Comfort index of main family dwellings

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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:
  • 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
Medium 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
High level amenities:
  • 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.

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