A BRE Trust report published in February 2020, The Housing Stock of The United Kingdom, combines the findings of housing condition surveys in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in a single UK-wide report, featured by Designing Buildings Wiki (DBW) – host platform for the IHBC’s Conservation Wiki.
With a legacy of massive house building during the industrial revolution, the UK’s housing stock is the oldest in Europe – probably the world – and is only very slowly being replaced. Older homes often present challenges when making them healthy, safe and suitable for the future. Housing condition surveys provide the detailed information needed to inform the housing policies required to deliver better homes.
Surveys in the four UK nations are conducted separately over different timescales, with different sampling criteria and survey techniques. However, the key information they use to describe housing in the four nations is comparable, and in 2017 the four surveys were – for the first time in nine years – all being conducted during the same year.
- Dwelling age and type, size, construction and materials.
- Indicators of housing quality and condition.
- Heating, fuel type, insulation and energy efficiency.
- The cost of poor housing.
- Insights into the differences between the four nations’ housing stocks.
The report finds that: “UK housing stock is changing very slowly over time and it is clear that substantial replacement by newbuild is not an option. Improving our existing dwellings does not, however, need to be overly expensive and has multiple benefits to society as a whole, both economic and social. It is also more sustainable.”
You can download the report here: https://files.bregroup.com/bretrust/The-Housing-Stock-of-the-United-Kingdom_Report_BRE-Trust.pdf