Ensuring Integrity and Performance: Mastering Flashing Techniques for Halo Wood-Frame Assemblies

Mastering the art of proper flashing around openings is crucial for protecting buildings from water intrusion, which can cause significant damage over time. Today, we’re revisiting and refining our guidance on effective flashing techniques, specifically tailored for wood-frame Halo assemblies, honing in on best practices that promise to elevate the durability and integrity of your […]

Comparing Halo Exterra by Logix Brands and Comfortboard 80 by Rockwool

Insulation plays a pivotal role in residential construction, affecting a building’s energy efficiency, safety, comfort, and environmental impact. The debate between Halo Exterra by Logix Brands and Comfortboard 80 by Rockwool (Figure 1) has stirred interest among architects, contractors, and homeowners. Both are renowned for their respective qualities, yet understanding their nuances is important for […]

Maximizing Building Efficiency with Halo Exterra Continuous Exterior Insulation

In the construction industry, embracing innovative techniques like Halo Exterra is key for efficiency. This leading insulation product is known for its effective application as a “continuous exterior insulation” layer, providing exceptional energy efficiency for high-performance homes and buildings. Matt Risinger, a respected figure in construction, has highlighted its significance in a recently released video […]

How To Correctly Position the Dew Point Using Exterior Insulation: Guidelines for Builders

In the harsh realities of cold climates, it is essential that structures are built not only to keep the inhabitants comfortable but also to withstand the challenges posed by moisture condensation, which can often occur within the wall assembly. An integral step in this process is calculating the correct thickness of exterior continuous insulation, such […]

Why To Insulate Over-Slab in New Construction

Over-slab insulation is common in retrofits in northern climate zones because it allows homeowners to insulate their slabs without ripping them out. Typically, in such applications, a 1.5-inch layer of rigid insulation goes on top of an existing slab-on-grade before you install the new subflooring. But did you know that the same approach can work […]

Why my Net Zero Energy Ready House Failed from a Sustainability Perspective

Net Zero Energy Ready House

Fresh out of university I landed a challenging and exciting role with a leading global insulation manufacturer. Through almost a decade with the company I learned a tremendous amount that help shaped my career in terms of my values and the voice for change that I wanted to have in the construction industry. A few […]

Is Foam Board Insulation Flammable?

Flames

Yes, foam board insulation is flammable. However, Neopor’s graphite polystyrene (GPS), which is used in Halo products, is treated with a fire retardant which greatly reduces flame spread and helps the fire to self-extinguish once the source of fire is removed. Thus, Neopor,  and all Halo products, are approved for the construction of homes and […]

How Does GPS Perform Compared to XPS and Poly ISO?

Halo Exterra foam board

What Is GPS? Graphite Polystyrene (GPS) is a type of polystyrene foam insulation and is the insulation material that forms the core of Halo’s Interra®, Exterra®, and Subterra® panels. GPS is basically Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) which is infused with graphite particles. These graphite particles reflect radiant heat as it moves through the insulation, thus slowing down heat transfer considerably. […]

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