• Jennifer,

I think the answer to your question is that you should have some idea of what types of buildings are more efficient than others, based on their type.  An example: a hospital building is considered to be very inefficient because it needs lots of circulation space, whereas an office building is often more efficient because they are often planned to have one double-loaded corridor and a central shell to maximize rentable SF.  Having an understanding of which types of buildings are efficient vs. non-efficient based on their very nature would be good to know going into the exam.  That's about it.  You are correct though - the calculation is the same no matter what.

• Wow - this was a very thorough review. I'm signing up for this exam next. Thanks for sharing.

• Yung-Han Chang Thank you for the overview. This is great!

Question. In the second bullet point you mentioned the book "Site Planning and Analysis. Did you mean Site Panning and Design Handbook? Thanks

• Yes Site Planning and Design Handbook is the correct title of the book.  corrected.

• Thank you! This is a very helpful review. I'm taking PPD in 3 weeks (for the 4th time....!!) I've used most of the study materials you've mentioned and agree the 4.0 materials are much more helpful than I would've thought. I've been studying for about a month already and am going to try to kick things into gear over the next 3 weeks (working 60 hours a week and commuting 2-1/2 hours a day in the car certainly doesn't help).

I do have one question on your comment about FAR/building efficiency. What do you mean by 'building efficiency for different buildings?' Shouldn't the calculation 'Efficiency = Net/Gross' be the same for all buildings?

Thanks again!

• Thank you!

• Congrats!

I was wondering if the below topics will likely be on ppd or is it more pdd?

- lockset

-window types

-window/door components

- wood types/cuts/season and deflects

or how to read wood labels?

• Yi,

I'd throw all of those items on PDD, not PPD.  With respect to wood, have a sense of the spanning capabilities of wood joists, glulams, wood trusses, etc. so if you're asked a question about "which wood system could be applicable to a building with no columns" or something like that.  Leave all the detailed stuff that you've identified above to the PDD test.

Hope that helps.

• Thanks David!

• Thanks Yung-Han Chang - took a lot of tips/notes from your post. I am studying now and taking PPD at the end of January, then PDD 3 weeks later. I appreciate your post!

• Yung-Han, thank you so much! This write-up was extremely helpful. I've got my PPD coming up in a month, and started studying a month ago, I'm hoping I'm giving myself enough time to take it all in. Really appreciate the guidance you provided.