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.