Project Development and Documentation

Project Development & Documentation (PDD) focuses on the integration and documentation of building systems, material selection, and material assemblies into a project. You should be able to demonstrate an understanding of and abilities in integration of civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and specialty systems into overall project design and documentation.

Project Development & Documentation Details 
Items  Test Duration  Appointment Time 
120  4 hr 15 min  5 hr 

Each ARE 5.0 division appointment includes one optional 15-minute break, which you can take at any time.

Preparing for Project Development & Documentation? You can find more details, sample questions, and suggested references in our ARE 5.0 Handbook.

PDD includes sections on the following content areas:

  • INTEGRATION OF BUILDING MATERIALS & SYSTEMS
    • Analyze the integration of architectural systems and technologies to meet project goals
    • Determine the size of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems and components to meet project goals
    • Determine the size of structural systems to meet project goals
    • Integrate specialty systems such as acoustics, lighting, fire suppression, conveying, security, and communications to meet project goals
    • Determine how to detail the integration of multiple building systems and technologies
    • Coordinate mechanical, electrical, plumbing, structural, and specialty systems and technologies
  • CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTATION
    • Determine appropriate documentation of building design
    • Determine appropriate documentation of site features
    • Determine appropriate documentation of detailed building drawings within individual architectural systems
    • Apply standards required to assemble a set of clear and coordinated construction documentation
    • Determine impact of project changes on documentation requirements and methods to communicate those changes to owner and design team
  • PROJECT MANUAL & SPECIFICATIONS
    • Identify and prioritize components required to write, maintain, and refine project manual
    • Identify and prioritize components required to write, maintain, and refine project specifications
    • Coordinate specifications with construction documentation
  • CODES & REGULATIONS
    • Determine adherence to building regulatory requirements (IBC) at detail level
    • Determine adherence with specialty regulatory requirements at the detail level
  • CONSTRUCTION COST ESTIMATES
    • Analyze construction cost estimates to confirm alignment with project design
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