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Mass Timber Planning

Designed for both industry experts and newcomers across the supply chain, Mass Timber Planning is a platform and knowledge base that addresses mass timber’s implementation, delivery methods, and best practices.

Dedicated to helping developers, engineers, installers, manufacturers, and more, we help you discover the growing power of mass timber’s functionality, cost-efficiency, and sustainability.

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Understand all aspects of the process, starting with the design, detailed design, and the fabrication model, all the way through to installation. If there are any parts not fully understood or covered by you or your team, hire expertise to fill the gaps as early as possible.


The timing of contractor engagement impacts the ability to get construction input on structural assembly sequence & detailing.


A bracing plan is important, and has a large effect on installation. Establish a bracing plan early and integrate it into the connection details. A good bracing plan allows the connections to assist with temporary stability and requires over-designing, but saves time, money, headaches, and patching.

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Reasons to engage the services of a CLT installer during design: — gives rigour to cost and scope — gets structural modelling info and connection details — provides site sequencing and mobilization info — provides contractor costs for installation


Specs are often poorly organized on mass timber projects, resulting in discrepancies between general notes, specs, instructions, and expectations. Do not copy and paste from old doculments just because mass timber is a material that people are unfamiliar with. Throw away the old and start by stating assumptions.


Costs can easily inflate for MEP (mechanical, electrical, plumbing). Contractors go to suppliers for pricing, suppliers add contingency costs, contractors add their own contingency, and the cost can inflate enough to kill the project.


Spec a target tolerance. Contractually this is difficult to hold to, but provides a method to explain the importance of the allowable tolerance.


Mass panel installation advice: — Full scale mockup is a benefit, allows best practices to be developed and solutions identified prior to construction. — “Install prefab guardrail systems between columns on the perimeter and pre-determine tie-off points for worker safety” — Manufacturers need to clearly identify and locate balanced panel lifting points. — Pre plan and optimize truck load stacks, delivery schedules and erection sequencing