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English House Condition Survey, 1996: Derived Data

Title details

SN: 6101
Title: English House Condition Survey, 1996: Derived Data
Alternative title: EHCS
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-6101-2
Series: English House Condition Survey [English House Condition Surveys, 1967-2007]
Depositor: Department for Communities and Local Government
Principal investigator(s): Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions


The citation for this study is:

Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions. (2016). English House Condition Survey, 1996: Derived Data. [data collection]. 2nd Edition. UK Data Service. SN: 6101,

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The English House Condition Survey (EHCS) was a national survey of housing in England, commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). The survey was originally called the National House Condition Survey and covered England and Wales. The information obtained through the survey provides an accurate picture of the type, condition and energy efficiency of housing in England, the people living there, and their views on housing and their neighbourhoods. The survey covers all tenure types.

The EHCS ran quinquennially from 1967-2001. From 2002, the survey moved to a continuous basis and the data were provided as a two-year rolling sample of approximately 16,000 cases (i.e. the data for 2003 cover information collected from April 2002 to March 2004, data for 2004 comprise information collected from April 2003 to March 2005). From April 2008, the EHCS merged with the Survey of English Housing (SEH) (available at the UK Data Archive under GN 33277) to form the English Housing Survey (EHS) (available at the Archive under GN 33422).

Further information can be found on the English House Condition Survey and English Housing Survey web pages.
EHCS, 1996: Derived Data contains just the derived data files but these can be used in conjunction with the continuous survey data for time series analysis (available from the UKDA under SNs 6102-6106).

For the second edition (March 2016), a new variable, SAP12, was added to the physical file, to reflect updated methodology for calculating Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) energy performance assessments.

Main Topics:
Topics covered include:
  • household characteristics
  • valuation of the dwelling
  • the condition of a wide range of aspects of the physical structure
  • assessment of neighbourhood quality
Standard measures:
Decent home indicators
Standard Assessment Procedures (SAP)
Equivalised Income

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: 1996
Country: England
Spatial units: Government Office Regions
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Numeric data
Alpha/numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: National
Dwellings and their occupants in England, 1996.
Time dimensions: Repeated cross-sectional study
Sampling procedures: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview
Surveyor property inspection; Desk based property valuation
Weighting: Weighting used. See documentation for details

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 05 March 2009
Latest edition: 21 March 2016 (2nd Edition)
Copyright: Crown copyright material is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen's Printer for Scotland
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage. See terms and conditions of access for further information.
Availability: UK Data Service
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Title File Name Size (KB)
EHCS 1996 Summary 6101ehcs_1996_summary.pdf 478
Houses in Multiple Occupation 6101houses_in_multiple_occupation_in_the_private_rented_sector.pdf 1234
Information note 1 6101information_note1_what_is_in_the_1996_ehscs.pdf 150
Information note 2 6101information_note2_introducing_the_1996_ehcs.pdf 147
Information note 3 6101information_note3_disseminating_the_1996_ehcs.pdf 199
Information note 4 6101information_note4_data_quality.pdf 155
Information note 5 6101information_note5_estimating_repair_costs.pdf 142
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_6101_Information.htm 6
READ File read6101.htm 10


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By principal investigator(s):
Links to online publications associated with the survey can be found on the DCLG EHCS Reports web page.

Resulting from secondary analysis:
Viggers, H., Keall, M., Wickens,K. and Howden-Chapman,P. (2017) 'Increased house size can cancel out the effect of improved insulation on overall heating energy requirements', Energy Policy, 107, pp.248-257. ISSN 0301-4215. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2017.04.045. Retrieved August 10th 2017, from


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