Building Smart and Sustainable Communities With Bautex

When designing and building today’s homes, it’s important to have an in-depth under­stand­ing of home­buy­ers’ expec­ta­tions. As the trend toward sus­tain­able housing continues, you need to ensure the building materials you use will help create eco-friendly and energy-efficient communities. 

Let’s review some recent trends to better under­stand what you can do to meet the needs of home­buy­ers, including using more sus­tain­able building materials for the framework of the homes you design and build. 

What Today’s Homebuyers Want

Green building has become increas­ing­ly popular in recent years. As home­buy­ers become more envi­ron­men­tal­ly conscious, using sus­tain­able building materials is now more of a main­stream practice compared to just a decade ago. 

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Here are some recent sta­tis­tics showing just how important sus­tain­able building is:

  • According to a survey conducted by the National Asso­ci­a­tion of Home Builders (NAHB), home­buy­ers want design elements that help them save money on energy costs and improve the indoor air quality of their homes. 
  • Energy-saving features (including ENERGY STAR® appli­ances, windows, etc.) and whole-house green cer­ti­fi­ca­tion are just some of the most sought after home features. 
  • 74 percent of home buyers prefer features and finishes made of more expensive materials that will last longer, compared to just 26 percent who would choose cheaper materials that need to be replaced more often.
  • Nearly half of home­buy­ers are willing to invest between $1,000 and $9,999 for $1,000 annual savings on their utility bills, with 37 percent willing to spend upward of $10,000.

What Does This Mean for Builders and Developers?

Builders and devel­op­ers should cap­i­tal­ize on these home buying trends by incor­po­rat­ing more smart and sus­tain­able features into their buildings. Knowing what we do about recent trends in home buying, there are some building materials you should consider using to help create an all-around more sus­tain­able structure. 

For example, the type of wall system you choose plays a major role in a home’s longevity and sets the framework for the sus­tain­abil­i­ty of your home design. While wood frame con­struc­tion remains a popular choice through­out the United States, there are sig­nif­i­cant issues with its cost, struc­tur­al integrity and resilience. 

Wood frame con­struc­tion poses several chal­lenges that can impact the sus­tain­abil­i­ty of your home designs. These potential issues can dra­mat­i­cal­ly increase con­struc­tion costs and labor, delay project timelines and com­ple­tion dates, and decrease the home’s overall level of energy effi­cien­cy. These issues include:

  • Moisture accu­mu­la­tion within the wall assembly
  • Limited fire pro­tec­tion and resistance
  • Sus­cep­ti­bil­i­ty to termites and other pests
  • Lacking strength, dura­bil­i­ty and resilience to withstand natural disasters

Choosing a more sus­tain­able framework like insulated concrete forms (ICFs) ensures you are building a 21st century home that will offer sus­tain­abil­i­ty and energy-effi­cien­cy for years — even gen­er­a­tions — to come. While the initial costs of sus­tain­able building materials may seem higher than more tra­di­tion­al options, the overall savings often offset the building costs. 

The Bautex Wall System is a great example of a cost-effective wall system that is energy-efficient and designed to outlast and out­per­form wood frame construction.

Build Your Residential Communities Using Bautex



By sim­pli­fy­ing con­struc­tion of a home into one inte­grat­ed struc­tur­al envelope system, Bautex makes high-per­for­mance con­struc­tion afford­able. In fact, Bautex homes have proven to be cost-effective across a wide range of home sizes and con­struc­tion budgets — an ideal feature when you are planning living com­mu­ni­ties that will attract a wide range of homebuyers.

The Bautex Wall System sim­pli­fies con­struc­tion, accel­er­ates schedules, lowers costs and increases building per­for­mance compared to tra­di­tion­al wall assem­blies like wood framing. They are also easy to install, fire-rated, noise-reducing and storm-resistant. 

The Bautex Wall System com­plete­ly replaces exterior framing, sheathing, insu­la­tion and house wrap to be an all-in-one, inte­grat­ed solution that is installed by one trade. Because the system only requires one trade to build the frame, con­trac­tors can reduce coor­di­na­tion chal­lenges between multiple trades and the chance for costly delays. 

The Bautex Wall System only takes four steps to install: 

  1. Bautex Blocks, composite concrete insu­lat­ing forms (ICF)
  2. Rebar, which is placed easily into the forms
  3. Concrete to pour into the blocks as you reach a floor, roof or planned height
  4. An Air and Moisture Barrier applied directly on the blocks

Provide the Energy-Efficient Features Homebuyers Want

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The Bautex Wall System delivers a high-level of con­tin­u­ous insu­la­tion and creates a tight energy-efficient envelope. Con­tin­u­ous insu­la­tion in the con­struc­tion of a wall’s assembly stops the flow of heat by con­duc­tion, con­vec­tion and radiation. It also prevents thermal bridging, which is a common issue with more tra­di­tion­al framing options. 

