Building Efficiency

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    David Kaplan

    Yong,
    I won't even sugar coat it: this is a shitty question on Ballast's part and you should ignore it. It is poorly worded and simply having a building be single story does not necessarily increase efficiency. I'm here to tell you that if you got this question on the ARE, it would be worded better, clearer, and the answer would not be a single story building.

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    Yong Jae Kim

    Thank you David. I will just ignore it :)

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    David Kaplan

    Just to add onto this - their explanation is the problem.  They say in there that "limiting the building to one story" but then they go and they add in two other important characteristics - "with a central core and by using double-loaded corridors."  Well, if they had put as one of the choices "a single story building with central core and double-loaded corridors" then yes, I would absolutely choose that one.  But they didn't, and that's the problem with that question.

    One of the key things I recommend to people taking this test is not to assume anything.  If this question had been on the ARE, and NCARB intended for "a single story building" to be the answer to this question, they would have told you more information in the body of the question that would then lead you to select "single story building" as the answer.  The question would have been worded on the ARE more like as follows: Which of the following factors would further increase the efficiency of an office building which is planned to have a central core and double-loaded corridors?"   Note that I put in there that it's an office building as well - to me, you can't just say that ANY single story building of any use could be efficient.  I believe that the ARE will be more specific, is my point here.  Having taken all the exams, I feel that this was the case.

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