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.