I passed PPD this week. If I can describe the content of this exam, it is that it is very broad, but very shallow. Instead of suggesting the most important topics to study for this exam, I'm going to suggest what are the most important study resources.
This is my second to last exam (only PDD to go), and having completed all of the others, I can say that this exam really builds on all of the others. So, doing this exam as one of your first is probably not the best idea.
Architects Studio Companion: Read this cover to cover (skipping all of the Canadian Building Code stuff, of course). All of the info on how to size structure, skip it. All of the info on how to size mechanical systems, skip it.
Building Codes Illustrated: Chapters 3, 5, 6, and 10. Much of this is covered in ASC, but BCI is a better study resource. It can't hurt to study from BCI, then go to ASC for review.
FEMA - Designing for Earthquakes: Chapter 5 for sure and Chapter 4 should be skimmed.
Youtube Videos: Search for Mike Ermann and watch everything on his channel. These were fantastic for understanding fundamentals of air conditioning, lighting types, electricity, plumbing, and construction techniques. Seriously, these were great.
Ballast 5.0: I have access to all of the Ballast/PPI 5.0 materials and these were pretty good resources, especially for the site planning and design topics. The Site Planning & Design Handbook would be a good alternative to using Ballast/PPI.
Good luck to all!
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