Comfort index of main family dwellings
In order to synthesise the main characteristics, installations and services of dwellings, each installation or service and the selected characteristics were classified into 3 categories: basic, medium or high level.
This classification provides an index whose value is a good indication of the level of comfort or well-being that a dwelling may have or provide.
The scores assigned to main family dwellings were as follows:
Basic level amenities:
Medium level amenities:
- Running water (in all cases): 1
- Dwelling built between 1960 and 1990: 1
- No heating but with a mobile or fixed device to raise the temperature: 1
- No central hot water (but does have hot water) : 1
- No Internet or telephone in the dwelling (landline or mobile) but the building has a telephone line: 1
- Between 19.4 and 45.8m2 per person: 1
- Between 0.28 and 1.05 people per room: 1
- No lift but the entrance hall is accessible: 1
High level amenities:
- Dwelling built after 1990: 2
- Heating: 2
- Central hot water: 2
- Only 1 bathroom: 2
- Gas supplied by pipe in the building but not in the dwelling: 2
- A telephone in the dwelling (landline or mobile) but no Internet: 2
- More than 45.8m2 per person: 2
- Less than 0.28 people per room: 2
- Has a lift but the entrance hall is not accessible: 2
- Garage: 2
- 2 or more bathrooms: 3
- Gas supplied by pipe in the dwelling: 3
- Internet: 3
- Has a lift and the entrance hall is accessible: 3
According to these scores, the maximum value that a dwelling can have is 27. To facilitate the processing of the index, the scores assigned were converted to a scale of 100.
We consider the dwelling to have a low comfort level when the index is below 50 points, medium comfort between 50 and 75, and high comfort above 75.