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Hi Israel, your answer of A.Type I-A is correct, however it says to choose 3 answers of building types that the architect could consider using that would allow them the max # of stories . Answers B,C,D are capped at 5 or 4 stories for an R-2 sprinklered building, whereas all the answers containing Type I-A within the building type allow for at least 6. You have to go through the calculation to determine what the gross square footage is, and how many stories are allowed based on the FAR.

I see where you're coming from though, the developer could opt to not build on the entirety of the site, which would mean they could add more stories to build out the entirety of their allowed 35,700sf. The question mentions an 85' building height limit, but fails to give any further information on how we should use that information, and they don't even use it in the calculations. But my initial thinking is that with an 85' height limit, you're looking at smaller and smaller floor-to-floor heights the more stories you add, which ends up becoming unrealistic.

• Your exactly right how is one supposed to know that one will opt to built out on the entire buildable area.If this is any indication how Ncarb formulates their exam question then I believe this is extremely unfair to us We should be able to voice our frustration directly to Ncarb.

• The scenario does say they want the maximum height and the neighborhood is high density.  Type I is going to let you build higher/taller than Type II, and so on down...  And 85' definitely makes 8 floors easily possible for R construction.  BUT in this case the FAR being 3.5 is the more limiting factor.  The 35,700sf max ÷ 5,600 sf max footprint per floor = 6 stories or less.

That's a pretty lengthy question for the ARE.  I'm unsure where you'd find the 'podium' info.

Rebekka O'Melia, Registered Architect, NCARB, B. Arch, M. Ed, Step UP,  Step UP ARE 5.0 Courses