British Columbia Institute of

Important Notice: COVID-19 Institute response


XTMB 1002 - Mass Timber Construction: Intro to Installation, Building Performance and Construction Management

Mass Timber Microcredential Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the fall 2021 term as informed by BC Public Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

Course Details

Module 1 in this course outlines the basic structural components, connections, and structural layouts, as well as site installation for mass timber construction, including safety considerations when handling and lifting mass timber components. Module 2 focuses on the installation of building enclosures for mass timber construction. The building enclosure is a system of materials, components, and assemblies that physically separate conditioned space (interior) from unconditioned spaces (exterior). The long-term performance of the building enclosure relies on effective environmental control, which is a key factor in constructing a sustainable and durable mass timber building enclosure. Modules 3 and 4 give an introduction to fire protection and sound insulation performance for mass timber construction, respectively. In these modules, students will learn about the primary means to achieving fire safety in buildings, building features which affect sound insulation performance, and the difference between light-frame construction and mass timber construction in terms of fire and sound insulation performance. In Module 5, students will learn about the main phases and the roles and responsibilities in each construction phase which will give them a better appreciation of the effort and scope that goes into planning, managing and constructing a mass timber project. In addition to the course content, students will learn about performance of mass timber construction by reviewing several case studies.


XTMB 1001





Fall 2021

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2021 term.

CRN 48725

Start any time

This is an online learning course. Start any time. You have 8 weeks from the date you register to complete this course.



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. This course is to be taken with XTMB 1001 - Mass Timber Construction: Intro to Products, Layouts, Cost Estimation and Digital Project Delivery, as part of the "Introductory Studies in Mass Timber Construction" Micro-Credential program. Registration into this course is contingent upon successful completion of XTMB 1001. For further information and approval to register for this course, please contact Ann Martineau at

Learning Outcomes

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

Related Programs

XTMB 1002 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


Interested in being notified about future offerings of XTMB 1002 - Mass Timber Construction: Intro to Installation, Building Performance and Construction Management? If so, fill out the information below and we'll notify you by email when courses for each new term are displayed here.

Privacy Notice: The information you provide will be used to respond your request related to BCIT course information and is collected under Section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). For more information about BCIT’s privacy practices contact: Associate Director, Privacy, Information Access & Policy Management, British Columbia Institute of Technology, 3700 Willingdon Ave. Burnaby, BC V5A 3H2, email:

Programs and courses are subject to change without notice.

Find Courses

English Language Proficiency

BCIT's Part-time Studies English Language Proficiency Standard is English 12 (or equivalency). Students who do not meet this requirement should upgrade their English skills prior to any future registration.

Payment Changes At BCIT

We've changed the way we accept payments.

Find out more

Course Navigation, Related Links & Tools

Registration News

Registration is now open for the Winter 2022 term.

Classroom Locations

Classroom locations are subject to last minute changes. Please check the Part-time Studies Classroom Locations listing at on the first day of any course you are registered for.

Part-time Studies Financial Aid

Will you be studying at BCIT part-time? Do you need assistance funding your studies? Find out if you qualify for Part-time Studies financial aid.