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Mass Timber Microcredential - XTMB


While no outlines currently exist for this course, below are the course learning outcomes/competencies.

Course Learning Outcomes/Competencies

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Module 1:

  • Identify the structural components of a mass timber building.
  • Describe the properties and roles of structural components in a mass timber building.
  • Identify types of connections used between mass timber structural components.
  • Describe structural systems and design considerations for mass timber construction.
  • Summarize site installation of a mass timber structure.

Module 2:

  • Explain how moisture is stored within wood material.
  • Describe the moisture tolerance characteristics of mass timber enclosure assemblies.
  • Identify the environmental loads that must be managed for a mass timber enclosure.
  • Identify critical barriers of mass timber enclosures and explain their respective functions.
  • Explain commonly used strategies to address: moisture control, air control, vapour control, thermal control
  • Explain the building code requirements for environmental load control and energy efficiency for mass timbers.
  • Explain how climate zones impact energy performance requirements of a mass timber assembly, including thermal resistance and airtightness.
  • Explain how voluntary energy performance standards can be applied in mass timber construction and list examples of such standards.
  • Describe the key characteristics of typical mass timber building enclosure assemblies in terms of assembly layer installation, and enclosure continuity detailing.
  • Identify typical cladding attachment approaches used with exterior insulation on mass timber.
  • Describe the on-site moisture management considerations for mass timber assembly construction work.

Module 3:

  • Explain the difference between British Columbia Building Code and Fire Code as it relates to buildings under construction and post occupancy
  • Describe the primary means to achieving fire safety in buildings
  • Describe the difference between light-frame construction and mass timber construction in terms of fire performance.
  • Describe methods to achieve the fire resistance of mass timber construction.

Module 4:

  • Describe the basic concepts of building acoustics
  • Explain the acoustic requirements for sound insulation in the British Columbia Building Code.
  • Explain the differences between light frame construction and mass timber construction in terms of acoustic performance.
  • Explain how building code compliance can be achieved in mass timber construction
  • Identify primary building features which will affect the sound insulation performance for mass timber construction.

Module 5:

  • Identify the main phases and activities in the design and planning, fabrication, and construction phases of a construction project.
  • Describe the roles of various parties involved in the design, planning, fabrication, and construction phases of a construction project.

Effective as of Fall 2021

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