AN INVESTIGATION ON ADOPTING THE USE OF STRUCTURAL INSULATED PANELS (SIPs) IN PROVIDING LARGE SCALE GOVERNMENT HOUSING

ABSTRACT
Government housing is housing owned and managed by the federal or state government, which is rented out to tenants, especially as a form of affordable housing. However, affordable housing is a problem in the country and is manifested in form of slums especially in urban Kenya. To solve the problem, the government implemented the agenda of building 500,000 units by 2022. Since this is a short period of time to be used in constructing these houses, the researcher proposed the implementation of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) to be used in achieving this agenda. This is because economies of scale justify the use of SIPs over traditional methods of construction where a large number of similar units is required. This research explores the advantages of large scale production coupled with the advantages of SIPs in its aim to determine whether the adoption of SIPs by the government would help it solve the housing deficit problem in Kenya. The researcher set out to establish the extent of the use of SIPs for construction in Kenya, to evaluate the performance of buildings constructed with SIPs, and to examine the economic feasibility of SIPs in the provision of large scale government housing. Data was collected using semi-structured questionnaires, structured interviews, structured observations and document analysis. The results from the field would enable the researcher to investigate whether the construction of large scale government housing with SIPs is more economically feasible than using traditional methods of construction.