In Fitwel, there are three key occupant terms that you should become familiar with:
Regular Occupants are the total number of habitual users of areas within the project boundary and represent the group(s) of people directly impacted by the strategies pursued. The number or regular occupants is defined case by case and, depending on the scorecard, may or may not be the same as the total number of building/site occupants. For more information on how to define the regular occupants of your project, see the "Fitwel Building Scorecards: A Visualization" section of the Fitwel 2023 Submission Workbook (starting on page 17). Fitwel's Submission Workbook is available here for free download.
** If your workplace has implemented a hybrid work at home/office model, please note that we still require that projects count the number of regular occupants as the number of employees with consistent access to the space (assuming there are no local occupancy restrictions due to a local public health mandate). Due to the fact that occupancy numbers fluctuate, we expect projects to possess amenities and facilities that account for all occupants who have access to them.
Building Occupants refer to the number of habitual users of the entire building or site, which includes all tenants and occupants of owner-controlled areas, including on-site building staff. The total number of occupants may be estimated using full-time equivalent figures used for code or zoning filing. (Note: transitional occupants, such as visitors or subway commuters passing through a portion of the building/site are not considered occupants.)
On-Site Building Staff
Generally, on-site building staff are the regular occupants of base building areas, and may include both part-time and full-time staff, such as building employees, security, reception, janitorial, and/or engineering staff working in owner-controlled areas. Building staff does not include tenants of rented/leased spaces. On-site building staff hired by third party companies may be excluded from certain strategies, but their workspaces and shared common areas must be accounted for in relevant strategies.