Mass timber construction is becoming more common place and accepted on larger structures throughout the United States. Its benefits including efficiency, stability, sustainability, and aesthetics have contractors, designers and project managers enthusiastic about the direction of construction.
While this construction type may have many positive factors, there’s still risk that comes with it. While it’s said that mass timber may not necessarily be as much of a fire hazard as traditional wood frame construction, research and testing are still being completed to evaluate how this construction type performs in a fire. For builders risk coverage, it has many of the same exposures that exist in a traditional wood frame constructed building and should be underwritten and assessed with these exposures in mind.