IBC expectations



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    Rebekka O'Melia

    Yes, for the exam you need to know the difference between a fire barrier and a partition, and sprinklers vs hallway length.  I would read the ENTIRE Chapter of:  Chapter 3 - Occupancy & Use, Ch 5 - General Bldg Hts & Areas, Ch 6 - Types of Construction, and Ch 10 - Means of Egress.  Reading the building code will really help you understand not only what the code requirements are, but understanding WHY.  Understanding all the exceptions and getting an overview of the code is really important.  Chapter 7 is Fire and Smoke Protection Features might be good too.  

    Hope this helps!

    Rebekka O'Melia, B.Arch, M. Ed, Registered Architect, NCARB, ​​Step Up ARE Coaching​​​


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    Hi Shikha,

    In preparation for the ARE, I wouldn't worry about memorizing specific code sections, rather, focus on understanding the concepts and topics that are covered in the IBC, how to navigate the document (for case studies), and how to apply code charts and tables to a specific situation. If a question requires detail code information to answer correctly, that information will be provided to you in the question or as an exhibit. The ARE is not going to assess your memorization of the code. 

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    Cassandra Cook

    Shikha you will need to know what the sections are and what charts to look at for what information.  If you don't know these off the top of your head you will waste a ton of time searching, spoken from experience.  Don't forget that there is a search option in the IBC references that help a great deal, but you need to know what to search for.

    I've had fill in the answer questions that ask you what hour the fire separation between certain assemblies or for certain circumstances without provided references...meaning you actually are expected to memorize parts of the code.

    Worse case scenario is that you mark the question and when you get to the case study look up the answer in the provided IBC reference...provided you do this before you take a break.

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    Miko Saleeby


    It's Miko. How far are you in the exams? I am taking PA, failed once already :(

    Can you get work experience with the codes? I do a lot of that at my new firm. Working on it everyday helps and working with experience code architects is a big help. Take care

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