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Why Builders Have to Look at Alternatives to Wood Framing, Now!

Res­i­den­tial builders have few alter­na­tives when it comes to wood-frame con­struc­tion. But what many builders actually need in a wood-frame alter­na­tive is a com­mer­cial-grade, cost-effective, proven solution that fits the needs and demands of 21st century home­own­ers. These home­own­ers realize that the tech­nol­o­gy that needs to be put into their homes today doesn’t match the 19th century con­struc­tion tech­nol­o­gy in which their houses are actually being built.

Today, homeowner expec­ta­tions around energy effi­cien­cy, low main­te­nance, resilien­cy, comfort and health are changing. They want a different home­own­er­ship EXPERIENCE. They are concerned with the health and safety issues, such as moisture, wind­storms and fire, that are a big risk with wood framing. The current building codes are also making wood framing more difficult, risky and expensive to build with. In addition, lumber tariffs and shortages of labor and trades is driving up the cost of con­ven­tion­al­ly built homes.

Home­own­ers are increas­ing­ly demanding and expecting more per­for­mance for their dollars. However, builders are stuck between trying to get tra­di­tion­al building systems to meet these per­for­mance goals while keeping projects within budget. For the modern builder, the answer to many of these chal­lenges is simpler than most might think. 

One com­mer­cial building tech­nol­o­gy that has been increas­ing­ly used to construct high-per­for­mance homes in the southern United States is the Bautex Wall System. Bautex is an insulated struc­tur­al wall system that sim­pli­fies con­struc­tion, accel­er­ates schedules, lowers costs and increases building per­for­mance compared to tra­di­tion­al wall assem­blies like wood framing. This insulated concrete block (ICB) building system com­plete­ly replaces exterior framing, sheathing, insu­la­tion and house wrap all in one, inte­grat­ed solution that is installed by one trade.

So, with building systems like Bautex available in the mar­ket­place, what is keeping builders from quickly adopting these powerful tech­nolo­gies? Answering that question and breaking down their reasons may give builders the con­fi­dence and reas­sur­ance that now is the right time to move forward.

Reasons Why Builders Are Apprehensive to Alternatives

1) The way I build today is good enough. Let’s see.

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The most important decision you will make when building a new home is the building system you select. The per­for­mance, dura­bil­i­ty, ease of main­te­nance, and the cost to operate and repair the home is dependent on the way you choose to build. 

However, achieving a healthy, safe and resilient home is simply not possible using anti­quat­ed 19th century tech­nolo­gies like wood framing because they are low per­form­ing, require constant main­te­nance, and do not provide the level of pro­tec­tion and value that today’s home­own­ers are demanding. Some builders have succeeded in achieving mar­gin­al­ly better energy effi­cien­cy with wood framing, but they are still providing sig­nif­i­cant­ly less energy per­for­mance that more advanced building systems.

Addi­tion­al­ly, modern wood frame con­struc­tion practices have done little to improve per­for­mance in other areas including health, safety, comfort and resilien­cy. Wood framed homes continue to be vul­ner­a­ble to moisture- and rot-related health issues. Insu­lat­ing with spray foam also sig­nif­i­cant­ly increases fuel loads and fire risk. 

For home­own­ers who want safe and com­fort­able homes that are easy and efficient to operate and maintain, wood framing is simply not up to the task.

2) Building better costs too much. Does it?

Over the years, builders have exper­i­ment­ed with different building products and tech­niques to achieve a higher per­form­ing home, but most of these have still been based on wood frame con­struc­tion. At best, they have achieved mar­gin­al­ly better per­for­mance, but, based on this expe­ri­ence, many builders have concluded that it costs too much to build a better home. The pos­si­bil­i­ties with wood framing are simply too limited and costly, but builders should not stop there.

For­tu­nate­ly, the Bautex Wall System does not have these same lim­i­ta­tions and provides the quality living and home­own­er­ship expe­ri­ences today’s home buyers want, at com­pet­i­tive price points. By sim­pli­fy­ing con­struc­tion of a home into one inte­grat­ed struc­tur­al envelope system, Bautex makes high-per­for­mance con­struc­tion afford­able. Best of all, building a home with Bautex has proven to be cost-effective across a wide range of home sizes and con­struc­tion budgets.

3) Changing my process is too difficult. Is it really?

The instal­la­tion of Bautex walls are the first step after the foun­da­tion and is usually done in one con­tin­u­ous process. Once completed, con­struc­tion of the rest of the home continues as normal, except plumbing and elec­tri­cal that are cut and recessed into the Bautex walls in a simple and fast process that does not add cost to the project or greatly change the building process. 

Unlike some alter­na­tive building systems, Bautex does not require spe­cial­ized instal­la­tion crews, giving builders the flex­i­bil­i­ty to choose the right team for each project. Builders continue to work with the trades they already know and work with daily. 

Builders also benefit by working directly with the experts at Bautex and not through dealers or dis­trib­u­tors. To ensure projects get started fast and on the right track, Bautex provides training and support to both builders and their sub­con­trac­tor trades. Bautex has the right team and a proven process to help projects move forward effi­cient­ly and make builders successful. 

Successful Projects, Real Results

Of course, the best indicator that it is time to move forward with con­sid­er­ing alter­na­tives to wood frame con­struc­tion is seeing others build suc­cess­ful­ly. Over the years, Bautex has completed many res­i­den­tial projects across a broad range of budgets and home styles. 

Bautex homes are now being suc­cess­ful­ly con­struct­ed in the South, Southwest, Midwest and Gulf Coast of the United States. Builders are con­firm­ing that building with Bautex is straight forward and cost effective, and home­own­ers are enjoying a better living expe­ri­ence in their Bautex homes.

Now, Let’s Get Started!

When you build a Bautex home, you work directly with the Bautex team of con­struc­tion veterans who will guide you in building the home your clients are demanding. Bautex offers a formal training program for builders and their sub­con­trac­tors, which gives them preferred con­trac­tor pricing and extended access to Bautex technical services and con­trac­tor support.

Schedule an intro­duc­tion to Bautex or a con­trac­tor training by calling Bautex at (855) 9228839 or by email at [email protected]​bautexsystems.​com. You can also send us your latest building plans for a full project eval­u­a­tion.


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