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TESTING IN A FEW DAYS! So I did the NCARB 3.1 vignette for this ramp. Turns out my solution was little more complicated than the solution in the guide. Am I blocking the entrance too much? Would the computer mark it or the 24" landing against me?
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I am testing in a few days, so any comments would be very helpful. Some quick questions:

RAMP
"Ramps shall not reduce in width in the direction of egress travel.", does this only apply to ramps and not ramp and landings? Because my 12" elevation landing requires a 60" clearance for a 180 maneuver. I kept the whole ramp path at 60" clearance. Is it safe to say that the code just means ramps only and they must all be in uniform (or increasing in order of travel) widths? Just trying to dispel my fear of "bottle-necking" travel.

STAIRS
I just noticed at the top landing, my railings are against the edge, this is ok right? since there is no wall behind them to require that hand clearance. I also noticed my railings on the first level at the cut stair don't extend properly. Doh!

ROOF
Any comments would be appreciated. I found sketching a section helps determine the proper heights. Every time I practice this I use a different roof scheme, this one is still acceptable right?
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2016-07-27
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Received my pass!
I just want to say thank you to the community and all those participating. I came out of the exam feeling worried, but it seems that trusting my intuition through the worst of it proved fruitful. To those scheduled to take the exam I say: read MEEB or at least skim it. It's a wonderful publication and not as dry as it makes itself out to be.

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Here's my 2nd vignette attempt, let me know if anything critical stands out!

it's a little weird that the flexible duct connecting the Southern diffuser in the reception area is so short.

Also I notice everyone and the sample take the rigid duct South of the supply and wrap it around the perimeter. I just took out out and kept it between joists.. to help me make a giant U shape. Is this still okay? I am not crossing beams with it.
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Well, my post SD exam vacation is over, so on to the next one!
Here is my very first attempt at the vignette, I did not time myself but it did take close to 2 hours.

Very similar to the guide's solution except for the rigid duct work. Any corrections or tips would be appreciated.
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Is this coffee table's proximity to the conference table against code? To me, all chairs are accessible, but want to make sure it's okay. And is the conference chair against the wall ok since it's accessible and there's nothing behind it?
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My nightly IL layout, finished in 30mins. Are these the exact furniture pieces that will be on the exam?

Not sure why Mr Jones' office is so huge. Must have been a good year.

I've gotten faster by inadvertently memorizing the sizes of items. I also don't mirror (rotate) anything until the very end, chairs and shelves may face a wall until they're adjusted at the end.
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2015-06-04
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Here's my favorite solution so far for IL.. despite finishing it 10mins later, but that's what practice is for right?
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Building Layout questions and thoughts:

1 - I understand the EE must be connected to a corridor/circulation, directly or through intervening space, so can EE and EM have a door between them so EE can exit through EM to the corridor?

2 - On the ground floor, is it marked against us if the end of a corridor includes both direct exit door AND a stairwell with it's own stairs leading to exterior? People mention "security issues."

3 - How big can windows be? I like just denoting one large window on a wall to save time and avoid tedious real-world scale window repetition. It is the Schematic Phase afterall..

4 - I like L-shaped rooms, what's a good rule of thumb before it's too much of an L shape? I imagine 3 equal-sized squares that form an L is the limit to how "thin" a room can be.

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here's my 3rd building layout hot off the press. finished under 2 hours. breaking down the room lists into separate floors helps A LOT i think. also, do my windows span too much? does the exam care?
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2015-06-02
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