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Simpson Strong-Tie New BTCT ™ Brick Ties Meet Changing Canadian Building Codes

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Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, is expanding its line of brick ties with model BTCT, which meets the new requirements under the National Building Code of Canada.

Standard brick ties currently on the market meet the prescriptive requirements of Part 9 of the National Building Code of Canada (NBC 2015). In 2024, the Provincial jurisdictions are adopting the new building code (NBC 2020), which requires brick ties to be laid on the brick or into the mortar and then fastened into the backup material. Previously, brick ties were attached to the wood backup material and then bent into place so they sit in the mortar, attaching the veneer to the wood structure and keeping the non-structural brick wall in place. 

Under the new requirements, compliant brick ties must be: 
– Pre-bent ¼” from the fastener hole 
– Post hot-dipped galvanized with a minimum coating thickness of 2.6 mils
– 20-gauge thickness 

In addition to meeting the requirements of Part 9 of the NBC, the new BTCT brick ties also align with CSA Standard A370, which permits their use in commercial applications. 

“Brick ties provide an essential connection between the building’s structural framing and brick or stone façade. The new BTCT brick tie is a solution that allows Canadian builders and masonry contractors to meet the latest codes while avoiding inspection callouts and mitigating future liability,” said Tim Bell, Product Manager for Simpson Strong-Tie. 

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Simpson Strong-Tie is the world leader in structural solutions — products and technology that help people design and build safer, stronger homes, buildings, and communities. As a pioneer in the building industry, we have an unmatched passion for problem solving through skillful engineering and thoughtful innovation. Our structural systems research and rigorous testing enable us to design code-listed, value-engineered solutions for a multitude of applications in wood, steel, and concrete structures. Our dedication to pursuing ever-better construction products and technology and to surrounding our customers with exceptional service and support has been core to our mission since 1956. For more information, visit and follow us on FacebookTwitterYouTube and LinkedIn.


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Source: Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc.