were common in the 19th and early 20th century and are coming back into style in new kitchens as an antique feature. They are heavier and deeper than traditional sinks, with an exposed front that may even jut out in front of the cabinet in which they are set.

The type of mount you choose is highly dependent on which kitchen counter materials you have selected and your design sense. Presently, most modern kitchens requiring a double sink at minimum, and triple sinks (two large bowls plus one smaller one for disposing of garbage) are becoming more and more popular when it comes to home fittings. If you are the kind that love a big kitchen with a workable area as you do a lot of cooking, two or three bowls will come in handy. The cost may seem high when you first consider it,

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but in the long term you realize that it pays off, especially when you are having a lot of cooking and there is fresh produce involved. The right way to store provisions You cannot afford to waste any space if you want to fit a lot into a small area. The SPACE TOWER larder unit from Blum comes in all heights, widths and depths and can hold provisions of all sizes. In contrast to conventional larder units, the SPACE TOWER gives you a whole additional pull-out and provides easy and unhindered access to contents from all three sides. In addition, the pull-outs open individually so you do not have to pull open the weight of the entire cabinet to remove one item. Equally, when planning kitchens, you might sometimes be left with a small gap, for example between electrical appliances and the wall. Narrow cabinets with pull-out systems by Blum are ideal for filling the gap and creating extra storage space. These filler cabinets boast the top quality motion and user convenience that is typical of Blum. So thanks to solutions by Blum, you can turn the smallest kitchen into storage space paradise.

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100,000 REASONS TO TOAST TO MRM! Another year. Yet another milestone at Mabati Rolling Mills Ltd (MRM)!

“I will not let yesterday’s success to lull me into today’s complacency, for this is the greatest foundation of failure” – Augustine ‘Og’ Mandino, bestselling American inspirational & self-help Author.

Mabati Rolling Mills Ltd have done it again! The weekend of Sunday 9th and Monday, 10th July 2017 were a proud moment for the entire MRM family and its erstwhile partners. In a double header celebration, MRM commissioned Africa’s largest capacity, state-of-theart colour-coating line. The new line utilizes new colour coating technology with unprecedented capabilities for its customers across the wider East African regional market and avails 100,000 metric tonnes of colour-coated steel per year capacity for this fast growing market, more than double the previous capacity! The new colour-coating line was officially commissioned by the MRM Chairman and co-founder, Dr. Manu

Dr Manu Chandaria, Mr D.P. Shah & Management commission the new CCL

Chandaria, EBS who in the noonday light that 10th of July remarked, “This is a great milestone for Kenya. We started small over 55 years ago and are now in many markets in Africa as the Safal Group. This initiative will avail even greater value shelter in Kenya and other parts of Africa.

MRM Chairman, Dr Manu Chandaria & MRM CEO, Andrew Heycott unveil Dumurangi

We must now stand in solidarity and assist each other to bring life to the saying, Buy Kenyan, Build Kenya”. Speaking at the same event, another of the co-founders, Mr. D.P. Shah noted that the factory is predominantly run by Kenyans in great alignment; “all the employees - from top management to the floor sweeper - are working every day to achieve a common purpose; to fulfil the needs of our valued customers.” The MRM CEO, Mr. Andrew Heycott weighed in, “As the Kenyan and East African building & construction markets develop and mature, we have continued to see the consumer demanding greater product diversity. This is especially true of coloured steel roofing solutions and MRM as a market leader took the decision to expand our colour coating capacity. This was both to provide greater diversity in our product solutions but also to encompass the latest technology with a state-of-the-art paint line”. Trail-blazing on the African continent with world-class innovations has become second –nature to MRM and the Safal Group; its holding company. Over 16 years ago, MRM was the first supplier to introduce the continent to the best-steel coated product anywhere; Aluminium-Zinc coated steel which was produced for the first time across Africa, Middle-East and South Asia from the same location in Mariakani. Initially

