Michelle NCARB
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We want to let everyone know that the new ARE 5.0 Transition Calculator is now available!  While this community focuses on ARE 4.0, we know many of you are already thinking ahead to ARE 5.0.  If you're thinking about transitioning to 5.0 after it launches, the calculator is an essential tool to help you form your testing strategy.  You can log in through My NCARB, or click on the link below.
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A new tip of the week: eat a banana before you test!  Bananas can reduce adrenaline and help you stay calm under stress.  Find out more here: http://learningext.com/suesblog/b/suesblog/archive/2015/03/09/got-nerves-eat-a-banana.aspx
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There have been lots of questions lately about one line in the Stair Design code: "When opening, doors shall not reduce the width of landings to less than one-half of the required width."  We thought a sketch would help - see below.  This shows an intermediate landing in a stairwell, with an egress path coming from the left, continuing past the door and down the stairs.  The drawing is not to scale, but we've indicated generic widths for the landing and the stair, along with the minimum "half-width" created by the door swing.

It's important to remember that the code provided with each vignette covers numerous situations, and specific lines might not apply to your particular solution...just like not all of IBC applies to every building project.
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There have been some questions lately about the required clearance around a table for 4 in the Interior Layout vignette.  We thought a picture would help!

As we've said before, if you don't need to access other adjacent furniture, then you don't need a 3' path all the way around the table. Just make sure you've provided a path to each chair.  Here's an example of the table near a wall.  We've shown 3' clearance at each chair, in particular the chairs near the wall.  After I drew this, I checked the dimension from the left edge of the table to the wall - it's 2'-0".
Thanks to everyone for another busy week of questions and discussion!  We want to let you know that some of us here at NCARB will be at a conference next week, so we won’t be able to respond to posts as quickly as usual.  But please keep the discussions going in the meantime.  Everyone’s participation, and willingness to help each other, is what makes this a community.