Mass Timber in Practice


What This Presentation Covers:

In this session, Joe Mayo of Mahlum Architects explores mass timber from an architectural perspective. He uses case studies to talk through how wood buildings whose wood structure is artfully highlighted can connect local communities with their environments and how they can be used creatively to meet a range of project goals. He also delves into the evolution of building codes using the International Building Code and Washington State code development as examples of how concerns about fire and moisture safety are being addressed. 

 You'll Learn About:

  • Recognizing potential carbon impacts related to the use of mass timber.
  • How wood elements are used to support cultural and social goals.
  • Applying information from case studies to identify solutions for ensuring structural soundness and durability.
  • Comparing past, current, and future code requirements regarding the safe use of mass timber.


  • 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 Joe Mayo.