Community Housing Model More Effective-NIESV 4th Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) National Housing Summit, 2015, centered on long-term solutions to housing problems, highlighting the need to employ community housing in the country.
Criticizing the present planning practices of plot subdivisions that encourage piecemeal housing development and low dwelling density on prime urban land, NIESV encourages Nigeria and professionals in the built industry to move towards community development concepts for housing delivery.
Chairman, NIESV Faculty of Housing, Elder Biodun Odeleye, said the way out of the conundrum, was to pursue community approach to housing delivery, hence, he said experts were invited to discuss on “Effective Housing Delivery Models through Community Development Concepts.”
In his foreword to the lecture delivered by a Prof. Olumide Olusanya of the Department of Architecture, University of Lagos and immediate past president, Real Estate Development Association of Nigerian (REDAN), Chief Olabode Afolayan, Odeleye had said the deficiency in the housing sector could be addressed through the community approach.
Olusanya, the lead speaker, who spoke on the “The Case for Aggregated Development in Effective Housing Delivery”, said the notion that there can be sustainable urbanization through piecemeal efforts of one man one plot was naïve in the extreme.
According to him, housing delivery must be aggregated. He added that, a close look at housing in the villages and the older parts of our cities would reveal that even at the traditional level housing was aggregated. “Piecemeal development is grossly wasteful and counter-productive because it involves much duplication and multiplication of effort at every level of housing delivery.”
The don said the incentive for home ownership was however, one of the most effective ways of mobilizing a nation toward qualitative housing development.
According to him, the challenge then was to evolve housing type with some requirements including family units with well-defined territorial claims and sense of identity within high dwelling density developments; provision of adequate natural light and cross-ventilation thereby minimizing dependence on mechanical systems; and Standardization and modularization of spaces and components suited for sustainable industrialized systems building.
On housing co-operative, Olusanya said since it is a legal and social instrument that allows individuals to come together for corporate development and ownership of properties whereby they obtain value for their investment greater than what they would obtain individually, both government and mortgage institutions should give incentives and priority to co-operatives in the acquisition of land and provision of mortgage facilities.