Relevant chapters from IBC

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    Mitulkumar Patel

    Neha,

    I don't think they want you to know or even read the book. You should be able to find the information in the code book.  This is based on my experience in other division.  Typically when they want you to look up stuff in the IBC.  However, based on what i read in this forum, you should know ADA clearances.  

    Mitul

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    David Kaplan

    Neha,

    I would recommend understanding Chapter 3 - Use Groups, Chapter 5 - how to calculate total allowable area of a building and understanding separated mixed use occupancies, Chapter 6 - Construction Types (just know what they are), Chapter 10 - basic egress design (how many exits needed in a space?  how many fire stairs does a building need?  how many occupants are in this room?  Chapter 11 is Accessibility, but if you go into this with ADA understood well (as mentioned above) you should be good.  You should have a good understanding of accessible routes and what is required for them.  Where should accessible parking be located?  How many ADA parking stalls do you need?  How many accessible entrances do you need into a building?

    The PA test is more or less at the "macro level" of design.  You're just starting to design the building footprint and starting to make the major code decisions of the building. 

    Hope that helps.

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    Neha Sadruddin

    Thank you Mitulkumar and David! Y'all have been super helpful! Professionally, my focus is on interiors, so I'm freaking out about this division since I lack experience in this area. So I appreciate your assistance!

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    David Kaplan

    ^^I strongly recommend Building Codes Illustrated.  It is a graphic depiction of each code section and really gives a good explanation of the codes.  I personally handle all of the code research in my office.  When I first got assigned this position, the first thing I did was buy this book so I could teach myself the codes.  Best thing I ever did.  Good book to have even if you don't need it so much for your job.

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    Neha Sadruddin

    Thank you David, I just got the book!

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    David Kaplan

    You won't be sorry.  It's a great resource for codes.  Spend some time with Chapter 5, really understanding how one defines the construction type of the building (Table 503).  Learn how to use that, learn about sprinkler and frontage increases.  With your field being solely in interiors work, I imagine that you might not get much of this.  In fact if there's someone in your office that could do a quick example of how to use this, that would be beneficial.  It's simple enough to do, but easier if someone can explain it to you.

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    Neha Sadruddin

    Thanks David, will definitely pay closer attention to the chapters you've specified. 

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    Mitulkumar Patel

    Thanks David, differently helps knowing the specifics. Do they get into mix construction type for area calc or just want to know if you can use the formula?

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    David Kaplan

    Mitulkumar,

    You definitely should know about separated mixed uses, in particular when dealing with Table 508.4 and the ratings required between use groups.  I suppose it's possible that you could get a question where you have to tackle the maximum size building with separated mixed uses.  I personally did not have to, but I don't see why that couldn't show up on someone's exam.  I would recommend understanding how to go about that. 

    If you understand the formula and the concept behind making sure that the ratios are less than 1, you're probably good to go.

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