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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 to quickly extinguish fires leaving valuable electronics and other 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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  • SFPE recognizes 3M’s Paul Rivers as 2015 Fellow

    October 13, 2015

    The Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) has recognized six of its members as Fellows for 2015, including 3M’s Senior Fire Protection Specialist, Paul Rivers. As a 2015 SFPE Fellow, Rivers represents a distinguished group of members who have achieved a standard of excellence and have made significant contributions to fire protection engineering and the society globally.

    After nearly 40 years as a member of SFPE International, Paul Rivers, P.E., Senior Fire Protection Engineer at 3M, has been elected an SFPE Fellow for 2015 for his significant achievements and contributions in the fire protection industry. He has been actively involved in SFPE on both international and local levels, serving on the society’s Board of Directors and currently acting as the Minnesota Chapter President.

  • October 6, 2015

    Live fire testing footage shows that water sprinkler systems discharged in a data center can cause more damage and disruption than the actual fire. You will also see that by installing a clean agent fire suppression system using 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid the damage could be prevented, and your downtime could be minimized.

    One of the most feared, and often least talked about, causes of data interruption is fire – because even a small fire can result in costly service interruptions, destroyed equipment, loss of valuable customer data and even disruptions to vital services such as emergency response and air traffic control

  • September 24, 2015

    High global warming potential (GWP) substances used in fire suppression, like HFC-23, have made the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Stakeholders Meeting agenda and are now being considered for a listing status change.

    Following the U.S. EPA’s SNAP final ruling on July 2 to change the listing status of certain hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and HFC-blends for various uses, the U.S. EPA continues to take action consistent with the President’s Climate Action Plan and is moving onto the next phase of status changes. For the first time, high GWP substances used in the fire suppression sector made the EPA’s list for SNAP status change consideration. High GWP legacy fire extinguishing agents, and those with narrow use, e.g. HFC-23, are of particular interest to EPA.

  • September 15, 2015

    Every day, the U.S. Government processes some 75 million transactions, affecting the tax payments and benefits of over 200 million Americans. Any downtime, even for a few minutes, can have serious and far-reaching consequences. That’s why 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid was chosen to protect its new, state-of-the-art support center.

    A U.S. federal agency expects its new 300,000 square-foot support center, like other data centers, to perform reliably, all the time, without interruption because if it goes down, the effects can be catastrophic. Just minutes of downtime can interrupt the transactions that millions of Americans rely on.

Industry Solutions

  • In a data center, the equipment is the central core of the business. 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is designed to work fast and effectively, minimizing downtime costs and helping preserve business continuity.


  • Engineered to keep crew members safe, vital equipment functional, and operations running smoothly, 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection 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.


  • 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.