ARE questions and IBC/NFPA/ADA/CSI sections


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    Rebekka O'Melia

    Hi Andrew,

    On the ARE you will be given the applicable code section, typically part of the IBC or similar on the case studies if you need them.  I think you definitely need code knowledge for the exam though.

    I highly recommend reading ch 3 - 6 of the IBC for PPD.   It's not easy reading, but I think it will be worth the effort. You need to know the Use Groups, Types of Construction, and be well versed in ch 5 Building Height and Area charts. Reading those chapters in their entirety will give you a broad overview of the code.  There are tons of 'exceptions' to each rule it seems, so understanding the overall of when and why there are exceptions will also be helpful.

    Keep studying and good luck!

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


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