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TMBR 1005 - Introduction to Mass Timber Building System Performance

Mass Timber Construction Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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Course Details

​This course provides fundamental knowledge about building system performance in terms of fire performance and sound insulation.


TMBR 1000



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Learning Outcomes

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

Fire Protection

  • Explain difference between British Columbia Building Code and Fire Code as it relates to buildings under construction and post occupancy.
  • Explain two pathways to building code compliance through alternative solutions and acceptable solutions.
  • Explain the primary means to achieving fire safety in buildings.
  • Explain how fire resistance of building components is determined and prescribed by the building code.
  • Describe difference between light frame construction and mass timber construction from fire performance point of view.
  • Explain how mass timber performs in fire and how charring can be accounted for.
  • Describe methods to increase the fire resistance of mass timber construction.
  • Describe methods of fire protection during construction of mass timber buildings.


  • Describe the basic concepts of building acoustics.
  • Describe how noise moves through the building - understand difference between airborne and structureborne noise as well as direct and flanking noise transmission.
  • Recognize the British Columbia Building Code acoustic requirements for sound insulation flanking.
  • Explain the difference between the light frame construction and mass timber construction from acoustic performance point of view.
  • Understand the typical sound insulation performance for various mass timber assemblies.
  • Explain how building code compliance can be achieved in mass timber construction.
  • Understand how sound insulation performance is tested.
  • Identify primary building features which will affect the sound isolation performance and how sound isolation performance can be improved in a mass timber construction.
  • Explain how installation details may affect the sound isolation performance and recognize industry best practices for mass timber construction.

Effective as of Winter 2021

Related Programs

TMBR 1005 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Introductory Studies in Mass Timber Construction
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Microcredential


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