Whether designing for light frame or mass timber structural systems, project teams that opt for wood can benefit from the material’s versatility, sustainable supply chain, benefits to occupants, as well as thermal, acoustic, seismic and fire performance. Wood can also help to maximize value through gains made in square footage and building height.

wooden building being built

Learning objectives

  1. Compare the key differences between light frame and mass timber structural systems and how each can contribute to sustainable and resilient design.
  2. Describe the applications for both light frame and mass timber structural systems and the classes of buildings where they are appropriate.
  3. Identify performance benefits for each system, including fire safety, seismic stability and wind resistance, as well as pertinent codes related to each.
  4. Examine several case studies that feature light frame and mass timber projects, all of which incorporate environmentally sensitive design.

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