December 14, 2018

Bautex Blocks Ensure an Energy-Efficient Home in Hot and Humid Dallas

The Bautex Wall System is an excellent product for building an energy-efficient home in hot and humid Dallas. The Bautex Wall System creates a tight building envelope that controls heat transfer through the walls of a home. An energy-efficient home in Dallas built with Bautex Blocks is healthy and comfortable and saves both energy and money.

Dallas’s Temperatures May Increase 9.3% by 2050

Building an energy-efficient home in Dallas must recognize the humid and hot conditions of North Central Texas. Much of the year, the relative humidity in Dallas is above 82 percent in the early morning, dropping to near 49 percent in late afternoon. Furthermore, the hot summers are often above 100°F.

Of concern, a scientific study predicts temperatures in the Dallas region may increase due to global warming. Blame for global warming is attributed to an excessive buildup of greenhouse gases caused by the burning of fossil fuels. The study, by the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), predicts that between 2041 and 2050, August temperatures in the Dallas-Fort Worth area may increase from a mean of 86°F to 94°F, with extremes rising above 120°F.

Addressing the extreme and increasing heat and humidity in North Central Texas is crucial to building an energy-efficient home in Dallas.

Building an Energy-Efficient Home in Dallas

Building an energy-efficient house in hot and humid Dallas is vital to controlling energy bills and preventing moisture accumulation within the wall systems. Furthermore, energy-efficient homes are good for the environment and contribute to battling global warming. Critical components of an energy-efficient home in hot and humid Dallas include a tight building envelope, site orientation, and the placement of the windows, rooms, and ductwork.

Energy-Efficient Homes in Dallas Require Tight Building Envelopes

A tight building envelope minimizes air infiltration and heat gains and is key to creating a cool and dry home in Dallas. Crucial design components for a tight building envelope include continuous insulation (CI) and an air and moisture barrier. An air and moisture barrier prevents moisture intrusion and air leakage. Moisture resistance is critical to preventing wood rot and the growth of unhealthy mold. The envelope must consider all the exterior components of the house: the walls, foundation, roofing, and doors and windows.

The Walls of an Energy-Efficient Home in Dallas

The walls are a crucial element for preventing heat gains and creating a tight envelope of an energy-efficient house. The walls of an energy-efficient home should have a reasonably high effective R-value. Energy-efficient walls are a crucial element of a tight building envelope of a Dallas home.

Utilizing the Bautex Wall System for an Energy-Efficient Home in Dallas

The Bautex Wall System is a superior, high thermal mass product for producing a well insulated and tight building envelope for an energy-efficient home in Dallas. The Bautex Wall System meets the thermal performance set by the IRC and IBC and provides an R-14 continuous insulation that meets, if not surpasses, the standards and codes of the ASHRAE 90.1 and the 2015 IECC energy codes. Furthermore, applying the Bautex AMB 20 air and moisture barrier to the Bautex Blocks stops moisture intrusion and ensures a moisture-resistant house. The Bautex Wall System is a superb choice for energy-efficient and moisture resistant wall construction in hot and humid Dallas.

The Roof of an Energy-Efficient Home in Dallas

A cool roof of an energy-efficient home in Dallas protects against solar heat gains and keeps the house and attic areas cool. For example, materials like slate are a good product for an energy-efficient, cool roof because they reflect the sunlight. In contrast, darker products like asphalt shingles, are not a good product for a cool roof because they absorb the sun’s heat, which will transfer to the inside of a house. Cool roofs limit solar heat gains, improve indoor comfort, and lower energy bills.

The Door and Windows of an Energy-Efficient Home in Dallas

The doors, windows, and skylights of an energy-efficient home in Dallas reduce energy use and save homeowners money. Design of an energy-efficient home should include energy-efficient windows, skylights, and doors appropriate to Dallas’s climate zone.

Site and Room Orientation of an Energy-Efficient Home in Dallas

Proper site orientation of a Dallas home is critical for taking advantage of the sun’s energy. In Dallas, north-south orientation of houses lessens direct sunlight during the summer (which reduces cooling demands) and maximizes daylight during the winter (which lowers heating demands).

Room orientation is also a vital consideration of an energy-efficient home in Dallas.

  • East-facing rooms have good sun in the morning and are cool in the late afternoon, which is suitable for kitchens and bedrooms.
  • North-facing rooms have good day long sun. They are perfect for the shared living spaces like the family room.
  • West-facing rooms get the late afternoon sun, which may be uncomfortable for kitchens and bedrooms.
  • South-facing rooms have low levels of sun exposure and best suited for garages, laundries, and bathrooms.

Location of Ductwork of an Energy-Efficient Home in Dallas

For an energy-efficient home in Dallas, it is vital to locate the ductwork inside the home’s envelope. Ducts placed in unconditioned spaces can increase cooling expenses by 15 percent.  Furthermore, in hot and humid regions like Dallas, water will collect on the overheated ductwork.

Building an Energy-Efficient in Dallas with Bautex Blocks

Proper design of an energy-efficient home in hot and humid Dallas ensures a healthy, durable, and comfortable house. The design of an energy-efficient home in Dallas must include a tight building envelope, the home’s orientation, room and window placement, and the location of ductwork in the house.

A superior wall product for building an energy-efficient home in Dallas is the Bautex™ Wall System, which contributes towards a tight building envelope. An energy-efficient home in Dallas saves the homeowners money and energy and creates a healthy and comfortable home. It is also good for the environment.


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