Once design development is complete, it’s time to prepare construction documents. This requires a deep understanding of how building systems, materials and assemblies integrate. This ARE division covers building materials and systems, construction documentation and project manuals. You’ll get up to speed on cost estimates, site features and IBC requirements.
ARE veteran Mike Newman walks through everything you need to know for the PDD exam. Go deep into specialty systems, project specifications and design team and owner communication. He’ll even showcase the PDD exam objectives in practice with a real-life project.Learn More
Get the whole picture as you deep-dive into the specifics. Follow along with the presenter as she explains the use of EIFS and Interior Building Coordination involved in the construction of community church. Available with your Pro Subscription.Learn More
Get into PDD test taking mode with our practice exams, modeled after NCARB’s same objectives. With similar questions and the same format, and 3 forms to practice from, it feels like the real deal. Get tested on construction estimates, security systems and conveyor systems.Learn More
Master the difference between wall types, wrap your head around what a SIP is, and review glazing types. Study our flashcards to get an in-depth understanding of PDD concepts and vocabulary. They’re all stored on your phone so you can study anytime, anywhere.Learn More
In Project Development & Documentation Virtual Workshops find comfort your studies are focused in the right direction, and learn further about wall section details, HVAC system types and more in this division. Led by a licensed architect, engage in virtual, interactive group exercises that hone in on the top four PDD topics candidates report struggling with. After the exercise, continue to reinforce those skills in a live Q&A - an opportunity to ask any ARE-related questions with a licenced architect. Virtual Workshops run in a 4-week cycle, with no start or end date. Once your membership starts, you can hop into the cycle, and in 4 weeks you’ll cover all the topics. If you elect to stay for more than one month, you’ll review the same topics again, but with new exercises - so you can really ensure you’ve mastered these concepts. And remember, with your Black Spectacles membership, you get access to content for all six divisions, so you can switch over to a different exam’s workshops at any time. Available with your Expert Subscription.Learn More
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