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Despite the government effort to introduce appropriate building materials and
technologies to avert the poor housing situation in the country at large, the people of
North Eastern Province have adopted but at slow rate compared to other provinces. This
research is performed to determine the factors affecting the adoption of Appropriate
Building Materials and Technologies (ABM&Ts) in North Eastern Province of Kenya for
improved housing and shelter situation. The study was necessitated out of the problem
that there had been low uptake of the appropriate building materials and technologies (
ABM&Ts ) in North Eastern province compared to other provinces of the Republic of
This study reviewed existing literature and examined the motivation for this work and
tried to justify why research in ISSB is of great importance to Kenya and the world. It is
interesting to note that most of those who have researched on ISSB point out and agree
that soil is a very important component of building construction. The conventional
method of building construction has been that of stone, steel, corrugated sheets among
others but very few people have thought about soil being a source of durable building
blocks. This was the case in Kenya until the year 2006, when the Government launched
an ambitious programme to sensitize the people on ABM&Ts programme including the
North Eastern province. The population of study was the groups and individuals who
were trained on this programme since 2008 when it started in the North Eastern province.
The number of people tha had already been trained was 200. The researcher sampled 100
trained people selected using simple random sampling. Since it was not possible to cover
the whole of North Eastern province, the researcher selected Garissa and Wajir counties
as the study areas. Data was collected using the questionnaire as the main instrument
although guided interviews and observations was also used to gather knowledge and
Since the study was a descriptive research survey design, analysis of data was done using
SPSS software where descriptive statistics, tabulations, percentages, and percentages
were generated. Most of the findings of this study agreed with the objectives as had been
drawn. The objectives also agreed with literature review bu there were small deviations
from the expected results.