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  5th House Condition Survey results

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The latest House Condition Survey was undertaken between September 2015 and June 2016. 560 houses were sampled from 13 areas across New Zealand, providing national coverage of owned and rented houses. More information on the sampling frame, survey method and survey tools can be found here.  

Trained surveyors undertake a comprehensive assessment of the physical properties of the house, recording details on materials, systems and services present, energy efficiency (insulation and heating), signs of damp and mould, the condition of individual components and an overall assessment of state of repair. 

Up to 49 individual components of the house are assessed using the following condition ratings: 

  • Serious – health and safety implications; needs immediate attention.
  • Poor – needs attention within 3 months.
  • Moderate – will need attention within the next 2 years.
  • Good – very few defects; near-new condition.
  • Excellent – no defects; as-new condition. 

House condition survey physical house assessment

Figure 1. Areas of houses examined in the on-site assessment. Within each of these a number of features are individually assessed [Source: BRANZ House Condition Survey 2015/16]. 

The main findings from the latest survey, completed in 2015/16, were: 

All house condition survey reports
Other research programme reports

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The difference we make 

HCS 280.JPG BRANZ research provided evidence to support Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) changes that are expected to lead to 180,000 properties being insulated by 2019. Installation of underfloor and ceiling insulation is projected to save 129 lives per year as well as $114.6 million per year in avoided healthcare costs.

Click here to view our house condition survey brag sheet