Building Systems (BS) focuses on The evaluation, selection, and integration of mechanical, electrical, and specialty systems in building design and construction.

Building Systems Details
Intro Time    
Multiple-Choice Testing Time 2 hr 95 Items
Scheduled Break 15 min  
Intro Time    
Graphic Vignette Testing Time 1 hr Mechanical & Electrical Plan
Exit Questionnaire    
Scheduled Appointment Time 4 hr  

Study Resources

Preparing for Building Systems? You can find sample questions, examples of passing and failing solutions for a sample vignette, and suggested references in our exam guide. Plus, review a list of formulas available during the test, and use our BS practice program to solve sample vignettes, and our prep video series to learn more about the multiple-choice and vignette sections.

BS includes sections on the following content areas:

  • Codes & Regulations
    • Incorporate building codes, specialty codes, and other regulatory requirements in the design of mechanical, electrical, and specialty systems.
       
  • Environmental Issues
    • Apply sustainable design principles to the selection, design and construction of building systems.
       
  • Plumbing
    • Principles: Analyze and design plumbing systems.
    • Materials & Technology: Evaluate and select materials and construction details related to plumbing systems.
       
  • HVAC
    • Principles: Analyze and design heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems.
    • Materials & Technology: Evaluate and select materials and construction details related to heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems.
       
  • Electrical
    • ​Principles: Analyze and design electrical systems.
    • Materials & Technology: Evaluate and select materials and construction details related to electrical systems.
       
  • Lighting 
    • Principles: Analyze and design natural and artificial lighting systems.
    • Materials & Technology: Evaluate and select materials and construction details related to natural and artificial lighting systems.
       
  • Specialties
    Evaluate, select, and design specialty systems for:
    • Acoustics
    • Communications & Security
    • Conveying Systems
    • Fire Detection & Suppression
       
  • Vignette: Mechanical & Electrical Plan
    • Develop a reflected ceiling plan that integrates ceiling, lighting, mechanical, and structural systems and incorporates life safety considerations.