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Climate Resilient Low Cost Buildings in Marsabit County, Kenya


Titre : Climate Resilient Low Cost Buildings in Marsabit County, Kenya

Pays : Kenya

Date : Agreement signed : 18 April 2016 Duration : 30 months

Ref : NDF C82 B3

The county of Marsabit is located in the hot and arid northern region of Kenya, it is one of the most undeveloped regions in the country where water and energy are precious resources and the people in the area are struggling to adapt to the increasingly harder climatic conditions. A majority of the population in urban areas live in informal settlements without provision of basic services and housing units are made of iron sheets that hardly protect from the extreme climatic conditions. Need for housing infrastructure development is thus one key development areas of the region.

Despite availability of good soil for construction and local stone quarries, lack of technology, resources and knowledge to use local construction resources is leading to an unsustainable building industry. This pilot project will become a training field and showcasing of sustainable construction and energy efficiency technologies for future building projects by both the public and private sector throughout the country. To support this process the project will work with the local government to include sustainable building and Energy Efficient/Renewable Energy measures in local building regulations and bylaws.

The project creates models for sustainable low-cost buildings and energy-efficient renewable energy technologies in hot and arid climates by providing affordable and quality housing options for low-income people.

The project provides technical capacities to the private and public sector in order to boost a sustainable building end energy efficient/renewable energy industry in Marsabit County, Kenya. This is to contribute to the reduction of fossil fuel consumption with the aim to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy sources for the energy supply. Furthermore, the project creates a legal framework on energy and building that contribute to keep the trend towards sustainable construction and energy-efficiency in the long term and to influence the construction and energy market in Kenya. Finally, the project aims to facilitate the construction of demonstration units.
This project will address mitigation of climate change by developing building models with the private and public sector that can reduce the embodied energy in building and the energy, fuel and water consumption. The project will also address adaptation to climate change by developing models less dependent on scarce resources like water, firewood or electricity from fossil fuels.

Nordic partner : Häme University of Applied Sciences Ltd. (HAMK)
Local partners : Strathmore Energy Research Centre (BERG) ; Marsabit County Government, Department of Energy Lands, Housing and Urban Development
Other partner : UN-HABITAT

Total Project Cost : EUR 1,086,764
NCF Financing : EUR 497, 660

Nordic Development Fund

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