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.