MEEB Book

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    Scott Barber

    I'd say it's not a requirement, but it can be helpful. I had it but didn't spend more than 5 minutes flipping through it - I spent more time on The Architect's Studio Companion for MEP info. It's probably a little more helpful for PPD than PDD, but I'd take a look at your score report when you get it and see if that content area is what you need to improve in. 

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    David Kaplan

    Cristina,

    Just to offer my personal opinion, I did not like this book at all.  I bought it and wished I hadn't.  My main problem with it is that it is a phone book of information.  I couldn't get into it and I couldn't retain all the info.  This being said, I think it's worthwhile me mentioning my background with MEP systems because, perhaps that's also why I didn't feel I needed it:

    I've been a project manager for 15 years and have worked with numerous engineers on every kind of project.  I've seen all these systems installed in the field and have seen them in drawings as well.  As such, I feel I had a solid, basic understanding of how these systems worked when I walked into the ARE.  I personally found Architect's Studio Companion to be by far the best resource for studying these systems, because what I didn't have a strong sense of was why you would pick one system over another.  This book really touches on that well.  I didn't feel the need to take my studying to a level of intricate details though, and I will offer that I also didn't study this book for PDD either. 

    The MEEB book is good for introducing and describing the various systems but it really goes into an engineering-level of detail that I feel is too advanced for the ARE.  It felt to me like reading a scientific digest, and I couldn't get into it.  I found myself instead googling on things I really didn't understand, like "what is a one-line diagram and how do you read them?"

    Many people on here have commented that the diagrams in MEEB are good and many people also found that they were replicated on the exam itself, which I could see happening.  Many people have commented as well that looking on youtube for videos that explained MEP systems really helped them out a lot.  I didn't end up doing that but I could easily see that being a valid and good way to study.

    Hope this helps some!

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    Cristina Martin

    Thanks a lot for your feedback, I appreciate it!  

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    Cristina Martin

    Hi Suchitra, that would be amazing and deeply appreciated!  Thank you very much and best of luck to you as you study! I can send you my email or whichever method you prefer. 

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    Scott Barber

    Please don't share copyrighted materials (assuming you're talking about the MEEB book as a pdf). We ought to keep ourselves to a higher ethical standard as architects. Plus, a number of people got into trouble fairly recently for sharing a lot of copyrighted material online. There are a lot of inexpensive, used versions of MEEB available as well, I looked and there's currently a used 10th edition on Amazon for $6.98 with free shipping.

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    Cristina Martin

    Great point.  Thanks Scott.

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    Suchitra Van

    good point Scott, I agree with you.

    I buy them online and they are quite affordable.

    thanks for the reminder.

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