marketed under the DUMUZAS brand; later changing to ZINCAL to cater to a wider regional market, this is a product that has MRM Distributors & business partners redefined roofing celebrate the Dumurangi unveiling and shelter in this part of the world, a solution at the same world-class quality that true revolution in only half a generation! has become synonymous with MRM”. The Building on a successful and mature product has already hit the shelves of MRM’s brand can be daunting. But overcoming wide network of distributors across Kenya challenges is the life blood of MRM. With a and the early signs are extremely positive committed team that keeps asking “why not” and provide validation to MRM’s decision and “what next”, it was only a matter of time not to rest of its – successful – laurels but to before MRM outdid themselves. Coming at a stay at the crest of innovation and marketperiod when the Kenyan economy has seen centeredness. a slow-down of growth activity partly owing The MRM family strides strong into the to lingering effects of a prolonged drought next 55 years of what promises to be a very since 2016 that has been quite challenging for dynamic era in the building and construction families across the nation, MRM’s innovation of DUMURANGI could not have been better industry across the world, a time when the timed. DUMURANGI is a new, affordable consumer is ever more knowledgeable, ever colour roofing product based on the classic more demanding and greatly spoilt for choice corrugated profile that introduces the Kenyan in a world that has truly become flat in a consumer to 4 novel and exciting exclusive cross-pollination of technologies, products colours – Karura Green, Maasai Red, Bahari and delivery processes. But even they know, Blue and Jacaranda Purple. In the words of MRM Head of Marketing for Roofing, Mr. Harry Njagi, “There is a growing demand for coloured roofing solutions and hence the introduction of Dumurangi; an affordable

like the great Og Mandino, that these toasting moments are to be celebrated with one eye firmly focused on the next big thing. Continue to watch this space, Africa!

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Keeping your elevators and escalators in top gear


he maintenance of a building’s transportation system is in many ways similar to the maintenance of a car or fleet of vehicles. This is because both involve tons of machinery traveling through space, sometimes at high speeds, with safety and convenience of passengers as the highest priorities. In the case of an automobile, a manufacturer designs and constructs the product which may then be maintained by a dealer of that same manufacturer. In as much as annual inspections are required to ensure that the vehicle’s safety systems i.e. brakes, exhaust, etc. are functioning properly, the vehicle owner is charged with the responsibility of maintaining his truck/car’s safety. Such is the case where elevators and escalators are concerned. Mr. David, the Sales Manager at Suzhou Dazen Electromechanical Technology in China mentions that, at the end of the day, it is the building owner’s responsibility to ensure the available building transportation is operational and safe according to the stipulated certifications. “They are also tasked with orchestrating the work of manufacturers, maintenance personnel and inspection officials,” he adds. It is important to note that contrary to the common public misconception the manufacturer of an elevator or escalator is not responsible for maintaining the equipment 26

for the life of a building. The elevator and escalator manufacturers are only accountable when it comes to the provision of equipment that is up-to standard as per regulations, as well as the technical information necessary for the safe maintenance and inspection of the equipment. Get the specs right According to Eng. Ian Blackman the Managing Director at ECL a lifts maintenance company in Kenya, some consultants are unaware of products availability thus over or under request for features and specifications. Most tenders appear to be copy and paste from previous projects. “Every building requires different elevators for different purpose,” he adds. He goes ahead to explain that, the right products have to be used for the right purpose not looking at the price since the end result is better. Safety Codes The Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators, ASME A17.1/CSA B44 requires a Maintenance Control Program (MCP) that is specific to the types of the equipment in the building as well its specific needs. On the other hand, while the MCP remains the owner’s responsibility, building owners can engage the maintenance company or elevator consultant to prepare their MCP.

