To solve the complexity of today’s construction market, a simple solution is needed. Each time that you can reduce the number of trades, connections, layers, fasteners, materials, and more, you can significantly reduce your risk points. With regards to the envelope, less is more.
The Bautex Wall System was designed from the onset with this mantra in mind. By creating a simple wall system that incorporates structure, insulation, and simplified assembly, most of the risk points have been addressed before the Bautex Block even leaves the factory. When designers specify Bautex, they remove the burden of determining how products and materials from multiple manufacturers will perform to meet multiple and competing code requirements. Bautex walls save time, money and headache for those that use it.
Texas Custom Solutions based in Buda, Texas is one contractor that has seen the efficiency in working with Bautex.
“City requirements were all met with ease, and the people at Bautex were good to work with,” said Charles Downing with Texas Custom Solutions.
The Bautex Wall System only has two layers – the insulated concrete block wall and the fluid-applied air and moisture barrier. These very simple layers can be quickly installed in sequence which significantly reduces construction time. When compared to standard wall systems, the Bautex Wall System eliminates between four to six layers of materials. Structural members, cavity insulation, furring, continuous insulation, a vapor barrier, and the attachments of each of these layers to each other have all been replaced and integrated into one simple system with just two components. This integrated solution means that there are fewer details to consider, fewer trades involved in the field, and fewer code interpretations to make.
“It had a learning curve as anything does, but it was easy to work with,” Downing said.
In addition, the Bautex Wall System is also resistant to the risk of future codes as it was designed to meet more stringent standards than are on the foreseeable horizon. The Bautex Wall System has been designed to exceed meet the following:
- Energy Code: 200 – 250% higher than the currently adopted 2015 IECC in climate zones 2 and 3
- Fire Safety: 4‑hour load bearing wall system with zero flame spread and extremely low smoke development
- Windstorm Safety: ICC/FEMA rated for hurricanes and tornado safe room construction
The end result means that no matter where you build in Texas, there are no jurisdictional amendments that the Bautex Wall System cannot meet. With Bautex, architects can standardize their detail library for one simple assembly and confidently re-use it for multiple projects across multiple building jurisdictions without modification.
And use of Bautex does not limit the designer’s use of finish materials; the Bautex Wall System does not need to be modified to work with different architectural finishes. Virtually any type of exterior or interior finish, awning or other architectural appurtenances, and shape or form can be created using Bautex, freeing designers and contractors from limitations that are present when using standard wall systems.
“We’ve learned a few new finish-out ideas since building with Bautex. It’s a very durable product,” said Downing.