Mass Timber Enclosure Overview


What This Presentation Covers:

In this session, Colin Shane of RDH Building Science explores different types of mass timber, from CLT and NLT to glulam to parallel strand lumber, and describes how and where they are commonly used as building enclosure components. This is an overview presentation that covers important design principles and provides a good base for understanding mass timber enclosures. Specific topics include wood as a material (and what that means from a moisture perspective), design considerations for walls, roofs, and floors, and lessons learned from projects across North America. Case studies are introduced to illustrate key concepts.

You'll Learn How to:

  • Identify material characteristics for a range of mass timber products.
  • Recognize enclosure design principles that support safe, durable mass timber buildings.
  • Understand how moisture can be managed in mass timber design and construction.
  • Compare risk for different strategies in mass timber design and construction.


  • 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 explores and discusses 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 Colin Shane