What does variable occupancy do?
Variable occupancy is an improved approach to the seasonal occupancy option which allows users to specify that certain months are non-operating (e.g., schools may be shut down over summer break). Variable occupancy also offers greater flexibility by allowing users to specify the percent of days within specific months which follow the general occupancy and operation schedule defined in the standard occupancy inputs. One hundred percent indicates the building or use area operates all days of that type during the month according the standard schedule. Zero percent indicates the building (use area) is either non-operating (shut down) or in a low occupancy state (occupied at the low occupancy and equipment use level) for all days of that type during the month. For any value between 0% and 100%, FEDS will multiply that value by the actual number of days of that type in the month and model the resulting number of days (rounded to the nearest whole day) as operating according to the standard schedule. The remainder of the days of that type in the month will be deemed either non-operating or at low occupancy (depending on the selection of non-operating period status type). As a convention, FEDS will model the first X days in the month as occupied and operating to the standard schedule, and the remaining days of that type in the month as non-operating or at low occupancy. The variable occupancy capability provides significant modeling flexibility and is particularly useful in modeling occupancy and building operation that varies within the course of a month, such as for National Guard or Reserve buildings that may only be heavily occupied on certain weekends through much of the year.
Another option for even greater control over building and use-area operation and occupancy (for each hour of the year) is also available. Contact FEDS Support for more information if interested in using this approach.