House Condition Survey user engagement

House Condition Survey 2021: Covid-19

Preparations for the NIHCS 2021 are underway, with fieldwork due to take place between late April and September 2021. It is impossible to know the extent of Covid-19 restrictions that will be in place at that time, but we will continue to monitor government regulations, and to liaise with the producers of similar housing surveys in other nations, and with producers of other surveys in Northern Ireland.

The NIHCS inspection involves surveyors being in a dwelling for approximately 1 – 1 ½ hours, which has risks associated with Covid-19. As well as looking at how to mitigate against these risks, we are considering alternative options for how to proceed. We have now completed the consultation process and the decision on how to proceed will be announced on the Housing Executive’s website in early 2021.

House Condition Survey User Engagement

Regular user engagement enhances the value of House Condition Survey statistics and a House Condition Survey User Engagement Group was therefore set up to facilitate the Housing Executive in providing information to, and gathering feedback from, key users of House Condition Survey statistics.

The group meets approximately once a quarter. If you would like to become a member of the House Condition Survey User Engagement Group please contact Donna McLarnon by e-mailing donna.mclarnon@nihe.gov.uk, or telephone 028 95982547.

About the User Engagement Group

You can find out more about the User Engagement Group here:

Terms of reference for the House Condition Survey User Engagement Group (PDF 77 kB)

Minutes of the House Condition Survey User Engagement Group meetings

You can download minutes from previous User Engagement group meetings here:

Insight housing market intelligence exchange

The Housing Executive holds Insight events twice a year, allowing senior staff from across the housing sector to engage in discussion and debate, and provide feedback on their views about the critical and emerging issues facing the housing sector in Northern Ireland.

Following Insight events, briefings summarising the information that was shared and the discussions that took place are published on the Housing Executive’s website.

In October 2018 the event focused on the key findings of the 2016 House Condition Survey, and the summary report was launched. 

The March 2019 event covered a wide range of housing issues, including a presentation from Building Research Establishment (BRE) on the cost to improve energy efficiency in Northern Ireland. The costs were estimated using data from the 2016 House Condition Survey.

Fuel poverty workshop

On 21 May 2019 we held 2 workshops for users of the Northern Ireland fuel poverty statistics which are produced as part of the NIHCS. Each workshop comprised 3 presentations by the Building Research Establishment (BRE): Measuring and estimating fuel poverty, Fuel poverty ready reckoner and 2017 & 2018 estimates of fuel poverty.

Following the workshops, delegates were invited to complete an online feedback survey. The results will be used to help the Housing Executive plan future workshops and events.

You can download the slides and the key discussion points from the event below:


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