Allowable building area per IBC table 506.2

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    Gang Chen

    Each story of a mixed-occupancy building with more than one story above grade plane shall individually comply with the applicable requirements of Section 508.1. For buildings with more than three stories above grade plane, the total building area shall be such that the aggregate sum of the ratios of the actual area of each story divided by the allowable area of such stories, determined in accordance with Equation 5-3 based on the applicable provisions of Section 508.1, shall not exceed three.

    Gang Chen, Author, AIA, LEED AP BD+C (GreenExamEducation.com)

     

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    Rebekka O'Melia

    That's really not a topic you are likely to see on this exam.

    Hope this helps!

    Rebekka O'Melia, Registered Architect, NCARB, B. Arch, M. Ed, Step UP, Step UP ARE 5.0 Courses

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    Gang Chen

    I respectively disagree: Code Analysis is on the cover sheet of EVERY project, and allowable area increase is a fundamental part of many projects' code analysis. I bet this information will be tested one way or another in the ARE exams.

    Saying this topic is not likely to be tested is like saying left-turn is not likely be tested in a driver license road test.

    Gang Chen, Author, AIA, LEED AP BD+C (GreenExamEducation.com)

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    Rebekka O'Melia (Edited )

    Did you take the ARE 5.0? 

    This is a PPD/PDD question.  It’s a valid question, but it won’t be on PA.  Code analysis isnt part of programming or analysis.

    Hope this helps!

    Rebekka O'Melia, Registered Architect, NCARB, B. Arch, M. Ed, Step UP, Step UP ARE 5.0 Courses

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    Gang Chen

    Everyone who has taken the ARE 5.0 exams know the divisions questions are not set in stone, and there is a lot of overlap between the divisions.

    Gang Chen, Author, AIA, LEED AP BD+C (GreenExamEducation.com)

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    Gang Chen

    I just double check the ARE 5.0 handbook, this question is fairly and squarely under the PA content:

    Gang Chen, Author, AIA, LEED AP BD+C (GreenExamEducation.com)

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    David Rowson

    after taking the PA exam yesterday (and passing, woot!) I can say that there was one question on the exam that pertained to this topic but more as a concept than a math problem. Is it possible that someone else will get the long version of it on thier test, maybe, but I'm not going to be taking that test again so I'm not going to find out the hard way.

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    Rebekka O'Melia (Edited )

    Congrats on passing David!

    Agreed, it's not a PA topic.  The codes for PA relate to basic overall building area, height and zoning.  Others will argue until they are blue in the face, and misinterpret things from the handbook, but the reality is that it won't be on this exam.  Mixed use, multi-story building, ratio formulas is for another exam.

    Rebekka O'Melia, Registered Architect, NCARB, B. Arch, M. Ed, Step UP, Step UP ARE 5.0 Courses

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    Munira Karimjee

    This topic as a concept is on the exam and I think it's helpful to know for work anyways. As someone else said, as a concept it's helpful to know. Some of the other comments are really misleading and it would be helpful if this forum would be moderated better

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