Life Safety

Designing Building That Will Stand Up to Texas Storms

One thing is certain about those of us who live in Texas: we want buildings that can withstand natural disasters. This is espe­cial­ly true for busi­ness­es that need to protect their financial assets and avoid the cost of lost business during repair or rebuilding. 

We also all want to avoid injuries or loss of life in res­i­den­tial or com­mer­cial buildings hit by these cat­a­stroph­ic events.

Many buildings built to code are still not as safe as they could be. There are products and systems available today that can improve the safety of a building without adding to the con­struc­tion costs, and it’s worth learning about them and what you can gain from using them.

While sites like Popular Mechanics showcased a variety of building products that can withstand every­thing from tornadoes to hur­ri­canes, building solid walls should be a major focus in any building project.

Storm-proof buildings come in different forms, and it’s important to think beyond durable doors and windows. Solid walls help a building hold up when it’s hit with hurricane-force winds, tornadoes, or snowstorms.

Let’s look at why storm­proof buildings are so popular and how you can afford­ably make them even safer.

Protecting Against Hurricanes

Over the last several years, there have been some questions about why there aren’t more homes built to withstand hur­ri­canes. We continue to see homes along the gulf fall apart like a house of cards when hit by a disaster.

There have already been attempts to build stronger homes, even if they tend to look strange or futur­is­tic. In some cases, storm-proofing has even meant creating dome-shaped homes to withstand the strongest winds.

But we don’t have to settle for such extreme solutions to make sure our buildings withstand all manner of storms. Rather than using wood or metal-framed con­struc­tion, we can simply use a stronger wall system to bring more safety, along with several other benefits.

Better wall systems are available, while also being easier to install, helping con­trac­tors and builders build faster.

Protection from Tornadoes

We’ve seen our share of tornadoes around the United States, and some areas in the southern U.S. are par­tic­u­lar­ly vul­ner­a­ble. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, far too many buildings in these regions don’t have the kind of rein­force­ment that would minimize tornado damage.

Espe­cial­ly in one- to three-story buildings, using a stronger wall system helps prevent the chance of collapse due to heavy winds and resists wind-borne debris from pen­e­trat­ing the exterior walls. In fact, FEMA confirms that this kind of con­struc­tion is tornado safe, meaning anyone in your business could stay in the building during a storm with little chance of being hurt.

Using these methods and materials through­out Texas and other tornado-prone states could save thousands of lives. As the frequency of tornadoes increases, this becomes all the more important.

Surviving Wild and Neighboring Fires

Con­struc­tion projects in areas prone to wild fires need to use building products with a higher fire rating to protect the buildings, their contents and the occupants. Using durable fire resistant materials also helps prevent the spread of fire to other buildings in close proximity, keeping the fire contained and easier to combat.

Using highly fire resistant products can also help prevent the fire from destroy­ing the building, or at least minimize the damage before the fire depart­ment can arrive on the scene.

An Innovative Solution to Protect Buildings

The inno­v­a­tive Bautex™ Wall System provides superior storm and fire pro­tec­tion, along with several other benefits, making it ideal for buildings in Texas.

The Bautex Wall System combines the strength and fire resis­tance of concrete with the insu­lat­ing prop­er­ties of foam. This easy-to-install and FEMA tested system features a four-hour rating and the con­tin­u­ous insu­la­tion required to meet Texas building codes. It can also be installed up to twice as fast as a CMU wall.

To learn about how this wall system can make your buildings safer, visit our website.