When applied, the addition of the Bautex Air and Moisture Barrier creates another energy-efficient layer to protect the home. It reduces thermal con­vec­tion and thermal radiation by pre­vent­ing air, moisture and ultra­vi­o­let waves from passing through the wall. 

The Bautex Wall System meets the thermal per­for­mance level required by the Inter­na­tion­al Res­i­den­tial Code (IRC) and the Inter­na­tion­al Building Code (IBC). It is also a popular choice for resilient design and follows the national building codes for water, earth­quake, storm and fire resistance.

Choose From Several Design Options

From practical to more creative and modern designs, the Bautex Wall System adds the same high level of strength and flex­i­bil­i­ty to all home designs. The walls of a Bautex home plan are wider (10 inches) than the walls of a wood-framed home plan (about 4 — 6 inches), so there are more design options available — a feature that is valuable to both builders and homebuyers. 

ICFs are also easy to shape and cut, making them an ideal choice for custom-designed homes that boast special features like cathedral ceilings, oversized openings, curved walls, long ceiling spans and custom angles. 

See How Others Use Bautex

Along with sus­tain­abil­i­ty, ver­sa­til­i­ty is an important benefit of using the Bautex Wall System. Using Bautex means you can create a unique visual aesthetic without com­pro­mis­ing the integrity of your designs for homes and entire living communities.

Let’s look at some examples of how the Bautex Wall System was used to create res­i­den­tial buildings that vary in style and budget.

AutoHaus: An Energy-Efficient Hybrid Residence and Collector’s Garage



This energy-efficient home in Austin, Texas inte­grates a 15-car garage and living space that provides:

  • Physical Security: Bautex Blocks provided pro­tec­tion from physical and envi­ron­men­tal damage while also making the cars visible and acces­si­ble to the owners.
  • Sim­pli­fi­ca­tion of Wall Design: The wall system provides structure, enclosure and insu­la­tion in a single inte­grat­ed and robust package. Only stucco and plaster finishes were added to the walls to complete them.
  • Dura­bil­i­ty and Low Main­te­nance: Using the Bautex Wall System gave the owners a big space that could be hosed out and power washed without causing water damage.

The Dixon Residence: An Energy-Efficient “Forever Home”

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Located in Dripping Springs, Texas, the Bautex Wall System was used to create a resource-efficient and low main­te­nance home that with­stands the harsh Texas climate.

  • Low Energy Costs: Energy bills hit a peak of $120 in the Texas summer but stay very low for the rest of the year. This home is solar and net-zero ready.
  • 100% Rainwater: 20,000-gallon cistern is located inside the thermal envelope under the bedroom wing to provide clean and fresh water and doubles as a​“thermal mass” heat sink to create more stable indoor tem­per­a­tures year-round.
  • Low Main­te­nance: Solid walls with durable finishes give the owners a sense of living in something that will last forever and take very little maintenance.

Bautex Fast Track: An Integrated Design and Construction Platform for Builders and Developers

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The Bautex Fast Track program for res­i­den­tial con­struc­tion is an inte­grat­ed design and con­struc­tion platform that allows devel­op­ers and builders to deliver next-gen­er­a­tion homes faster and at com­pet­i­tive market prices.

You can create hundreds of different home designs and be ready to build in less than 30 days. 

The Bautex Fast Track includes:

  • Localized archi­tec­tur­al plans ready for permit and construction
  • Complete struc­tur­al engi­neer­ing of foun­da­tion and walls
  • Multiple interior design packages and product ordering information
  • Optimized mechan­i­cal engi­neer­ing design and equipment plan
  • Inte­grat­ed Solution Team providing con­struc­tion support

The first Bautex Fast Track program is tailored to urban infill lots that are common in most cities with lot widths as small as 40 feet. The program provides seven different floor plan con­fig­u­ra­tions for single-family, duplex and a new accessory dwelling unit (ADU) option. The program will also include six archi­tec­tur­al ele­va­tions and two interior design packages to choose from.

If you are inter­est­ed in joining the Bautex Fast Track, click here and fill out the form at the bottom of the page. 

Bautex Is Here to Help

We’re committed to helping builders and devel­op­ers construct the most sus­tain­able, healthy and resilient buildings possible, and our building materials are designed to help you achieve sus­tain­able design goals: 

  • Max­i­miz­ing home energy efficiency
  • Improving home occupant health, safety and welfare
  • Creating quiet and thermally com­fort­able indoor spaces
  • Increas­ing home resilience and lifespan
  • Incor­po­ra­tion of post-indus­tri­al recycled content
  • Offering region­al­ly man­u­fac­tured building materials

Click here and tell us what your questions are, and our team will get back to you promptly. 


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