NCARB Announces New Monograph on Evaluating Building Services

Washington, DC—The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ (NCARB) latest monograph provides architects and design professionals with a much-needed methodology to evaluate existing buildings for new or continuing use.

Building Evaluation for Preservation details each step of the evaluation process and looks at both interior and exterior building structures using an easy-to-implement approach that reduces the possibility of costs and setbacks encountered during the development of a project. Today there are hundreds of thousands of buildings of all ages in the United States that could be assessed, and this monograph gives a clear and comprehensive approach for making the critical decision of whether to adapt and reuse a building or to demolish and rebuild. It covers structural, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems and offers techniques to better understand how to evaluate each system separately. The monograph also explains how each system is linked and how they function together.

“In today’s economy, reuse of building stock is an increasingly viable economic and sustainable alternative to new construction. This monograph details the evaluation process, which can give new life to existing buildings,” said Greg G. Hall, AIA, NCARB, Ph.D., Director of Education at NCARB.

The monograph is $300 ($200 for current NCARB Record holders) and contains four quizzes: one quiz worth two PDUs/CEUs and three quizzes worth four PDUs/CEUs. Current NCARB Record holders can earn PDUs/CEUs for $15 per unit—one of the lowest continuing education units available today. All credits awarded through the NCARB monograph series meet AIA’s health, safety, and welfare (HSW) and sustainable design (SD) continuing education requirements. To order Building Evaluation for Preservation or one of NCARB’s monographs go to:  http://www.ncarb.org/publications/pdpmonographs.html.

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