ACAN endorses CDK tiles, porcelain

The Association of Consulting Architects of Nigeria (ACAN), has endorsed porcelain tiles and ceramic sanitary ware from the stable of CDK Integrated Industries Limited.

At the endorsement, which came during ACAN pre-AGM dinner, hosted by CDK Industries, ACAN President, Mansur Ahmadu, an architect, commended the firm for its investment in the tile and sanitary wares industry.

“As Architects, it is always good that we are furnished with relevant information that enables us make the best decision as project managers and the information that CDK is sharing about the world class quality of their “Made-in-Nigeria” porcelain tiles and sanitary wares is coming at the right time,” Ahmadu said, adding that ACAN will continue to propagate the message of CDK’s world class quality “Made in Nigeria” porcelain tiles and sanitary wares, which he noted, as a suitable replacement for imported tiles and sanitary wares.

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Speaking, CDK Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Bernard Longe, said it has always been the desire of CDK industries promoters that the firm differentiates itself from the competition by producing porcelain tiles and sanitary ware of export quality.

Expressing satisfaction with the quality produced by the firm, he warned the public to be aware of substandard tiles in the market. “CDK is aware that a few unscrupulous local producers are producing ceramic white body tiles, but are mislabeling same on their packaging and passing them off as “Porcelain,” Longe said.

The CEO, who revealed that porcelain tiles are more expensive to manufacture than ceramic tiles and are, therefore, priced much higher, listed some of the advantages of porcelain tiles over ceramic tiles to include: porcelain tiles being harder than ceramic and more suitable for external use and high traffic areas; more resistant to cracks or failure when not installed over solid concrete floor, e.g. wooden tongue and groove floor; porcelain’s low moisture absorption of not more than 0.5 per cent makes it more resistant to extremes of weather.

Importantly, he noted that while all tiles can be used for walls, porcelain tiles are made for floors, but more suitable for bathroom and kitchen walls and externally for wall cladding because of its low moisture absorption attributes. This is aside the fact that it can be used for other walls depending on preference.

“CDK tiles and sanitary wares manufacturing processes are fully automated, using state-of-the-art machinery, complemented by very highly experienced and committed production team. We have fully digital printers, which means that in addition to our regular models and designs, we can produce any customised designs of customer’s choice as well as modifying tile attributes to address specific needs and usages such as specially enhanced surfaces for very high traffic areas such as malls, banking halls, hotels, factory floors etc., and where the intended usage so requires, enhanced slip resistance, extra thickness etc,” Longe explained.

Source: The Nation


FHF, NMRC to engage Echostone in the Provision of 100,000 Housing Units

Hope for timely delivery of houses in the country received a boost last Tuesday, as a property development firm, EchoStone Nigeria Limited, delivered the first house from its stable in 14 days.

The firm, which introduced a revolutionary measure that facilitates speedy delivery of houses in the country, used the occasion to prove that its building technology is indeed, the needed solution in tackling housing deficit being experienced in the country.

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At a ribbon cutting ceremony at the premises of the Lagos State Vocational Education Centre compound in Agidingbi, Ikeja, where a building is located, the  Commissioner for Housing, Gbolahan Lawal, praised the firm describing, it as “Echostone represent technology at its best”. He said the building, which was built in 14 days, is a proof that when technology is deployed, development is faster.

“It is satisfying to know that a 64-square-meter house can be completed from the scratch in just 14 days. Echostone is fired up to do more because of the response they have received from government. They have the funding and technological know-how to help us greatly in tackling the deficit in the state,” Lawal said.

The Commissioner, who appealed for trust for the firm from the public, assured Echostone that the capital investment it has brought into the state would yield good return-on-investment for them. He disclosed that Lagos State was already discussing with the developer to work out the modality of deploying the same technology in assisting the state in constructing compact storey buildings, as this is the way to go to accommodate Lagosians.

“We want to build compact storey buildings. We are in discussion with echostone and they have assured us that it is doable,” Lawal said.

To the Chief Executive Officer and co Founder, Echostone, Anthony Rechhia, the delivery of the building in 14 days and handing over of the keys to LAwal, is a feat that many thought would be impossible. “So, we have made the impossible possible in just 14 days,” he said.

EchoStone Co-Founder and President, Business Development, Mr. Ander Lindquist, remarked that it was a promise kept for the firm, adding that the firm looked forward to building more houses both in the state and the country.

