This is the first detailed report of findings relating to the housing stock from the English housing survey, and builds on results reported in the ‘English housing survey 2008 to 2009: headline report’ published in February 2010 (available on the National Archive).
The ‘English housing survey 2008 to 2009: household report’ was also published on 27 October 2010.
The main findings of the report are:
- in 2008 there were around 22.2 million dwellings in England; over 1 in 5 (21%) were built before 1919
- since 2001 there has been a significant reduction in the amount of disrepair in the stock; private-rented dwellings, converted flats and dwellings in city centres improved most; however the average repair costs for these groups of dwellings were still higher than for other groups in 2008
- the energy efficiency (SAP) rating of the housing stock steadily improved from a mean of 42 SAP points in 1996 to 51 in 2008
- the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions associated with heating and lighting the home averaged 6.3 tonnes per year for each dwelling in 2008; the social sector accounted for only 11% of the total CO2 emissions associated with heating and lighting
- following the Energy Performance Certificate methodology, the survey estimated that 20.1 million dwellings could benefit from one or more cost-effective improvement measures, such as loft and cavity wall insulation, upgraded boilers and heating controls
- if all these improvements were carried out, the mean SAP rating would increase by more than 11 points and, potentially, CO2 emissions for heating and lighting the home could fall by 26%
An errata was published on 19 January 2011. This note presents revisions made to data published in the ‘English housing survey 2008: housing stock report’.