Progress Review: What We’ve Learned

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.

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What We Have Learned

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.

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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. 

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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.

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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?


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