Explore the Possibilities of Mass Timber Design and Construction

What This Course 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.

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 will 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.


Principal, Building Science Specialist

Colin Shane

Colin Shane is a Professional Engineer in both the US and Canada and is based out of RDH’s Oakland office. He is passionate about the design and construction of mass timber enclosures and has contributed to some of the leading projects in the industry. He is experienced in using mass timber assemblies to achieve energy efficiency goals. Colin regularly speaks at industry events throughout the US with the aim of educating the industry and promoting the adoption of mass timber enclosures.

You will have up to 30 days to review the course material and complete any required quizzes. This course can also be purchased as part of a bundle of 6 courses.