The course will introduce students to mass timber which is newly emerging as a building material in the United States after seeing decades of use overseas. The State of California approved mass timber for use through amendments to the California Building Code in the last months of 2020 and already buildings featuring this material are going up in the Bay Area and Los Angeles. Its potential benefits for engineering, economics, and environmental conservation may make mass timber the defining building material of the next few decades.

This is the first in a series of courses focused on exploring this material from a special inspection standpoint. Future courses will focus on its engineering properties, component systems, and special inspection requirements.

After completing this course participants will be able to…

  • Describe mass timber and explain its history as a building material.
  • Explain the basic strengths and weaknesses of this material and its desirability to designers, developers, and conservationists.

While not required for this session, those interested in this topic or in pursuing certification in this area may wish to acquire the following texts:

This course is 4 classroom hours worth 0.4 ICC continuing education units.

This seminar will be held online using Zoom with students able to participate in the class from the comfort of their own homes. Each participant will need a free Zoom account registered in their own name, a microphone, and a webcam in order to receive credit for attending this class. A properly configured tablet or smartphone may be used in lieu of the microphone or webcam, please contact program staff for guidance.

Invitations for the Zoom event will be sent to the email addresses associated with your accounts after registration closes.

On the day of the course the Zoom meeting room will be open by 7:15 AM and students will be expected to be logged on no later than 7:45 AM. Late attendees will be unable to join the event.

The seminar will begin at 8:00 AM. Students will be expected to remain on camera at all times that the class is in session and to participate where called upon to do so. Students judged to be absentee by program staff may be removed without credit.

Online registration for this seminar will close on Thursday, March 18th at 7:00 AM.


Bookings are closed for this event.