Nigeria, Africa’s most populated country with over 170 million residents, still faces a housing shortage of about 17 million units. A study conducted by TNS RMS Nigeria Limited, reveals that apart from high the population density, high cost of building materials, proliferation of slums, non-deployment of new technology, lack of access to finance, shortage of skilled labour and artisans among others, are the major challenges barring mass housing delivery in Lagos.
A leading project developer, TempoHousing Nigeria (THN), hopes to solve this challenge.
Determined to reduce the country’s housing deficit and to meet the demand for affordable housing, the company uses ISO shipping containers to build apartments in Nigeria.
“The beauty of our system is its simplicity. Houses can be built quickly for either temporary or permanent use. Tempohousing Nigeria would significantly drive down the cost of the delivery of much needed affordable living and working spaces. Tempohousing Nigeria places its value in its ability to deliver quality development project quickly and at a significantly lower cost than the current industry average. Also, to deliver superior returns through a disciplined, value-oriented investment approach. We are well placed to work with individuals, government bodies and other private organizations to provide optimal sustainable solutions,” writes THN.
The company says that a house constructed from containers is far much cheaper and can be completed within a week.
“Our solution, compared to traditional concrete, is about 25 to 30 percent cheaper than if you built the same structure using concrete — using the same sort of finishing materials, tiles and electrical sanitary wares,” explains Dele Ladipo, a managing partner at Tempohousing Nigeria.
According to THN, containers are based on International Shipping Organisation (ISO) standards. They are built to withstand high weather conditions and the law is that shipping companies are supposed to renew their fleet after a shipping container has been used for 25 years.
“When you are using it for a building requirement and is stationary and within accommodation area, it can last forever. And it’s like any other building, you have to maintain it. In our own fabrications, we don’t usually expose the metal container.”
Talk about innovation in housing!