As we look back at the work we’ve done, the projects completed and the impact we’ve had on improving lives and advancing the way the world builds, we have learned how the Bautex product, people and process have crystallized into an incredible tool ensuring the success of owners, architects and builders by creating home environments that are healthy, safe, energy-efficient, resilient and set for years to come.
The map below is the evidence! It shows the extent of the Bautex footprint and its impact on the home building industry here in Texas.
We have worked with many architects, builders and subcontractors as they have confirmed that Bautex’s innovative technology does indeed Save Time with fewer construction steps and trades, Saves Money with fewer materials and less labor, and Builds Better with energy-efficient, safe, healthy, comfortable and resilient homes that will stand the test of time.
1. Bautex is absolutely cost-competitive with any home building system for insulated homes.
- We had bid numbers for wall scope on par or savings than other wall systems.
- We reduced time for builders through a faster schedule, resulting in more money savings.
- And significant cost savings were found across all home styles.
2. Wood framing is more expensive than most people in the industry assume or believe. Changing owner requirements and building codes are presenting a challenge to this very basic style of construction. Current priorities such as energy efficiency, storm protection, fire safety, health concern, and desire for longer life spans and lower maintenance costs are pushing homeowners to consider alternative building materials. For more information read our Alternate Building Materials blog.
3. Bautex’s technical services and contractor support program that are part of The Bautex Advantage (our proven process) are incredibly valued by project teams and the key to successful innovation in the home building industry. Bautex goes above and beyond what other vendors do, and we become a virtual extension of every project team.
Prominent Projects Completed
When it came time for Karen and her husband Jeff to design and build their own home in the rolling hills north of Central Texas, they had two main priorities: build sustainably and make the home as maintenance-free as possible.
Early in the design process, Karen and Jeff decided they wanted to use Bautex insulating concrete block (ICB) for their home. They understood that by using the Bautex Wall System for the exterior walls, they would maximize the energy efficiency of their home and would also benefit from having a durable and low maintenance home.
The residence is a one-story structure built on the north-facing slope of a hill with incredible views of the Texas hill country. The main living space is built over two large rainwater cisterns that are fully hidden and integrated into the foundation of the home. The cisterns have a combined capacity of 35,000 gallons and provide more than enough water supply for the family for all their needs.
Another notable project is Auto Haus. Architect Matt Fajkus and builder Matt Risinger collaborated on AutoHaus to create a unique living space and garage for a car collector moving to Austin.
In designing this new home, the 15-car garage was a key element of the overall design. The design team created a unique hybrid structure that seamlessly and efficiently integrates the residence and garage spaces.
There were a number of important requirements for this project. First and foremost was the need for a high level of security. The walls also needed a high fire rating to protect the structure and adjoining residence from internal fires that could be caused by the cars themselves.
In order to meet all these important requirements, the architect and the builder decided to use the innovative Bautex Wall System. The Bautex Wall System met all of the owners’ needs for security, safety, moisture resistance, ability to control the temperature and humidity and energy efficiency — all in one integrated wall assembly.
Another project was a 3‑bedroom, 3‑bath, 1,500+ square foot residence built on Padre Island on the Texas coast near Corpus Christi. The coastal home was designed by the Corpus Christi architectural firm, Freeman Schroeder Architects, who have completed several projects with the Bautex Wall System.
In the words of principal architect Ira Freeman,“Bautex is a favorite tool in my toolbox in which to design and build.”
Bautex was selected for this project for many reasons. Because of the Texas coast location, they desired a residence with a high level of resiliency to potential coastal weather conditions, moisture resistance and energy efficiency. These were driving factors in choosing the right products to build with. According to Mr. Freeman,“When you wade through what is out there to build with, the choice was simple.”
Based on what we’ve learned and how far we’ve come, we are very excited for what the new year has in store for residential construction!
So, are you ready to get on board?