Fundamentals of Building Construction

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    Alicia Liebel (Edited )

    This is a good book to 'photo view' not to read to get a sense of construction in more of an actual setting. As many have said, having a background on sections and building construction is useful. I found it helpful and found some information within it that I couldn't find anywhere else during my 4.0 testing experience.

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Wow, people are adding a lot of heavy, non-ARE5.0 Handbook-recommended study materials to CE!  Fundamentals of Building Construction, the AHPP, etc.  

    I don't want to curb anyone's learning enthusiasm here, but at a point the R.O.I. of the time invested needs to be considered.

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    Briana Jones

    Kurt,

    I appreciate your insight alongside Alicia's for time and focus! It was more so just as a visual rather than a study as Alicia mentioned, so I wouldn't be dedicating a large bulk of time to it. I also have done my due dilligence in looking at posts for CE (yours including) and am looking into all the contracts more and instead of the CSI book (which you along others didn't find as useful) the CSI construction practice guide and pertaining portions of CSI project delivery. Always cross referencing with the handbook of course. Hopefully this clarifies my intent/you think it's along a promising route. I am open to all suggestions so thank you in advance both of you.

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    I'm having a T-shirt printed up just for me that reads:

    Passed the ARE on "luck" and and an "easier batch of questions"...

    Hi Briana -- I think you are on the right track regarding study materials methods.  The CSI -- I know that one can be downloaded for free -- it's a recommend source on the Handbook "short list", so I would not necessarily discount it.  I think I personally didn't get that much out of it, but -- I did read it.   I'm not a proponent of the need for endless third-party materials on 5.0, but I do think that some of the contract and delivery material from Ballast -- I had an older one had been given -- can be very helpful.  Also, and it can bore you to tears, but read and re-read the contracts, word for word.  Good luck on your exams!     

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    Marta Snow

    It seems like ALL of this book would be helpful for all 3 exams. Actually for PA too.

    I’m taking CE before PPD & PDD, do you have any pointers on what sections to focus on from the  900 pages(!)?

    I agree that this is an essential reference for gaining tons of knowledge. Fairly easy to get through.

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    Briana Jones

    Alicia,

    Thanks for the advice. I own this book, just not right in front of me right now. Any areas or chapters you would suggest one focus on?

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    Ancil Hogsed

    I have the 5th ed. of the Fundamentals of Building Construction (from Undergrad). I am wondering if it is fine as a substitute for the Olin's Construction? I noticed some differences in the TOC; but felt MEEB should handle that. 

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