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3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is an HFC alternative that works fast, clean and efficiently to help stop a fire before it starts.

Extinguish the Fire, Not the Business

3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid

3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is a sustainable HFC alternative that works quickly, cleanly and efficiently to help stop a fire before it starts.

Extinguish the Fire, Not the Business

3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is a sustainable HFC alternative that works quickly, cleanly and efficiently to help stop a fire before it starts.

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  • 3M™ Novec™ products for safety
    Safety

    Protecting your assets and your people.
    Provides the largest margin of safety relative to all other clean agents, giving peace of mind for the health and safety of your workers.

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  • 3M™ Novec™ products for performance
    Performance

    No Water, No Damage, No Worries.
    Designed for quick clean agent fire extinguishing, leaving valuable and sensitive materials clean and operational.

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  • 3M™ Novec™ products for sustainability
    Sustainability

    Protecting Your Business and the Environment.
    By switching from an HFC to Novec 1230 fluid, which has a global warming potential of less than one, greenhouse gases in fire suppression can be reduced by more than 99 percent.

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  • Canada Fuels Anticipated Global Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) Phasedown

    May 17, 2016

    A global hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) phasedown appears to be imminent, with Canada proposing domestic regulations on HFCs to meet their eventual obligations under the Montreal Protocol. Canada’s proposal is bold – combining an HFC phasedown with product-specific controls that are closely aligned with the U.S. EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program.

    This March, the Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) released its proposal for significant controls on HFCs. The proposed approach combines a phasedown of HFCs from a calculated baseline and a series of product-specific controls for certain sectors. The proposal reflects comments ECCC received throughout the consultation process and aligns, where possible, with the U.S. EPA’s SNAP program.

  • April 22, 2016

    With every year that passes, we gain a better understanding of how our actions affect the world around us, and more importantly, how we can make smarter decisions to reduce impact on the environment. This Earth Day, let's recognize our partners and stakeholders for some of the sustainability strides made over the past year and reignite our united commitment for a more sustainable future.

    U.S. EPA to Reassess SNAP Status of HFCs in Fire Suppression
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a prepublication version of the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program Rule 21, which, among other initiatives, changes the status of a number of substitutes that were previously listed as acceptable. Coming on the heels of the SNAP Fire Suppression Stakeholder Workshop, SNAP Rule 21 notes high GWP HFCs represent a substantial portion of the products in the fire protection market. The HFCs most commonly sold into fire suppression, such as FM-200™, have a GWP that is more than 3000 times that of CO2. The U.S. EPA is requesting updated information on the continuing use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), such as FM-200™, use in fire extinguishing applications and the availability of substitutes or alternative technologies or processes that would obviate their continued use.

  • April 19, 2016

    As part of a prepublication version of the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program’s Rule 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has formally requested advance comments from the fire protection industry. The U.S. EPA is requesting updated information on continuing the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), such as FM-200™, in fire extinguishing applications and the availability of substitutes or alternative technologies or processes that would obviate their continued use. The U.S. EPA has already proposed to change the status of perfluorocarbons (PFCs) sold into fire suppression to unacceptable because their high global warming potentials (GWPs) are significantly higher than other available alternatives and that risks, other than GWP, are not significantly different. Now they are assessing whether the same conclusion could be made about HFCs used for total flooding and streaming fire protection applications.

    On March 29, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a prepublication version of the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program Rule 21, which, among other initiatives, changes the status of a number of substitutes that were previously listed as acceptable. Coming on the heels of the SNAP Fire Suppression Stakeholder Workshop, SNAP Rule 21 notes high GWP HFCs represent a substantial portion of the products in the fire protection market. The HFCs most commonly sold into fire suppression, such as FM-200™, have a GWP that is more than 3000 times that of CO2.

  • March 14, 2016

    Join your fire protection and fire safety engineering colleagues March 15 - 16 at the 2016 Annual SFPE Greater Atlanta Chapter Fire Safety Conference. Visit our booth to discover how 3M can help minimize your customer’s risk.

    Unlike greenhouse gases like hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is unfazed by the HFC phasedown. It is not targeted for regulatory restrictions and phasedowns and is safe for use in occupied spaces, giving you the confidence to specify a system that will stand the test of time. Thousands of fire protection professionals around the world rely on Novec 1230 fluid to keep essential facilities safely up and running. With a global warming potential of less than one, it is designed for the life of the system, the life of the investment and the life of the planet.

Industry Solutions

  • In a data center, the equipment is the core of the business. Unlike water-based fire protection systems, Novec 1230 fluid is designed to work fast, effectively and without water to minimize downtime and help preserve business continuity.

     

  • Clean agent fire suppression engineered to keep crew members safe, vital equipment functional, and operations running smoothly, Novec 1230 fluid is certified by marine approval authorities around the world.

     

  • All secure. Enhance fire safety while reducing environmental impact – 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid helps protect people and equipment from fire. Non-corrosive and non-conductive, it evaporates cleanly without leaving residue - helping reduce clean-up costs and return aircraft back to service faster.

     

  • Unlike sprinkler fire protection, 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is safe for use on paper, canvas and similar materials. It does not leave a residue and will not affect ink, paper, pencil dye, paint or other media.

  • 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is driving to a future with environmentally sustainable solutions with exceptional performance,  safety and environmental properties.

     

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Product FAQs

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  • What is 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid?