In similar vein, Nigerian Mortgage Refinance Company (NMRC) Managing Director, Mr. Kehinde Ogundimu, said the company was set to remove the barrier to home ownership and provide liquidity for achieving the goal. Besides, he said the NMRC was determined to make affordable accommodation a reality, especially in Lagos State, where the demand acutely falls below supply.

‘Beyond engaging EchoStone, efforts by the state, the Ibile Holdings, Lagos Homes Developers, through Public Private Participation (PPP), the involvement of the NMRC to ensure that mortgage will be made available for those who needed it to buy houses will be fully supported,” Ogundimu said, adding that EchoStone technology is a much needed solution to the housing deficit in Lagos State in particular, and Nigeria as a whole. These problems, he noted, will never be solved if we continue to build in the traditional way of one block at a time.

Families Home Fund Managing Director, Mr. Femi Adewole, declared that the body will engage Messrs EchoStone Nigeria, in the provision of 100,000 housing units in four years for Lagos residents, with the memorandum already in the pipeline.

“We have a product known as Home Loans Assistance, put in place by the Federal Government’s social intervention to assist Nigerians in getting decent, but affordable accommodation.

“Besides the provision of housing, the scheme will create huge employment opportunities for Nigerian youths. This, we will do in conjunction with the Lagos State government, which has shown an enormous goodwill that attracts the attention of foreign firms such as EchoStone America,” he stated.

Speaking on the completed prototype, official of EchoStone Nigeria, Mr. Sammy Adigun, assured that his firm will meet the housing needs of Lagos residents, with the support of all the relevant stakeholders, without compromising quality


While congratulating the firm for identifying the need for improvement in the building sector and for taking the bold step, Operations Officer, Green Building Lead, Accra, Ghana, of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), Mr. Dennis Quansah, said Nigeria’s future depends on how it is built today.

He said the building, which is exactly what Echostone will build in the Peridot Parkland Estate, Idale, Badagry, is built green per the standards of IFC’s Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE) certification.

“The Peridot Parkland Estate has been designed to achieve the following impressive EDGE ratings; 29 per cent energy savings; 35 percent water savings; 43 per cent less embodied energy in materials. The savings will ensure that the utility bills for these housing units will be minimised and contribute to a reduction in harmful greenhouse gas emissions,” Quansah said.

He revealed that green buildings are not only a challenge that all must overcome together, because IFC believes there are available solutions it can provide to policy makers. Together, he said, IFC and policy makers can create an investment opportunity for developers, financial institutions, and home buyers or commercial buyers or renters.

Echostone, it will be recalled, announced a fortnight ago that it was deploying an innovative technology which allows for rapid and scalable construction in the construction of a 250 units of two-bedroom detached bungalows in Idale, Badagry. The estate will be fitted with state-of-the-art facilities and comes at N9 million per unit. In all, it plans a construction of 2,000 housing units in three Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state- Ayobo in Alimosho and Imota in Ikorodu.

Source: Muyiwa Lucas

Minister: only 35% of infrastructure developed in Abuja

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Muhammed Bello has revealed that only 35% of Abuja’s infrastructure has been developed.

Bello said that the FCT was projected with a 3.1 million population when fully built within a projected 25-year-period.

He added that the capital city is the fourth largest in the country and one of the fastest growing in Africa with over 2.75 million population squeezed within just two phases of the planned five phases.

Speaking at the commemoration of the movement of seat of government from Lagos to Abuja, he said that it has been 42 years since its creation and 27 years after the movement from Lagos.

The Minister who was represented by Executive Secretary, FCDA, Mr Umar Gambo Jibrin, urged everyone to see Abuja as a national heritage.

He said, “42 years since its creation and 27 years after the movement from Lagos, Abuja indeed, has come of age. It has surpassed Logos as the destination for foreign direct investments. It has become a major aviation and conference hub for West Africa. We have also inaugurated a modern light rail transport system that is the first of its kind in the sub-region and FCT, indeed, has become the melting pot of Nigeria that it was conceived to be.

“However, the city’s demographic expansion has proceeded beyond the protected growth plan when the city was founded. FCT was projected for 3.1 million population when fully built within a projected 25 years period.

“I urge all of us to see Abuja as our national heritage and join hands to protect it. This is because so much hes been invested in the building of the new capital -infrastructure, public utilities, institutions etc. Today, however, we are confronted with a new set of challenges, namely; vandalism of public utilities like manhole covers, bridge railings, transformers and streetlight poles and components, transformers as well as plain acts of sabotage and disobedience to rules that make for orderly living.”

