Building Science

Continuous Insulation Improves Efficiency and Exceeds Building Codes

Building owners benefit from years of greatly reduced energy costs

Archi­tects and con­trac­tors that specify the use of con­tin­u­ous insu­la­tion can improve energy effi­cien­cy while meeting the increas­ing­ly stringent spec­i­fi­ca­tions of recent building codes. The Bautex Wall System provides any building with an R‑14 con­tin­u­ous­ly insulated wall system.

In wall systems with framing members that span the width of the wall (such as wood framing, steel framing, CMU, tilt panel), adding a layer of con­tin­u­ous insu­la­tion to the outside of the wall becomes absolute­ly critical for energy efficiency.

For example, in a com­mer­cial building located in Central or South Texas (2012 IECC climate zone 2) built with wood framing, the pre­scrip­tive R‑value tables require either an R‑20 cavity insu­la­tion, or a com­bi­na­tion of R‑13 cavity insu­la­tion and an addi­tion­al R‑3.8 of con­tin­u­ous insu­la­tion on the outside of stud members.

In buildings with metal-stud con­struc­tion in the same region, the pre­scrip­tive code requires an R‑5.0 con­tin­u­ous insu­la­tion in addition to the R‑13 cavity insu­la­tion that is usually specified.

The Bautex Wall System provides any building with an R‑14 con­tin­u­ous­ly insulated wall system. Bautex enables archi­tects and con­trac­tors to be confident that the building will surpass the energy effi­cien­cy demands of even the most stringent building codes. And building owners will realize years of sub­stan­tial, reliable savings from reduced energy costs.

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