The building occupants are an important source of heat gain. Different buildings have different occupancy rates based on building use type and the activity involved. The default occupant density (occupied) values are taken from ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2013 User’s Manual Table G-C and engineering standard practices (as indicated in the table below).
The platform converts these standards (ft2 or m2 per person) to Total Occupant (number of people) value based on your building's floor area (ft2 or m2). This allows users to enter Full Time Equivalent (FTE) to best indicate building operations.
Total Occupants - Total number of people during occupied hours. Additionally, an hourly profile can be customized with a dedicated occupancy schedule.