House Condition Survey

2016 Northern Ireland House Condition Survey (HCS)

The 2016 HCS  report, which was published in May 2018, presents a comprehensive overview of Northern Ireland’s dwelling stock and its occupants in 2016, including information about fuel poverty, disrepair, Decent Homes, the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP), the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS), unfitness, and household profiles.

Between 2016 and 2018 the House Condition Survey was assessed by the Office for Statistics Regulation and was found to be fully compliant with the principles of the Code of Practice for Statistics. It was awarded National Statistics status in May 2018.

National Statistics status means that official statistics meet the highest standards of trustworthiness, quality and public value, and comply with all aspects of the Code of Practice for Statistics.

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2016 House Condition Survey: Summary Report

2016 HCS Summary Infographic style report

2016 Northern Ireland House Condition Survey Preliminary Report

The preliminary findings from the 2016 Northern Ireland House Condition Survey, was first published in May 2017, providing an initial overview of findings on the dwelling stock as a whole and dwelling unfitness.

You can download the reports from the surveys undertaken in 2001, 2004 (interim survey), 2006, 2009 (interim survey) and 2011 by selecting the relevant study below

Additional 2016-based reports: Ad hoc official statistics

Following the publication of the 2016 House Condition Survey (HCS) main report, and in response to users’ needs, the Housing Executive commissioned the Building Research Establishment (BRE) to produce a number of reports using data from the 2016 survey.

The principles of the Code of Practice for Statistics were applied to the ad hoc reports where practicable. However, as they were modelled and developed solely by BRE with no involvement from the Housing Executive, and were not assessed by the Office for Statistics Regulation, they have been published as official statistics.

Estimates of fuel poverty in Northern Ireland in 2017 and 2018: correction 

The ‘Estimates of fuel poverty in Northern Ireland in 2017 and 2018’ report was published on 9 April 2019. The fuel poverty estimates were calculated using data from the Quarterly Energy Prices (QEP), report published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in December 2018. In April 2019 it was noted that due to an error in the derivation in the December release, BEIS had published corrected figures. Footnotes about the correction have been included in QEP Table 2.2.4 ‘Average Unit costs and fixed costs for electricity for UK regions’. You can view the tables and the footnotes on the website.  

The Building Research Establishment (BRE) revised the Northern Ireland fuel poverty estimates based on the correction to the QEP data. It should be noted that the correction affects the 2018 fuel poverty estimate only, the 2017 estimate remains unchanged. Although the impact of the corrected QEP figures is minimal, users should now refer to the revised report and not the original version, which has been removed from the Housing Executive’s website. 

You can download the revised report below:

Estimates of fuel poverty NI 2017-2018

The Cost of Poor Housing in Northern Ireland 2009 is available below:

The Cost of Poor Housing in Northern Ireland in 2009

The pre-release access lists for the reports are also below:

Publication of NIHCS statistics

Housing Market Analysis
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