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A wall system with Bautex Block has more windstorm protection than you can shake a stick – or two-by-four – at. Affirming its durability and superior storm protection compared to other building envelopes, a Bautex Wall System with Bautex Block passed hurricane and tornado debris impact tests with flying colors.
Tests were performed at the Wind Science and Engineering Research Center Debris Impact Test Facility and the National Wind Institute at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Tests were conducted in accordance with the debris impact guidelines of FEMA P320/P361 (2008) and ICC-500 (2008) for hurricanes and tornados. ICC-500 includes a hurricane building envelope standard that is required by Florida Building Code and Texas Department of Insurance Windstorm Resistant Construction Guide.
“Whether designing structures to withstand the storms along the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico or the plains of Texas and Oklahoma, architects have a new building envelope solution that meets or exceeds storm shelter and safe room requirements,” says Paul Brown, president of Bautex Systems. “Rather than retrofitting existing buildings to provide storm shelters for occupants, which can be complex and expensive, an entire building project can be constructed to these windstorm debris impact standards using a Bautex Wall System. The structure also gains measureable benefits in energy efficiency and fire safety.”
In the tests conducted at Texas Tech University, Bautex Wall Systems with Bautex Block were tested for horizontal debris impact, with the following results:
To test performance under tornado wind conditions, two test walls were constructed: a wall with Bautex Block and finished with brick veneer and a wall with Bautex Block finished with CMU hollow block veneer. These walls received the following test results:
The Bautex Wall System and its Bautex Block outperformed many of its competitors that also tested products at Texas Tech University’s National Wind Institute. While many wall assemblies constructed with brick or masonry veneer have failed to achieve higher debris impact results, both of the Bautex Block test walls tested successfully with debris impact speeds well over 100 mph, with no failure.
“The industry is always reevaluating how to build in storm prone areas, and we’re proud to provide a well-tested building envelope solution that can provide multiple efficiency and life safety benefits from a single integrated assembly,” Brown says.
Bautex Systems, LLC is a leader in providing builders and architects with better materials for building safer, more energy-efficient and more design-flexible building envelope solutions. From its plant in San Marcos, Texas, Bautex Systems uses a patent-pending manufacturing process to produce Bautex Block, an insulated concrete block comprised of cementitious material and expanded polystyrene (EPS). Bautex Block is used to build interior and exterior walls for commercial and residential construction, creating an integrated wall assembly that exceeds 2015 building codes for energy efficiency and life safety. The company is headquartered in San Marcos and is ideally located to serve builders throughout the southwest United States.
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