What is mass timber and engineered wood?

Large structural panels, posts and beams

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.

If the primary load-bearing structure is made of either solid or engineered wood, it’s a mass timber building. Mass timber products like fabricated panels, columns and beams can complement light and heavy timber framing options.

Mass timber products include


Key advantages of mass timber

STRONG: Mass timber can be used to supplement or replace steel or concrete as a structural solution.

SUSTAINABLE: British Columbia’s forests are sustainably managed so we can rely on timber supply for generations.

SAFE: Mass timber building systems are proven to meet or exceed code requirements.

What is mass timber?

This inforgraphic profiles the different types of mass timber products and their benefits.

Infographic showing the performance advantages of wood detailing 4 performance measures.

Mass timber’s performance advantages

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UBC Bioenergy Research Demonstration Facility

Mass timber: The next chapter in B.C.’s forest story

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Brock Commons Tallwood House under construction

Building information modelling and design for manufacturing and assembly for mass timber construction

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