Preparing for PPD - Construction Types

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    Katelyn Wasser

    I failed PDD as well, do you have similar stuff you'll be focusing on for that exam? I love the idea of construction type charting for PPD.

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    Johanna Glinsboeckel

    Would you be willing/able to share your chart?  I miss all the candidate developed study material that was available for 4.0! 

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    Daniel Spilman

    Great feedback Ellen. Thanks for sharing. 

    Johanna, I'm assuming Ellen is referring to the construction type charts that can be found in the IBC. 

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    Alejandra Hernandez

    Congrats Ellen!!

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    Alejandro Garcia Lastra Nunez

    I have found this link that explains somehow the construction types:

     

    https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/sfm/programs-services/Documents/Sprinkler%20Applications/ConstructionTypeDefinitions.pdf

     

    I have PPD in one week and PDD next day. Fingers crossed!

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    Anuradha Vaddadi

    Thanks for sharing Alejandro.

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    Jonathan Chertok

    i’m wondering if ellen is still around on this one. presumably she has co-ordinated/collated more information than is in Table 601 fire resistive rating requirements for building elements?
    alejandro’s link is /excellent/ but i am wondering if there may be a little more coordination or study here that might be helpful. any specific citation for pages in the primary source material or in ballast? any notes someone has put together on this?
    also, is there a way to get a general idea of what type of question would be good to study?
    also, if i recollect correctly there was a lost (by daniel) that clarified that type A is a rated building and type B is unrated building and tbar while speinkkered buildings are rated (type A), type A buildingns sren’t necessarily speinklered (probably butched that but not sure if i can find it in my notes immediately)...
    thanks.

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    Ellen McCormick

    Hi - I'm still around although I'm now finished with the AREs (!) - just trying to now pass the California Supplemental.  What I meant in my original comment is that reviewing Chapter 5 of the IBC, specifically the tables on Building Heights/Areas is very useful.  I cross referenced it (mostly in my own cryptic hand writing) with the Construction Types section of IBC (Chapter 6) and just spent time thinking about how and why a certain type of building can have a greater area or height - not memorizing - but trying the understand the relationships between heights and areas and types of construction.  The code doesn't necessarily prescribe exactly what the materials are, instead it refers to combustibility and non-combustibility.  So, in my own head, I was forced to think about what those construction types might be in real life and what kind of buildings are made from each type.

    Anyway, that's just a background to say that by doing that, when I got to the exam and saw the IBC tables from Chapters 5 and 6 - it was all very familiar and I could just respond so much faster than my first time taking the exam.

    For the record, I've never had to take any exam more than twice! : )  Good luck!!

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