A Practical Guide & Mock Exam for the Building Systems (BS) Division of the ARE To become a licensed architect, you need to have a proper combination of education and/or experience, meet your Board of Architecture's special requirements, and pass all seven divisions of the Architect Registration Examinations (ARE). This book provides an ARE overview, suggested references and resources, exam preparation and exam taking techniques, tips and guides, and a realistic and complete mock exam with solutions and explanations for the Building Systems (BS) division of the ARE. More specifically this book covers the following subjects: 1. ARE, IDP, and Education Requirements 2. ARE Content, Format, and Preparation Strategies 3. Codes and Regulations 4. Environmental Issues 5. Plumbing: Principles and Materials & Technology 6. Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning Systems (HVAC): Principles and Materials & Technology 7. Electrical: Principles and Materials & Technology 8. Lighting: Principles and Materials & Technology 9. Specialties: Acoustics, Communications & Security, Conveying Systems, and Fire Detection & Suppression 10. Two Graphic Vignettes with Step-By-Step Solutions Using the NCARB Practice Program Software The mock exam includes 95 challenging questions of the same difficulty level and format as the real exam (multiple-choice, check-all-that-apply, and fill-in-the-blank), and two graphic vignettes. This book will help you pass the BS division of the ARE and become a licensed architect About the author Gang Chen holds a master's degree from the School of Architecture, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, and a bachelor's degree from the School of Architecture, South China University of Technology. He has more than 20 years of professional experience. Many of the projects he was in charge of or participated in have been published extensively in Architecture, Architectural Record, The Los Angeles Times, The Orange County Register, and more. He has worked on a variety of unusual projects, including well-known, large-scale healthcare and hospitality projects with over one billion dollars in construction costs, award-winning school designs, highly-acclaimed urban design and streetscape projects, multifamily housing, high-end custom homes, and regional and neighborhood shopping centers. Gang Chen is a LEED AP BD+C and a licensed architect in California. He is also the internationally acclaimed author of other fascinating books, including Building Construction, Planting Design Illustrated, the ARE Mock Exam series, and the LEED Exam Guide series, which includes one guidebook for each of the exams. For more information, visit www.GreenExamEducation.com.