Residential

Concrete Block House Construction The Benefits & Best Way To Build

concrete block house construction

The ben­e­fits of con­crete block house con­struc­tion make con­crete a smart mate­r­i­al choice for today’s home builders. Con­crete block hous­es are dis­as­ter-resis­tant, ener­gy-effi­cient, fire-resis­tant, noise-reduc­ing, pest-resis­tant low-main­te­nance, and healthy. Also, con­crete block homes are aes­thet­i­cal­ly pleas­ing and can be designed to look like wood-framed hous­es. Con­crete homes are also a good invest­ment. A con­crete house usu­al­ly cost more to build than a wood-frame house; how­ev­er, once con­struct­ed, a con­crete house quick­ly recoups the ini­tial costs with low­er util­i­ty and upkeep costs. Con­crete homes are a good choice for home­own­ers con­cerned about safe­ty, ener­gy effi­cien­cy and cre­at­ing a healthy, low main­te­nance lifestyle.

Concrete Block Houses are Disaster Resistant

Con­crete block hous­es pro­vide the resilient con­struc­tion need­ed to with­stand hur­ri­cane-force winds of 250 mile-per-hour winds and wind-borne debris with lit­tle to no struc­tur­al dam­age. The strength and dura­bil­i­ty of con­crete pro­tects both the struc­ture and pro­vides safe­ty and shel­ter to the occu­pants from extreme weath­er and nat­ur­al dis­as­ters. When prop­er­ly con­struct­ed, a con­crete block house can also ensure the short-term sur­vival of its occu­pants after a dis­as­ter. Con­crete is the best choice of mate­r­i­al when design­ing for dis­as­ter resis­tance.

Bautex Block Wall Assembly is Disaster Resistant

Bau­tex Block Wall Assem­bly meets the FEMA 320 and FEMA 361 guide­lines in storm zones with pos­si­ble wind speeds up to 250 miles per hour. The Bau­tex™ Blocks also meet or exceed ICC-500 and FEMA stan­dards for debris impact.

Concrete Block Homes are Energy Efficient

The ther­mal mass of a con­crete wall sys­tem, along with insu­la­tion, cre­ates a tight ther­mal build­ing enve­lope . A home with a tight ther­mal enve­lope con­serves ener­gy. In fact a study by the Port­land Cement Asso­ci­a­tion found that hous­es with Con­crete walls had five to nine per­cent greater ener­gy sav­ings than wood-framed hous­es. Con­crete walls also are less drafty and main­tain a more even tem­per­a­ture through­out a home than wood and steel built homes. Addi­tion­al­ly, con­crete homes can be designed with small­er-capac­i­ty equip­ment for the heat­ing, ven­ti­lat­ing, and air-con­di­tion­ing; a fur­ther sav­ing to home­own­ers. Con­crete house con­struc­tion is the best mate­r­i­al choice for cre­at­ing an ener­gy effi­cient home.

Bautex Block Wall Assembly is Energy Efficient

Bau­tex Block Wall Assem­bly cre­ates an ener­gy effi­cient build­ing enve­lope that is com­pli­ant with the lat­est build­ing codes. Bau­tex Block wall pro­vide an R‑14 con­tin­u­ous insu­la­tion; far exceed­ing 2015 IECC rec­om­men­da­tions for mass wall assem­blies.

Concrete is a Healthy Home Choice

Because the aver­age Amer­i­can spends about 90 per­cent of every day indoors, much of that in their homes, it is vital the home be healthy. A healthy home uti­lizes mate­ri­als that min­i­mize occu­pants expo­sure to tox­ins, molds, out­side aller­gens, and radon. Con­crete wall assem­blies are an excel­lent mate­r­i­al choice when build­ing a healthy home.

