6 Must-Haves When Building a New Home to Protect Against the Impacts of Climate Change
The Bautex Wall System achieves all the must-haves for a new home to protect against the impacts of global climate change. Bautex Blocks are disaster-resistant, energy-efficient, healthy, and sustainable.
New Home Construction is on the Rise
In the United States (U.S.), construction of single-family homes in 2019 is expected to grow by nearly 9 percent. With all this new construction, there are several must-haves when building a new home in 2019. Top on the list is methods and materials that protect against the consequences of climate change.
New Homes Must Protect Against the Impacts of Climate Change
According to the Fourth Annual Climate Assessment recently put out by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, the earth’s climate is now changing faster than at any point in the history of modern civilization, mainly as a result of human activities. In the U.S., the impacts of global climate change are already being felt and are projected to intensify in the future if actions are not taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Consequences of Global Warming are Extensive
Increasing Temperatures: Average temperatures have risen across the lower 48 states since 1901. Eight of the top 10 hottest years on record have happened since 1998. Average global temperatures show a similar pattern, with all of the top 10 hottest years on record worldwide occurring since 1998. The impacts of increasing temperatures are extensive.
Seas are warming, rising, and getting more acidic
Storm activity in the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean, and the Caribbean have increased over the past 20 years
Snow cover and glaciers are shrinking, and sea ice is retreating
Higher temperatures are expected to increase the amount of moisture that evaporates from water and land, which will also cause rainfall patterns to shift
As temperatures have heated up over the past century, the occurrences and duration of droughts have increased in the American West
Drought is a factor attributed to larger and more frequent wildfires and longer wildfire seasons.
Increasing Precipitation: Total yearly precipitation has increased over land areas in the U.S. and worldwide. However, changing weather patterns have caused specific regions, such as the Southwest, to experience less precipitation than usual. Notably, nine of the top 10 years for extreme one-day precipitation events in the U.S. have occurred since 1990. Consequently, flooding is becoming more frequent along the U.S. coastline.
Six Must-Haves When Building a New Home
The six must-haves when building a new home will protect a family and their home from fire, flood, and severe wind events. In addition, the design, methods, and materials must create an energy-efficient and healthy home. Bautex Wall System is an ideal building product for achieving all these must-haves when building a new home.
1. Fire-Resistant Home Design
In 2017, 2,630 people in the U.S. were killed in their homes by fire, which makes fire-resistant design a must-have when building a new home. Sadly, the recent wildfire in Paradise, California destroyed 6,700 buildings, almost all were homes. Fire-resistant homes are essential for protecting today’s homeowners and their house against increasing wildfires. Critical components of a fire-resistant house include passive fire protection shields and fireproof exterior roofs, walls, vents, window, and door.
2. Flood-Resistant Home Design
Building a flood-resistant home, particularly in flood hazard zones, is an important must-have when building a new home. Flood-resistant houses protect against flooding and excessive rain and from tides and storm surges. Also, the design of a home in a flood hazard zone must be according to the American Society of Civil Engineers ASCE 24 Standard. The flood-resistant design must include elevated structures, products that can get wet, and design assemblies that quickly dry when exposed to moisture.
3. Wind Resistant Home Design
Building a wind-resistant home with a continuous load path from roof to foundation is a vital must-have for a new home. A continuous load path is critical to holding a house together during high wind events. A continuous load path ensures that when a load, including lateral (horizontal) and uplift loads, puts pressure on a home, the load will move from the roof, wall and other parts to the foundation and into the ground. A strong continuous load path is key to holding the roof, walls, floors, and foundation together during a severe wind event.
4. New Homes Must Be Energy-Efficient
In 2019, energy-efficient designs that achieve net-zero energy use are a must-have in new home construction. An energy-efficient home has continuous insulation, products with thermal mass, high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, controlled ventilation, and energy-efficient windows, doors, and electronics.
5. New Homes Must Be Healthy
A healthy home design promotes sustainable practices and an indoor environment quality (IEQ) that is safe, healthy, and quiet. The IEQ of a home significantly impacts the health, comfort, and overall wellbeing of the family. IEQ attributes include applying proper ventilation, maximizing daylighting, controlling moisture, optimizing acoustic performance, and avoiding the use of materials with high-VOC emissions.
6. An Excellent Choice for New Home Construction is the Bautex Wall System
The Bautex Wall System provides all the must-haves for building a new home that is disaster-resistant, energy-efficient, durable, and healthy.
Bautex Blocks are Fire-Resistant
An excellent product for fire-resistant home construction is Bautex Wall System. Bautex Blocks meet and exceed the industry’s standard for fire resistance. The Blocks have an ASTM E119 fire rating of four-hours and ASTM E84 reported values for flame speed of zero and smoke development of twenty (Bautex never catches fire and extremely low amounts of smoke are released when burned). They also achieve the NFPA 101 code because the Bautex Blocks meet the NFPA 286 and E 84 fire testing standards.
Bautex Blocks are Flood-Resistant
The Bautex Wall System is a superb material choice for a home in a high- or low-risk flood zone. The Bautex Wall System is moisture resistant. It will not degrade when wet and it keeps its original shape and durability during and after a flood. Also, the application of the Bautex AMB 20-WP Air and Moisture Barrier and proper sealants to the exterior of the wall helps to prevent moisture getting into the walls. Furthermore, Bautex Blocks are inorganic; therefore, not a food source for mold and mildew. Importantly, the Bautex Wall System can be used to meet the ASCE 24 criteria for flood-resistant products.
Bautex Blocks are Wind-Resistant
The Bautex Wall System provides the strength and resilience to resist the heavy winds and flying debris during a severe wind event, like a hurricane or tornado. The Bautex Wall System fulfills the FEMA 361 and FEMA 320 guidance in storm zones with wind speeds up to 250 miles per hour. The Bautex Block also has the mass and strength to withstand the impact of wind-driven debris at speeds more than 100 mph, keeping people and property safe.
Bautex Blocks are Energy-Efficient
The Bautex Wall System is a superior high thermal mass product that minimizes air and moisture infiltration and provides continuous insulation. The Bautex Wall System provides an R-14 continuous insulation that meets, if not exceeds, the codes and standards of the latest energy codes.
Bautex Blocks Create a Healthy Home
Bautex Wall System helps to create a healthy indoor environment that is safe and quiet, which will and enhance the comfort and productivity of the family.
Bautex Blocks have no volatile organic compound (VOC) emittance
The Bautex Wall System insulated concrete wall system reduces the transfer of sound from the outside to the inside of a structure. In fact, the Bautex Wall System received a high Sound Transmission Class (STC) rating of 51 and a high Outdoor-Indoor Transmission Class (OITC) performance rating of 47.