Building Construction Illustrated as a Resource

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    Erica Spayd

    Hi Mary, if you have access to Architectural Graphic Standards, you might take a flip through that as well, and don't discount the written material in that book. The intro paragraphs for each section offer quite a bit of info on advantages and disadvantages of both materials and systems within - cast in place vs. tilt up vs. CMU, etc. There are also tables listing out various types of structural systems and key attributes - span limitations, sound transmission, fire resistance, etc. These should be of great help.

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    Julie Jacob

    I completely agree with Mary. I am also studying for PPD and PDD together and cannot find any single source that will give you any information on the areas that NCARB tests you. Will check out Architectural Graphic as mentioned.

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    Mary

    Julie, if you are still studying (I sure am!) I have found that MEEB has a lot of this information after all. Obviously only when it comes to building systems, not types of construction, but it is really helpful. It pretty much goes through a subject, like hot water heaters, and instead of just explaining the different types (like BCI) it list advantages and disadvantages and which buildings would use each system, which is what we seem to get tested on. I think using BCI for simpler easy to follow illustrations combined with MEEB is helpful. I bought an old used copy on Amazon for $15, it's a great resource as many have mentioned in these posts. Still need to review Graphic Standards though, haven't cracked that open yet.

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    Julie Jacob

    I have Meeb and I will defenitely be checking out this book. Thanks Mary

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    Daniel Ostfeld

    Mary and Julie,

    I'm in the same boat as you, studying for PPD & PDD & PA together, although took PPD yesterday. I would highly recommend to read Fundamentals of Building Construction. Its almost like IBC but more of a text book with some interesting facts and info that is hard to get only reading IBC. 

    Hope it helps!!!

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    Cullen Hollyn Taub

    I have found Architects Studio Companion to be a great resource for both systems and structures. 

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    Richard Wilson

    The ARA 5.0 Handbook has a typo in it for one of the reference books. It should be 'Building Code Illustrated.'

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    Ryan NCARB

    Hey Richard,

    Make sure you are using the most recent version of the ARE 5.0 Handbook!  Check out more HERE.

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