Economics of Mass Timber Construction


Learn the Economics of Mass Timber Construction

What This Presentation Covers:

In this session, Lisa Podesto of Lendlease presents on the economics of mass timber construction and poses the question: When does mass timber make sense? Touching on projects from around the world but with a focus on the US, she uses structural typologies and built examples to provide guidance on evaluating and managing costs. She identifies specific market/project conditions that mass timber can address, including labor shortages, schedule constraints, and performance requirements, and explains how the value proposition differs from system to system.

 You'll Learn How to:

  • Compare mass timber systems to other structural systems in terms of typical costs and performance characteristics.
  • Recognize structural typologies that can be used to broadly understand design options and associated costs.
  • Identify features of mass timber that can address specific project goals and constraints.
  • Differentiate between mass timber design options in terms of their impact on project costs.


  • Format: 1 hour recording + quiz. Downloadable slides 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 timber enclosure.

This presentation is delivered by guest speaker Lisa Podesto of LendLease