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.