Watch this great video and see the true need for planning accessible restrooms. It helps you understand the “why” behind some of the rules and building codes.
The restroom design problem on the NCIDQ Exam tests your ability to apply accessibility codes in a public men’s room.
You can use the Bobrick Planning Guide for Accessible Restrooms to help you understand typical layouts while practicing this problem and the space planning exercise.
But, always refer to the current NCIDQ building codes used for the exam. In the real world, you'll find scenarios where local codes will exceed or vary from international or federal codes, so always be sure to understand which codes apply and the differences between them.
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Restroom Design Strategy
First, complete the chart with all the mounting heights and materials. Do this even though the program says to draw first – you can add the tags after you draw. This will help you think and complete your drawing correctly.
We recommend you memorize the NCIDQ codes to save time, even through you’ll have for reference with the exam. After you’ve applied them to a practice drawing or two, test yourself with a Qpractice Building Codes Quiz.
Next, determine the best location for the accessible toilet stall. Please note that this is a fully accessible stall, not ambulatory accessible. Work your way through the problem, drawing the stalls, urinals, sinks and restroom accessories. Then, dimension the toilet stalls, urinals and grab bars, and tag your drawing.
Label all accessible clearances and features
- Note insulated and wrapped pipes below accessible lavatories
- Show each 60″ turning radius in the accessible stall and entrance using a dashed line; label the turning radius
- Use a dashed line to show the 30” x 48” clear floor space in front of the accessible urinal and lavatory, and in front of the trash receptacle and hand dryer
- Recess accessories so they do not protrude more than 4” into the space
While the restroom design problem may seem easy, repeat it to increase your speed.
Draw each during practice 2 – 3 times.
Save one set of the NCIDQ practice exams on vellum to use for a full day practice exam. Develop a system and use it each time you practice on different versions so that meeting the requirements is routine.
When you can finish the drawing in less than the recommended time, review the program to make sure that you met all the criteria.
Time yourself solving every problem, so you can shave a few minutes off your best time. On exam day, you can use the extra time for the more difficult problems.
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