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    Kelly Duignan

    Nasheet, I also have this question and hope that others can chime in on some key chapters to review, and in how much detail we need to know certain details.  I saw somewhere else someone mentioned Chapter 7 being a good one to review.

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    Adam McSorley

    Hi Nasheet and Kelly,

    I just passed this test this morning, hopefully I can give a little insight - if you haven't already taken this one.

    First, in general, I was very surprised by two things on this test - the number of construction detail questions and the number of HVAC questions. I went through a lot of practice tests from various resources and none of them covered these two items as much as the actual exam does. Luckily alot of this stuff was covered in previous test studying I had done for PPD and PDD.

    Nasheet's list looks pretty right on target but I would put extra emphasis on flashing and foundation. For flashing, definitely get comfortable with where metal flashing should be and weep hole locations in both brick and storefronts/curtainwalls. For foundations, know about concrete reinforcement - not only rebar but welded wire fabric (WWF) as well. Also, make sure and know temporary shoring techniques - soldier beams and lagging, tiebacks, underpinning, etc.  Also know proper underground piping locations.

    For the HVAC, I would say just get generally familiar with ducting sizes and routing, etc. Maybe take some time and look over some mech sets that you have access to. Pay attention to fire smoke damper requirements. All in all, I'd say don't get too overwhelmed or bogged down by HVAC stuff, there was not anything very complicated - but it did surprise me to see about 10 various HVAC questions on this test, so just know it could be there.

    Hopefully, this helps someone out.

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    Kelly Duignan

    Hi Adam,

    Congrats on your pass and thank you for the additional info! I am onto studying for CE after passing PjM a few weeks ago and have heard that there were construction details/questions and have been trying to pin down what kind of content I need to study as far as that content goes.

    Thanks!

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    Matthew Cooper

    I'm getting the feeling that this test is experienced very differently for different people. On the one hand, I keep reading (in this forum and in the Handbook matrix) that it's principally about the contracts and what the role of the architect at each stage is. Now reading this it sounds like it's about weep holes and HVAC as well. I'll be taking it in a week so I'm glad to have just read this post; I'll add some construction details to my studies pronto. 

    Thanks all. 

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    Adam McSorley

    Matthew,

    To be clear, it is mostly about contracts and the roles of architect/owner/contractor, but I decided to post because it had thrown me off how many questions were in there that were not - I'm gonna guess about 20-25 questions. To me, one of the worst things that can happen in these exams is to get 4 or 5 questions in a row that aren't really related to everything you've studied - it knocks you off your game.

    With that said, I would recommend if you only have a week and haven't become VERY comfortable with contracts, etc. do not dwell on the detail stuff I mentioned earlier, definitely focus on the contract stuff first.

    Good Luck!

     

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    Matthew Cooper

    Thanks for the clarification, Adam.

    I'm feeling pretty comfortable with the contracts, having already passed PjM and PcM this year. Spent today reading parts of Fundamentals of Building Construction (great book; I'd recommend it to anyone here as a book to own).

    Good luck to everyone. 

    Matt

     

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    Michael Ermann

    My favorite book for construction details, especially for rain (including flashing), air control, thermal control (insulation), and vapor control is High Performance Enclosures by John Straube. Go here to buy it (I don't think it is on Amazon). Honestly, it would be worth reading for every architect even if there was no exam. For damp-proofing and water-proofing this EPA document (Moisture Control Guidance for Building Design, Construction and Maintenance) is also quite good. If you'd prefer to watch animated video versions of these two publications, we have what you need for the exam on the topic of building details in our The Amber Book online video course--Michael Ermann, creator of The Amber Book.

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    David Kesting

    MIchael

    I just purchased the High Performance Enclosures book. I will review it when it arrives and write again regarding how it reads and compares to the Ching Building Construction Illustrated book and the Allen/Iano Building Construction book.

    Thanks for the heads up!

    D

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