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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.

Elements of effective protection

  • 3M™ Novec™ products for 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

    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

    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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  • Novec 1230 vs. generic sources of supply

    May 9, 2017

    End users rely on clean agent fire suppression systems to protect their important assets and operations, making the quality, safety and reliability of an agent paramount. Branded agent and system manufacturers and distributors have invested substantially in their technologies, brands and reputations, so they also have a lot at stake for the ultimate performance of these systems to put out fires and help keep people safe. Because the quality requirements for an agent are so high, market penetration of generic sources has been limited – even when branded and generic suppliers use essentially the same manufacturing process.

    Quality concerns associated with potential future generic sources of FK-5-1-12 are further heightened because these sources would use a drastically different manufacturing process than the process used to manufacture Novec 1230 fluid. Patent filings and promotional materials over the past few years suggest that a generic FK-5-1-12 agent may enter the market in the coming years. However, specifying a generic agent can have significant consequences because 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is more than just a molecule and it’s a clean agent you can trust.

  • April 22, 2017

    Today marks the 47th Earth Day – a perfect time to reflect on how our actions have made a positive impact on the environment and to recommit to a greener future. Day-to-day business decisions can become routine, but by choosing sustainable solutions instead of those that have high global warming potentials (GWPs), you’ve helped protect our planet in unimaginable ways.

  • March 30, 2017

    Anechoic chambers are specialized areas that absorb reflections of sound and electromagnetic waves. These rooms generally contain high value, sensitive assets for telecommunication and electronics testing. These chambers have unique fire suppression needs and now there’s a sustainable clean agent to help protect those spaces and assets.

    Anechoic chambers absorb reflections of sound and electromagnetic waves using pyramid shaped radiation absorbing material (RAM). The material generates heat as it absorbs wave reflections which can cause it to combust if the heat is not properly dissipated. Due to the high value of the contents in the room, gaseous fire suppression systems are commonly used to reduce this risk as described in FM Global Data Sheet 1-53: Anechoic Chambers.

  • March 14, 2017

    Every new administration comes with its own wave of policy and regulatory change. The fate of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) policy and regulation under the Trump Administration was clouded with uncertainty. Until now.

    The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) publically defended the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) rule to limit use of high global warming (GWP) HFCs at the D.C. Court of Appeals hearing for Mexichem, a Mexican chemical manufacturer, and Arkema, a French chemical company. In their lawsuit, Mexichem and Arkema argue that the U.S. EPA only has authority to change the status of ozone damaging chemicals, such as halon, and not to the list of substitutes, such as HFCs. According to E&E News’ GreenWire, the DOJ argued that the EPA is permitted by law to make changes when the older chemicals pose a danger to health or the environment. And because HFCs have high GWPs, many times the heat trapping potential of carbon dioxide, the DOJ considers the EPA justified in taking them off the list of acceptable substitutes for that reason.

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.