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Moreover, while in some areas the escalators and elevators’ inspection is carried out by state or city elevator inspectors, others have third-party inspectors hired by either the jurisdiction or the building owner for the same purposes. The minimum requirements for elevators and escalators maintenance and inspection are established by the Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators, ASME A17.1/CSA B44, subject to local laws or regulations. In most areas a license is required for both the Elevator Company and mechanics. The ASME QEI-1 Standard for the Qualification of Elevator Inspectors has established qualifications for elevator inspection personnel that are mandatory in most jurisdictions. Aspects of maintenance To ensure you can enjoy your elevator for many years to come all materials used for repair and spare parts should have been subjected to a number of endurance tests to make sure they will stand up to the rigors of everyday life use; this is according to Alberto Marchisio of Axel srl which designs, develops and tailor-produce customize ‘bespoke’ elevator solutions in Italy. Axel srl follows EN 81 rules for construction and installation of lifts. To read more and to comment on this story visit

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emand for serviced apartments in Nairobi has risen tremendously in the last few years. According to a recent market study, the serviced apartments sector has been outperforming hotels, with occupancy averaging as high as 90 percent while hotels are at about 60 percent. Developers are therefore taking a greater interest in the sector. One of the latest entrants into the serviced apartments segment is Britam which is one of the largest insurance companies in the region. The company, through its subsidiary, Britam Properties Limited, who are also the Development and Project Managers, is developing 162 high end apartments on its parcel of land along Nyangumi Road in the exclusive Kilimani suburb of Nairobi.

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony recently, Britam Holdings Group Managing Director Dr. Benson Wairegi said the investment into luxury serviced apartments was part of the company’s strategy to diversify its offering in the property market. “The property market in Kenya is growing fast and it will need at least 1000 serviced apartments in the next three years and Britam Properties will help in bridging this gap,” he said. The target market includes foreign consultants working in Kenya, expatriate staff of multinational companies operating in Kenya and the region, diplomatic staff, business travellers and diaspora residents on vacation. The company has picked Triad Architects to lead the project team. According to Arch. Charles Ndungu who is the Director in charge of the project at Triad, the client’s brief communicated by Mr Benson Kamau who is the General Manager Britam Properties, was to design serviced apartments that met international standards in quality and design. The development would among others offer a 5 star experience to occupants in the most cost-effective way; optimize the development rights and the infrastructure available; be a green and eco-friendly property meeting basic green requirement and lastly be the most sought-after serviced apartments in the market offering convenience, luxury and a high quality of life.


The property market in Kenya is growing fast and it will need at least 1000 serviced apartments in the next three years and Britam Properties will help in bridging this gap."

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Other key requirements contained in the client’s brief included • Prestigious and unique design with a creative contemporary layout, façade and form. • Functionality and low life time costs/ease of maintenance i.e. the building should allow flexible internal planning, maximize use of internal spaces and allow easy manoeuvrability of vehicles/people within the development. Easy access to ducts and service areas and economical to maintain with long lasting finishes. • Orientation and environmental consideration i.e. maximise use of natural light during the day, orientation that ensures a comfortable working and living environment throughout the year or

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mechanisms that prevent solar heat gains and solar glare. Optimal building efficiency i.e. high usable/ occupiable areas vis-à-vis gross built area — at the very least space efficiencies of close to 90% are expected. A proper blend of the development with the environment and the surroundings. Importantly, the developer intends to retain most of the mature trees on site and as such the scheme should mesh well with the environment. Provision of facilities for disabled people. Controlled access to ensure 24 hrs security, electric fence, CCTV cameras, security


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The development would also be designed to meet

The one bedroom unit measures 60 square

international standards in all aspects including

meters. The unit has a lounge that is adjacent to

security of residents. To this end, Britam went

an open plan kitchen.

out of its way to hire international security

The unit has a modern design theme with a

consultants to advise on security features due

generous bedroom and bathroom that includes

to the intended composition of occupants –

separate toilet and shower cubicles.

international clientele.

The two bedroom unit measures 63 square meters.

The unit has 2 bathrooms.