Executive Head, Editorial Board, The Guardian newspaper, Mr Martins Oloja who was the keynote speaker of the occasion, stated that Abuja has been an orphan of some sort.

He said, “Abuja has been an orphan of some sort perhaps because of near absence of democracy in its governance processes. All the 36 states’ governors are elected but the ‘militicians’ who gave us this constitution made Abuja just a part of the Office of the President, no thanks to Sections 299-302 of the 1999 Constitution as amended. Even the original inhabitants, who have been agonising without organising well about unfulfilled promises since 1976, could not remember Abuja @ 40 and I said so in February 2016.”

Source: Grace Obike

Cargotecture can bridge housing deficit in Lagos- Agusto & co

Agusto & Co. Limited, the foremost Pan African Credit Rating Agency and one of the leading providers of industry research, in its 2018 real estate (Lagos Residential) industry report suggested Cargotecture innovations for solving housing problems in the state.

“Going forward, Agusto & Co. believes that Cargotecture innovations in housing may be a solution to the rising housing deficit in Lagos, especially for low-income residential real estates, as this solution combines low cost, speed and environmental friendliness,” it said in the report.

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Cargotecture or shipping container architecture is a form of architecture using steel intermodal containers (shipping containers) as structural element. It is also referred to as a portmanteau of cargo with architecture, or ‘arkitainer’.

Data obtained from Agust & Co revealed that Lagos government requires about N3.5 trillion to deliver one million housing units annually in line with the government’s desire.

If the state’s 2018 budget for capital expenditure is fully devoted for housing, it will only be able to cover less than 10 percent of its annual housing requirement. Thus, an estimated 19 years of similar expenditure will be required to bridge the current housing deficit, estimated at 3million units.

Lagos population in 1871 stood at 28,000 and grew to about 252,000 in the 1970’s. Today, Lagos population is about 20 million and it is the most populous city in Africa—almost same size as the population of Ghana.

BusinessDay survey reveals that the use of containers as building material has grown in popularity in other parts of the world due to their inherent strength, wide availability, and relatively low expense.

But in Nigeria, it is not an initiative that is well known or frequently used as a means of constructing   housing project.

Tempohousing Nigeria (THN), one of the real estate firms that uses cargotecture, while addressing misgivings of Nigerians on houses not done with bricks, said one of the biggest hurdles they have with alternative building methods is education and knowledge about cargotecture.

“What we hear is, this is container; going forward we intend to educate people and let them see what the so called container actually looks and feels like, and once you enter you realize that it even looks better than a normal building. It’s easier to control, not using cement, no cracks and all that. It’s just about education and doing things that people can walk in and see,” Tempohousing Nigeria said in statement.

Agust & Co’s survey of the residential real estate market in Lagos reveals that, as at the end of March 2018, Yaba had the highest rental yields in the mid-income residential segment, thus showing steady appreciation in rental yields.

Whereas Apapa (degraded by major traffic gridlock caused by indiscriminate parking of trucks on major roads) had the lowest annual rental yield of 3.1percent as at end of March 2018, evidencing weak demand for residential housing as well as decline in real estate values.

Agust & Co expects continued improvements in the near term regarding new residential real estate developments mainly in the mid-income segment as well as mixed-use developments.

“We believe developers will start construction of some erstwhile abandoned residential projects and new developments especially in the mixed-use segment,” it said in its 2018 report.

The report by the rating agency provides information on the Lagos residential Real Estate Market (‘the Industry’) and covers the following:  overview, size and structure of the Nigerian real estate industry and that of  Lagos residential Real Estate Industry.



Surveyors decry rising number of fake survey plans

The Nigerian Institution of Surveyors says the rising number of fake survey plans in circulation has become worrisome.

The Chairman, Lagos State branch of the institution, Mr Adeleke Adeshina, attributed the high number of fake survey plans in existence to activities of quacks who avoid recording copies with relevant government agencies.

he said the number would reduce if people stopped indulging in backdating of survey plans and quit patronising fake and unregistered surveyors.

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Adeshina made this known at a town hall meeting at the palace of the Elejinrin of Ejinrin Land, Ishola Balogun in Ikosi Ejinrin, Lagos as part of activities marking the NIS Lagos Annual General Meeting.

he said, “It is very important for members of the public to desist from patronising touts and impostors who would assure them of helping to backdate survey plans and other land documents.

