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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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  • ‘Monumental’ Montreal Protocol Amendment to Aggressively Phasedown Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)

    October 20, 2016

    Delegates from 197 countries a reached a landmark deal to phase-down use of the fastest growing greenhouse gases, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), at the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Rwanda. According to BBC News, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has declared this amendment “a major victory for the Earth” and a “monumental step forward, that addresses the needs of individual nations but will give us the opportunity to reduce the warming of the planet by an entire half a degree centigrade.” The new agreement has a three-stage approach, phasing down highly developed countries before developing countries.

    At the United Nations conference in Rwanda, 197 nations agreed to drastically reduce their use of HFCs, potent greenhouse gases used in air conditioners, refrigerators and fire protection. HFCs were developed in the 1990s to replace halons and other ozone depleting substances. Although HFCs, such as FM-200™, are not ozone depleting, they have high global warming potentials (GWPs). The continued growth of HFCs would make them a major contributor to climate change, so nations decided to phase-down their production under the same treaty that dealt with halons, the 1989 Montreal Protocol.

  • October 18, 2016

    More than 500 national and international companies and organizations, along with hundreds of sub-national governments are calling for an ambitious amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phasedown high global warming potential (GWP) hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The statement is bold – calling upon world leaders to amend the Montreal Protocol with an early HFC first reduction step and an HFC “freeze date that is as early as practicable.” In addition, signature companies declared their intent to “to work to reduce the use and emissions of high-global-warming-potential HFCs and transition over time to more sustainable alternatives in a manner that maintains or increases energy efficiency‎.”

    On September 22, 2016, the United States hosted a gathering of 100 countries in New York to provide a boost of momentum to the upcoming international negotiations to adopt an amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase down the potent greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Countries agreed last November to “work within the Montreal Protocol to an HFC amendment in 2016,” and they have subsequently worked intensively during a series of negotiations this year toward consensus on the terms of such an amendment. Next month, countries will gather at the Montreal Protocol Meeting of the Parties in Rwanda for final negotiations on the amendment.

  • October 11, 2016

    Previous 3M™ Novec™ Hot Topics have put the spotlight on global initiatives targeting hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), from the F-Gas regulations in Europe to the global phasedown plans of HFCs under the Montreal Protocol and U.S. Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).

    Now, continuing to take aggressive action on HFCs, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just issued the advanced version of its Final Rule 21 of the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program - changing the listing status of certain HFCs used in refrigeration, air conditioning (AC) and foam blowing to unacceptable or acceptable subject to narrowed use restrictions.

  • September 20, 2016

    Although halon production has been phased out for quite some time, there is still a substantial, aging installed base of halon. For a variety of reasons, system owners may be looking to replace their halon systems. For instance, some companies may be looking to reduce their footprint on the environment and others may be adapting to changes in the protected asset. And now’s a great time to make the switch from Halon. According to John Demeter, President of Wesco HMB, Inc., “Wesco has witnessed a dramatic increase in demand for recycled halon 1301 over the past year, which has led to more than a doubling of the price paid for recovered halon.” By recycling your halon you can offset the cost of your new fire suppression system and by choosing a non-hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) clean agent solution, you can avoid going through this process again.

    HFCs, like halon, have been used for decades to protect valuable electronic and paper assets that would otherwise be destroyed by traditional water sprinkler fire protection, which is the reason HFCs emerged as an alternative when halons were phased out, until recently. HFCs themselves are now subject to global regulatory phase-down under the Montreal Protocol due to their high global working potentials (GWPs) and the availability of proven, more sustainable alternatives. So, when replacing your halon-based fire protection system, avoid HFCs, like FM-200™, and select a fire suppression solution that will stand the test of time and has a warranty to back it up – 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid.

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.