Mass timber has been embraced in the U.S. at a pace rarely seen for new building systems. This rapid adoption has been made possible by an unprecedented amount of research and product testing, standard development and building code changes, growth in manufacturing capacity, and education and support for individuals involved in mass timber projects.
However, with relatively few built projects compared to traditional building systems—and almost none that have undergone an extreme event resulting in a loss claim—insurance for mass timber projects has been a challenge.
Building on Gallagher’s momentum to move the industry forward, WoodWorks recently published a paper to help developers and building owners navigate coverage for mass timber buildings.
This paper will also help project teams looking to make their designs and installation processes more insurable and insurance industry professionals looking to alleviate concerns about safety and performance.
It examines two types of insurance: builder’s risk (or course of construction) and fixed property (after the building is complete and occupied).