Fire Considerations for Mass Timber Buildings


What This Presentation Covers:

In this session, Bevan Jones of Holmes Fire covers general code provisions governing fire safety for low- and high-rise mass timber construction. He also outlines specific building aspects that may need early attention in the design phase as they relate to building authority coordination, testing, engineering judgement, and performance-based design.

This is a nano course that will take approximately 40 minutes to complete. It provides a broad overview of mass timber and fire safety considerations; code information is focused on the International Building Code. 

 You'll Learn How to:

  • Name at least one feature of mass timber that differentiates it from standard wood-framed construction in terms of fire resistance.
  • Identify what type of building(s) mass timber can be used in under the current International Building Code.
  • Recognize standard methods for determining fire resistance and how these are used in approvals.


  • 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.

Continuing Education Credits: 

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 Bevan Jones.