Kenya adopt Euro codes building construction standards
In May 2016 the Kenya government through the Kenya Bureau of Standards adopted the Euro code building construction standards which are in use globally. This effectively consigns to the dust bin of history the British standards which are currently in use in the country.
What the country is about to undertake is a big league stuff that will take five years to implement and will demand the re-training of all building construction professionals like structural engineers. Its envisaged that the Eldoret based Moi University will help in developing the curriculum and training of all affected parties.
The Euro codes standards have been adopted by most countries worldwide and are said to promote uniformity of structural design of buildings and civil engineering works .
According to the Managing Director of Kenya Bureau of Standards Mr. Charles Ongwae all stallholders we be consulted and involved to ensure a smooth transition come the year 2021.
THE G.O.K BAN USE OF TWISTED STEEL BARS
The government of Kenya through the Kenya Bureau of Standard (KEBS) has banned the use of twisted bars for concrete reinforcement.The news was released on 22nd ,November 2016 .
According to information on its website ,the decision was made following a meeting by the KEBS Management ,representatives of the Steel industry and the Kenya association.In the meeting it was resolved that as from 1st April 2017 only Ribbed bars shall be manufactured and sold in the country.
The twisted bar are said to be weak and may have contributed to the rising cases of storey building under construction collapsing and killing Kenyans.
By placing sanction on twisted bar Kenya joined the other East African countries that have already banned them .