Project-Planning-and-Design

Project Planning & Design (PPD) focuses on the preliminary design of sites and buildings. You should be able to demonstrate an understanding of and abilities in design concepts, sustainability/environmental design, universal design, and other forms of governing codes and regulations.

Project Planning & Design 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 Planning & Design? You can find more details, sample questions, and suggested references in our ARE 5.0 Handbook.

PPD includes sections on the following content areas:

  • ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS & CONTEXT
    • Determine location of building and site improvements based on site analysis
    • Determine sustainable principles to apply to design
    • Determine impact of neighborhood context on the project design
  • CODES & REGULATIONS
    • Apply zoning and environmental regulations to site and building design
    • Apply building codes to building design
    • Integrate multiple codes to a project design
  • BUILDING SYSTEMS, MATERIALS, & ASSEMBLIES
    • Determine mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems
    • Determine structural systems
    • Determine special systems such as acoustics, communications, lighting, security, conveying, and fire suppression
    • Determine materials and assemblies to meet programmatic, budgetary, and regulatory requirements
  • PROJECT INTEGRATION OF PROGRAM & SYSTEMS
    • Determine building configuration
    • Integrate building systems in the project design
    • Integrate program requirements into a project design
    • Integrate environmental and contextual conditions in the project design
  • PROJECT COSTS & BUDGETING
    • Evaluate design alternatives based on the program
    • Perform cost evaluation
    • Evaluate cost considerations during the design process
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