Besides Space Planning, we found that the NCIDQ Egress Exercise is one of the most confusing drawings for test takers. It is worth 18%, one of the drawings that is worth most in the afternoon, Part B.
This is one drawing you should practice early and often, especially if you are having trouble with space planning. Take what you learn with restroom, with this drawing, and put them together and you have space planning.
In working through all the tips with our members to do the Egress Drawing, we’ve come up with 7 Steps.
7 Step Strategy for the NCIDQ Egress Exercise
- Figure the rough size of your suites. Add up the minimum square footage of each suite and compare this number to the total square footage.
- Work with the building. The architectural features will dictate where walls can be located.
- Block out the suites. Place any suites with special requirements like a southern exposure etc. Place large suites first. For the suite that requires two exits, be sure there is enough expanse of space between to accommodate the two exits and stay within code.
- Calculate and label the square footage of each suite.
- Calculate the occupancy load of each suite and the stairs. Use the provided square footage and occupancy table.
- Locate the furthest common path of travel in the existing suite. Draw the common path of travel from this point and label the distance.
- Distance to Stairs. Draw lines from the most remote point in the existing suite to the two stair exits.