The Building Systems ARE Study Resource Thread

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Postby fr3d_astaire » Thu May 07, 2015 5:34 pm

Some good information on room geometry and daylighting:

http://www.uncg.edu/iar/elight/learn/record/lc_sub/room.html
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Postby Corkscrewed » Thu May 07, 2015 7:22 pm

Added. Thanks!
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Re: The Building Systems ARE Study Resource Thread

Postby 20grit » Wed Jun 10, 2015 10:41 am

Bump

Just because I got tired of tracking it down.
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Re: The Building Systems ARE Study Resource Thread

Postby Corkscrewed » Wed Jun 10, 2015 11:25 am

LOL. Maybe more people should ask for this to be stickied. I don't want to do it, because I feel like that comes off as a little arrogant ("oh, please sticky this one thread that I created above everyone else's"), but I won't object to others doing it for me. :lol: :lol:
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Postby Ontherue » Tue Jun 16, 2015 5:43 pm

bump
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Postby galileotx » Sat Jul 11, 2015 6:13 am

Coach, can this thread be "stickied" or whatever the term is to keep it at the top of the list of threads. Lots of people find it incredibly useful.

Thanks.
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Postby atadler » Tue Jul 14, 2015 11:29 am

Do you have a list of diagrams to study from the MEEB book by any chance?
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Postby appletree » Sun Aug 02, 2015 12:14 pm

Just wanted to add my thanks. Was going to test in 2 weeks (hadnt' paid yet tho) and now just started working on vignette...and now going to push date a bit as a colleague just failed, and i have plenty of time. This thread has been tremendously helpful so far. thanks particularly for the warnings about Dorf. I have used him to pass my last 3 vignettes with much success and i totally would have just gone with all of his suggestions if i hadnt read this thread.
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Postby cellador82 » Sun Aug 02, 2015 2:57 pm

Sticky this thread
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Postby lashlitect » Tue Aug 18, 2015 2:42 pm

Bumping this - great great set of resources. Just finished BDCS yesterday and looking to start for BS... UGH. seems daunting. But this is SO incredibly helpful!
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Postby Coach » Tue Aug 18, 2015 8:03 pm

lashlitect wrote:Bumping this - great great set of resources. Just finished BDCS yesterday and looking to start for BS... UGH. seems daunting. But this is SO incredibly helpful!

Why are you bumping a sticky?
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Re: The Building Systems ARE Study Resource Thread

Postby turbobeast » Thu Sep 03, 2015 11:47 am

Thanks so much for this! I'm studying this right now, as well, so this is a great resource for me.
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Re: The Building Systems ARE Study Resource Thread

Postby turbobeast » Sat Oct 03, 2015 10:30 am

Here's a good resource for understanding valves and their operation...

http://www.kitz.co.jp/english2/type_gatevalve.html
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Re: The Building Systems ARE Study Resource Thread

Postby vans9140 » Sun Nov 01, 2015 4:06 pm

are2009 wrote:Here is a preview link to MEEB available on google books:

http://books.google.com/books?id=ZIdvdy ... &q&f=false


https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6MiO ... XFwSndvWlk

i seem to have found the droids you are looking for ...
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Postby Corkscrewed » Tue Jan 19, 2016 6:24 pm

turbobeast wrote:Here's a good resource for understanding valves and their operation...

http://www.kitz.co.jp/english2/type_gatevalve.html


Thanks! I've added this to the front page.
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Re: The Building Systems ARE Study Resource Thread

Postby crombough » Fri Jan 22, 2016 2:05 pm

If anyone is trying to decide whether to purchase the Amber Book's online seminars to help pass Building Systems, I strongly encourage you to do it. It's worth every penny. It had clean, simple, fun, and easy to understand videos that present really complicated information in an easy to digest way. Michael Ermann is a fantastic teacher.
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Re: The Building Systems ARE Study Resource Thread

Postby Peter » Thu Jan 28, 2016 4:59 pm

I cannot believe that everyone must read MEEB cover to cover to pass BS..
Please let me know what's the recommended chapters and areas need to be reviewed from MEEB Book - I reviewed (7) chapters until now and afraid of wasting time keep reading and miss reviewing another sources..

