BuildX’s Circular Cooperative Affordable Housing Project aims to highlight strategies for circularity in the built environment along with creating a criterion for building materials, an approach for determining affordability and a conclusion that smaller, smarter, modular designs present opportunities for innovation in dignified affordable housing. Our vision is to move the residential construction market away from the dominant high carbon and wasteful methods currently used and provide a truly affordable housing solution for a substantially greater segment of society.
Our objective for this initial research project is to develop a prototype that incorporates prefabricated assemblies with alternative materials that are viable for the Kenyan market.
We have identified several risks and challenges in achieving this; including high upfront investment, great dependency on the market supplies, a general user scepticism of alternative construction materials & technology, determining affordability for a predominantly informal economy and most importantly a reliance on government intervention to facilitate adequate, dignified and affordable housing through policy enforcement and cost subsidisation. Notwithstanding, we see several opportunities in the private rental markets, student housing, SACCO developments and public-private partnerships which can eliminate developer’s expenditure on land.
The next steps in the development of this project will include strategic geo-mapping for further feasibility studies, extensive user research, in-depth material analysis with assembly prototypes at a 1:1 scale, industry focus groups and general stakeholder engagement.