Growing your knowledge of building systems and construction is key to passing the NCIDQ Exam. It helps set you apart as a professional interior designer. Even if your focus is on interior decoration, it’s likely that a good part of your work will still depend upon integration with building systems.
Building Systems and Construction
An important aspect of interior architecture is close integration with building systems and construction. A designer should build up a knowledge base of how building systems work with the interior for all 3 NCIDQ Exams.
Designers should learn to identify different construction types and building components. It's also important to understand how to coordinate with various building systems to meet design objectives, and how different systems work and affect design planning for the interior.
Designers should understand:
Building construction types (e.g., wood, steel, concrete)
Building components, including Structural systems
Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Systems
Lighting systems (e.g., zoning, sensors, daylighting)
Fire protection systems
Low voltage systems (e.g., data and communication, security, A/V)
Sequencing of work (e.g., plumbing before drywall)
The key to understanding lighting for each section of the NCIDQ Exam — IDFX, IDPX, or Practicum — is to know the different lighting systems. Know why one type of lighting may be better than another for a specific purpose, one environment or for certain people using a space.
The science of acoustics deals with sound in the built environment. Interior designers need to understand and be able to apply these basics for the NCIDQ Exam, on all three NCIDQ Exams.