“Apart from the fact that such move is against the law establishing the institution, no registered member of the association will ever promise to do such, as it is against the law and ethics of the profession.”

The immediate past Chairman of NIS Lagos branch, Gbenga Alara, said backdating copies of survey plans had been the most controversial issue in surveying in recent times.

According to him a surveyor must obtain a consent plan before they can embark on a survey job and also get permit for the record copy as well as apply for the pillar number and place, before an authentic survey plan can be produced.

“A fake surveyor would never undertake all these tasks,” he said

In his response, Balogun described the surveying profession as noble and very important in the society.

he said he would help to educate and enlighten his subjects, and urged the public to always support professionals trained to deliver on the job.

Source: Maureen Ihu-Maduenyi

Rwanda Partners UK-Based Company To Launch Off-grid Rural Home Concept

Rwanda in partnership with a UK-based solar-power venture company has launched its 2020 solar-powered off-grid home concept in Rwanda. The Rural Home has a 50 W photovoltaic panel mounted on the roof and can be bought on a three-year payment plan.

The home was created by using sustainable building materials and design.The design caters for clean, affordable, reliable energy and is part of a pay-as-you-go solar energy system designed for households and micro businesses.

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The design also includes additional services, such as affordable Internet services with Internet-enabled devices, liquid petroleum gas stoves and canisters, as well as biogas, which are also available on a pay-as-you-go basis.

The rural home design is part of Rwanda’s vision on how new technologies can address needs, transform the lives of off-grid communities and power growth in rural communities.

“Tomorrow’s Rural Home captures the aspiration of off-grid communities who want affordable utilities to improve their quality of life,” says Mansoor Hamayun, CEO of UK-based solar-power company, Bboxx.

Additionally, a cloud-based task management platform helps distributed-service companies, including Bboxx, to manage customer service, predict when product maintenance will be required before faults occur and assist customers with upgrades as their needs grow or change.

“Each unit connects remotely to our central database to support automatic switch-off, predict repairs and assist

Upgrades,” Hamayun explains.

“The rural home reflects our strategy to broaden from being a provider of solar home systems to a multi-utility company, transforming the lives of underserved households in the developing world. Our vision is to deliver a range of utility services.”



N10bn revenue to be gotten from housing projects across Ogun in 2019, OPIC

As part of mission to further close perceived housing deficit and boost access to affordable housing facilities across the state, Ogun State Investment and Property Corporation (OPIC) has set N10 billion revenue target from the sales of housing units being constructed across.

The investment and property agency of the State government plans to spend N6 billion as capital expenditure to construct 200 units of various houses in Magboro New Town Estate in Ogun central and completes three-kilometre road in Agbara Estate, among other housing projects, which will complement other affordable housing units in New Makun City, Ogun east and Agbara Estate in Ogun west.

Consequently, Ogun State Property and Investment Corporation (OPIC) has proposed N6.635 billion as total expenditure for 2019 fiscal year, divided into N6 billion capital expenditure and N635 million recurrent expenditure, just as the agency targets N10 billion as total revenue for the year 2019.

Speaking during a 2019 budget defence session at the Ogun State House of Assembly Complex on Thursday, Babajide Odusolu, OPIC Managing Director said that the agency planned to build a 200-unit of various houses in Magboro New Town Estate.

Odusolu, who added that OPIC planned to complete the three -kilometres road in Agbara Estate next year in addition to the construction of second phase of the MTR Garden with 120 Units of two-bedroom apartment as well as continued provision of critical infrastructure across the frontier towns of the State.

According to Odusolu, the Magboro project would complement existing affordable housing projects in Agbara and new Makun City. ‘’ we have affordable houses in Agbara, the 1000 housing units in New Makun City is nearing completion and we will be doing more in Magboro by next year’’.

He assured that provision of infrastructure in all OPIC estates across the state would be sustained, to add value and allow its service compete favourably with its peers in the property industry, just as he restated the agency’s commitment to the provision of affordable houses across the spectrum of the state, tapping all identified commercial potentials and expand the revenue base,

Responding, the Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Victor Fasanya commended the efforts of the present administration in its drive to provide more affordable housing for the people, challenging the agency to redouble its efforts at developing the property sector, as such would be complementary to the ongoing massive infrastructural development in the state.


