May 31, 2017

Bautex Wall Assembly for Concrete Block House Construction

The benefits of concrete house construction make concrete a smart material choice for today’s home builders. Concrete homes are disaster-resistant, energy-efficient, fire-resistant, noise-reducing, pest-resistant low-maintenance, and healthy.  Also, concrete homes are aesthetically pleasing and can be designed to look like wood-framed houses. Concrete homes are also a good investment. A concrete house usually cost more to build than a wood-frame house; however, once constructed, a concrete house quickly recoups the initial costs with lower utility and upkeep costs. Concrete homes are a good choice for homeowners concerned about safety, energy efficiency and creating a healthy, low maintenance lifestyle.

Concrete Homes are Disaster Resistant

Concrete homes provide the resilient construction needed to withstand hurricane-force winds of 250 mile-per-hour winds and wind-borne debris with little to no structural damage. The strength and durability of concrete protects both the structure and provides safety and shelter to the occupants from extreme weather and natural disasters. When properly constructed, a concrete house can also ensure the short-term survival of its occupants after a disaster. Concrete is the best choice of material when designing for disaster resistance.

Bautex Block Wall Assembly is Disaster Resistant

Bautex Block Wall Assembly meets the FEMA 320 and FEMA 361 guidelines in storm zones with possible wind speeds up to 250 miles per hour. The Bautex™ Blocks also meet or exceed  ICC-500 and FEMA standards for debris impact.

Concrete Homes are Energy Efficient

The thermal mass of a concrete wall system, along with insulation, creates a tight thermal building envelope .  A home with a tight thermal envelope conserves energy. In fact a study by the Portland Cement Association found that houses with Concrete walls had five to nine percent greater energy savings than wood-framed houses. Concrete walls also are less drafty and maintain a more even temperature throughout a home than wood and steel built homes. Additionally, concrete homes can be designed with smaller-capacity equipment for the heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning; a further saving to homeowners. Concrete house construction is the best material choice for creating an energy efficient home.

Bautex Block Wall Assembly is Energy Efficient

Bautex Block Wall Assembly creates an energy efficient building envelope that is compliant with the latest building codes. Bautex Block wall provide an R-14 continuous insulation; far exceeding 2015 IECC recommendations for mass wall assemblies.

Concrete is a Healthy Home Choice

Because the average American spends about 90 percent of every day indoors, much of that in their homes, it is vital the home be healthy. A healthy home utilizes materials that minimize occupants exposure to toxins, molds, outside allergens, and radon. Concrete wall assemblies are an excellent material choice when building a healthy home.

  1. Concrete has lower volatile organic compound (VOC) emittance than wood.. VOCs can cause nose, eye and throat irritations, headaches, nausea and damage to the kidney, liver and central nervous system. Some organics can even cause cancer in animals and humans.
  2. Concrete has much more resistant to mold and mildew than wood.. Mold in homes can cause headaches, severe respiratory infections, and immune system disorders.  
  3. Concrete wall assemblies reduce the infiltration of outside allergens to the inside of the home.  

Bautex Block Wall Assembly is the Healthy Choice

Bautex AMB 20 air and moisture barrier applied to the block wall prevents air and moisture infiltration to the interior of a home. Preventing wet and damp spots in a home is vital to stopping the growth of mold. Mold is a problem because it produces allergens and irritants. Touching or inhaling mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in some individuals.

Concrete Homes Reduce Outside Noise

Homes built with insulated concrete block walls allow less outside noise to enter the home by one-fourth to one-eighth compared to wood-built homes. Insulated concrete blocks are an excellent choice to ensure a sound proof exterior wall.

The Bautex Block Wall Assembly Keep Noise Outside

The Bautex Wall System reduces the transfer of sound from the outside to the inside of a structure. In fact, the Bautex Wall System (when finished with one thin layer of plaster on the inside wall surface and thin applied stucco on the exterior wall surface) received a high Sound Transmission Class (STC) rating of 51 and a high Outdoor-Indoor Transmission Class (OITC) performance rating of 47.

Concrete Homes are Fire Resistant

In the event of a fire, insulated concrete walls limit the spread of flames compared to wood walls. Insulated concrete block walls also do not burn, bend or soften like steel. Insulated concrete blocks meet the thermal performance required by the International Residential Code (IRC) and International Building Code (IBC) without additional insulation and are capable of achieving a fire rating of up to four hours before applying a finish. For a fire resistant home, concrete construction is a good choice.

Bautex Insulated Concrete Block Walls are Fire Resistance

Bautex Block Wall Assembly meet and exceed industry's standard for fire resistance. They have an ASTM E119 fire rating of four-hours (twice the two-hour requirement), and an ASTM E84 reported values for flame speed of zero and smoke development of twenty. Because the blocks meet the E84 and NFPA 286 they essentially meet the NFPA 101 code.

Concrete Homes are Pest Proof and Low Maintenance

Concrete house construction is more termite-resistant than wood construction. In the American Southeast, where termites are widespread, this is of particular importance.The last benefit of concrete house construction is there is less repair and maintenance because concrete is less susceptible to rot like wood or rust like steel. Concrete house construction is a good choice for a pest proof home that is relatively low maintenance.

There are many benefits of concrete construction. Concrete homes are disaster-resistant, energy-efficient, fire-resistant, noise-reducing,pest-resistant, low-maintenance, and healthy.  For homeowners looking to build a strong, durable home that will last for generations to come, concrete construction is the best choice. Visit Bautex Systems for more information on the benefits of concrete house construction.