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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.