NALSA Publishing

Solutions cARE Package
Building Systems Vignette Package



Along with the AREssentials; Archiflash Desktop and the Solutions book, this Vignette Package contains everything you need to conquer the Building Systems division.


Learn more about the Vignette Study Tools here.


This Vignette Package includes instant online access to the following, at a 15% discount:




Insight - Building Systems


Insight - Demystifying the Graphic Vignettes of the ARE, is NALSA's online video series featuring Professor Norman Dorf's legendary graphics workshop. The video is specifically for the Mechanical & Electrical Plan vignette and is available anytime, through your “My Account” page at


Learn more about the Insight Video Series here.


This Insight Video lecture for the Building Systems division includes:

  • Immediate access from your desktop, laptop and mobile devices
  • A 40 minute comprehensive Introduction to the ARE Graphic Vignettes
  • Mechanical & Electrical Plan Vignette video: 38 minutes
  • Video Vignettes: Solutions & Analysis, a 35 page reference document that contains the programmatic information and solution to the vignettes presented in the lecture.
  • View each video up to 4 times total, from 3 devices. Never expires. One license per candidate. For group viewing click here








Practice Vignette - Building Systems


The NALSA Practice Vignettes are alternate problems to those provided in the NCARB practice software. The problem in this document is specific to the Mechanical & Electrical Plan vignette and is to be solved using the existing NCARB software. We have modified the NCARB Directions, Program, and Code requirements to create a unique practice problem. While using the NCARB base drawing, the NALSA problem requires you to produce a different solution. Learn more about Practice Vignettes here.

This Practice Vignette e-Booklet includes:

  • Introduction and directions
  • One unique practice problem for the Mechanical & Electrical Plan vignette
  • A Sample annotated passing solution to the vignette
  • A Sample annotated failing solution to the vignette
  • 3D model images of the passing solution








Paper & Pencil - Building Systems


The NALSA Paper & Pencil Practice Vignette document contains two unique sample problems for the Mechanical & Electrical Plan vignette. Learn more about Paper & Pencil Practice Vignettes here.

The Paper & Pencil Practice Vignette e-booklet includes:

  • Introduction and directions
  • Two unique practice problem for the Mechanical & Electrical Plan vignette
  • Sample annotated passing solution to each vignette



Mechanical & Electrical Plan - NCARB

Mechanical & Electrical Plan - NALSA


Our exclusive AREvaluations are personal reviews of your solution to the NCARB or NALSA Mechanical & Electrical Plan practice vignette. Upload your solutions through your "My Account" page. Learn more about AREvaluations here.

AREvaluations provide the following:

  • Your solution receives an overall PassingMarginal, or Failing grade
  • Each programmed element receives an AcceptableIntermediate, or Unacceptable evaluation
  • Identifies your strengths and weaknesses
  • Valuable feedback
  • Turn-around time is 2-3 days








Building Systems - Workbook


You become the grader by analyzing six different solutions to the NCARB vignette.  Evaluate each solution as PassingMarginal or FailingLearn more about Evaluator Workbooks here.

The Evaluator Workbook e-booklet includes:

    • Introduction and directions
    • Annotated NCARB Directions, Program and Code helps clarify key issues
    • Six different sample solutions to the NCARB Mechanical & Electrical Plan vignette
    • A Solution Evaluation Form on which to record errors found in each solution
    • Solution Evaluation Answer Key
    • Sample annotated passing solution
    • 3D model passing solution images








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