THE BAUTEX BLOCK

INSULATING CONCRETE FORM (ICF)

The Bau­tex Block is a composite insulating concrete form (ICF) that makes design sim­pler, con­struc­tion faster, and build­ings per­form bet­ter. The blocks are large ele­ments that are light­weight and easy to install by a sin­gle per­son. The blocks serve as forms for build­ing a steel-rein­forced con­crete wall where the blocks stay in place after the con­crete is installed to pro­vide enclo­sure and insu­la­tion for the build­ing.

Bau­tex Block has been ful­ly test­ed and is rec­og­nized by inter­na­tion­al build­ing codes. Today, the blocks are man­u­fac­tured in a ful­ly auto­mat­ed and high pro­duc­tion facil­i­ty in Cen­tral Texas uti­liz­ing an inno­v­a­tive patent­ed process.

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HIGH-PERFORMANCE MATERIALS

The basic mate­r­i­al tech­nol­o­gy used in the Bau­tex Block is over 60 years old, and has been used exten­sive­ly in Europe and Asia. The con­cept was to cre­ate a light­weight con­crete mix­ture that would be durable and high­ly insu­lat­ing. The Bau­tex com­pos­ite mate­r­i­al is sim­ply reg­u­lar con­crete (Port­land cement, sand, rock, and water) where the sand and rock have been replaced by expand­ed poly­styrene (EPS).

The ben­e­fits of the com­pos­ite mate­r­i­al are clear. EPS is light­weight and high­ly insu­lat­ing. Portland cement is durable and fire resis­tant. The Bau­tex EPS-Cement composite mate­r­i­al is light­weight, insu­lat­ing, fire-resis­tant, sound reduc­ing, and immune to mold, mildew and decay.

The result is a durable and light­weight block that make con­struc­tion fast and sim­ple while pro­vid­ing tremen­dous per­for­mance ben­e­fits to our built infra­struc­ture.

EPS-CEMENT COMPOSITE

Portland Cement
Strong, stable, durable and resistant to fire, water and decay.
Expanded Polystyrene
Lightweight, insulating, resistant to mold growth, and sound reducing.

PERFORMANCE SUMMARY

PROPERTY VALUE RESULT
Density 22 lbs/ft³ Lightweight material that makes construction simpler
Compressive Strength <100 lbs/in² Material is not load-bearing but durable for concrete pouring
R-Value R-1.84/in yield an R-14 c.i. system Insulation greater than energy codes
Fire Flame Spread: 0 and Smoke Develop: 20 Class-leading fire resistance. 4-hour fire rating.
Mold & Mildew ASTM G21: 0 No mold or mildew growth
Sound STC: 51 and OITC: 49 High sound reduction
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LAB TESTED. CODE RECOGNIZED.

THE BAUTEX WALL SYSTEM
Insulating Concrete Forming

The Bau­tex Block Wall Sys­tem has been eval­u­at­ed for use as inte­ri­or or exte­ri­or, rein­forced, load-bear­ing or non-load-bear­ing walls. Bau­tex meets the require­ments of the 2018, 2015, 2012, and 2009 Inter­na­tion­al Build­ing Code (IBC) and the 2018, 2015, 2012, and 2009 Inter­na­tion­al Res­i­den­tial Code (IRC).

IAP­MO® UESTM Eval­u­a­tion Report Num­ber 559 has been issued for the Bau­tex Block Wall Sys­tem.

APPLICABLE STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS PERFORMANCE
ASTM E84 - Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials Flame Spread: <25 Smoke Development: <450 Flame Spread: 0 Smoke Development: 20
ASTM E119 - Standard Test Methods for Fire Tests of Building Construction and Materials (Unfinished Bautex Wall under load). Conforms to UL 263, NFPA 251, and CAN/ULC S101. Declared Value Fire resistance rating of 4 hours, load bearing
NFPA 286 - Standard Methods of Fire Tests for Evaluating Contribution Of Wall And Ceiling Interior Finish To Room Fire Growth (Unfinished Bautex Wall) Pass Meets NFPA 101 Life Safety Code®
NFPA 286 - Standard Methods of Fire Tests for Evaluating Contribution Of Wall And Ceiling Interior Finish To Room Fire Growth (Finished with 5/8” gypsum drywall) Pass Meets NFPA 101 Life Safety Code®
ASTM C518 - Standard Test Method for Steady-State Thermal Transmission Properties by Means of the Heat Flow Meter Apparatus Declared Value R-value per inch: 1.84 R-value system: 14 c.i. (thermal mass wall)
ASTM G21 - Standard Practice for Determining Resistance of Synthetic Polymeric Materials to Fungi Score: 0 to 4 Score: 0, No Growth Detected on Surface of Sample
ASTM E90 - Standard Test Method for Laboratory Measurement of Airborne Sound Transmission Loss of Building Partitions and Elements (Finished Bautex Wall) Declared Value STC: 51 OITC: 47
ICC 500 - ICC/NSSA Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters Protocol 1 & 2 Hurricane Unfinished: 200 mph Finished: 225 mph
FEMA 320 - Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building a Safe Room for Your Home or Small Business Protocol 3 Hurricane Protocol 4 Tornado Unfinished: 160 mph Finished: 250 mph
FEMA 361 - Design and Construction Guidance for Community Safe Rooms Protocol 3 Hurricane Protocol 4 Tornado Unfinished: 160 mph Finished: 250 mph

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