A place in the sun

A Kenyan university which has opted for solar-powered energy has achieved a series of remarkable firsts, including a zero-carbon footprint, enormous savings and revenue generating capacity.

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Published in African Business, July 2014

The power of three

It is a truth universally acknowledged that: when a new technology enters the market, a dozen counterfeits will follow. The challenge is to spot the real McCoy among the fakes. And it is an indomitable task in real estate simply because by the time the cracks begin to show, it is too late.

Panel technology, although prevalent outside Africa, arrived in Kenya recently. The Americans call it space frame or panel point; the English Sipcrete; the Austrians EVG and the Germans Schnell. But in simple terms it is the use of panels to make buildings.

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Published in Nairobi Business Monthly, July 2013

Build a home for less than Sh1 million

Did you know that you could build a two bed roomed house anywhere in Kenya for under Sh1 million?

It doesn’t seem feasible, especially in a country where property prices are sky rocketing. But it is an innovative approach to housing – a combination of local materials with internationally approved designs – that could radically alter the future of Kenya’s housing market, and be the solution to the country’s perennial housing shortages.

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Published in Nairobi Business Monthly, March 2013

Penny wise at Waterwise

Let’s face it. The cleanliness of your car matters. It says as much about you as the condition of your shoes: whether you are giving a colleague a ride to a meeting, attending an evening cocktail or waving to a client who is stuck alongside in traffic on the highway.

But do you know that each car wash costs an average of 140 litres of water. And with peren- nial water shortages, it is difficult to wash the

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Published in Nairobi Business Monthly, October 2012

Burning blue to go green

Like most boys, tinkering with cars was a favourite pastime for Roy and George while growing up in Mombasa. They would spend hours after school and over the weekends dismantling engines, putting them back together and discovering the ins and outs of how a car works.

At the time, neither they nor their parents knew that the hobby would develop into a business. Today, they are passionate owners of Geroy Green (Geroy, as in George Karanja and Roy Muriuki), which offers eco-friendly solutions. It started after high school and they have spent three years researching.

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Published in Nairobi Business Monthly, May 2012