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									Boober’s Test

60% multiple answer - Many of the the questions I got were very difficult in there
wording. These were excrutiating. All of the material in these questions was very
familiar but the answers hinged on information that was very difficult to remember or
discern. The subject matter included:

*how certain fire systems and alarms are activated

*which fire suppression system to use in which use or function

*passive solar design for different climates

*how wind and other factors affect infiltration

*simple facts about escalators

*many life-cycle cost analyses with regards to systems and components

*life cycle costs analysis charts and how to read them

*acoustical design criteria for an auditorium - which factors do and do not get considered

*general heating/cooling load concepts like knowing where you would consider a cooling
load in winter in certain parts of a building given certain criteria.

  20% regular mc

*some WTF questions regarding identification of pumps from actual pictures and
exlploded views. You won't get this unless you have actually seen these pumps in real
life. Who ever sees these things? I can't image anyone except the plumber.

*"your an architect hired to do _____, the client wants______ you do/consider......?"

*identify this _____

*WIGN eletrical questions regarding diagrams that I'm pretty sure they just made up.

*know your three phase phasor diagram and how the math works. [each current leg is at
1.732 and each voltage leg is at Vside] and how to get 208 volts out of the 120 three
phase. This is very easy if you truly understand how three phase works.

*many daylighting and passive solar design concepts and diagram id's.

For anyone who wants to study for this I would highly recommend reading "Building
Control Systems" by Vaughn Bradshaw, latest edition. It's written for dumbasses. It
is not a study guide and does not have quizzes with answers. But it does a great job
of explaining all of the concepts you need to know for this test. It also has most of the
facts and specifics required that these exams seem to require. As far as procedures and
calculations, this book has most of them but lacks depth, I had to look elsewhere (zonal
cavity, acoustics, fire protection, etc.) to be thorough. I used Archiflash and the
internet to suppliment. I feel I could have aced this exam if I had more time to finish
reading and went to the exam in better physical condition, ill and poor sleep. I knew 99%
of the material presented but couldn't remember some simple facts. I gave up a number
of GIMMIES because I was just "out of it". I hope i passed. Good luck to you all.

Quicksilver’s Test
   1. You must know all of your HVAC systems, and how each system is utilized
       within differing environments. Also understand all their parts and pieces..very
   2. You must be able to understand the uses and characteristics of all Lighting
       systems and the like( Also know how to decipher between systems like in-direct,
       direct, semi-indirect, etc...)
   3. Understand all characteristics and common wording related to the subject of
       Acoustics (Understand the properties too.)
   4. Understand all details and characteristics on IAQ (Indoor Air Quality).and the
   5. Regarding Water heating systems, be familiar with what all valve types are that
       are used in these systems (i.e. pressure valves, etc....)
   6. Understand what solar angles are, and how to calculate them.
   7. Understand the concept of electrical Single line diagrams, and know how to read
       them (for 1 , 2, & 3 phase).
   8. Know the ins and outs of Ohm's Law (including calc's, formulas, etc.).
   9. Know all methods of calculating BTU/H...very important.
   10. Understand what STC (Sound Transmission Class) is all about.
   11. Understand the basics of sensible and latent heat and what they relate to.
   12. Know all details and characteristics on all types of transformers (including
       applicable single line diagrams in association to them)
   13. Focus on being able to read lighting plans from electrical consultants...very
       important. Understand what all electrical symbols mean as well.
   14. Know which types of lighting to use in different styles of architecture, and which
       types are preferred.
   15. Be familiar with the aspects of sustainable design in relation to any & all MEP

Kdawg’s Test
   1. Know difference between U-values and R-values and their related equations
   2. Know various storm water treatment methods and their differences
   3. Know definition of a fixture unit, STC, structural borne noise
   4. Know types of air filters and their advantages
   5. I had several questions that used diagrams found in the NCARB study guide
   6. Know different types of skylights
   7. Know how to calculate # of roof drains, slope of roof and size of roof drain
   8. Know to calculate electrical loads
   9. Understand how to use a psychometric chart
   10. Know how wet and dry bulb temperatures relate to each other
   11. Know what equation to use and how to determine the number of light fixtures
   12. Know the different types of conduit – their advantages and disadvantages
   13. Know the difference between a stack vent and a vent stack – know what they look
   14. Know in depth what a trombe wall is and the different variations of it- when to
       use which variation
   15. Different HVAC systems and their advantages/ disadvantages and how they work
   16. Parts of water heater and what they look like
   17. (1) Fire detector question
   18. Know the different ways to support Plumbing pipes
   19. (2-3) Basic acoustical questions – know different ways to reduce sound
   20. Understand difference between passive and active systems
   21. Different types of phase and wiring systems and what they look like

Gaby_MS’s Test
   1. CRI (lots of questions related to color of lights, efficiency, etc.)
   2. Water treatment
   3. Septic Systems
   4. Acoustics general concepts
   5. Enthalpy
   6. Sun charts
   7. Differences between transformers
   8. about 7 questions related to stages of fire, smoke control, alarm systems etc
   9. Wiring diagrams for single phase and 3 phase
   10. Skylights
   11. Read very carefully the section regarding indoor air quality and smog
   12. Also pasive-active hvac systems (solar assisted)
   13. And VERY IMPORTANT. Know how many BTUs in a horse power

Roma’s Test
   1. How sound travels in different shaped rooms
   2. What types of toilets are used and where
   3. Know the history of different types of elevators
   4. Acceptable reverberation times
   5. Study a typical boiler diagram and know its components
   6. Study a heating/cooling plant diagram and know its components
   7. Know how to calculate the electrical cost of running appliances
   8. Calculate U & R values
   9. Know the appropriate locations for shading devices on buildings
   10. Different types of transformers
   11. How to calculate the amount daylighting for different types of glazing systems
   12. 6-7 fire safety questions, including stairwells, elevators and detectors
   13. Pipe designations and thicknesses
   14. 1 question on choosing an appropriate HVAC system
   15. How to calculate water pressure at fixtures in specific locations

Smurphy’s Test
   1. Codes: ADA; FIRE egress & partition fire rating; egress stairs and getting smoke
       out to the building and pressure differences, etc.; Mounting heights for plumbing
   2. Environmental issues: Greenhouse Concept; Whole Building Concept
   3. Plumbing: sewer and sewage disposal- know the different ways to do this;
       Identify pipes; Piping materials for water supply and waste water systems
   4. HVAC: Refrigeration cycle with diagram; Cooling load calculations; Costing of
       HVAC systems; AHU diagram; Cooling Tower diagram; Thermal Resistance R
       and U value; MRT concept; Different kinds of air filters; Indoor Air Quality;
       register sizing
   5. Electrical: electrical conduits and wire types; Identify electrical devices from
       pictures; GFCI (circuit breaker) & Grounding concept; 3 way switch diagram;
       Switchgear / Electrical Loads
   6. Lighting: some choosing what type of lighting goes best, etc.; daylighting; light
       calculations; Sun charts; Light Dimmer / Sensor
   7. Sustainability: Costing of energy uses and cost of energy systems; weather-head
   8. Security alarm systems: fire detectors/alarms and sprinkler systems - know the
       different types of both; Standpipe / Sprinkler systems / Diagrams
   9. Elevator, escalator, and moving ramp: Identify parts of elevators; Understand the
       differences between different kinds of elevators
   10. Acoustic: potential acoustical problems such as creep, flutter, etc.; flanking
       sound; and calculating the Transmission Loss of a wall using a graph

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