Building Science

Bautex Block – Plumbing and Wiring

Install Pipes and Wiring After Concrete is Poured

Mechan­i­cal items 2” diameter or smaller, elec­tri­cal and plumbing can be installed after the wall is completed. Con­trac­tors simply cut out channels in the surface of the block with wood­work­ing tools and recess the conduit and elec­tri­cal boxes inside the wall. The entire wall has 2” of insu­lat­ing material on the inside and outside, and there is a lot of flex­i­bil­i­ty in where you can install plumbing and wiring.

For vertical plumbing items over 2” diameter, con­trac­tors may install a chase on the inside face of the Bautex Block wall or move the item to an adjacent, con­ven­tion­al­ly framed interior wall. This method is similar to other masonry or concrete walls.

Unlike masonry, concrete or tra­di­tion­al ICF walls, it is easy to install both after concrete is poured. The concrete forms a grid, and within the grid are 10”x10” areas, located every 16”, where pipes and wiring can be routed through the wall.