5 Reasons to Build a Small, Green, and Eco-Friendly Home

A small eco-friendly house built with the Bautex Block System is healthy, energy-efficient, and durable. A small house designed with Bautex Blocks is also good for the envi­ron­ment and saves money by reducing con­struc­tion time.

A small eco-friendly house allows today’s home­own­ers to live green in style. A thought­ful­ly designed small green home considers the occu­pan­t’s health and comfort. However, other critical goals of a small, energy-efficient and sus­tain­able home are to reduce its impact on the envi­ron­ment and lessen a homeowner’s expenses. A carefully designed and built small and stylish eco-friendly home is healthy, energy-efficient, durable, good for the envi­ron­ment, and quick and easy to construct.

Five Reasons to Build a Small Eco-Friendly Home

1. Small Green Home Designs Protect a Family’s Health

Small green home designs are healthy for families because they utilize products that are moisture-resistant and do not contain volatile organic compounds (VOC). Moisture resis­tance is crucial to pre­vent­ing the growth of mold. Mold is a problem because inhaling or touching it may cause allergic and asthmatic reactions in some people. VOCs are dangerous to the occupants of a home they can damage kidney, liver and central nervous systems. VOCs also can cause nose, eye and throat irri­ta­tions, headaches, and nausea to the occupants of a home. Eco-friendly homes ensure the health of the occupants by utilizing products like the Bautex Wall System, that is moisture-resistant and lacks VOCs.

2. Small Sus­tain­able, Energy-Efficient Homes Save Money

Small eco-friendly homes are energy-efficient and sus­tain­able. They also save home­own­ers energy and money over time.

  • Small sus­tain­able homes save money with renewable energy sources like solar panels, pho­to­volta­ic cells or geot­her­mal heating.
  • Small eco houses save energy and money by utilizing Energy Star appli­ances, metal roofing, tankless water heaters, and high thermal mass products that produce a tight building envelope, like the Bautex Wall System.

The Bautex Wall System is a superb, high thermal mass product that will produce a tight building envelope for an eco-friendly, energy-efficient small home. The Bautex system meets the thermal per­for­mance mandated by the Inter­na­tion­al Res­i­den­tial Code (IRC) and Inter­na­tion­al Building Codes (IBC) and gives a high-level of con­tin­u­ous insu­la­tion (R‑14) that prevents the flow of heat by con­vec­tion, con­duc­tion, and radiation.

3. Small, Green Homes have Long-Term Durability

The use of durable, long-lasting con­struc­tion products for small sus­tain­able houses saves home­own­ers both money and time. Durable materials also increase the resilience of a home against termites and natural disasters like tornadoes, hur­ri­canes, and fires; which saves home­own­ers money and time by lessening main­te­nance and repairs to their homes. A superior durable con­struc­tion product for a small sus­tain­able home is the Bautex Wall System,

  • Bautex Blocks are durable because they are moisture-resistant and not sus­cep­ti­ble to wood rot, which dimin­ish­es the integrity of a home and results in costly repairs.
  • Bautex Blocks are resilient against winds of 250 mile-per-hour and can withstand wind-borne debris with little to no struc­tur­al damage. The strength and dura­bil­i­ty of Bautex Blocks con­struc­tion protect both the occupants and home from extreme weather and natural disasters. Bautex Wall System meets the FEMA 320 and FEMA 361 guide­lines in storm zones with possible wind speeds up to 250 miles per hour. The Bautex system also meets ICC-500 and FEMA standards for debris impact.
  • Bautex insulated concrete block walls are fire resistant. The Bautex Wall System has an ASTM E119 fire rating of four-hours (twice the two-hour require­ment), and an ASTM E84 value for flame speed of zero and smoke devel­op­ment of twenty. Because the blocks meet the E84 and NFPA 286 they meet the NFPA 101 code.
  • Bautex Blocks are termite-resistant because they lack the organic material, which the pests eat.

4. Small, Energy-Efficient Homes Reduce Envi­ron­men­tal Impact

A small, sus­tain­able house design is good for the envi­ron­ment because it utilizes energy-efficient and durable products, like the Bautex Wall System. Energy-efficient products use less energy and therefore generate fewer carbon dioxide emissions, a known cause of global warming. Durable products are good for the envi­ron­ment because they extend or eliminate replace­ment, which reduces waste to the landfill.

5. Small Green Home Designs Save on Con­struc­tion Time

Building a small eco house reduces con­struc­tion time by buying locally, utilizing products that hasten con­struc­tion, like Bautex Blocks, and reducing on-site hours.

  • Buying locally produced materials quickens avail­abil­i­ty and reli­a­bil­i­ty of materials. Other advan­tages of pur­chas­ing local product are it supports small busi­ness­es, keeps money in the local economy, and reduces the home’s carbon footprint by min­i­miz­ing fuel used in shipping.
  • The use of Bautex™ Wall System will quicken new eco-friendly home con­struc­tion because Bautex combines strength, fire resis­tance, and the light­weight, insu­la­tive prop­er­ties of foam in a single, easy-to-install unit.
  • Because of its size, a small green home design lessons on-site con­struc­tion and final finishing hours, which further saves new home­own­ers money.

Home­own­ers that want to lessen their monthly bills, ensure their health and comfort, and reduce their impact on the envi­ron­ment should consider an eco-friendly home, like one built with Bautex Wall System. A green, sus­tain­able home built with Bautex Blocks is healthy, energy-efficient, durable, good for the envi­ron­ment, and lessens con­struc­tion time.