General

Why Concrete Construction Continues to Grow in Texas

In 2005, Hur­ri­cane Kat­ri­na descend­ed with fierce­ness and fury on the south­ern Unit­ed States. It was the costli­est nat­ur­al dis­as­ter and one of the five dead­liest hur­ri­canes in the country’s his­to­ry. Kat­ri­na took the lives of at least 1,245 peo­ple and left unspeak­able dam­age in its wake.

Due in part to the dev­as­ta­tion of Kat­ri­na and fear of future dead­ly storms, along with a desire for high­er-qual­i­ty build­ing struc­tures, near­ly 18% of sin­gle-fam­i­ly detached homes built in 2005 used con­crete. In addi­tion to its abil­i­ty to with­stand stronger nat­ur­al ele­ments, con­crete con­struc­tion is also attrac­tive because it decreas­es the costs of heat­ing and cool­ing. Con­crete homes may close­ly resem­ble wood-frame hous­es, but they come with many addi­tion­al ben­e­fits, includ­ing:

  • Strength and Dura­bil­i­ty – Con­crete can with­stand storm winds of up to 200 mph.
  • Ener­gy Effi­cien­cy – Con­struc­tion mate­ri­als with a high ther­mal mass are effi­cient when it comes to extreme tem­per­a­tures.
  • Fire Pro­tec­tion – Con­crete can­not catch on fire or emit tox­ic ele­ments, nor does it pro­duce smoke or drop molten mate­ri­als. Con­crete is nat­u­ral­ly fire resis­tant and does not require addi­tion­al pro­tec­tion.
  • Flood Pro­tec­tion – Con­crete con­struc­tion also increas­es pro­tec­tion against flood waters. Homes built with con­crete are less like­ly to be torn from their foun­da­tions in the event of high waters and flood­ing.
  • Noise Con­trol – Con­crete reduces the impact of out­side nois­es on those inside the build­ing.

The Bau­tex™ Wall Sys­tem pro­vides an inno­v­a­tive way to enhance the ben­e­fits of con­crete con­struc­tion. It uses a light­weight, stay-in-place, insu­lat­ed com­pos­ite block that is sim­ple to install and high­er per­form­ing than tra­di­tion­al con­crete walls.

The Bau­tex sys­tem allows for flex­i­bil­i­ty in achiev­ing the archi­tec­tur­al design you desire with­out sac­ri­fic­ing qual­i­ty or effi­cien­cy. The con­crete com­po­nent also helps pro­tect our nat­ur­al resources and is envi­ron­men­tal­ly friend­ly. Con­crete is com­posed of water, aggre­gate and cement, nat­ur­al mate­ri­als that cre­ate durable, sus­tain­able, and resilient struc­tures.

While the ben­e­fits of liv­ing in a home that uses con­crete con­struc­tion are evi­dent, many peo­ple assume it will cost more to build this way. In cas­es where the con­struc­tion costs are indeed high­er, the addi­tion­al month­ly mort­gage cost is almost always out­weighed by the sav­ings that result from increased effi­cien­cy, low­er insur­ance costs, low­er long-term main­te­nance costs and increased pro­tec­tion from the ele­ments. When tak­ing all costs and sav­ings into account, many home­own­ers would see an increase to their bot­tom lines.

At Bau­tex Sys­tems, we focus on trans­form­ing the built envi­ron­ment by pro­vid­ing builders and archi­tects with smarter, stronger, more ver­sa­tile build­ing mate­ri­als and solu­tions. We would be hap­py to answer any ques­tions you might have or part­ner with you on your next con­struc­tion project or even your dream home. Con­tact us today to learn more and find out if the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem is right for you.