FMBN disburses N114.5m home renovation loan to 139 beneficiaries in Yobe

The Coordinator, Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, in Yobe, Abdu Goni, has said the bank has disbursed N114,500,000.00 as home renovation loan to 139 staff of Federal Medical Centre, Nguru.

The coordinator disclosed this yesterday while presenting cheques to the beneficiaries in Damaturu.

He said the loan, which is under the bank’s Home Renovation Loan scheme, followed a Memorandum of Understanding MoU)  signed with their employers.

Goni explained that the loan has six percent interest rate and is repayable in five years.

“Already federal government employees in 35 states of the federation and the FCT have benefited with exception of Yobe state.

“Contributors can borrow from one naira up to N1 million to renovate their homes. We solicit Yobe state government’s cooperation and understanding toward assisting and encouraging the employees who are contributing to the NHF scheme to also benefit from this window,” he appealed.

He commended the administration of governor Gaidam for according priority to welfare of its workers in terms of prompt payment of salary and gratuity and allocation of houses on owner-occupier basis.

Earlier, the special guest of honour, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, who was represented by Permanent Secretary, Establishment, Bukar Dapchi said the government would look into the issues raised with a view to assisting its workers benefit from the loan.

Ghana to construct 200,000 housing units

Ghana’s Ministry of Works and Housing is set to construct 200,000 housing units in 10 regions across the country next year, in bid to address housing deficit in the country.

Samuel Atta Akyea, the Minister for housing confirmed the reports and said the country is currently facing 1.7 million per annum housing deficit. He further added the government is seeking intervention from the private sector as that the housing sector, was capital intensive and that the government’s sources would not be able to undertake such a venture alone.

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The Minister also clarified that they will not use commercial rate borrowing for the project explaining that most citizens are more interested in getting their own homes, creating a need for mortgage regime.

Funds have been provided for in the 2019 budget for completion housing project left unattended during the former President Kufuor’s era through Atta Mills and John Mahama. The minister said that the ministry is ready to find the remaining private money to complete the housing projects.

The government of Ghana had already secured US $51m in order to revamp affordable housing units initiated by former President Kufor and National Democratic Congress (NDC). More than 2000 housing units are expected to be refurbished and occupied.

Housing projects such as Kpone affordable housing project and others in Borteman, Greater Accra in the Ashanti Region were started at cost of US $300m in the era of Mr. Kufuor’s government. The program launched in 2005 aimed at providing 12,500 low and middle income families affordable homes.

Currently, Ghana’s real estate is supplying 35,000 to 40,000 housing units. The number is expected to rise to 90,000 housing units a year. It estimated that by 2020 the housing deficit would have reached two million. To meet the current demand, the country needs to provide an excess of 100,000 housing units annually.



Bamboo is the Best Alternative to Steel Reinforcement

Developing countries have the highest demand for steel-reinforced concrete, but often do not have the means to produce the steel to meet that demand.  Rather than put themselves at the mercy of a global MARKET dominated by developed countries, Singapore’s Future Cities Laboratory suggests an alternative to this manufactured rarity: bamboo.
Abundant, sustainable, and extremely resilient, bamboo has potential in the future to become an ideal replacement in places where steel cannot easily be produced.
In trials of tensile strength, bamboo outperforms most other materials, reinforcement steel included.  It achieves this strength through its hollow, tubular structure, evolved over millennia to resist wind forces in its natural habitat.  This lightweight structure also makes it easy to harvest and transport.
Due to its incredibly rapid growth cycle and the variety of areas in which it is able to grow, bamboo is also extremely cheap.  Such rapid growth plant growth requires the grass to absorb large quantities of CO2, meaning that its cultivation as a building material would help reduce the rate of climate change. These factors alone are incentive for INVESTMENT in developing bamboo as reinforcement.
Indeed, despite these benefits, there is still work to do in overcoming bamboo’s limitations. Contraction and expansion is one such limitation, caused by both temperature changes and water absorption.
The grass is also susceptible to structural weakness caused by fungus and simple biodegradation.  Ironically, many of the countries that would benefit from bamboo reinforcement also lack the resources to develop it as a viable alternative to the steel on which they currently rely.
The Future Cities Laboratory is currently conducting research to determine the full gamut of applications that bamboo has as a construction material.  Their experimentation in this field has earned them a Zumtobel Group Award
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