I've now taken and failed both PDD and PPD. Both exams had a fair amount of questions on estimating and life cycle costing but I've not found a good resource for these from the NCARB recommended study materials. Does anyone have a good resource for quickly figuring material square footages? I know some rule of thumb techniques, but I'm hoping for something a bit more defined so that I'm not just making assumptions at the test center.
It would also be helpful to find some examples for assessing life cycle costs. I've found snippets of info in AGS and BCI relating to the definition, but I've not found any examples for figuring these (ie. initial cost, maintenance cost, lifetime, salvage, etc.). I've answered these the best I could on the tests, but I just find myself making educated guesses. It seems like these questions are being derived from some resource.
Additionally, I've been caught a couple times completely unprepared for reading lighting cut sheets and determining fixture spacing. I have MEEB but have not been able to link the calculations in that book into reading a cut sheet and determining light fixture spacing. This begins to scratch the surface, but did not go deep enough to help me on the tests.
Any help is appreciated! I test again in a month!
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