As building codes evolve to require more energy efficient building envelopes, builders and architects need safer building materials such as Bautex Block that improve a wall’s fire-resistance."
San Marcos, Texas (PRWEB) January 12, 2015
Bautex Systems today announced that the Bautex Wall System is now a part of the QAI Product Listing Program in its Concrete Forms category. Its listing, #B1075-1, covers United States and Canadian standards for the "4-hour Load Bearing Fire-Resistance-Rated Wall Assembly" as confirmed by the ASTM E119 test program.
As building codes evolve to require more energy efficient building envelopes, builders and architects need safer building materials such as Bautex Block that improve a wall’s fire-resistance, because some insulated wall systems and materials may be hazardous under extreme heat or flame.
A third-party testing, inspection and certification organization, QAI Laboratories, confirms that tests performed on the Bautex Wall System were conducted properly. They also periodically conduct factory quality assurance inspections to demonstrate that Bautex products continue to be manufactured to the same standards as the products tested under the QAI listing.
Bautex Systems’ President Paul Brown notes that the QAI listing makes it easy for architects to document how they are achieving the fire rating required on a specific project, and to manage the approval process with local inspectors and code officials. “We’re proud to achieve the QAI listing so that our customers can have confidence in the tests performed on the Bautex Block and wall assembly,” he says. “Architects and contractors now have a new wall system option that delivers the insulation and energy performance required by the building codes while also providing significant fire-resistance capabilities at the same time.”
Test walls built with Bautex Block have passed fire-resistance tests according to the following standards:
- ASTM E119 “Standard Test Methods for Fire Tests of Building Construction and Materials,” including an applied load of 105,000 pounds*;
- UL 263 “Fire Tests of Building Construction and Materials;”
- NFPA 251 “Standard Methods of Fire Tests of Building Construction and Materials;” and
- CAN/ULC S101 “Fire Endurance Tests of Building Construction and Materials.”
About Bautex Systems, LLC
Bautex Systems, LLC is focused on 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 manufactures Bautex Block, comprised of proprietary cement mixture and expanded polystyrene (EPS) and used to build interior and exterior walls for commercial and residential construction. The Bautex Wall System with Bautex Block delivers greater energy efficiency, sound reduction, as well as unparalleled resistance to moisture, fire and wind. The company is headquartered in San Marcos and is ideally located to serve commercial builders throughout the southwest United States. For more information, visit http://www.bautexsystems.com.
About QAI Laboratories
Founded in 1994, QAI is an independent third-party testing, inspection and certification organization which serves the building industry, government and individuals with cost effective solutions through in-house capabilities, services, and an established world-wide network of qualified affiliates. For more information, visit http://qai.org/.
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*For the ASTM E119 test, the load-bearing Bautex wall assembly sustained the applied load of 10,500 PLF (105,000 lbs.) throughout the test and achieved a fire resistance rating of 241 minutes.