Bautex Blocks Create Energy-Efficient Homes in Hot, Humid, and Wet Houston

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Build­ing a Bau­tex Block home in humid, hot, and wet Hous­ton ensures a tight build­ing enve­lope that is ener­gy-effi­cient and con­trols mois­ture intru­sion and accu­mu­la­tion.

Mois­ture-resis­tance and ener­gy-effi­cien­cy are essen­tial fea­tures in Hous­ton home where there is an aver­age annu­al rel­a­tive humid­i­ty in the morn­ing of 90 per­cent and an annu­al high tem­per­a­ture of 80°F. Fur­ther­more, the region’s wet cli­mate, due to hur­ri­canes and fre­quent heavy rains, results in aver­age annu­al pre­cip­i­ta­tion of 49.8 inch­es, often occu­pied with dan­ger­ous flood­ing.

A Hous­ton house built with the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem pro­vides an ener­gy-effi­cient, durable, healthy, and com­fort­able home that will lessen a homeowner’s main­te­nance, repair, and ener­gy costs.

Building an Energy-Efficient Home in Hot, Humid, and Wet Houston

An ener­gy-effi­cient house in hot, humid, and wet Hous­ton is vital to con­trol­ling ener­gy bills and pre­vent­ing mois­ture accu­mu­la­tion with­in the wall sys­tems. Fur­ther­more, ener­gy effi­cient homes in Hous­ton ben­e­fit the envi­ron­ment by using less ener­gy. Crit­i­cal ele­ments of an ener­gy-effi­cient Hous­ton home include a mois­ture con­trol plan, a tight build­ing enve­lope, site ori­en­ta­tion, and the place­ment of the win­dows, rooms, and duct­work.

A Moisture Control Plan for an Energy-Efficient Home in Houston

Builders and archi­tects of ener­gy-effi­cient homes in Hous­ton must con­sid­er the wet cli­mate and exces­sive humid­i­ty of the region. Cru­cial to the design of an ener­gy-effi­cient home in Hous­ton is con­trol­ling mois­ture entry, accu­mu­la­tion, and removal. Three vital com­po­nents for pre­vent­ing mois­ture intru­sion and accu­mu­la­tion in a Hous­ton home are exte­ri­or drainage sys­tems, a weath­er-resis­tant bar­ri­er (WRB), and a high-qual­i­ty heat­ing, ven­ti­la­tion, and air con­di­tion­ing (HVAC) sys­tem.

Exterior Drainage Components for Controlling Moisture Intrusion to an Energy-Efficient Home in Houston

Exte­ri­or drainage com­po­nents for the walls, foun­da­tion, roof, sky­lights, doors, and win­dows pro­vide some pro­tec­tion from mois­ture accu­mu­la­tion in a wall sys­tem from ground­wa­ter and rain­wa­ter. For exam­ple, canopies keep water away from win­dows, over­hangs keep water away from walls, and site grad­ing keeps mois­ture away from the foun­da­tion perime­ters.

How­ev­er, cladding sys­tems can still absorb vast amounts of mois­ture; there­fore, the design of wall sys­tems must also con­sid­er the inward flow of mois­ture from rain and ground­wa­ter.

Weather-Resistant Barriers for Controlling Moisture Intrusion and Accumulation

A weath­er-resis­tant bar­ri­er (WRB) is a cru­cial ele­ment of a wall sys­tem for air and mois­ture con­trol in a Hous­ton home. A WRB pro­tects a house from water and air infil­tra­tion. A high-qual­i­ty WRB is both mois­ture- and air-resis­tant and ensures a home is ener­gy-effi­cient, healthy, com­fort­able, and durable.

An HVAC System for Controlling Air and Moisture in an Energy-Efficient Home in Houston

A cor­rect­ly installed HVAC sys­tem can man­age the mois­ture lev­els in the air-con­di­tioned spaces of a house in hot and humid Hous­ton. With­out a con­trolled ven­ti­la­tion sys­tem, mois­ture lev­els will increase, which can cause con­den­sa­tion on win­dow sur­faces and give rise to sur­face mold, as well as con­den­sa­tion with­in walls and roof areas. A con­trolled ven­ti­la­tion sys­tem is cru­cial to remov­ing excess mois­ture from the air-con­di­tioned spaces of a home in humid and hot Hous­ton.