It has a

Project Extent and Features

lounge that is larger than the one in the smaller

The entire development consists of 47 No. one

one bedroom unit. The lounge is adjacent to an

bedroom apartments each measuring 60 square

open plan kitchen.

meters and 117 No. two bedroom apartments

Both the one bedroom and two bedroom units

measuring 93 square meters each. Some of these

have tastefully designed finishes that are classy in

apartments have interconnecting doors allowing

feel yet simple in design. These include excellent

them to be used as three bedroom units.

kitchen and bedroom fittings. The development is

Project Team Development & Project Managers: Britam Properties Ltd

Electrical Sub-contractor: Sawarn Singh & Sons Ltd.

Architects: Triad Architects Ltd.

Plumbing Sub-contractor: Yogi Plumbers Ltd.

Quantity Surveyors: Barker and Barton (Kenya

HVAC Sub-Contractor: HVAC Distributors Ltd.

Mechanical & Electrical Engineers: Gill Consult

Lift Sub-contractor: Kone Kenya Ltd.

Civil/Structural Engineers: Metrix Integrated Consultants

Generator Sub-Contractor: Car & General (K) Ltd.

Interior Design Consultant: Kristina

Structured cabling Sub-contractor: Next Technologies Ltd.

Security Consultant: Control Risks East Africa Limited

Security Systems Sub-Contractor: AUA Industria Ltd.

Interior Designers:

Fire Detection Sub-Contractor:

Kristina Zanic in association with Tectura International

Intelligent Building Management Solutions Ltd.

Main Contractor: Sentrim Contracts Ltd.

Swimming Pool Sub-Contractor: Davis and Shirtliff

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friendly for use by physically challenged persons with a number of the apartment’s purpose built for their use. Support facilities include a residents’ restaurant with supporting kitchen facilities, a gymnasium, a swimming pool, a roof top bar, residents’ laundry, entrance reception and lounge, parking facilities and large landscaped gardens. Also included are management offices, a staff dining and staff bathrooms with shower facilities. Unique architectural features The development is designed with three wings forming a “Y” shape on plan. The “Y” is a unique design option

and a definite landmark for Nyangumi Road and its environs. Its form is derived from the desire to avoid the direct overlooking of the apartments into each other within the development as well as similar cases from potential neighbouring developments. Its unique features are the dramatic form which accords the development three vistas and distinctive breakout spaces; one to be used as a dining and beverage breakout space, the second as a meeting breakout space while the third is a quiet private garden. Other key unique features are the terraced building tops, the dramatic arrival experience accentuated by the common lobby atria that accommodates bridged lift lobbies connecting the three blocks.


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The faรงades are designed with a cheerful character that is achieved through interplay of cladded wall panels and windows. Green aspects Green features in the development include rain water harvesting tanks, energy efficient light fittings and faucets. Others include a cost efficient energy friendly expanded polystyrene slabs (EPS) slabs. Solar water heating is provided for use in the kitchen and back of house facilities. Facilities Facilities provided include standby generators, power stabilizer, water reservoir tanks, rain water harvesting tanks and world class security installations. Others are solar water heating, a borehole facility with a treatment plant and wireless connectivity. Access to the development The development is easily accessible from various parts of Nairobi. Lenana and Denis Pritt Roads provide easy and quick access to Nairobi CBD. They also offer access to State House Road and onto to Waiyaki Way. Lenana Road provides easy access to Hurligham and Upper Hill areas. Through Lenana Road, one can easily access Mombasa Road through Valley Road or alternatively Mbagathi Way. From Lavington and Kileleshwa the development is accessible through Kilimani Ring Road, Denis Pritt Road and onto Nyangumi Road. From Ngong Road the development is accessible through Kilimani Ring Road, Lenana Road and Nyangumi Road. The site is less than 5 Kilometers from Nairobi CBD. Project Timelines

After extensive review of the submitted construction tenders, Sentrim was selected as the winning bidder in March of 2017 and the project proceeded to construction on 18th April, 2017 with a construction period of 92 weeks. The project is slated for completion in 22nd January 2019.


