After a much needed, long vacation I had about 3 weeks to prepare for this section. As someone from a GC background I couldn't leverage any experience for this section. While the test was challenging being alert and approaching this exam as a puzzle helped me pull through. I clocked out with about 45 mins remaining after checking all my answers. Test is very manageable, just be alert and well rested day of.
Study material and takeaways from each source-
Site design handbook- This book is easy to read. I spent about two weeks on this alone. I found it to be the most helpful. Know soils. Know how to read a topo map. Stormwater management.
Sun Wind Light- Only took notes on the most top level design decisions based on site layout. Things like solar orientation, high level passive strategies, and skimmed the rest.
Problem seeking- Only read the section about building efficiency. This proved to be every useful as I had several questions on the topic. Rest of the book felt like common sense.
Building codes illustrated- Only reviewed chapter 5 dealing with allowable building area, and increases. Did a few practice problems I made up. Dont go crazy, I expect PPD will go in greater detail to code than PA did. Id recommend a high level review of Chapter 10 as well.
ADA 2010-Ramps, bathrooms, general clearances. Spent 2 days on this. Proved to be useful as I had several questions on this topic.
On to my last two PPD PDD in 6 weeks. Good luck
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