This page gives information about how we collected the data for the 2016 HCS. More detailed information can be found in the technical appendices of the main reports.
The 2016 sample included two elements:
The E-Survey form remained broadly the same as previous paper surveys and was divided into two components: the physical survey and the social survey or household interview.
A detailed technical survey form was completed for each property where the surveyor gained access. The surveyor completed an inspection of the interior and exterior of the house, as well as inspecting the front and back plot of the survey dwelling and making an assessment of the local neighbourhood.
Key information was gathered in the physical section to allow measurement of repairs costs, the Fitness Standard, the Decent Homes Standard, Fuel Poverty, SAP and the Housing Health and Safety Rating System.
The surveyor also carried out a short interview with the householder or partner (if applicable). Information was gathered on a range of issues including:
heating in the home
household demographics including information on members of the household with a disability
This information helps us to assess the housing needs of particular groups such as the elderly, families with young children, single person and low income households, as information from the social survey is cross-referenced with elements from the physical survey.This gives an indication of the types of households living in dwellings which are in the poorest condition, those that fail the Decent Homes Standard or the HHSRS, or those designated as fuel poor.
In 2016, a total of 19 surveyors were employed to work on the Survey, all of whom have worked on previous House Condition Surveys. The surveyors employed were either Environmental Health Officers, chartered surveyors or architects. Five supervisors were appointed and were responsible for quality assuring the work of the surveyors.
A training course was held in May 2016 and was conducted by staff from the Building Research Establishment (BRE), the Housing Executive’s Research Unit and the HCS supervisors. The aim of the training was to update the surveyors on changes to the form in terms of new information to be recorded and to update surveyors on enhancements to the hardware and software.
Letters and leaflets were sent to all households selected a few weeks before the surveyor calls.
If you would like further information on the survey or have any comments to make, please contact:
Project leader - Jahnet Brown
The Housing Centre
2 Adelaide Street