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English House Condition Survey – 2007 Annual Report
Article Type: Newsbriefs From: Structural Survey, Volume 28, Issue 2
Keywords:Energy efficiency, England, Homes, Survey
The detailed findings from the 2007 survey on the housing conditions and energy performance of the stock have been published. The report included the following highlights: The energy efficiency of the housing stock has steadily improved from 42 SAP points in 1996 to 50 in 2007; in 2007, 41 per cent of homes were in the more efficient Energy Efficient Rating Bands A-D compared with only 19 per cent of homes in 1996; the proportion of homes in the least energy efficient Bands F and G nearly halved over this period (from 36 per cent to 19 per cent); Social sector homes were more energy efficient with a SAP rating of 58 compared with 48 for the private sector and the rate of energy efficiency improvement since 1996 has been greater in the social sector; housing conditions for private sector “vulnerable” households have improved year on year since 2001, although private tenants remain more likely to live in non-decent homes accommodation than vulnerable owners (52 per cent compared to 35 per respectively).
The services and amenities homes provide continued to improve. They were more likely to have a second WC (9.0 million) and a second bath/shower (4.6 million) than in1996. Smoke alarms were present in the houses of 85 per cent of households in 2007, up from 67 per cent in 1996. Of the social households, 88 per cent had smoke alarms compared to 85 per cent private sector households.