Why Building Your Home With Bautex Is the Smart Choice

There are many things potential home­own­ers consider when choosing to invest in a new con­struc­tion home. Now more than ever, they are more conscious of how their dwelling impacts many aspects of their lives and not just their bottom line. 

Of course, home­own­ers are always trying to find and compare the most cost-effective solutions when con­sid­er­ing newly built homes. But they also under­stand that in today’s economy, the long-term savings they can expe­ri­ence with the right building materials is an equally important consideration. 

Choosing quality of life over price is another growing area of impor­tance for home­own­ers. They under­stand the role that quality building materials can play in their overall comfort level. This includes the impact their homes can have on their health and well-being over time. 

Also, with the steady increase in natural disasters across the country, home­own­ers are looking beyond today’s com­mon­place building practices to explore building materials and con­struc­tion options that provide an enhanced layer of safety and durability.

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Choosing the right building materials in the design phase is one way to ensure your new con­struc­tion meets the demand of today’s home­own­ers. One way to meet these require­ments is by choosing the right wall system that can provide many long-term benefits. Let’s explore some of the ways the Bautex Wall System can bring added value to your home design.

A Cost-Effective Building Solution

While there are several alter­na­tives to wood-framing available, the cost of some of these options often seems pro­hib­i­tive. Insulated concrete block (ICB) like the Bautex Block used in the Bautex Wall System is a proven and cost-effective solution for framing that has many extra benefits. When compared to the process of con­struct­ing a wood-frame home, Bautex provides several advan­tages that make choosing this ICB more cost-com­pet­i­tive and enables builders to construct a high-per­form­ing building while staying in budget.

Learn more about alter­na­tives to wood frame construction.

Compared to wood frames, the Bautex Wall System uses:

  • Fewer Materials: A simple, inte­grat­ed wall system requires fewer materials and components.
  • Fewer Trades: Exterior wall is completed using one system in one stream­lined con­struc­tion
  • Less Labor: Exterior walls con­struct­ed by a single trade can be done quickly with less labor
    and without the need for specialty 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.

On average, a home built using Bautex blocks will cost home­own­ers about $16 more per month to build. But, to offset this minimal added cost, home­own­ers can also depend on the value of their home increas­ing. Because of the home’s high-per­for­mance ratings, the resale value for a Bautex home has been proven to be 6 –10% higher than standard homes. 

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Wall Systems Designed for Health and Comfort

The materials you select to build a home directly impact the finished product, espe­cial­ly where health and comfort are concerned. A healthy building design will incor­po­rate the right building materials that help create and maintain positive indoor air quality (IAQ) and indoor sound quality (ISQ).

Wood-frame homes are vul­ner­a­ble to moisture in their wall cavities, which can lead to the growth of mold. Having an air-tight building is a vital part of con­trol­ling IAQ. The Bautex Wall System provides a con­tin­u­ous insulated mass wall that minimizes air and moisture infil­tra­tion, pro­tect­ing home­own­ers from exposure to allergens and pol­lu­tants. The system is also immune to mold, mildew and decay — three things that can dra­mat­i­cal­ly impact the IAQ of a home and ulti­mate­ly, the homeowner’s health.

Wall systems like Bautex also create an energy-efficient building envelope that offers superior thermal control when compared to wood framing. This creates an ideal balance between air tem­per­a­ture, humidity and air movement. Heating and cooling systems are also more energy-efficient, offering added cost-savings.

Noise control is another great benefit of using ICBs. The Bautex wall system is well-known for its ability to absorb sound. The wall system’s custom-engi­neered composite material, air-tightness and concrete mass create sound-deadening walls that control noise trans­mis­sion inter­nal­ly and externally. 

Materials Trusted for Safety and Durability

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When it comes to safety and dura­bil­i­ty, wood frame con­struc­tion has a lot of vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties. Light frame con­struc­tion is more sus­cep­ti­ble to extreme weather, water damage and fire damage. On average, making wood frame homes meet the right standards to be con­sid­ered disaster-proof” can increase building costs by 25 – 30%. 

Choosing an alter­na­tive framing option like ICFs in the design phase is a smart step when con­sid­er­ing the longevity of a home and its ability to endure natural disasters. The Bautex Wall System is highly rated for fire-resis­tance, moisture-resis­tance and pest-resis­tance, making it an ideal choice to withstand extreme weather events and other disasters.

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Bautex Blocks are an essential element in building a steel-rein­forced concrete wall where the blocks stay in place after the concrete is installed to provide enclosure and insu­la­tion for the building. This is an important feature when con­sid­er­ing extreme weather occur­rences like tornadoes, hur­ri­canes and other powerful storms.

Bautex blocks have been fully tested and rec­og­nized by the Inter­na­tion­al Building Code. They also meet the ICC-500 and FEMA standards for debris impact. The Bautex Block Wall assembly also meets the FEMA 320 and FEMA 361 guide­lines for safe rooms in storm zones with wind speeds up to 250 miles per hour.

The Answer to Homeowners’ Needs

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Ensuring your new building meets every need of the homeowner can seem like a daunting task, but when you look beyond con­ven­tion­al con­struc­tion materials, you will find the Bautex Wall System is the ideal answer to the ever-growing demands of home­own­ers, offering so much more than just cost-savings:

  • Lower energy costs
  • Less main­te­nance costs
  • Lower cost of repairs
  • Resilience to natural disasters
  • Lower insurance premiums
  • Favorable mortgage rates
  • Better resale values

Download the Bautex Res­i­den­tial Guide and learn more about building your next home using Bautex materials.