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?
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
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:
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: A 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.
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.