This course is intended for architects and engineers seeking current information on mass timber, including products, research related to structural performance and life safety, and available resources.

It answers common questions regarding strength, fire protection, and durability, and highlights examples of mass timber buildings in different occupancy groups to illustrate both design trends and the extent to which mass timber has captured the imagination of North American building designers.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine the trend toward mass timber buildings in the context of carbon footprint, construction efficiency, fire and life safety, occupant well-being, and other potential advantages.
  • Identify a range of mass timber products available to North American building designers.
  • Discuss research and resources related to the structural performance and fire/life safety of mass timber products.
  • Based on examples of mass timber buildings either built or under construction, describe how all-wood and hybrid systems are expanding the options for wood design.