Exploding Population in Dallas Demands Modern ICF Housing

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The pop­u­la­tion in the Dallas met­ro­pol­i­tan area is growing, and so is the need for new and modern housing. Top on the list of require­ments for these new homes is energy-effi­cien­cy, health, safety, and dura­bil­i­ty. An ideal product for building new homes in Dallas are the Bautex insulated concrete forms (ICFs). The Bautex Wall System is energy-efficient and moisture‑, wind‑, and fire-resistant. Bautex Blocks are also resistant to rot and termites.

Why are So Many People Moving to Dallas?

Young pro­fes­sion­als, growing families, and retirees are flocking to Dallas for its thriving business industry, excellent employ­ment rate, high gross met­ro­pol­i­tan product (GMP), lack of state income tax, mild weather, and more. All these cir­cum­stances have created the need for new housing. Impor­tant­ly, the new home con­struc­tion boom is giving Dallas the oppor­tu­ni­ty to establish, on a large scale, a housing market that is modern, energy-efficient, disaster-resistant, and low main­te­nance. These char­ac­ter­is­tics will ensure green, safe, and durable homes for the current and future residents of Dallas.

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington is the Fastest Growing Area in the United States

In 2017, Dallas’ met­ro­pol­i­tan area pop­u­la­tion reached 7,399,662, according to Census estimates and in May 2018, it was named the ninth most populous city in the United States (U.S.). Impor­tant­ly, last year the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington met­ro­pol­i­tan area’s pop­u­la­tion increased by 146,000 — the most of all metros area in the U.S.

Dallas-Fort Worth Area High Employ­ment Rate

Dallas-Fort Worth ranks second for year-over-year increases in nonfarm payroll employ­ment in met­ro­pol­i­tan areas. Dallas employ­ment rose 3.2 percent this past year, compared to the national job count increase of 1.6 percent. Among the twelve biggest met­ro­pol­i­tan areas in the country, Dallas ranked second in the number of jobs added over the year and third in the annual rate of job growth.

Dallas Achieves the Fourth Highest Predicted GMP in the U.S.

The fore­cast­ed gross met­ro­pol­i­tan product (GMP) in 2018 for Dallas- Fort Worth — Arlington Texas was 576.5 billion current U.S. dollars. Dallas ranked fourth highest GMP for all U.S. met­ro­pol­i­tan areas.

Home Building is Booming in Dallas — Fort Worth Region

The increas­ing pop­u­la­tion in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington has created a vast need for new housing. In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau September 2018 report ranked the Dallas- Fort Worth region the number one market for housing starts (4336) in the United States. With the boom in housing starts in Dallas, several home building trends are emerging that aim towards energy-efficient, healthy, safe, and durable homes. Homes built with the Bautex Wall System will achieve all these market demands.

Bautex Wall System Creates Energy-Efficient Homes in Hot and Humid Dallas

An essential home building trend in hot and humid Dallas is con­struct­ing energy-efficient homes. An energy-efficient house has a tightly sealed thermal envelope, con­trolled ven­ti­la­tion, energy-efficient windows, doors, and high-effi­cien­cy heating and cooling systems. It is vital when con­struct­ing an energy-efficient home in Dallas to use thermal mass and con­tin­u­ous insu­la­tion wall systems.

An insulated concrete form (ICF) wall system is an excellent solution to building an energy-efficient home in Dallas. The Bautex Wall System is a type of ICF that provides con­tin­u­ous insu­la­tion, high thermal mass, and low air and moisture infil­tra­tion. The Bautex Wall System has an R‑14 con­tin­u­ous insu­la­tion that surpasses the codes and standards of the ASHRAE 90.12015 IECC energy codes.

Building Healthy Homes in Dallas with Bautex ICFs

A crucial home building trend in Dallas is ensuring a healthy home. A healthy home has an indoor envi­ron­ment that is safe for the family. A healthy home design considers many indoor envi­ron­men­tal factors, including indoor air quality (IAQ). Excellent IAQ is accom­plished by correctly installing the air and moisture barriers and avoiding products with high-VOC emissions. An ideal product for stopping air and moisture infil­tra­tion to the interior of the home is the Bautex Air and Moisture Barrier. Also, Bautex Blocks have zero percent VOC emissions.

Building Disaster-Resilient Homes in Dallas with Bautex ICFs

Dallas sits on the southern end of Tornado Alley. Also, drought con­di­tions have produced wide­spread dryness in veg­e­ta­tion that gives fuel to wildland fires. Therefore, it is essential in Dallas to build disaster-resilient homes. Disaster-resistant home design in Dallas should include flood- wind- and fire-resistance.

  • Flood-resistant design in flood hazard zones includes elevated struc­tures, products that can get wet, and systems that quickly dry when exposed to moisture.
  • Wind-resistant home design and con­struc­tion must protect against flying debris and strong wind.
  • Fire-resistant design of a house includes passive fire pro­tec­tion shields, and fireproof exterior walls, window, door, roofs, and vents.

For­tu­nate­ly, the Bautex Wall System achieves all the spec­i­fi­ca­tions for building a flood‑, wind- and fire-resistant home.

  • The Bautex Wall System is a superb material choice for a flood-resistant wall because they are moisture-resistant, durable, permeable, and resistant to mold and mildew.
  • The Bautex Wall System has the resis­tance to withstand the heavy winds and flying debris of the most severe winds. The Bautex Wall System achieve the Federal Emergency Man­age­ment Agency FEMA 320 and FEMA 361 rec­om­men­da­tions in storm zones with winds of 250 miles per hour. The Bautex Wall System also has the strength and mass to withstand the impact to wind-driven debris at speeds exceeding than 100 mph.
  • Bautex Block walls are fire resistant. Bautex Block Wall System has an ASTM E119 fire rating of four-hours, and an ASTM E84 value for flame speed of zero and smoke devel­op­ment of 20. Because the Blocks meet the E84 and NFPA 286 they also achieve the NFPA 101 code.

Building Durable Homes in Dallas with Bautex ICF

A critical home building trend in Dallas is ensuring a durable house by using long-lasting con­struc­tion products. Durable products save home­own­ers money and time by lessening main­te­nance and repairs to their homes. An excellent durable con­struc­tion material for a new Dallas home is the Bautex Block System.

  • Bautex Blocks are durable because they are moisture-resistant, so not sus­cep­ti­ble to wood rot, which dimin­ish­es the integrity of a house.
  • Bautex Blocks are termite-resistant because they are not an organic material, Termites need organic materials to survive.

Dallas’ thriving economy and job market have created a need for many new homes. High on the list of demands for these new homes are energy-efficient, healthy, safe, and durable. An ideal product for building new homes in Dallas is the Bautex ICFs. Bautex ICFs are energy-efficient, moisture‑, wind‑, and fire-resistant, and resist rot and termites.