Press Release

Bautex Wall System Passes Storm Shelter and Safe Room Testing


The Bautex Wall System, a composite insu­lat­ing concrete form (ICF) man­u­fac­tured by Bautex Systems, LLC, has completed testing that demon­strates the achieve­ment of United States and inter­na­tion­al safety standards for building products used in the con­struc­tion of storm shelters and safe rooms. Based on these results, the Bautex Wall System also meets the Florida Building Code and the Texas Depart­ment of Insurance require­ments for windstorm debris pen­e­tra­tion resistance.

Testing on the Bautex Wall System was conducted at the Wind Science & Engi­neer­ing Research Center, Debris Impact Test Facility in Lubbock, Texas. During these tests, several Bautex walls were shot with framing lumber at speeds that simulate con­di­tions in hur­ri­canes and tornados with wind speeds up to 225 miles per hour. In every case tested, the Bautex Wall System prevented the pro­jec­tile from pen­e­trat­ing into the interior side of the test wall, demon­strat­ing the life saving potential of the wall system.

The Bautex wall assem­blies tested meet the Federal Emergency Man­age­ment Agency FEMA 320 and FEMA 361 guide­lines for res­i­den­tial and community safe rooms in storm zones with potential wind speeds up to 200 miles per hour (Zone III). By meeting the FEMA require­ments for wind debris pen­e­tra­tion, the Bautex Wall System provides near-absolute pro­tec­tion” in extreme weather events for buildings located in all coastal regions of the United States. 

These results provide further evidence sup­port­ing the dura­bil­i­ty and safety benefits of building with composite insu­lat­ing concrete forms. The video of the Bautex wind debris test can be seen on the Bautex YouTube® channel. For more infor­ma­tion on the Bautex Wall System and these windstorm debris test protocols and results, please download the full test report at bau​texsys​tems​.com.