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, #B10751, 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.”