Press Release

Bautex Systems Receives QAI Product Listing For Fire-Resistant Testing Performance

Archi­tects and con­struc­tion prod­uct spec­i­fiers have a new choice for build­ing wall sys­tems that meet the most strin­gent fire-resis­tance stan­dards in the Unit­ed States and Cana­da. Bau­tex Sys­tems today announced that the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem is now a part of the QAI Prod­uct List­ing Pro­gram in its Con­crete Forms cat­e­go­ry. Its list­ing, #B1075-1, cov­ers Unit­ed States and Cana­di­an stan­dards for the 4-hour Load Bear­ing Fire-Resis­tance-Rat­ed Wall Assem­bly” as con­firmed by the ASTM E119 test pro­gram.

As build­ing codes evolve to require more ener­gy effi­cient build­ing envelopes, builders and archi­tects need safer build­ing mate­ri­als such as Bau­tex Block that improve a wall’s fire-resis­tance, because some insu­lat­ed wall sys­tems and mate­ri­als may be haz­ardous under extreme heat or flame.

A third-par­ty test­ing, inspec­tion and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion orga­ni­za­tion, QAI Lab­o­ra­to­ries, con­firms that tests per­formed on the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem were con­duct­ed prop­er­ly. They also peri­od­i­cal­ly con­duct fac­to­ry qual­i­ty assur­ance inspec­tions to demon­strate that Bau­tex prod­ucts con­tin­ue to be man­u­fac­tured to the same stan­dards as the prod­ucts test­ed under the QAI list­ing.

Bau­tex Sys­tems’ Pres­i­dent Paul Brown notes that the QAI list­ing makes it easy for archi­tects to doc­u­ment how they are achiev­ing the fire rat­ing required on a spe­cif­ic project, and to man­age the approval process with local inspec­tors and code offi­cials. We’re proud to achieve the QAI list­ing so that our cus­tomers can have con­fi­dence in the tests per­formed on the Bau­tex Block and wall assem­bly,” he says. Archi­tects and con­trac­tors now have a new wall sys­tem option that deliv­ers the insu­la­tion and ener­gy per­for­mance required by the build­ing codes while also pro­vid­ing sig­nif­i­cant fire-resis­tance capa­bil­i­ties at the same time.”

Test walls built with Bau­tex Block have passed fire-resis­tance tests accord­ing to the fol­low­ing stan­dards:

  • ASTM E119Stan­dard Test Meth­ods for Fire Tests of Build­ing Con­struc­tion and Mate­ri­als,” includ­ing an applied load of 105,000 pounds*;
  • UL 263Fire Tests of Build­ing Con­struc­tion and Mate­ri­als;”
  • NFPA 251Stan­dard Meth­ods of Fire Tests of Build­ing Con­struc­tion and Mate­ri­als;” and
  • CAN/ULC S101Fire Endurance Tests of Build­ing Con­struc­tion and Mate­ri­als.”