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Copyright: 2013
Page Count: 656
Format(s): Paperback, ePub
Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 11
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  • David Kent Ballast, FAIA, NCIDQ-Cert. No. 9425

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    David Kent Ballast, FAIA, CSI, NCIDQ Certification No. 9425, owns Architectural Research Consulting, a firm offering information and management services to architects, interior designers, and the construction industry. Mr. Ballast taught interior construction and other courses at Arapahoe Community College for over 20 years. A licensed architect in the state of Colorado, Mr. Ballast has written many books on design topics.

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    Introduction

    Table of Contents

    Sample Pages

    Codes

    Index

    Interior Design Reference Manual: Everything You Need to Know to Pass the NCIDQ Exam, 6th Edition

    The Interior Design Reference Manual (IDRM6) offers complete review for all three divisions of the NCIDQ® Certification exam. This book works in conjunction with division specific practice exams to help you pass every division the first time.


    The Interior Design Reference Manual features include:



    • complete coverage of content areas for every division of the NCIDQ® Exam

    • updated for the IBC 2015 changes included in the exam

    • an updated study schedule to keep your studies on track

    • over 200 figures in SI and U.S. measurements to illustrate design details

    • study guidelines, exam tips, and tables to support exam preparation

    • a downloadable study schedule to organize study priorities



    Topics Covered




    • Design Concepts and Programming

    • Design Constraints

    • Building Systems and Construction

    • Research, Analysis, and Selection of Products and Details

    • Communication and Documentation

    • Project and Business Management


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    Customer Reviews (View All - 31)

    Helped me pass the exams! Review by Amazon.com Customer
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    Well, now that I have found out that I have PASSED the IDFX and IDPX I thought I'd write the review on this book. I thought it was great, perfect for the test. I read it cover to cover and took notes to go back and review/ study before the test. Some of the questions on the tests seemed to come right from the book, which is exactly what I'd hoped. I rented this book instead of buying it.. which I am very glad I did. While it is all good knowledge.. it is what it says it is... a study guide for the test.. so I don't really feel the need to keep it as a reference book to use at work. There are a lot of things they cover in this book that I would have never thought to study for and don't use in my job like determining the rentable area of a building and other topics... so I definitely recommend! (Posted on 7/9/2015)

    Thoroughly Covers All Three Sections of the NCIDQ Review by Amazon.com Customer
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    I know; it's a lot of money. BUT you get in this book everything you need to know to pass the NCIDQ.

    This sixth edition is updated to include the 2012 IBC (International Building Code), and various industry standards including the ADA/ABA (Americans with Disabilities Act and Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Guidelines). And there is updated seismic detailing of ceiling systems and BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association)

    This book covers the three NCIDQ exam sections: IDFX (Interior Design Fundamentals Exam) IDPX (Interior Design Professional Exam) and the Interior Design Practicum. To account for overlapping in some exams the book is organized by interior design topic rather than by exam section. But to differentiate between the three tests, the various exams are tabbed by numbers.

    At 656 pages this book is thorough in every area. It can be a real investment, not just to pass the exam, but as a handy all-in-one resource.

    There is a very helpful, lengthy explanation of the exam in the intro of this book that may just be worth the price of the book by itself. (Posted on 3/19/2015)

    4A survey of the landscape of knowledge for interior design Review by Amazon.com Customer
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    If you're considering The Interior Design Reference Manual, it's probably because you're considering getting an NCIDQ certification. It's carefully designed to map to the test, so for that end it's an indispensable tool.

    But if you're considering certification, you're probably thinking about the value that will bring to you. Certainly preparing for the exam will give you something important - an understanding of the various domains of knowledge needed to be effective in interior design. It's important to have some working knowledge of a wide range of areas, as the work of a designer builds on and relies on the work of other specialties. The Interior Design Reference Manual gives you a good basic survey of a number of design and building areas, as well as areas more specific to interior design (such as lighting, finishes, woodworking). It's very useful to have a comprehensive presentation of the things you need to know.

    The challenge will be to use that knowledge, so that you reinforce it and add to it. Otherwise, like so many other things you've learned in your life, you'll know it just long enough to take the test.

    You might also be considering whether to seek certification in terms of the career impact and value it will bring. It's worth doing a little work to evaluate which of the certifications in Interior Design to pursue, if any, and what value they bring to your career. Be sure to talk to some practicing designers, and ask them what makes a good designer, and what they look for when they hire new designers or assistants. (Posted on 3/19/2015)

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