Building Design & Construction Systems (BDCS) focuses on The application of knowledge and skills of site planning and design including environmental, social, and economic issues, project and practice management.

Building Design & Construction Systems Details
Intro Time    
Multiple-Choice Testing Time 1 hr 45 min 85 Items
Scheduled Break 15 min  
Intro Time    
Graphic Vignette Testing Time 2 hr 45 min Accessibility/Ramp, Stair Design, Roof Plan
Exit Questionnaire    
Scheduled Appointment Time 5 hr 30 min  

Study Resources

Preparing for Building Design & Construction Systems? You can find sample questions, examples of passing and failing solutions for three sample vignettes, and suggested references in our exam guide. Plus, use our BDCS practice program to solve sample vignettes, and our prep video series to learn more about the multiple-choice and the accessibility/ramp, stair design, and roof plan vignette sections.

BDCS includes sections on the following content areas:

  • Principles
    • Incorporate the implications of human behavior, historic precedent, and design theory in the selection of systems, materials, and methods related to building design and construction.
       
  • Environmental Issues
    • Consider the principles of sustainable design including adaptive re-use, thermal and moisture protection, and hazardous material mitigation.
       
  • Codes & Regulations
    • Incorporate building and specialty codes, zoning, and other regulatory requirements in building design and construction systems.
       
  • Materials & Technology
    • Analyze the implication of design decisions in the selection of systems, materials, and methods incorporated in building design and construction.
    • Masonry: ​Identify the properties and characteristics of masonry structural and finish materials.
    • Metals: ​Identify the properties and characteristics of structural and miscellaneous metals.
    • Wood: Identify the properties and characteristics of wood structures, rough carpentry, finish carpentry, and millwork assemblies.
    • Concrete: Identify the properties and characteristics of concrete structures and finishes.
    • Other: ​Identify the properties and characteristics of miscellaneous systems, assemblies, membranes, cladding, coatings, and finish materials (e.g., plastics, composites, glass, tensile, pneumatic, EIFS, etc.).
    • Specialties: Analyze and select accessories, equipment, and fittings.
       
  • Project & Practice Management
    • Assess the implication of construction sequencing, scheduling, cost, and risk management in the selection of systems, materials, and methods.
       
  • Vignettes
    • Accessibility/Ramp: Design a ramp and stairway connecting two levels that complies with accessibility and code requirements.
    • Stair Design: Design a stairway connecting multiple levels that complies with accessibility and code requirements.
    • Roof Plan: Design a sloped-roof plan for the removal of rainwater and locate accessories and equipment.