Please advise.. I will appreciate it.

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Postby dkismet » Thu Feb 18, 2016 10:03 am

meeb chapters per the following attachment
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Re: The Building Systems ARE Study Resource Thread

Postby antegra » Mon Mar 07, 2016 8:59 am

I just find out that I have a PASS for BS exam!! :D The resources used were books: Kaplan and Ballast, NCARB materials, MEEB (paid attention to graphics); but for me the most useful was Amber Team Course by Michael Ermann, taken on-line, and his Amber Book with questions and explanations. Videos were very illustrative and graphics used just sticks to mind, involving your imagination. One more to go...
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Re: The Building Systems ARE Study Resource Thread

Postby Corkscrewed » Wed Jun 22, 2016 4:13 pm

dkismet wrote:meeb chapters per the following attachment

I added a link to this on the first page. Thanks! I totally forgot about that resource from when I was studying a couple of years back!
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Re: The Building Systems ARE Study Resource Thread

Postby rvjr.arch » Sat Jul 02, 2016 6:10 pm

I learned on Friday that I finally passed my last exam, Building Systems, and I could not be more excited. I would just like to share my thoughts and praise on the insanely helpful Amber Seminar.

I had originally taken the BS exam in January and I had spent about a month and a half studying mostly Ballast and Jennys notes, as well as an ARE bootcamp course at the Center for Architecture, and of course MEEB. I went into the exam feeling fairly confident, or as confident as one can feel with these exams at least, and learned a week later that I was very weak in HVAC, plumbing and Lighting. Being that it was my last "hard" test I was pretty disappointed. I took and passed SD a month later and then found myself dreading diving back into MEEB.

I asked a few colleagues who had passed the exam recently about their preferred study materials and a few of them mentioned the Amber seminar and had nothing but good things to say. I bit the bullet and purchased the course. It was a little off putting - the idea of not even opening a book (aside from the Amber Book, or course), but I went through the course with an open mind and took the exam the day after the course ended. It is a very interesting and, in a way, easy way to study for this exam. Ideas are explained concisely and clearly and while every thing may not seem to be directly applicable at the time, it is a very well rounded set of videos that gives you the information you need to pass and doesn't waste your time with filler information. Michael keeps things interesting with graphics, animations and physical demonstrations and does an excellent job not leaving you wondering.

My point - if you want to pass BS, use the Amber Seminar.
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Re: The Building Systems ARE Study Resource Thread

Postby csarate » Thu Sep 29, 2016 10:31 am

This is so great! Thank you for taking the time to put this together!!
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Re: The Building Systems ARE Study Resource Thread

Postby Corkscrewed » Thu Sep 29, 2016 3:47 pm

You're very welcome!!
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Re: The Building Systems ARE Study Resource Thread

Postby alvychu » Fri Dec 30, 2016 4:48 pm

I'm not sure if this has been posted in this thread yet but I came across this youtube video last night that was posted by NCARB a year ago:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_uCzyNR0Xg

It explains the major + minor + critical features that make up your final vignette score, which I thought was helpful. PLUS if you pause at 9:32, it'll show you what NCARB deems as the passing solution! Anyways, back to studying I go!
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Re: The Building Systems ARE Study Resource Thread

Postby Liberated » Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:28 pm

Thank you, corkscrewed! This is just what I was looking for to begin.

Quick question: Do you think its worth it to take a Prep Course for Building Systems?
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Re: The Building Systems ARE Study Resource Thread

Postby Corkscrewed » Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:18 pm

Liberated, in my opinion, I feel like with the study materials, it's not really necessary.
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