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Why Don't Builders Use Steel In Nigeria? by Aconomist: 1:55am On Dec 21, 2020
We all know how common building collapse is in Nigeria, and this occurs because of our bad habit of building multi-storey buildings with concrete. In other parts of the world they are using steel, which is a far superior building material because it is lighter (doesn't put as much strain on the foundation) cheaper than Dangote cement, and requires less maintenance.

While steel needs to be imported, healthy demand would create a market incentive for domestic production. We need to start using creativity to solve our problem in Africa.

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Re: Why Don't Builders Use Steel In Nigeria? by emae009(m): 2:13am On Dec 21, 2020
steel is not "far superior" than concrete. All building materials have both advantages and disadvantages.
One of the reasons has to do with the client. Sometimes before the client even request for a design, he has already purchase masonry blocks and other materials.
But then again Nigerians don't like to challenge themselves. Concrete is the default "comfort zone".
In the case of a net zero carbon emission buildings, Timber is the best alternative

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Re: Why Don't Builders Use Steel In Nigeria? by searchng4love: 2:27am On Dec 21, 2020
emae009:
steel is not "far superior" than concrete. All building materials have both advantages and disadvantages.
One of the reasons has to do with the client. Sometimes before the client even request for a design, he has already purchase masonry blocks and other materials.
But then again Nigerians don't like to challenge themselves. Concrete is the default "comfort zone".
In the case of a net zero carbon emission buildings, Timber is the best alternative
Hehehe timber hahaha timber kwakwakwa.... Ordinary bush burning na im go finish that kain house...
Burnt bricks are far better and cheaper. Uses less cooling energy... The insides are always cool. Perish the timber house idea or the one talking prefabricated structures. I have done my research well into all. The prefabricated structures are cheaper ONLY for mass housing.

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Re: Why Don't Builders Use Steel In Nigeria? by Ikengawo: 3:42am On Dec 21, 2020
emae009:
steel is not "far superior" than concrete. All building materials have both advantages and disadvantages.
One of the reasons has to do with the client. Sometimes before the client even request for a design, he has already purchase masonry blocks and other materials.
But then again Nigerians don't like to challenge themselves. Concrete is the default "comfort zone".
In the case of a net zero carbon emission buildings, Timber is the best alternative

Timber that will deforest the world can't be better for carbon emissions. What is actually funny is how big nigerian bricks are. I feel like you can make 5 normal bricks from one nigerian block and cut the cost of cement used down by more than half.

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Re: Why Don't Builders Use Steel In Nigeria? by tollyboy5(m): 3:51am On Dec 21, 2020
We can't use steel for that kind of thing bro. Steel should be use for other stuff. Its a metal alloy and their component metals being excavated.
When it becomes scarce what are we going to do?

Though thats not an excuse for a failed country not to have steel industry

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Re: Why Don't Builders Use Steel In Nigeria? by tollyboy5(m): 3:54am On Dec 21, 2020
Ikengawo:


Timber that will deforest the world can't be better for carbon emissions. What is actually funny is how big nigerian bricks are. I feel like you can make 5 normal bricks from one nigerian block and cut the cost of cement used down by more than half.
I'll buy the idea of bricks. But using timber will only encourage tree planting and farming.
People will have farm of timber, and we might end up making the world greener

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Re: Why Don't Builders Use Steel In Nigeria? by Advision: 4:30am On Dec 21, 2020
I think its down to cost, steel is far more expensive to erect and subsequent modification may cost more.

Moreso, the physical properties of steel makes it an overkill for a typical bungalow or one storey apartment that litter most Nigerian town.

A lot of the high rise building are made of steel and composite materials

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Re: Why Don't Builders Use Steel In Nigeria? by ednut1(m): 4:30am On Dec 21, 2020
How is this politics Use steel when building your own house

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Re: Why Don't Builders Use Steel In Nigeria? by judetov2(m): 4:30am On Dec 21, 2020
none of my business
Re: Why Don't Builders Use Steel In Nigeria? by Esseite: 4:30am On Dec 21, 2020
Any item Nigerians pick is the cheapest and most durable for its climate..

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Re: Why Don't Builders Use Steel In Nigeria? by QualityDesiigns: 4:31am On Dec 21, 2020
Good question.

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Re: Why Don't Builders Use Steel In Nigeria? by anochuko01(m): 4:32am On Dec 21, 2020
emae009:
steel is not "far superior" than concrete. All building materials have both advantages and disadvantages.
One of the reasons has to do with the client. Sometimes before the client even request for a design, he has already purchase masonry blocks and other materials.
But then again Nigerians don't like to challenge themselves. Concrete is the default "comfort zone".
In the case of a net zero carbon emission buildings, Timber is the best alternative
While timber is the best, It takes decades for a tree to grow. How then can we be able to keep up with deforestation?

