A new framework for housing quality, released in June 2019, establishes a broad understanding of what is meant by ‘housing quality’ and will be useful across the New Zealand data system. The framework will support standardisation in the way information on housing quality is collected, which will benefit policymaking, research initiatives, and statistical outputs. Until now, there has been no agreed definition of housing quality, either nationally or internationally.
The new framework brings together and defines four interrelated elements of housing quality: housing habitability, housing functionality, environmental sustainability, and social and cultural sustainability. By taking a people-centred approach – incorporating things like cultural values and community connections, alongside physical considerations like design and construction – the framework provides a fuller picture of what ‘housing quality’ really means to New Zealanders.