ARE Demonstration Exam - Correct Responses

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    Michael Hill

    In Case Study #1 answers: The building efficiency factor is a measurement of Usable Square Footage/ Gross Square footage. I am confused about how this can be taken into consideration for cost savings since the building's program and square footage hasn't changed. 

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    NCARB

    Hey Michael,

    I can help with this! Per the question, the client does not want to change the program, so the building needs to become more efficient (same NSF, lower GSF). By reducing GSF, the overall cost of the project will be reduced by $500/SF. 

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    Michael Hill

    Thanks, NCARB but just a heads up so others don't get confused. The cost is $500/SF and the reduction is $2,000,000.

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    Blecille Jardinico (Edited )

    Where can I find the correct answers?  The link above does not take you to the ARE Handbook, it takes you to the ARE Guidelines and it doesn't contain the answers.  Can you direct me to it please?

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    NCARB

    Hi Blecille,

    Here is a link to the ARE Handbook. Also, the link in the above post has been updated. Thanks for the heads up!

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    Youstina Youssef

    Hi,

    For Case study #2 question below, I'm trying to get to the 420 hours answered but however I solve it I get 430 hours. 

    At the current pace of work, how many project hours will remain after completion of construction documents?"

    • 420 hours

     

    Answer approach:

    Remaining CD work 20% x 952 budgeted hours = 190.4 hours needed for 100% CD

    Hours over/ under for CD = 152 hours remaining at 80% CD - 190.4 hours = -38.4 hours

    Hours remaining after CD = (-22 hrs SD)+(-105 hrs DD)+(-38.4 hrs CD)+119 hrs Bid + 476 hrs CA = 429.6 hours

       

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    Daniel Magharious

    Case study #2, I get 430 hours as well.

    Rational is :

    - If he/she's at 80%, it means that at the current pace he/she's 4% over, which means 38 hours over.

    - Total of hours over are: 38 + 105 + 22 = 165.

    - Hours remaining at current pace: Remaining phases (595) - Total of hours over (165) = 430 hours.

    Please let us know what's NCARB Rational. 

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    Michael Shapiro

    Youstina and Daniel, I believe the emphasis is current pace.

    If 80% of the CD phase so far took 800 hours, then with that current pace, 100% would be 1000 hours. 

    260 (SD) + 700 (DD) + 1000 (CD) = 1960 hours spent to date after completion of CD phase at the current pace.

    2380 (total hours budgeted) - 1960 (hours spent to date) = 420 hours remaining

    That's how I solved it. I'm guessing that's what NCARB had in mind. Good luck to us all!

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    Elsiana Zhaka

    I am a bit confused.  Is there a reason to not provide a list of correct and incorrect questions at the end of the demo exam so that we have an idea of how we performed?  

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    NCARB

    Hi Elsiana,

    The ARE Handbook contains correct responses and rationales for 65 out of the 75 items that are included on the demo exam. The correct responses for the remaining 10 items are located in this post. We plan to add these 10 items to future Handbook releases.  

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