Solutions for Residential Builders: Finding the Best Wood-Frame Alternative

Res­i­den­tial builders have a few alter­na­tives when it comes to wood-frame construction.

But what many builders actually want in a wood-frame alter­na­tive is a com­mer­cial-grade, cost-effective, proven solution that fits the needs and standards of 21st century homeowners.

For the modern builder, the answer to many of these chal­lenges is simpler than most might think. Addi­tion­al­ly, alter­na­tives to wood-framed homes can offer more benefits than home­own­ers realize.

Smart, Cost-Effective Home Construction

Alter­na­tives to wood-framing come in a few different options, but few are as proven and cost-effective as insulated concrete block.

The Bautex Block and the Bautex wall system has been used to build homes with price tags ranging from $200,000 to over a million dollars. Builders can integrate the Bautex wall system into any style of res­i­den­tial home they want to build.

In fact, on average, a Bautex home costs the homeowner only $16 more per month to build. Addi­tion­al­ly, resale values for such high-per­for­mance homes have been proven to be 6 – 10% higher than standard homes. In other words, home­own­ers can be confident that their invest­ment will pay off for years to come.

More Comfortable Homes

Building with a con­tin­u­ous­ly insulated wall system like Bautex means you’ll deliver a home that exceeds homeowner expec­ta­tions when it comes to comfort. 

A home built with insulated concrete block is healthier for occupants than a tra­di­tion­al wood-frame home. Wood-framing means the structure is more vul­ner­a­ble to moisture inside the wall cavities, which can lead to the growth of mold.

Wood-frame homes may also contain chemicals, adhesives and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that com­pro­mise indoor air quality. Framing a home with ICF and ICB are healthier choices because they are better insulated, easier to air seal, and not sus­cep­ti­ble to rot and mold.

Addi­tion­al­ly, a home built with ICB is proven to shelter its residents from excessive noise pollution by main­tain­ing a sound-reducing barrier. In fact, the Bautex wall system received high Sound Trans­mis­sion Class and Outdoor-Indoor Trans­mis­sion Class ratings, and even meets American National Standards Institute criteria for sound trans­mis­sion in school buildings.

Versatile Solutions for Any Design

Building with a more durable and cost-effective system like Bautex has a host of benefits, no matter what a homeowner’s dream home might look like.

Design Flexibility

Builders benefit from the capa­bil­i­ties of an ICB like the Bautex Block. Even the most complex designs are simple to construct, and the blocks can be easily modified on site using con­ven­tion­al tools. Owners have complete freedom to design the style of home they are looking for, without compromise.


When you choose a system like Bautex, you use fewer building materials and reduce the con­sump­tion of energy over the life of the building. A Bautex home is also healthier, safer, and more com­fort­able which helps to sustain quality of life for occupants. 

Durable Materials

The Bautex block comes in one highly durable form, capable of creating one of the strongest concrete wall systems on the market. It can be specified for projects that require fire endurance ratings as high as four hours, and is a listed fire-rated assembly.


The Bautex Wall System provides a proven level of home pro­tec­tion that’s unbeat­able, espe­cial­ly in extreme weather events. In fact, using Bautex can help home­own­ers meet insurance require­ments for buildings located in hurricane and tornado prone areas of the United States.

Build Safer, Stronger Homes With a Proven Solution

Home­own­ers today have alter­na­tives to wood-frame con­struc­tion, but none of those solutions will perform like Bautex.

Let us help you elevate your res­i­den­tial projects. Contact us today to find out how our cost-effective, high-per­for­mance wall system can improve the way you build homes.