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English House Condition Survey, 2005

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SN: 6105
Title: English House Condition Survey, 2005
Alternative title: EHCS
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-6105-2
Series: English Housing Survey [English House Condition Surveys, 1967-2007]
Depositor: Department for Communities and Local Government
Principal investigator(s): Department for Communities and Local Government
Data collector(s): Office for National Statistics
Miller Mitchell Burley Lane
Building Research Establishment
Valuation Office Agency


The citation for this study is:

Department for Communities and Local Government. (2016). English House Condition Survey, 2005. [data collection]. 3rd Edition. UK Data Service. SN: 6105,

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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.
The EHCS, 2005 is the third survey run on a continuous basis. The EHCS, 2005 is based on data collected in the two years of fieldwork, between April 2004 and March 2006.

For the third 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:
The EHCS consists of a number of component surveys:

Interview Survey
An interview is first conducted with the householder. The interview topics include: household characteristics, satisfaction with the home and the area, disability and adaptations to the home, work done to the property and income details.

Physical Survey
The interview is followed by a visual inspection of the property, both internally and externally, by a qualified surveyor. Data collected include the number and type of rooms and facilities contained in the property, the condition of a wide range of aspects of the physical structure, details of the heating systems, parking provision, and assessment of neighbourhood quality.

Market Value Survey
This is a desk-based exercise providing two market valuations for each of the core cases. The first gives the market value of the property in its current condition. The second gives the valuation after necessary repairs were undertaken (if identified from the Physical survey). Valuers also provide information about the housing market in the immediate neighbourhood in which the property is situated.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: 2005
Dates of fieldwork: April 2004 - March 2006
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, 2004-2006.
Time dimensions: Repeated cross-sectional study
Sampling procedures: Multi-stage stratified random sample
stratified by tenure
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 (3rd 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)
Table Distributor Template 6105distributer.xls 108
Sampling Error Tables 6105sampling_error_tables.xls 132
Significant Change Tester Template 6105significant_change_tester.xls 21
Table Maker Template 6105table_maker.xls 72
Annual Report 6105annual_report.pdf 1023
ECH Continuous Survey Guide 6105continuous_survey_userguide.pdf 339
Fuel Poverty Dataset Documentation 6105fuel_poverty_documentation.pdf 162
Headline Report 6105headline_report.pdf 342
Interview Survey Documentation 6105is_documentation.pdf 523
Market Value Survey Questionnaire 2004-2005 6105mvs_questionnaire_2004_05.pdf 185
Significance Testing and Confidence Intervals Guidance 6105significance_and_confidence_intervals.pdf 245
Survey Instructions 6105survey_instructions.pdf 270
Technical Report 6105technical_report.pdf 889
Variable Names 2004-2005 6105varnames2004_05.pdf 6958
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_6105_Information.htm 6
READ File read6105.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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