This course examines the key differences between light frame and mass timber systems. We will highlight the applications, code considerations and performance benefits of each system, including fire protection, seismic stability and wind resistance.

In addition, the sustainability and resiliency of both of these systems will be demonstrated through three case studies that feature environmentally sensitive design.

Learning Objectives

  • Compare the key differences between light frame and mass timber structural systems and how each can contribute to sustainable and resilient design
  • Describe the applications for both light frame and mass timber structural systems and the classes of buildings where they are appropriate
  • Identify performance benefits for each system, including fire safety, seismic stability and wind resistance, as well as pertinent codes related to each
  • Examine several case studies that feature light frame and mass timber projects, all of which incorporate environmentally sensitive design