Climate change is seemingly constantly in the news lately. Even the Pope talked about it during his visit to Kenya recently. So, the big question is: how should new/existing developments cope with climate change-related issues?
In recent years, various buildings and developments in Nairobi have been focused on going green: that is reducing energy consumption, reduced water consumption, reduced land use-and in the process helping businesses reduce their carbon footprint. This is achieved through sustainable design and development, blending the use of natural light and natural ventilation to minimize energy demand. Water, for instance, is recycled throughout from rain water harvesting to water reuse in irrigating gardens and toilet flushing to reduce wastage. So what does that mean for waterproofing contractors and the construction industry in Kenya in general?
For starters, construction developments can expect periodical assessments. So they should probably hire construction professionals and consultants. The following links could be of use:
Our point of view though is that climate change goes beyond simply saving the electricity and water bills. What about the recent floods like the el Nino we are currently experiencing? Or the severe heat we had before the elnino rains? Protecting commercial and residential buildings as much as possible from extreme weather conditions must be made a priority, as these types of weather conditions are likely to occur regularly in future.
So, what can be done?
- Conservation of water by ensuring all concrete and masonry water retaining structures are not leaking and are completely waterproofed. Such structures include swimming pools, water tanks and septic tanks
- Ensuring that concrete and masonry water excluding structures are completely waterproofed such that they do not allow water to seep through them. Such structures include roofs ( flat or pitched roofs), tunnels, expansion joints, retaining walls, dams, widows and basements.
- Improving drainage systems inside and outside the building.
Dealing with climate change is a new phenomenon and a challenge to waterproofing contractors like us and in the construction industry in general. Regardless of whether we’re building swimming pools, water tanks flat roofs, pavements or anything else, the target must be to build and deliver sustainable developments that can withstand the harshest weather conditions
As an industry, we should all adapt to the challenges that climate change is bringing and as Mau West Ltd, we are always on top of the most modern, innovative building techniques and the best ways to combat climate change. We believe that preparation, planning and attention to detail is key to any construction project, regardless of size.
Do you have any questions or comments regarding leakages, water damage or waterproofing in your house, building or a new construction project? Do you have any ideas, insights or questions regarding construction in general? We would love to speak with you. Get in touch