I took PPD yesterday, and passed to my thorough delight, which leaves me one test [CE] left. (Scheduling it for 6/29) The following, along with about 10 years practice was my prep for PPD (in its entirety):
Building Codes Illustrated (Ching) - Heavy on knowing where to find what you need quickly is essential for case studies. I actually didn't have to skim any of the resources, just started reading the questions since I'm familiar with the code and searched for the sections with the pertinent info. http://down.ebook777.com/032/1119150922.pdf
Building Construction Illustrated (Ching) - Cover to cover, seriously. I hate to read, but the illustrations and notes kept me engaged sufficiently to not fall asleep whenever I picked it up. If you don't understand a concept/why it is the way it's shown, it's a good indicator of something you need to dive into. https://archive.org/details/FrancisD.K.ChingBuildingConstructionIllustratedWiley2014
Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings (MEEB) - Browse the Diagrams in sections for Electrical, IAQ & Acoustics, if you don't understand a diagram, good cue to study up what it is. MEEB is repleat with information, but no sense in a cover to cover if you understand the concepts. https://archive.org/details/Wiley.Mechanical.12th.Edition.Oct.2014.ISBN.1118615905
FEMA puts out a "Designing for Earthquakes Manual" - https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/20130726-1556-20490-5679/fema454_complete.pdf - This is gold for understanding structural concepts and why buildings fail. Free info, you'll not be sorry.
Architects Studio Companion - This is great for Structural Systems, Mechanical, Building types and code related yumminess. It's succinct and to be used as a reference for everyday practice. https://archive.org/details/The_Architects_Studio_Companion_Rules_of_Thumb_for_Preliminary_Design_5th_Editio
Architectural Graphic Standards - Great for ADA, Building Systems, Seismic, Site Planning.
Finally, I skim a lot. While studying if there's a concept I understand, I move on. Illustrations, Diagrams and pictures with captions stick very well in my head so I can recall them with pertinent information quickly. Finished PPD with 1h:15m left on the clock. ARE 5.0 is set up to be understood by my graphic mind, for me so much better than 4.0 Good luck tackling this beast!
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