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In taking the mock exam, I had a question about #5. In relation to using natural ventilation, when architects specify passive systems, is it always used in addition to some kind of active system? My logic is this: due to sometimes unpredictable weather changes, we can’t always rely on a set pattern of wind as the source of ventilation. Should there be a day where it’s particularly windless, won’t the air change rate not be sufficient to meet those set by the code?
What is the main difference between CAV, VAV and how are the applications different? How much detail about this do we need to know this for the exam?
In question #2, I observed that Kentucky was mentioned. Are you expected to know location of cities? What if a person is not too familiar with the geography of United States.
good question! I was wondering the same thing…
Good question, I’d be surprised if you were expected to know information like this. It would be more general in nature, I’d expect. It would be reasonable for you to be tested on whether you understand how different climates might affect architectural decision, but not specific cities…
Thank you for this Mock Exam!
You’re welcome! Hope it’s helpful
Based on my exam experience, I think you need to get familiar with US geography to be able to answer some of the related questions.
Thank you for the session! On question #2, how effective is one tree/trees as wind blocks? If the question does not specify to use landscape as shade, but only asking for the most proper location to plant landscape on a site. Would spot D be a reasonable choice?
Agreed. I have been asked about specific cities as well…
Item#3: I understand that a good sound absorptive wall will have a bad STC. Is this true?
what about late afternoon sun?
when do choices a and b apply…noise cancellation and IIC?
also, for Q4- is “a” the same as a “CRAC Unit”?
What is the most common application that you see trombe walls used? Q4
Can you speak to cost impact of the trombe wall?
What would be the order of the most expensive to least expensive systems?
does the iecc have an exception for the continuous insulation requirement for the trumbe wall
Same. I have been asked about cities as well but I think NCARB wants us to think of the current region/climate - temp. vs. cool vs. hot-humid vs. hot-arid - when answering these questions.
Good question, Gianna.
As Mike said, this generally hasn’t been used a ton, but it’s been seen in residential settings mostly.