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Project Managers

Interior Designers

The interiors of this development go beyond the contemporary typology. They provide one with a luxurious urban lifestyle experience suited for the modern business traveller. The experience aims to offer warmth peace and tranquillity. The entry to the building is graced by a water feature into the modern lobby. Every spatial experience after that is carefully crafted to create a convivial living environment. TECTURA INTERNATIONAL is honoured to be associated with BRITAM in providing the interiors to this modern serviced apartment building.

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Getting quality wooden utility poles To make the most of the comparative benefits of wooden poles in their projects, power utility companies have to be well-versed with the following qualities of the products they procure - desired size, strength, material quality, original treatment loadings and the level of decay resistance.


udging from greenfield and brownfield power transmission projects that are taking place all over Africa, wooden poles still remain the product of choice in the delivery of electric transmission and distribution. This is despite the growing niche market of alternative products such Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) and steel. Construction Review has noticed that wooden poles still hold sway after engaging procurement personnel involved in projects in Africa. Granted, they acknowledge the growing relevance of alternative products. Nevertheless, they concur that, comparatively, wooden poles are generally preferred due to factors such as durability, strength, availability in numerous sizes and grades, and low acquisition and life cycle costs. To boot, wood poles are biodegradable. Expectations versus reality In the ideal world, wooden utility poles are expected to work perfectly without a glitch,


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with both the service provider and end-user (consumer) satisfied with uninterrupted power supply. However, the reality is different in the harsh, rugged conditions in which the wooden poles are expected to weather. In point of fact, it is not uncommon for wood poles to fail when a power utility company least expects. When failure does occur, downtime in power supply means disruption of service to consumers, and the company incurring unplanned repair and replacement costs. Common causes of failure Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, water, mechanical activities, chemicals or temperature, as well as wet-dry and hot-cold weathering cycles can speed up degradation of wood poles. This can weaken treatment, which offers protection from woodpeckers, termites, fire and rotting. Commonly, the problem is experienced at the top and the

bottom of the pole. Weakening of the treatment at the top would cause cracks, exposing a pole to wood destroying-fungi which cause decay. This can result in loosening of insulators and conductors. Potentially, this can cause outages and high safety risks for the public and the utility company’s personnel. Weakening at the bottom due to depletion of preservatives (commonly used are Creosote and/or CCA) can lead to termite attacks. This can result in a pole falling, with often disastrous consequences. Informed purchasing decisions Considering that wooden poles are utilized for services of national importance – the supply of power which is key to economic growth, the high quality of product is paramount. For this reason, a high level of awareness of the particular products that are needed is paramount. In particular, procurement personnel in power utilities should ensure that wooden poles are made according to the desired size, strength, material quality, original treatment loadings and level of decay resistance. The long and the short of it all is that the performance of a wooden pole is as good as its engineering. It is foolhardy to expect a poor quality product to last long. In the long run, prudent decisions would reduce repair and replacement costs, and everybody (both the service provide and end user would be content). The utility’s obligation While the onus is on manufacturers to supply products of expected standards, pole owners have the responsibility to implement preventative measures to ensure pole strength and condition. In particular, wooden poles must be frequently inspected and treated to maintain reliability requirements and increase longevity. How a South African company produces quality poles Brits Poles SA is a South African based company has been supplying structural and transmission poles both the local and export markets. To produce products of the desired quality, the company grades the raw materials (eucalyptus poles) into different classifications. The poles are then thoroughly dried with a Bosman drying kiln in accordance with SANS754 standards, and then sent to either a CCA or a creosote treatment plant, depending on customer requirements.

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solutions and turn-key engineered solutions centered on mechanical and power solar; with the aim to provide every client with continuous preferences over the long term. According to Eng. Arvinder Singh, this is the only company with a modern support centre in Eastern and Central Africa, which manufactures customized products to international standards.