    Novec 1230 fluid is a sustainable chemical that extinguishes fire by heat absorption. It is also considered a “clean” agent that will not damage the area or products being protected when extinguishing exposed areas and products when extinguishing a fire hazard.

  • Is Novec 1230 a liquid or a gas?

    Actually, it is both. Novec 1230 fluid is produced and stored as a liquid. However, upon discharge (in a quick ten seconds), it turns into a gaseous state. The gas then “floods” the protected space to quickly eliminate the fire threat as well as prevent re-ignition of the potential fire incident. (Note: the term “fluid” can be used to describe either a liquid or a gas.)

  • How does Novec 1230 fluid actually change from a liquid to a gas?

    Novec 1230 fluid has a very low heat of vaporization, approximately 25 times less than that of water. As a result, Novec 1230 fluid evaporates more than 50 times quicker than water. This allows the fluid to transition from a liquid to a gaseous state very rapidly when discharged through a nozzle. In a properly designed system, Novec 1230 fluid will quickly vaporize and evenly distribute itself throughout the space being protected.

Installation and Deployment FAQs

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  • Where is Novec 1230 fluid typically installed?

    Because Novec 1230 fluid will not harm or damage any property in the room being protected, systems designed for use with the product are typically installed to protect high value or critical operations in spaces such as computer rooms, control rooms, cultural facilities or any other locations where the process of extinguishing a fire cannot damage the property, its contents, or allow a shutdown of the work process.

  • How is Novec 1230 fluid actually applied on a fire?

    While 3M produces Novec 1230 fluid, it is discharged on a fire hazard using the detection, piping, and nozzles of 3M’s original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partners. Each system is customized to match the needs of the area being protected. When changes to a room are detected such as smoke, particles or heat increases, the Novec 1230 fluid is released into the room, usually from nozzles in the ceiling. The system is automatic, meaning that it will offer protection on a 24/7 basis.

  • Is there a requirement to have a dedicated ventilation system to remove Novec 1230 fluid after a discharge?

    An active mechanical process that is designed to remove Novec 1230 fluid/gas from the protected space is not required by any of the recognized codes or standards. That said, the designer of a system using Novec 1230 fluid may consider use of such a ventilation system on a case-by-case basis if conditions warrant, similar to what has been done in the past with halon.

Sustainability FAQs

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  • What does the F-gas regulation, specifically the hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) cap and phase-down, mean for the fire suppression market?

    Under the cap and phase-down, HFC-producers will be allocated a production/import quota for HFCs and will have difficult decisions to make. Because the quota will be in CO2 equivalent and HFCs sold into the fire suppression market have some of the highest GWPs, this framework does not favor HFCs sold into fire suppression. For example, an HFC producer would consume the same percentage of a quota by making either one ton of HFC-227ea, three tons of HFC-245fa, or five tons of HFC-32. This dynamic will put a substantial amount of uncertainty on the future supply and cost of HFCs sold into fire suppression. Given that fire suppression systems can easily be in situ for 20 or more years, any HFC-based system already installed or purchased over the next few years will likely be affected by the F-gas Regulation. So, suddenly, HFC-based fire suppression systems may not only be faced with immediate price consequences but also, as future supplies of HFCs are increasingly tightened, the future cost of refilling a discharged system may dramatically increase, and there may also be end-of-life costs when a system is ultimately decommissioned.

  • Can 3M guarantee that Novec 1230 fluid will not be the object of environmental restrictions in the future?

    While no one can accurately predict what the future will bring, 3M is so confident that Novec 1230 fluid will not be affected by any environmental mandates that it now offers the 3M™Blue Sky℠ Warranty.

  • What is the 3M™Blue Sky℠ Warranty?

    The 3M™Blue Sky℠ Warranty offers peace of mind to our global customers including those regions directly impacted the by the F-gas Regulation. Specifically, the Blue Sky Warranty offers: 3M warrants, for a period of 20 years after original installation and subject to noted requirements, that 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid, installed in an approved* fire suppression system, will not be restricted for use in fire protection due to its Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) or Global Warming Potential (GWP) and is not targeted for phase-down by the Montreal Protocol, nor subject to the European F-gas regulations targeting the phase-down of production and import of HFCs into Europe; and will not be affected by U.S. EPA SNAP regulations which would render it either unacceptable or acceptable subject to narrow use limits.

Safety FAQs

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  • Is this product safe for human occupancy?

    Yes. Novec 1230 fluid has received all of the required global approvals from third party testing agencies (such as Underwriters Laboratories) to validate extinguishing and design concentration for the product. 3M has tested Novec 1230 fluid to validate there is a large margin of safety for use at these design concentrations. The safety of Novec 1230 fluid has also been reviewed by the U.S. EPA SNAP Office and other independent authorities. The key industry standard from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 2001) recommends that personnel evacuate an area prior to the discharge of any clean agent system. However, if individuals are present during the discharge, they will not be affected by the agent.

  • Does the discharge of clean agent suppression systems cause frostbite?

    No, a properly designed fire suppression system will not cause frostbite, because the nozzles are positioned to avoid impingement directly on personnel. Although the temperature of a room may decrease a few degrees, there is certainly no danger of frostbite to any individual in the room. It simply will not occur.

  • Can I purchase a Novec 1230 fluid fire suppression system from 3M?

    No. 3M manufactures Novec 1230 fluid but the actual sales and installations of the systems are through our OEM partners and their global networks of distributors.