Bamburi Cement launches Houses of Tomorrow (HoT) in Kenya

Bamburi Cement has launched a green construction project in Kenya as part of its sustainable construction agenda.

By Diana Wachira on
21st February 2021

The project was launched through its parent company, LafargeHolcim,

The Houses of Tomorrow (HoT) project agenda involves low-carbon-based building solutions. Bamburi Cement says that this project consists of selecting, designing, and using materials that leverage low carbon standards in the construction project. The incorporation of near-zero embodied energy concrete designed using low carbon content cement is the main feature of this initiative. 

Kenya is among several countries across the continent to host this fantastic initiative. The cement to be used in HoT concrete works features a mix of Bamburi Cement’s products, including Nguvu and Powermax pozzolanic cement. A low carbon cement, Fundi masonry cement, will be used for mortar and plaster works. 

The HoT initiative comes right after LafargeHolcim’s Net Zero pledge, driven by low carbon product innovation and environmental conservation initiatives. Bamburi Cement claims that its Fundi and Duracem cement curb carbon emissions by 50-65% compared to commonly used Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) products. 

Seddiq Hassani, Bamburi Cement Group Managing Director, said that the launch of the project in January 2021 is a significant step in Bamburi Cement’s sustainability agenda. This agenda is aimed towards more sustainable building solutions that will eventually lead to a more sustainable construction industry. As he commented on the new building innovation, Seddiq stated that Green Construction has always been a goal in the construction sector. 

He explained the launch of Houses of Tomorrow is another step for Bamburi Cement as it continues to transition into a more sustainable construction industry. He said, “In our ambition of becoming a net-zero company, we are not only part of the solution, we are committed to supporting our customers in their CO2-reduction ambitions. We are therefore delighted to launch the ‘Houses of Tomorrow’ Project in Kenya, further demonstrating our continuous innovative solutions aimed at reducing the carbon emissions across the entirety of our operations and supply chain. This project seeks to offer a more sustainable construction solution, and we cannot wait for our customers to reap the benefits.

“Our customers will not only benefit from the product’s sustainability credentials and great performance, but also exceptional service. Our technical team is well prepared to orient customers on this project, not only to help them understand the ‘green building’ concept but also to help them have a better understanding of low carbon footprint and why this solution matters, which will enable them to make better and sustainable construction decisions.”

Other features in the Green Construction theme that the project will incorporate include solar panels for lighting and water heating, water harvesting systems, water reticulation systems, and large windows to maximize natural light and fresh air. 

Photo: Building under construction with wooden scaffolding in the city of Nairobi, Kenya (Phillipe Demande | Dreamstime)

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