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teelstone Kenya limited has consolidated its footprint as one of the leading manufacturer, supplier and installer of solar water heating and

electrical systems; all kinds of mechanical engineering, auto engineering, grinding and fluting of flour mill rollers, fabrication services and among other customized services. With more than 15 years of experience, the company works closely with their clients to develop innovative


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Sunheat Solar System Steelstone Kenya limited is a pioneer independent provider of comprehensive energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions for facilities throughout Eastern and Central African. With extensive experience coupled with comprehending the challenges in the field of renewable energy, the Eng. says, the firm is in this venture to provide total energy solutions in Eastern and Central African. Since its inception in 1985 the company can look back on a successful story of growth and product development as it has grown to be one of the leading suppliers and installers of solar water heating systems in Eastern and Central Africa region. The firm ensures fast and effective solutions through provision of a complete range of high quality energy products and services for both domestic and industrial applications. The company design, assemble and imports its products in order to cater for all market. The company’s products range and services include: thermo siphon solar, solar electrical, water heaters, solar collectors, evacuated tubes, designing to name but a few. Steelstone Kenya offers full scale support in every project stage. The services start with project planning, where the staff has a knack to determine the technical as well as commercial optimal solution. This helps the clients have a solid base of information on which a reliable investment plan can be build. Furthermore, the firm does the engineering and detailed planning, considering the technical, environmental and logistical challenges of the location, providing the customers with detailed cost for a turnkey solution. “We do site survey; this enabled us to know the right product

to be used. Besides, it has aided us to advice the clients on the changes and recommend where necessary,” he affirms. The products are designed and manufactured for high performance and durability and they are available in a variety of sizes, making them suitable for all applications; for instance, from a remote solar water heater powered lodge to a large scale power plant. Installation, commissioning and service of a solar water heater system are cost-effective, and packaged as a complete solution and are delivered directly to end consumers. The company focuses on engineering and quality products that they deploy in the market combined with tailored financial solutions. According to Eng. Singh a key sense of engineering, understanding clients’ need, ability to execute projects and satisfying clients’ requirements is what the firm uses to secure business. The company has a highly experienced team with a workshop that is equipped with the latest technology. “We stock all kind of system based on user needs; all latest solar facilities under one roof,” he adds. On authority of Eng. Singh, the company purely deals in solar water heater; and this enables them to concentrate fully on one product. Additionally, as he explains, “we manufacture and install large scale systems. Furthermore, “we import high quality pipes (aluminum plastic pipes, ppr aluminum) from Turkey that can resist high pressure and temperature considering that pipes blow up when it is too hot; we use this to deter leakages,” he clarifies. Apart from employing an efficient system, the firm has also ensured that their sites are well served and remotely monitored. They have trained installers that know their products and have hands-on experience using proven techniques. As he clarifies, they offer in house training to their employees, to tone up staffs’ skills. “We also work with government institutions like Nairobi University and Jomo Kenyatta University (JKUAT) to set training criteria in future,” he intensifies. The company guarantees an extended warranty of five to seven years on products, and maintenance as agreed; this shows the confidence they have in their workmanship. The exemplary after sales services of Steelstone Kenya, supports their clientele’s operations which leads to successful winning business all over Eastern and Central Africa. For instance, the firm offers follow ups and maintenance free of charge to their clients for one year. “All of these qualities enable Steelstone Kenya to satisfy the market needs with winning business strategies that results in the firm being able to offer unparalleled service to our clients,” he intensifies. Additionally, in accordance with Eng. Singh, they are involved in design stage of the projects since the firm jointly works with other professional in construction industry. The long-term dedication and commitment they have shown to their clients has enabled them to significantly increase and maintain their customer base each year; from

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institution facilities, commercial and residential clients. Furthermore, the firm intends to maintain its best in class service since it is a one time job. “We do not just sell the products, but we sell the solution,” he insists. This has helped them remain apt in this industry. The company is located in Nairobi, Airport road, Embakasi; with branch network in Eastern and Central Africa.

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Construction Review Africa  

CR August 2017 Issue Vol 28 No.08 Africa's leading building and construction industry journal featuring news, views and construction project...

Construction Review Africa  

CR August 2017 Issue Vol 28 No.08 Africa's leading building and construction industry journal featuring news, views and construction project...