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 […]

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 […]

Securing Exterior Insulation Greater Than 2 Inches (50mm) In Thickness

Halo Exterra

Exterior continuous insulation such as Halo Exterra has become a minimum requirement in building codes across most of North America for residential buildings. At the initial stages of exterior insulation, the thickness applied ranges from ½ an inch (13mm) up to 2 inches (50mm) depending on the climatic zone. As building codes progress towards more […]

How to Determine The Correct Foam Board Insulation Thickness For Your Project?

Foam board insulation is an essential component in any wall assembly — it boosts R-values, helps manage moisture build up in the wall cavity and eliminates thermal bridging. But how thick should your layer of rigid insulation be? The answer hinges on nine general factors that determine the required thickness of foam board insulation on […]

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 Exactly is Halo Exterra “Breathable”?

Halo Exterra on House

To take advantage of Exterra’s breathability, you’ll need that poly vapor barrier on the warm side to block vapor and moisture from traveling inside the building. Learn more about this code requirement here.

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