A Simpler Approach to Building: Austin Roadshow Recap

Over 45 building pro­fes­sion­als gathered in Austin, Texas for an AIA-approved course hosted by Bautex Systems in March. The course covered safe and efficient con­struc­tion of insulated concrete block walls and demon­strat­ed tech­niques for building durable and more resilient walls that can also be assembled quickly and with a fewer number of trades involved.

The attendees included archi­tects, builders, engineers, and owners from a wide range of res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial firms. Chris Leonard, Bautex’s Director of Oper­a­tions and Technical Services, gave an overview of Bautex’s design and con­struc­tion processes, reviewing the wall system’s per­for­mance data and design considerations.

Build Faster With Fewer Trades

Bautex’s Duane Holloway walked through the Bautex building process, answering questions from the audience as he built out the 8 by 7 foot wall (just over 53 square feet). Duane was able to build the wall in fifteen minutes, with the rebar placed, a window cut out and the wall formed, and braced.

The short build time demon­strat­ed the schedule and labor savings that can be achieved using the Bautex Wall System. The Bautex team empha­sized the following four-step approach to guarantee a suc­cess­ful wall pour.

  1. Planning: Have the right mix design approved, the right crew on site, and walls ready to pour.
  2. Pre-Wetting the Walls: Soak the Bautex walls with water prior to pouring. This soaking encour­ages concrete flow within the wall and proper curing.
  3. Con­sol­i­da­tion: Have a concrete vibrator available to con­sol­i­date concrete when needed. Having the right high-flow, high-slump concrete ensures adequate flow through the wall’s cores.
  4. Ver­i­fi­ca­tion: Visually watch and probe the wall, during and after pouring, to ensure concrete placement and consolidation.

Audience members were given the Bautex Instal­la­tion Guide and Wall Pour Checklist, which further detail these steps.

The event gave attendees the oppor­tu­ni­ty to expe­ri­ence Bautex hands-on as well as build con­nec­tions in the industry. For more infor­ma­tion on a faster, simpler way to build, check out our upcoming tour dates.