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Copyright: 2013
Page Count: 656
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Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 11
  • 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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    Interior Design Reference Manual: Everything You Need to Know to Pass the NCIDQ Exam with Access to the eTextbook, 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

    eTexbook access benefits include:

    • ability to download the entire eTextbook to multiple devices, so you can study even without internet access

    • an auto sync feature across all your devices for a seamless experience on or offline

    • unique study tools such as highlighting in six different colors to tailor your study experience

    • features like read aloud for complete hands-free review

    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)

    Good reference, must-have for NCIDQ Review by Amazon Customer
    OK Let's get this straight right out of the gate: I HATE that textbooks are so expensive. This one too.

    Now that's out of the way: so far this book is telling me everything I've needed to pass the NCIDQ. I've done the IDFX so far and am studying for the other two currently, and after seeing how the IDFX went I'm pretty confident that this will help with the other two. This book is designed for the NCIDQ. It does give tips on how to take the tests as well.

    There are typos, and sections that aren't explained very clearly. Some bits of information seem to contradict each other but that's most often because the descriptions have very subtle differences that take some dissecting. Even with that, this book is informative enough that I know I'll be referencing it for years after the tests have passed. (Posted on 2/8/2018)

    This book has a great comprehensive review for everything you need to know for ... Review by Customer
    This book has a great comprehensive review for everything you need to know for the NCIDQ, plus a great resource after you take the test. (Posted on 4/28/2017)

    5A great reference; if the price is an issue, you can probably get away with the previous edition Review by Customer
    This huge tome covers the gamut of NCIDQ material, and does so with a fair amount of detail. A lot of books on design topics don't go into the nitty-gritty, but this is chock full of specific examples and illustrations. It's an excellent study guide and will continue to be a useful reference after you've aced those exams.

    As is often the case with textbooks, many of you are thinking about the significant premium you'll pay for this over the 2010 edition. For someone just starting out, a hundred bucks can be a big deal. As I have both the fifth and sixth editions, I'll compare them here:

    They are very similar in length, although the new edition packs in a little more information. The fifth edition features more white space, with a two-column layout and a bit greater line spacing. It has the edge in readability, albeit very slight.

    Some facts and numbers in the new edition have been updated to reflect more recent data. How much effect this has on the sorts of questions that appear on the exams, I can't say for certain. But these updates seem relatively minor.

    The big change is that the book has undergone a major reorganization. Its overall structure is set up to conform to the current sections of the exam. This, together with its use of teal headings and section side-tabs for clarity (the 5th edition has no color) makes it much easier to navigate.

    So, in a nutshell, the new edition is more than just a minor facelift, and I definitely recommend it, but you could probably make do with its predecessor in a pinch. (Posted on 3/19/2015)