Parametric assessment of the quality of the housing environment of selected areas in the small towns in the Subcarpathian Voivodeship using the integrated quality indicator

Justyna Kobylarczyk, Dominika Kuśnierz-Krupa, Marcin Furtak, Marzena Nowak-Ocłoń



This paper presents a method of assessing housing environment quality using the Integrated Quality Index (IQI) defined and tested by the authors. This method complements the previously used descriptive and/or parametric methods. Both methods are not fully effective in a comparative diagnosis of areas and in determining which of them can provide higher quality. This is due, among other things, to the different weighting of the individual factors that are rated and which make up the final (resultant) assessment. The aim of the study was to demonstrate that by using a single comparative indicator, defined by the authors as the IQI, it is possible to obtain an objectified assessment that takes into account parametric ratings of all the factors analysed with appropriate weights. This removes the ambiguity in the comparison of quality ratings of different housing areas. A higher IQI value means a higher quality housing environment. This indicator makes it possible to assess the quality of the human housing environment to a greater extent than with a descriptive and parametric assessment separate for each factor. For this reason, in addition to its academic value, the method presented in this paper also has a practical value – it facilitates unambiguous conclusions and, consequently, the pursuit of improved housing conditions, which has an undeniable impact on further research into the topic under discussion.

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