Space utilisation is a measure of whether and how space is being used.
The utilisation rate is a function of a frequency rate and an occupancy rate.
The frequency rate measures the proportion of time that space is used compared to its availability, and the occupancy rate measures how full the space is compared to its capacity.
Utilisation rates can be assessed in terms of both actual use and predicted use.
Strategic role Space utilisation is a strategically important space management measure.
Utilisation studies provide information on how space is being used and help to inform decisions about the type and scale of facilities needed.
They raise questions about the most effective use of resources. If space is not being used, is it needed and does it need to be funded? Could the resources consumed by under-used space be better directed elsewhere?