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.