Real estate developers in Nigeria have noted that adopting the dry construction method of building will help in reducing the housing deficit in the country. The developers madee this known at the unveiling of Nigerite Limited’s Kalsi in Lagos recently.
The Managing Director, UACN Property Development Company Limited, Mr. Hakeem Ogunniran, said the built environment is plagued by three fundamental issues of land titling, funding and construction methodology.
“Most of us still construct in the traditional way and it will be impossible to meet the housing gap if we continue to build in the traditional way,” he said.
Ogunniran and others, who spoke at the unveiling of Nigerite Limited’s Kalsi, a dry construction system, said the building solution would help in the provision of affordable houses in the country.
The President, African Union of Architects, Mr. Tokunbo Omisore, said it would help reduce poverty by providing solutions to housing problems.
The Managing Director, Nigerite Limited, Mr. Frank LeBris, said that as a prominent and active player in the built industry over the past five decades, the company owed the country a duty to champion economic and technological innovations that it had experienced in the developed world through the network of its parent company, Etex.
He said, “We have carefully observed our environment and come to the conclusion that we do not have to wait for tomorrow to bring this avant-garde technology to Nigeria. Even though, the introduction of this technology has caused us a lot of money in terms of investment in new factory lines and equipment as well as additional personnel, we believe that this is just one of the few things we can do to contribute to the economic and technological upgrade of Nigeria.
“Among other things, Kalsi dry construction system is the future of building technology. Since we cannot run away from tomorrow, why not bring tomorrow to today if we have the means. The world over, dry construction is gaining the ground.”
LeBris stated that the system was developed to augment the efforts to cover up the housing deficit in the country.
“It is common knowledge that housing deficit in Nigeria today is close to 20 million; this solution is being introduced as one of the fastest means of bridging this gap since it takes pretty few number of days to construct from start to finish. It ensures cleaner environment at construction sites and thus points to our avowed commitment to environment friendliness and it costs less in the final analysis,” he said.
LeBris added that while the system was not a replacement for the traditional method of brick and mortar, it was cheaper and a quicker means of constructing a building.
According to the Marketing Manager, Africa, Etex Group, Mr. Juan Lugo, the system is a response to the call for energy efficiency in building construction as well as a fast growing technology all over the world.
The Head, Dry Construction Business Unit, Nigerite, Mr. Adewale Ogungbe, said the system had high impact and fire resistant.
“Whatever an architect conceives in terms of design, Kalsi can achieve,” he said.
According to Ogungbe, Kalsi boards are manufactured from cement, quartz, cellulose, natural calcium silicate and water, and processed under high pressure and temperature for durability and dimensional stability.