Government

New School Construction

Building better schools requires using better building materials

School districts from across the country are demanding that new school buildings be designed and con­struct­ed to deliver superior levels of per­for­mance while also providing the most energy-efficient, safe and effective learning spaces possible – all within a strict budget.

Under increas­ing pressure to rein in costs, meet new, more stringent building codes and reduce their envi­ron­men­tal footprint, school districts are now at the forefront of a growing trend of energy-efficient and sus­tain­able con­struc­tion practices.

Districts are raising their standards for efficient systems. The building envelope is a major factor because energy codes are becoming stricter. Using the right building materials, like Bautex Block, is key to con­struct­ing a better, safer building envelope. Read more in our White Paper, Lead­er­ship in School Con­struc­tion.

2015 IBC codes mandate that critical emergency oper­a­tions centers (911, some fire and police stations, some hospitals) and all Group E occu­pan­cies (such as schools) must have ICC 500 compliant storm shelters for all of the building occupants, and this applies to areas in the 250 MPH wind zone — much of north and west Texas. This means that new schools in Tornado Alley” of North, West Texas will require safe rooms” for pro­tec­tion against wind­storms as of Sept. 1, 2016. See map. Read more about safe room standards.