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Re: Why Don't Builders Use Steel In Nigeria? by sonnie10: 4:35am On Dec 21, 2020
It is actually more expensive to build residential houses with steel. From what I have seen, houses with steel frames usually have three layers ; the steel fram, the outer plywood and then brick or pvc siding and the interior sheet rock ( also include the inside wall insulation material).
By the time you add the cost of all these, you see that cement and blocks is more cost effective.

Places that use the steel frame and wood do so mainly because of weather, tornado and earth quake problem. It is safer when the house crumbles and people would not be trapped under the weight of heavy cement blocks. Nigeria has never had that problem.

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Re: Why Don't Builders Use Steel In Nigeria? by prinsam30(m): 4:35am On Dec 21, 2020
emae009:
steel is not "far superior" than concrete. All building materials have both advantages and disadvantages.
One of the reasons has to do with the client. Sometimes before the client even request for a design, he has already purchase masonry blocks and other materials.
But then again Nigerians don't like to challenge themselves. Concrete is the default "comfort zone".
In the case of a net zero carbon emission buildings, Timber is the best alternative


i love this and I'm making effort to achieve this in future, most of the houses I've been to in the united States actually uses timber, even flooring, it was so adoring, amazing and confort to live in

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Re: Why Don't Builders Use Steel In Nigeria? by cooooooks(m): 4:37am On Dec 21, 2020
The steel buildings will likely rust in the coastal cities (Lagos, PH, Uyo, etc).

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Re: Why Don't Builders Use Steel In Nigeria? by n3xt(m): 4:38am On Dec 21, 2020
In Nigeria, when it comes to choosing the materials to construct a building, most people have cost in the forefront of their mind.

The general assumption of a rational mind is “steel construction is more expensive than the traditional brick and mortar construction.“

However, with the technological advances that have occurred in the building industry over the past decades, there are numerous alternative building solutions that not only save on cost but also allow for creative structural ideas, and innovative builds and designs that weren’t possible in the past.

One such technological advancement is prefab steel construction.

A solution for the creative minds (thinkers) and not for those with fixed mindset (the this-is-how-we-do-it guys)

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Re: Why Don't Builders Use Steel In Nigeria? by blackbriar: 4:38am On Dec 21, 2020
Aconomist:
We all know how common building collapse is in Nigeria, and this occurs because of our bad habit of building multi-storey buildings with concrete. In other parts of the world they are using steel, which is a far superior building material because it is lighter (doesn't put as much strain on the foundation) cheaper than Dangote cement, and requires less maintenance.

While steel needs to be imported, healthy demand would create a market incentive for domestic production. We need to start using creativity to solve our problem in Africa.
Steel is not a far superior material than concrete.
Bridges are made of concrete.
Steel has advantage for been light weight and strong and easily bent to any shape. But it's expensive to build with steel. From welding to riveting and even making cuts.
A foundation is meant to carry all loads without burden including concrete and steel.
So if a building collapses ,it's either due to design error or construction error.

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Re: Why Don't Builders Use Steel In Nigeria? by haybhi1(m): 4:40am On Dec 21, 2020
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Re: Why Don't Builders Use Steel In Nigeria? by donpata(m): 4:42am On Dec 21, 2020
First things first. Concrete is still used in the West. 2ndly consider cost. Who go start b4 that demand grows and crashes prices? Also, think of comfort of occupants. Nigeria is a "hot" place. Shey nepa go dey give light for cooling? How about the cost of installing cooling components. I ain't an expert but I think in terms of stability, concrete is better. No fear of wind pushing your house, no Need to bother about creaking sounds. More so, if there's a fire, at high temp, what happens to steel? Imagine if I wanna do a little renovation or adjustment, it's easier to just break one side of block work, it's like a cut and join thing. I don't see how using steel will make it easier cos obviously, u need power. The wahala go too much abeg. Ease of getting technicians sef na something also.

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Re: Why Don't Builders Use Steel In Nigeria? by Gorillabrain(m): 4:45am On Dec 21, 2020
In my village nothing like dangote cement becox we used iroko tree to build house including two story building. Longlast since 1889 till now. Why dangote kno go sell 1bag of cement 5,000 naira. Nigerians should switch to timber not cement for solid everlasting life.

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Re: Why Don't Builders Use Steel In Nigeria? by MrImole: 4:46am On Dec 21, 2020
I do not like to lie, I don't know.

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Re: Why Don't Builders Use Steel In Nigeria? by Flexherbal(m): 4:49am On Dec 21, 2020
emae009:
steel is not "far superior" than concrete. All building materials have both advantages and disadvantages.
One of the reasons has to do with the client. Sometimes before the client even request for a design, he has already purchase masonry blocks and other materials.
But then again Nigerians don't like to challenge themselves. Concrete is the default "comfort zone".
Re: Why Don't Builders Use Steel In Nigeria? by endsarrrs(f): 4:51am On Dec 21, 2020
Not all builders. Matter of fact SOME building coy use steel. Tho NOT much.

