PPD Pass and DONE with AREs!

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    Adelina Koleva

    Hi Chris -

    CONGRATULATIONS! I failed PPD too earlier this year. I'm preparing to retake that end of this month and also PDD a couple of weeks after that. Then, with some luck, I'm done!

    One thing I would like to ask you was about acoustical treatments versus cost.

    I really like how ASC provides a cost matrix for structure & mechanical, but I don't have anything like that for acoustics.

    Could you provide any general insights on that, or what to look for if such a question of "compare & contrast" pops up?

    Thanks very much!

    Adelina

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    Anton Gross

    Chris,

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Happy for you. Thanks for the helpful post also btw.

     

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    Christopher Bennett

    Hey @adelinakoleva , I did not read ASC in any great detail. Most of the questions that I got about cost, I did not recall ASC to be helpful. ASC was great to just overview all the general concepts. That being said, ASC was great to understand HVAC systems and when they are used. 

    Good luck!!

    C

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    Kirsten Glascock

    Congrats!!!

    I just failed PPD yesterday...at least it was good practice. I'm in search of more study material and tips so I can re-take in 60 days and hopefully pass. Came across this helpful discussion thread, and I have a few questions:

    When referring to FEMA Ch. 4 & 5, what does that mean and where is this material available? I've looked at the FEMA website but there's just so much on there and I'm not really sure what I'm looking for.

    Also, do you think it really matters what version of Building Construction Illustrates or Building Codes Illustrated, etc. I choose to read? I have access to some older publications through my office and on loan from friends, and I'm hoping that delving into some of the NCARB matrix primary resources more, even if they're older publications, will help me pass on the second try. Thanks!

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    Christopher Bennett

    Hi Kirsten, 

    Thanks! You will pass in no time! I have been where you are! 

    FEMA is here (https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/20130726-1556-20490-5679/fema454_complete.pdf). It is part of the Designing For Earthquakes text. The most useful information for architects is Chapter 4-5. It talks about soft story, shear resistance, etc. 

    The copy of Building Construction Illustrated I had was from 2001 undergrad and was great. Building Codes was current and just fine. 

    If you do get Black Spectacles - the practice tests are great! Lectures are informative but long. 

    Glad to help!

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    Joseph Osborn

    When you say the Ballast 4.0 book, which book is that specifically?

     

    Thanks

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    Kirsten Glascock

    Thanks Chris for the FEMA link and general knowledge/recommendations about helpful study materials. I do have a Black Spectacles subscription but have only listened to the lectures, so might go ahead and upgrade my subscription so I can utilize the practice tests. I’ve found with the other divisions of 4.0 I passed earlier, one of the most helpful tools was to just keep working through practice questions. Thanks for the advice, Architect!

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    Christopher Bennett

    Hey Joseph, 

    Ballast 4.0 is the old version of the ARE Review Study book. It was written by Kent Ballast, so lots of people call it 'Ballast.' There is a 5.0 version as well, but since I did the 4.0-5.0 transition, I just kept and re-read the 4.0 version. 

    C

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    Christopher Bennett

    Hey Kirsten, thanks for the nod! Yes, I would say the practice tests are always the best to do ASAP when you start studying. I always had practice questions as part of my study routine. Even if I only read a little bit, I still tried to do a few practice questions. 

    Cheers

    C

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