Passed PA

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    Mitulkumar Patel

    Congrats Sarah!! this was very helpful.  I am planing on taking this one again at the end of the month.  I was under the impression that this test would be testing our ability analyze the site and building was not the case for me it was more about memorizing numbers then anything else.  what resources did you use for sustainable practices? I am flipping though LEED stuff but I think I might be going too deep into it.

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    Sarah Long

    I think you definitely do need to know about analyzing site, building placement on site and existing building conditions - but I know each test has a range of percentages that are covered in each “objective” category so yours could have been more focused on codes and regulations! LEED is probably a little more specific than you need, but should still cover what you need to know. I didn’t study anything specifically about sustainability but just looked up certain topics on-line based on what I came across taking practice tests (if you do this obviously make sure you’re reading from a reliable source). I did take a LEED course in the past so that probably helped me as well. Sorry that’s not super helpful but maybe someone has made some suggestions on another post!

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    Dhara Goradia

    Hello!  Thanks for the tips.  What did you study for contaminants and remediation? I am finding that Ballast isn't great for that either.  And asbestos related info?

    Thanks!

     

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    Dhara Goradia

    Hello!  Thanks for the tips.  What did you study for contaminants and remediation? I am finding that Ballast isn't great for that either.  And asbestos related info?

    Thanks!

     

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    Mitulkumar Patel

    Also know about radon built up. I just came from test. Had 2 questions regarding radons.

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    Sarah Long

    Hi Dhara and Mitulkumar, maybe look at EPA and ESA guidelines and resources. I know in general through from talking to one of my principals that the danger with radon is primarily airborne and that asbestos is usually better left alone if encapsulated. Unfortunately I don't really have a resource I used for reading up on these, and some practical experience helped me out here. When you are taking practice tests, any time you come across a contaminant/remediation question that you don't know about, do some on-online research -- that helped me familiarize with enough topics to do pretty well on those for the test. 

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    Yohai Ben David

    "I found another couple of resources on soils and foundations" 

    Sarah can you please name them?

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    Sharla Livingston

    I found a lot of asbestos information online.

    https://www.radford.edu/content/ehs/home/programs/industrial-hygiene/asbestos.html

    is one general information source I found. I know I read from a couple of sources, but can not seem to find the link right now.

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    Sarah Long

    For soils and foundations I read a chapter out of a book a coworker brought in from her building systems class, sorry I do not know the title or author.

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    Sogol Alesafar

    Hi Sarah,

    Did you study AHPP (The Architects Handbook of Professional Practice) for this exam? I have heard that certain chapters from this book should be studied for PA but after reading the first 10 pages of chapter 4, I'm finding it very long and tedious and to me maybe a bit irrelevant to some extent? This is my first exam in ARE 5.0 and I'm truly lost on which study materials I should be looking at. Can you please list the resources you went through for PA?

    Your advise will truly be appreciated. 

    Best

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    David Kaplan

    SA,

    I personally did not study AHPP for PA.  I took PA, PPD, and PDD under 5.0, having done my other tests under 4.0, and have completed the ARE process.  I can tell you that I did not once look at AHPP for any of those exams. I don't even own the book.

    I posted my PA study approach here, scroll down past the part where I compare 4.0 to 5.0 and you'll see my full breakdown of PA.  Hope this helps:

    https://are5community.ncarb.org/hc/en-us/community/posts/360000009867-4-0-5-0-Transition-advice 

     

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    Sarah Long

    In addition to what David has already said...
    Depending on your budget for study materials, I highly recommend Black Spectacle. You certainly don’t need it to pass, but that, and the Ballast review manual were my primary studying resources. I’d suggest you start with either of those.

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