Energy-Efficient Homes in Houston Require Tight Building Envelopes

A tight build­ing enve­lope min­i­mizes heat gains and mois­ture intru­sion and is crit­i­cal to cre­at­ing a dry and cool house in Hous­ton. Essen­tial for an ener­gy effi­cient and tight build­ing enve­lope is con­tin­u­ous insu­la­tion (CI) and an air and mois­ture bar­ri­er. Con­tin­u­ous insu­la­tion, along with an air and mois­ture bar­ri­er, stops mois­ture intru­sion and air leaks. The enve­lope must con­sid­er all the exte­ri­or com­po­nents of the home: the walls, foun­da­tion, roof­ing, and doors and win­dows.

The Walls of an Energy-Efficient Home in Houston

The walls of an ener­gy-effi­cient home should con­tribute towards a tight build­ing enve­lope that stops heat gains or loss­es by con­duc­tion, con­vec­tion, and ther­mal radi­a­tion. An ener­gy-effi­cient home in Hous­ton should have walls with a rea­son­ably high effec­tive R-val­ue. Ener­gy-effi­cient walls are a cru­cial com­po­nent of a tight build­ing enve­lope of a Hous­ton home.

The Roofing of an Energy-Efficient Home in Houston

A cool roof of an ener­gy-effi­cient home in Hous­ton pro­tects against solar heat gains and keeps the home and attic spaces cool. For exam­ple, mate­ri­als like slate are a good roof­ing prod­uct for an ener­gy-effi­cient, cool roof because they reflect the sun’s rays. In con­trast, dark­er roof­ing mate­ri­als, like asphalt shin­gles are not a good prod­uct for a cool roof because they absorb the sun’s heat, which will move to the inside of a home. Cool roofs lim­it solar heat gains, lessen ener­gy bills, and improve the indoor com­fort for home­own­ers in hot and humid Hous­ton.

The Door and Win­dows of an Ener­gy-Effi­cient Home in Hous­ton

The doors, win­dows, and sky­lights of an ener­gy-effi­cient house in Hous­ton lessen ener­gy use and save home­own­ers mon­ey. Design of an ener­gy-effi­cient house should include ener­gy-effi­cient doors, win­dows, and sky­lights appro­pri­ate to Houston’s cli­mate zone.

Site and Room Orientation of an Energy-Efficient Home in Houston

Cor­rect site ori­en­ta­tion of a Hous­ton house is key for tak­ing advan­tage of the sun’s ener­gy. In Hous­ton, north-south ori­en­ta­tion of a house lessens direct sun­light dur­ing the sum­mer (which low­ers cool­ing demands) and max­i­mizes day­light dur­ing the cold­er months (which decreas­es heat­ing needs).

Room ori­en­ta­tion is also a vital con­sid­er­a­tion of an ener­gy-effi­cient home in Hous­ton.

  • East-fac­ing rooms have good sun in the morn­ing and are cool in the late after­noon, which is fit­ting for kitchens and bed­rooms.
  • North-fac­ing rooms have good day long sun and suit­able for com­mon areas, like the liv­ing room.
  • West-fac­ing rooms get the late day sun, so uncom­fort­able for kitchens and bed­rooms.
  • South-fac­ing rooms have low lev­els of sun expo­sure and most appro­pri­ate for util­i­ty areas like the garage and laun­dry room.

Loca­tion of Duct­work of an Ener­gy-Effi­cient Home in Hous­ton

For an ener­gy-effi­cient home in Hous­ton, it is crit­i­cal to locate the duct­work inside the home’s enve­lope. Ducts placed in uncon­di­tioned areas can increase cool­ing costs by 15 per­cent. Fur­ther­more, in hot, humid, and wet regions like Hous­ton, mois­ture will col­lect on the over­heat­ed duct­work.

Building an Energy-Efficient Home in Houston with the Bautex Wall System

The Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem are a high ther­mal mass wall prod­uct that pro­duces a tight build­ing enve­lope for an ener­gy-effi­cient and mois­ture-resis­tant home in Hous­ton. The Bau­tex Block meets the ther­mal per­for­mance set by the IRC and IBC and pro­vides an R-14 con­tin­u­ous insu­la­tion that meets, if not goes beyond, the stan­dards of the ASHRAE 90.1.

Impor­tant­ly, apply­ing the Bau­tex AMB 20 air and mois­ture bar­ri­er to the Bau­tex Blocks pro­duces a mois­ture-resis­tant, air­tight house, crit­i­cal in hot, wet and humid Hous­ton. The Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem is an excel­lent prod­uct choice for an ener­gy-effi­cient and mois­ture-resis­tant home in Hous­ton.