How Bautex Makes Building a Home Affordable

There are many steps involved in planning to build a new home, and cost is always a primary con­sid­er­a­tion for both the builder and the owner. This is espe­cial­ly true when it comes to selecting building materials. 

Budgeting concerns often play a large role in why tra­di­tion­al building materials are chosen instead of newer, more advanced options. If it’s newer and better, then it must cost more, right?

Not nec­es­sar­i­ly.

Benefits of the Bautex Wall System

The Bautex Wall System is an afford­able wood-frame alter­na­tive for a wide range of home sizes.

Because the wall system is a complete structure + envelope solution in a single inte­grat­ed system, it has several benefits in the con­struc­tion phase: Sim­pli­fied design and con­struc­tion, accel­er­at­ed project timelines and sub­stan­tial­ly reduced risk by reducing the amount of labor and the number of trades required to complete a building.


The benefits of using Bautex don’t stop after con­struc­tion. Home­own­ers also expe­ri­ence many incen­tives when they choose this type of wall system:

  • Resilience to flooding, storms and other natural disasters
  • Lower energy costs
  • Lower cost of main­te­nance and repairs
  • Better resale values
  • Lower insurance premiums

These unique features make the Bautex Wall System very cost-effective when compared to tra­di­tion­al con­struc­tion methods — espe­cial­ly wood frame con­struc­tion. Let’s look at tra­di­tion­al wood framing to get a better under­stand­ing of how Bautex saves more time and money during and after the con­struc­tion phase. 

How a Traditional Home Is Built

Problems with Light Frame Construction Using ICF


The overall chal­lenges builders face when con­struct­ing wood-framed homes are much harder to navigate compared to using a Bautex Wall System. Material costs and labor shortages have a big impact on the cost of building tra­di­tion­al wood houses.

Tra­di­tion­al wood-framed homes require more materials to achieve a lot of the same benefits that are already included in an ICF wall system. For example, for­ti­fy­ing a wood frame to make it more resilient against natural disasters can result in a 30% cost increase. Insu­la­tion, moisture pro­tec­tion and other add-ons to make wood frames more energy efficient will also add to the cost of the home. 

Tariffs placed on lumber by Canada and China have also caused the price of lumber to fluctuate dra­mat­i­cal­ly. These actions are predicted to cause an increase in the cost of a newly-built wood-framed home by approx­i­mate­ly $9,000.

Overall, wood frame con­struc­tion uses much more labor for longer periods of time compared to using the Bautex Block Wall System. When it comes to labor, wood frame con­struc­tion requires several different types of labor to complete each task in the process.

The need for more skilled labor to complete a project is often hindered by labor shortages. There is a definite supply and demand issue when it comes to qualified labor in con­struc­tion, resulting in a 5% annual increase in labor costs for res­i­den­tial con­struc­tion workers.


How a Bautex Home Is Built

Bautex Blocks are insulated concrete forms (ICFs) that create a grid of columns and beams. The blocks are stacked and installed with hor­i­zon­tal and vertical rein­force­ment bars in the vertical and hor­i­zon­tal​“cores” within the block. 

Concrete is then poured into all the cores to create a con­tin­u­ous grid of steel-rein­forced concrete. As shown in the graph above, this whole process can be done by one trade, saving time and money.

The Bautex Wall System is highly com­pet­i­tive when it comes to price and offers several cost-saving incen­tives compared to tra­di­tion­al construction: 

  • Reduced Materials: This simple, inte­grat­ed wall system requires fewer materials and com­po­nents compared to tra­di­tion­al wall assemblies.
  • Fewer Steps: The wall system is a complete exterior structure and building envelope using one system in one stream­lined con­struc­tion process.
  • Less Labor: Exterior walls are con­struct­ed by a single trade quickly, with less labor, and without the need for specialty skills.
  • Faster Schedule: Get​“dried-in” quicker with higher pro­duc­tion rates, stream­lined and more compact schedules, and reduced coor­di­na­tion issues and delays.

Simpler Process: Simpler design leads to labor savings and reduced con­struc­tion risk with less rework and reduced warranty costs.

Bautex Works With Many Construction Types

Because of its struc­tur­al stability and load-bearing capa­bil­i­ty, the Bautex Wall System is perfect for many uses including homes, multi-family res­i­dences, office and retail buildings, gov­ern­ment buildings and schools. You also have more design freedom and flex­i­bil­i­ty when you use this wall system. 

The Bautex Block is designed for the con­struc­tion of one- to three-story buildings. More complex designs that feature arches and curved walls are also possible using Bautex Blocks. The blocks can even be hollowed out to form concrete columns or beams within the wall, or steel elements can be inte­grat­ed when necessary.

Let’s Take a Look at Three Unique Bautex Homes:

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The Bautex Wall System was used to create a resource-efficient and low main­te­nance home that can stand up to harsh Texas climates.

  • Low Energy Costs: The Dixon’s energy bills hit a peak of $120 in the heat of the summer but stay very low 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, 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.


This unique home in Austin, Texas features a 15-car garage as its key design element. The design team created a hybrid structure that inte­grates and garage and living space.

  • Physical Security: The use of Bautex Block 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: The use of Bautex gave the owners a big space that could be hosed out and power washed without worrying about water damage.

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Community First! Village is a 51-acre, master-planned community developed by Mobile Loaves & Fishes to help alleviate home­less­ness in Austin, Texas. This devel­op­ment provides permanent homes for indi­vid­u­als who do not have access to stable housing. 

At Bautex, we are always striving to build healthier and more com­fort­able buildings for people to live and work. 

  • Healthy and Afford­able Housing: Bautex was proud to partner with local char­i­ta­ble orga­ni­za­tions and other archi­tects, builders and man­u­fac­tur­ers to construct better homes for Texas residents. By donating the Bautex Wall System, more people are now free from chronic home­less­ness and have stable housing.

Easy-to-Build Homes: The use of Bautex Blocks made it easy to construct these homes using volunteer help. Some vol­un­teers had no prior con­struc­tion expe­ri­ence but were still able to help in the process.

A Simpler, Faster, More Cost-Effective Way to Build

Achieving the ultimate living expe­ri­ence is not possible using anti­quat­ed tech­nolo­gies like wood framing because they simply do not provide the pro­tec­tion and value you want in a home. The Bautex Wall System provides the highest per­for­mance and long-term value for homes of any size, any style and at every price point.

Planning for your next home? Click below to download the Bautex Res­i­den­tial Guide and find out every­thing you need to know about the Bautex Wall System.

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