Ncrab language: what do they mean?



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    Rebekka O'Melia (Edited )

    Don't think too much.  Which plan is the best?  On a landing isn't going to work.  And beside an exterior stair, not coordinated with an entry roof seems awkward at best.

    It's typically easy to narrow it down to 2 choices.  I think you're on the right track.

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


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    Kathleen Hogan

    Hi Raya,

    So this question is looking for the best spatial planning answer, not so much about egress width (i assumed the elevator doors would open in the north-south direction). The question asks for the most appropriate location for resident access. We will focus on the upper floors because there is only one residential unit on the ground floor.

    It is best practice to have an elevator in a centralized location for ease of access for residents to use. Think about residents when they move in and have large furniture/stuff to bring in and what will be best for all residents.

    Let's look at the options:

    Option A is placed outside the building, requiring a platform at every floor above ground level. This option is going to add cost to construct additional flooring and it is awkward to have the elevator intersect the entry overhangs on the outside. So that is out.

    Option C is also placed outside, however it is accessible through the stair landing. That landing is not on the floor level.  Again, this is not well thought out in regards to spatial planning (if i lived in one of the upper floors and wanted to move out, I would have to bring my dresser down half a flight of stairs to get to the elevator?! no way that would work!) So that option is out.

    What that leaves us with is Option B. This location is the most centrally located area on the plan that allow equal access for all units.  


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    Joshua Cristy


    I can totally relate with your thinking on this and your frustration with NCARB not being clear bout which variables matter.  The “most appropriate” can be interpreted many different ways depending on which variables you choose to prioritize”. 

    Anyways don’t quit. I know I’m not…but it is frustrating in there mean time. Keep going. I just failed PA for my 3rd time and this unclear language and NCARB getting tricky with terminology is my primary gripe….oh that and the fact that they aren’t going to tell me which questions I got wrong. 

    I wish you the best! Just know you’re not alone and you’re not the only one who feels frustrated by this!


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