IQSK MEETING HELD AT HILTON HOTEL, NAIROBI
The meeting of all stakeholders in the Quantity Surveying profession was held in Hilton Hotel on 16th March 2016 at 9am. Founded in 1994 with the aim of increasing professionalism, training and regulation in the quantity surveying industry, IQSK was happy to state some of the achievements it had like the sponsoring of over forty students through their education and the joint programme with BORAQS-Kenya in the CPD programme of training to enhance efficiency and quality, numerous involvements in Public Private Partnerships mostly in the real estate industry in Kenya, the Standard Gauge Railway, LAPPSET involvements and many more.
The Principal Secretary graced the occasion and pointed out the need of gender balance in the professional industry thus a gender policy document to be enacted. The quantity surveying profession is one of the drivers of the economy which if well driven would go a long way in boosting our country’s economy, increasing GDP and creation of employment.
The new dispensation of devolution should be embraced by such a profession and a national presence felt through all counties. A roadmap program is to be drafted to understand our value in development in the counties.
It was noted that there have been emerging challenges in the industry brought about by education diversity. A guide was needed so that training trends are changed from being objective to market-oriented trend which is the true auditor of professional curriculum.
There was need for expansion, growth and collaborations with cross border partnership especially in young countries like Rwanda and despite the restrictions of the Kenyan Cap 525 there was assured intervention and assistance in coming up with a new contract document in line with current trends.
It was noted that there was need to identify members who will work as drivers of change in the IQSK team
The chair of the Kenya Green Building Society brought in a new workable concept enhancing architecture, solar lighting and water recycling and it was noted that green building technology significantly reduces the negative impact of development in the society. Building maintenance is another key aspect all of us need to focus on and the main area that the green building technology focuses on are maintenance, indoor environmental quality, monitoring energy, transport sector, water management, use of building materials, land use and ecology, innovations in the industry and the socio-economic changes brought about by buildings.