Building Enclosures for Mass Timber Buildings


What This Presentation Covers:

In this session, Brian Hubbs of RDH Building Science provides insight into the role of prefabrication and panelization in mass timber enclosures. With these larger wood structures and heavier timber components comes the need for efficient building enclosure assemblies that can be installed quickly, and in many cases these assemblies are new and unique to the industry. This presentation uses in-depth case studies to consider building enclosure design and detailing, the benefits of mock-ups, and many other tips and lessons learned.

 You'll Learn How to:

  • Compare enclosure options for mass timber structures, including prefabricated panels.
  • Understand construction speed as a benefit and requirement of mass timber buildings, and how this relates to moisture management.
  • Recognize the role of mock-ups in supporting building enclosure performance on mass timber projects.
  • Identify strategies for roof and wall details to manage moisture risk.


  • Format: 1 hour recording + quiz. Downloadable slides and a bonus optional Q&A recording are included.
  • Audience: This course will be of interest to a wide audience within the building industry, in particular architects, designers, contractors, and developers who are interested in learning about the design and construction of mass timber enclosures.

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Why Learn About Mass Timber Enclosures?

As the design and construction industry continues to search for more sustainable and cost-efficient methods of construction, mass timber has presented itself as both a viable and a desirable option. With this new wave of design and construction comes challenges not faced by more conventional building systems and enclosure products. The instructors in the Mass Timber Enclosure series explore and discuss a number of topics relevant to the design and construction of mass timber enclosures in the US and Canada, focusing on opportunities to manage risk and increase the long-term durability of the mass

This presentation is delivered by Brian Hubbs