Mass timber performance advantages

Mass timber uses state-of-the-art technology to glue, nail or dowel wood products together in layers. The results are large structural panels, posts and beams. These exceptionally strong and versatile products are known as mass timber.


Earthquake Safe: Mass timber buildings experience lower seismic force due to being one-fifth the weight of comparable concrete buildings.

Sustainable: Wood is the only major building material that grows naturally and BC’s forests are sustainably managed so we can rely on timber supply for generations. Wood products have lower impact on air and water pollution and have a lighter carbon footprint that other building materials.

Building Better: Building with mass timber is often faster and reduces noise around the area site. The lightweight nature of wood allows for prefabrication offsite saving installation time and money.

Fire Performance: Mass timber buildings have strict fire safety measures including encapsulation, sprinklers, natural charring and other considerations to achieve the same fire safety as non-combustible construction.

Brock Commons Tallwood House construction
Photo credit: KK Law
Mass Timber Buildings

Mass Timber Construction has already started to revolutionize the building industry in British Columbia. It can be as strong and safe as other building materials, and it grows naturally. Global demand for mass timber products is on the rise.