  1. Con­crete has low­er volatile organ­ic com­pound (VOC) emit­tance than wood. VOCs can cause nose, eye and throat irri­ta­tions, headaches, nau­sea and dam­age to the kid­ney, liv­er and cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem. Some organ­ics can even cause can­cer in ani­mals and humans.
  2. Con­crete has much more resis­tant to mold and mildew than wood. Mold in homes can cause headaches, severe res­pi­ra­to­ry infec­tions, and immune sys­tem dis­or­ders.
  3. Con­crete wall assem­blies reduce the infil­tra­tion of out­side aller­gens to the inside of the home.

Bautex Block Wall Assembly is the Healthy Choice

Bau­tex AMB 20 air and mois­ture bar­ri­er applied to the block wall pre­vents air and mois­ture infil­tra­tion to the inte­ri­or of a home. Pre­vent­ing wet and damp spots in a home is vital to stop­ping the growth of mold. Mold is a prob­lem because it pro­duces aller­gens and irri­tants. Touch­ing or inhal­ing mold or mold spores may cause aller­gic reac­tions in some indi­vid­u­als.

Concrete Block Homes Reduce Outside Noise

Homes built with insu­lat­ed con­crete block walls allow less out­side noise to enter the home by one-fourth to one-eighth com­pared to wood-built homes. Insu­lat­ed con­crete blocks are an excel­lent choice to ensure a sound proof exte­ri­or wall.

The Bautex Block Wall Assembly Keep Noise Outside

The Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem reduces the trans­fer of sound from the out­side to the inside of a struc­ture. In fact, the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem (when fin­ished with one thin lay­er of plas­ter on the inside wall sur­face and thin applied stuc­co on the exte­ri­or wall sur­face) received a high Sound Trans­mis­sion Class (STC) rat­ing of 51 and a high Out­door-Indoor Trans­mis­sion Class (OITC) per­for­mance rat­ing of 47.

Concrete Block Homes are Fire Resistant

In the event of a fire, insu­lat­ed con­crete walls lim­it the spread of flames com­pared to wood walls. Insu­lat­ed con­crete block walls also do not burn, bend or soft­en like steel. Insu­lat­ed con­crete blocks meet the ther­mal per­for­mance required by the Inter­na­tion­al Res­i­den­tial Code (IRC) and Inter­na­tion­al Build­ing Code (IBC) with­out addi­tion­al insu­la­tion and are capa­ble of achiev­ing a fire rat­ing of up to four hours before apply­ing a fin­ish. For a fire resis­tant home, con­crete con­struc­tion is a good choice.

Bautex Insulated Concrete Block Walls are Fire Resistance

Bau­tex Block Wall Assem­bly meet and exceed indus­try’s stan­dard for fire resis­tance. They have an ASTM E119 fire rat­ing of four-hours (twice the two-hour require­ment), and an ASTM E84 report­ed val­ues for flame speed of zero and smoke devel­op­ment of twen­ty. Because the blocks meet the E84 and NFPA 286 they essen­tial­ly meet the NFPA 101 code.

Concrete Homes are Pest Proof and Low Maintenance

Con­crete house con­struc­tion is more ter­mite-resis­tant than wood con­struc­tion. In the Amer­i­can South­east, where ter­mites are wide­spread, this is of par­tic­u­lar impor­tance. The last ben­e­fit of con­crete house con­struc­tion is there is less repair and main­te­nance because con­crete is less sus­cep­ti­ble to rot like wood or rust like steel. Con­crete house con­struc­tion is a good choice for a pest-proof home that is rel­a­tive­ly low main­te­nance.

There are many ben­e­fits of con­crete con­struc­tion. Con­crete homes are dis­as­ter-resis­tant, ener­gy-effi­cient, fire-resis­tant, noise-reducing,pest-resistant, low-main­te­nance, and healthy. For home­own­ers look­ing to build a strong, durable home that will last for gen­er­a­tions to come, con­crete con­struc­tion is the best choice. Vis­it Bau­tex Sys­tems for more infor­ma­tion on the ben­e­fits of con­crete house con­struc­tion.