Starting and completing your next project in a timely manner requires a lot of careful planning. One way to help your project succeed is to choose innovative building solutions that will benefit all teams involved in the process.
To help your project stay on the fast track, select products that simplify design, make construction faster, save money and enhance the building’s performance. Bautex is a company focused on developing building systems and products that provide these exact benefits.
The Bautex Wall System is an insulated, structural wall system that simplifies construction, accelerates schedules, lowers costs and increases building performance compared to traditional wall assemblies.
Bautex also offers many types of technical support and training for their products to keep your project on track throughout all phases of design and construction. Let’s learn more about what makes the Bautex Wall System an ideal solution to give your project a fast start that is both cost-effective and successful.
How the Bautex Wall System Works
The Bautex Wall System is a complete structure + envelope solution in a single, integrated system that can be installed quickly and efficiently by a single trade. Bautex Blocks are forms that create a grid of concrete columns and beams.
The blocks stay in place after the concrete is poured inside to become both the enclosure and insulation for the building. A fluid-applied air and moisture barrier is installed after the concrete is poured to complete the system.
When compared to traditional building solutions (like wooden frames), the Bautex Wall System offers all the benefits you need to work efficiently, save time throughout many steps and decrease costs:
- Fewer Materials: A simple, integrated wall system requires fewer materials and components.
- Fewer Trades: The exterior wall is completed using one system in one streamlined construction process.
- Less Labor: Exterior walls constructed by a single trade can be done quickly with less labor and without the need for specialized skills.
- Faster Schedules: Get “dried-in” quicker with streamlined processes, shorter schedules and reduced delays.
- Simplified Process: A less complicated design leads to less labor required and reduced warranty reworks.
Installing the Bautex Wall System
Installing the Bautex Wall System can be done in four easy steps. Yes, constructing this wall system really is as easy as it sounds.
1. Place Blocks: Blocks are laid end-to-end, starting from the corners, and glued together to provide stability until the cores are filled with concrete and the blocks are permanently locked into place.
2. Install Rebar: Rebar is installed into the horizontal cores of the block as each course is placed, while vertical bars are installed after the top course of the wall is placed. Bars are centered in the cores and secured with rebar chairs and tie wire.
3. Pour Concrete: Concrete is poured in the walls once blocks reach a floor, roof or planned intermediate pour height.
4. Apply Air and Moisture Barrier: After walls are poured and the roof is on the building, the last step is to install a fluid-applied air and moisture barrier directly to the exterior of the Bautex Block.
Interior and Exterior Finishes
The Bautex Wall system works well with a number of exterior and interior finishing options, making it an easy and versatile building solution for your next project.
Exterior Finishes: Stucco, Masonry, Panel and Siding
Bautex’s StuccoMax™ is a mineral-based exterior stucco that provides significantly higher water, impact and abrasion resistance than traditional or synthetic stucco systems. StuccoMax installs quickly in one coat over most wall substrates. It is the most ideal option for this wall system, speeding up installation time and helping to improve the longevity of the building.
Interior Finishes: Plaster and Drywall
Bautex’s PlasterMax™ is an extremely hard, mineral-based interior plaster that goes on using a one coat, two-pass installation process and is highly resistant to abrasion and other abuse. A great option for high traffic and use building spaces, PlasterMax is a popular choice for commercial and institutional buildings, as well as multi-family housing
Electrical and Plumbing Considerations
There are several options available for installing conduits, pipes and fixtures. The first two inches of the entire face of a Bautex Block wall (both inside and outside) are made of the EPS-Cement composite material that is easy to cut and carve using wood cutting tools.
- Recessed: Plumbing and electrical elements under two inches in diameter can be recessed and glued into scored channels cut out of the block insulation.
- Inside Chase of Furred-Out Wall: Plumbing and electrical elements over two inches or where future relocation or additions are more likely, it is best to build a chasing by installing drywall on furring channels.
- Through-wall Penetrations: Through-wall penetrations can be made through the full 10-inch deep sections of insulation that occur throughout the Bautex wall every 16 inches in every direction.
Training Programs for Installation
The Bautex Wall System can be successfully installed by several trades including framers, masons, concrete crews and contractors’ in-house or general-purpose crews. Any trades with experience building structural walls of any kind can be successful with Bautex. No specialty equipment, training or certifications are required to get started.
General contractors have the freedom to choose the trade that is best suited for each project given timing, location, building type and other project-specific factors. Contractors and their trades can also receive direct training and support from the experts at Bautex.
The Bautex installation training course teaches your team the general rules and shortcuts that will help projects move quickly and efficiently to completion. This training program is held regularly on the third Friday of each month in San Marcos, Texas.
This program is ideal for:
- Project Managers
- Site Superintendents
- Pre-Construction Managers
- Subcontractor Foremen and Tradesmen
There is also the option to have our training experts come to you for remote on-site training. Click here for more information about Bautex’s training programs. You can also contact a member of the Builder Support Team online by filling out this form.
If you’re ready to build with Bautex, we will be here to help you through each step of the process. To learn more about the Bautex Wall System and sign up for builder training, contact our Contractor Support Team.