Press Release

Bautex Block Passes Key Building Materials Fire Safety Tests


Bau­tex Sys­tems, LLC, a man­u­fac­tur­er of ener­gy effi­cient wall sys­tems for com­mer­cial con­struc­tion, has earned high marks in key fire safe­ty tests for the Bau­tex Block, a build­ing prod­uct made from a spe­cial­ly for­mu­lat­ed insu­lat­ing com­pos­ite mate­r­i­al that uti­lizes recy­cled com­po­nents. The Bau­tex Block is the pri­ma­ry com­po­nent of the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem – a com­mer­cial con­crete wall sys­tem that inte­grates strength, dura­bil­i­ty, ener­gy effi­cien­cy and design flex­i­bil­i­ty at a cost that is com­pet­i­tive with tra­di­tion­al build­ing meth­ods.

QAI Lab­o­ra­to­ries con­duct­ed the ASTM E84-11, Stan­dard Method of Test for Sur­face Burn­ing Char­ac­ter­is­tics of Build­ing Mate­ri­als” test, which mea­sures how quick­ly flames spread across a build­ing mate­r­i­al and the amount of smoke that is devel­oped when the prod­uct ignites. Dur­ing the 10-minute test where the Bau­tex Blocks were sub­ject­ed to intense direct flame from gas burn­ers, no flame spread was observed and extreme­ly low smoke lev­els were detect­ed. This result­ed in a flame spread index of 0 and a smoke devel­op­ment index of 20, earn­ing the Bau­tex Block the high­est NFPA Class A and IBC Class A clas­si­fi­ca­tions.

At the same time, QAI Lab­o­ra­to­ries also con­duct­ed the NFPA 286, Stan­dard Meth­ods of Fire Tests for Eval­u­at­ing Con­tri­bu­tion of Wall and Ceil­ing Inte­ri­or Fin­ish to Room Fire Growth” test, which deter­mines how far flames spread and how much heat is gen­er­at­ed dur­ing a fire in an actu­al build­ing struc­ture. To sim­u­late typ­i­cal built con­di­tions, the 15-minute room cor­ner burn test was first con­duct­ed with 5÷8” gyp­sum dry­wall attached to the inside of the 8 foot by 12 foot room con­struct­ed of Bau­tex Block. To fur­ther prove the fire resis­tance qual­i­ties of Bau­tex Block, a sec­ond test was con­duct­ed on unfin­ished Bau­tex Block. In both tests, lab tech­ni­cians observed extreme­ly low heat release and tem­per­a­ture rise, and absolute­ly no flame spread, clear­ly meet­ing the NFPA 101 Life Safe­ty Code® for both fin­ished and unfin­ished walls.

We knew the prod­uct would per­form well in these fire tests, but we were very pleased to see that the Bau­tex Block far exceed­ed our expec­ta­tions,” said David Sterne, Vice Pres­i­dent of Sales and Busi­ness Devel­op­ment for Bau­tex Sys­tems. The tech­ni­cians at the lab were skep­ti­cal at first since 85% of our prod­uct is recy­cled foam plas­tic, but by the end of our week of test­ing, the cement-EPS for­mu­la­tion we devel­oped for the Bau­tex Block proved to be high­ly effec­tive in resist­ing the spread of flames and smoke in a sim­u­lat­ed struc­ture fire.”

Bau­tex Sys­tems is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing archi­tects, engi­neers and build­ing con­trac­tors with all the tools and data nec­es­sary to design and build struc­tures that rad­i­cal­ly improve the built envi­ron­ment. Exten­sive prod­uct test­ing is just one way that Bau­tex exceeds the demands of design. Test reports, design tools and many oth­er resources can be found at bau​texsys​tems​.com.