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Re: Why Don't Builders Use Steel In Nigeria? by GeneralPula: 4:53am On Dec 21, 2020
Buildings built with steel can’t be as energetic as wth concrete..

Concrete retains heat better.. Make heat no go kill person wey use steel oo.

When it comes to repairing, you going to spend more compare with concrete..

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Re: Why Don't Builders Use Steel In Nigeria? by chrisxxx(m): 4:58am On Dec 21, 2020
Gorillabrain:
In my village nothing like dangote cement becox we used iroko tree to build house including two story building. Longlast since 1889 till now. Why dangote kno go sell 1bag of cement 5,000 naira. Nigerians should switch to timber not cement for solid everlasting life.
Is your village in Sierra Leone?

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Re: Why Don't Builders Use Steel In Nigeria? by Abasman008(m): 5:04am On Dec 21, 2020
Well I'M 21 and I naturally love planning stuffs out before I do them...
So I'll say.. if I'm building, I'll use strong steel instead support pillars. And like the guy above has rightly said, the size is of bricks in Nigeria is too in big!! So I think I'll cut the size by half laterally and horizontally, leaving me with a smaller, longer, lighter...I don't care if I'll have to fabricate my own mould.. using the steel pillars in the right places.. if for any reason I'm going to use those huge blocks, it'll mean building a storey building...
Many reasons young people are suffering is because they don't think... Nigeria would have had a flourishing real estate economy that'll be lucrative bevabec of our ever growing population.. just that anytime building comes into your thoughts, first thing that comes into your head is "cement,sand and blocks".. and coupled with all the rods for pillars, rods for protectors, wood for roofing, etc.. and the prices of this things is enough to scare the common Man away ..
But to a person like me, I'd cut down the size of blocks, make windows out of protector and glass than can be opened.. instead of putting in protectors and then making another budget for aluminum glass windows, use the protector to fabricate the doors and windows.. another thing is roofing, if you bought aliminium or steel hollow pipes, you can use that for roofing instead of wood.. because one little aluminium pipe is stronger, lighter, durable, one alum pipe can do the work of 4 woods..thereby automatically cutting down costs... if you choose to use a flat roof instead of the peaked stuff Nigerians use, you might spend just half of what it'd have been if you used wood for the same thing....
Wikipedia says Nigeria has a vast bank of unmined steel, yet we still import steel.. The problem we have is mismanagement, because a country with coal, naturally pressured gas,crude oil, and lots of bio-waste still does not have electricity after 60 years....worst is when your country has limestone but we pay higher for cement made that's made with our limestone @ home than people it's expirtee to... N/B make sure all metals is treated before use..

The thing is anything is possible.. if you can just think it out..

I am currently designing a two seater aircraft that will be built with 90% products... Do you know that 12 million naira can build an aircraft capable of carrying 1200 kg as gross weight.. if we use this aircraft for courier.. charging @ 50 naira/kg per hour it'll take to reach the receiving location... Meaning that on aircraft carrying bags of 10 bags of 100kg of garri.. you have 50,000 per trip if 1hr... Let's say 15k goes to the operating cost of each flight.. the remairema 35k is profit.. and if you have two airplanes that make 5° 1hr trips a day, you are sure of at least 30k 5 times.. this is counting out how much you will make from general waybill were someone will send a light package.. you can choose to charge 1500naira per parcel.. the rules of waybill business says that the lesser the weight and space packages carry. The more money.. and if the pilots you have are certified for night flight, that's more and more money.. because you can make 10trips a day... The pay for a bigginer pilot in a light proppeller aircraft like the one I have in mind will will be around 90k, 100k..(minus overtime and night flights).. I have lots of this kind of ideas and am capable of bringing them to light if I had the right support financially or through partnerships... Pm me on abasikpongkeakang @ gmail. com.. if you are interested
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Re: Why Don't Builders Use Steel In Nigeria? by KolaShangOne(m): 5:05am On Dec 21, 2020
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Re: Why Don't Builders Use Steel In Nigeria? by ceaser: 5:06am On Dec 21, 2020
Gorillabrain:
In my village nothing like dangote cement becox we used iroko tree to build house including two story building. Longlast since 1889 till now. Why dangote kno go sell 1bag of cement 5,000 naira. Nigerians should switch to timber not cement for solid everlasting life.

In those days, timber is much more reliable to use in Nigeria for obvious reasons. The woods were harvested when mature. I have seen a number of old buildings with their stairs and decks made of wood and these structures hodk solidly even after several years.

However nowadays, Nigerian lumberjacks will supply you with useless wood that termite will destroy within one year. Even they cannot be sincere with the common woods being supplied for roofing and nogging let alone the whole building.

If Nigerian builders can supply you with inferior bricks, cement and all sundry, why won't they do the same with timber for construction.

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