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  • We offer clean agent fire suppression systems using 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid. A fluoroketone, it’s environmentally sustainable and fast-acting, reaching the design concentration for total flooding applications in 10 seconds or less and extinguishing fires at the incipient stage. Novec 1230 fluid is a Halon 1301 replacement and hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) alternative with a high margin of occupant safety and is not vulnerable to regulatory phasedown or phaseout anywhere in the world.

    Clean agent protection for small, medium and large applications:

    • Anechoic chambers
    • Data centers/Server rooms
    • Laboratories
    • Marine vessels
    • Medical records storage
    • Military
    • Museums & archives
    • Oil & gas
    • Paint rooms
    • Power generation & power storage
    • Telecommunications
    • Transportation
  • We offer clean agent fire suppression systems using 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid. A fluoroketone, it’s environmentally sustainable and fast-acting, reaching design concentration for total flooding applications in 10 seconds or less and extinguishing fires at the incipient stage. Novec 1230 fluid is used globally in more than 50,000 special hazard fire suppression applications ranging from data centers to military operations to archival storage facilities. It’s a cost-effective and environmentally sustainable Halon 1301 replacement and hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) alternative. Not only does it have more than 99.9% lower global warming potential than any halocarbon agent accepted for use in occupied spaces, but 3M also offers its 20-year Blue Sky Warranty to help protect system owners from regulatory risk of phasedown or phaseout.

    Novec 1230 fluid is waterless and discharged as a gas, making it ideal to extinguish fires in spaces where electronics or irreplaceable, mission critical assets are stored or where continuity of operations is crucial. It has the highest margin of occupant safety of any NFPA 2001 clean agent and evaporates quickly, leaving no residue. In addition, it is electrically non-conductive, designed for applications where energized circuits and electronic systems cannot be shut down during an emergency. Novec 1230 fluid is transported and stored as a liquid in non DOT-rated containers that can be shipped overnight by air. Cylinders may be placed in the protected room or remotely, giving facility owners additional options in spaces with infrastructure limitations. 3M manufactures Novec 1230 fluid in the USA using globally sourced materials.

    Clean agent protection for small, medium and large applications:

    • Anechoic chambers
    • Data centers/Server rooms
    • Laboratories
    • Marine vessels
    • Medical records storage
    • Military
    • Museums & archives
    • Oil & gas
    • Paint rooms
    • Power generation & power storage
    • Telecommunications
    • Transportation
  • Performance:

    • Attains design concentration in 10 seconds, suppresses fire at incipient stage
    • Stops the combustion process by absorbing heat. As part of an advanced fire suppression system, it quickly extinguishes the fire.
    • Waterless agent, instantly evaporates−minimal cleanup
    • Designed to be highly effective on Class A, B and C combustibles
    • Ships in bulk as a liquid, not under pressure, with no air freight restrictions or DOT ratings
    • Discharged as a gas
    • Shelf life of at least 30 years
    • Manufactured in the USA with globally sourced materials
    • Continuity of operation can be maintained during discharge, significantly reducing downtime costs
    • Cylinders can be placed inside or outside of protected rooms, easing space constraints

    Safety:

    • Highest margin of occupant safety of any NFPA 2001 clean agent
    • No timed lockout required
    • Electrically non-conductive: suitable for use with energized circuits or electronic systems that cannot be shut down in an emergency
    • No residue after discharge
    • Non-corrosive: safe for electronics, computers and disk drives
    • Not harmful to paper documents, museum exhibits or other irreplaceable assets

    Sustainability:

    • Novec 1230 fluid is a fluoroketone, not a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) or hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)
    • Environmentally sustainable with <1 Global Warming Potential (GWP) and zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP)
    • HFC alternative, not subject to any regulatory phasedown
    • Halon replacement, not subject to the Halon 1301 phaseout
    • Comes with a 20-year 3M™ Blue SkySM Warranty against future regulatory restrictions
    • Approved under the U.S. EPA Sustainable New Alternatives Policy (SNAP)
    • Contributes to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification

    Common Applications for Class A, B and C Special Hazards:

    • Anechoic chambers
    • Data centers/Server rooms
    • Laboratories
    • Marine vessels
    • Medical records storage
    • Military
    • Museums & archives
    • Oil & gas
    • Paint rooms
    • Power generation & power storage
    • Telecommunications
    • Transportation

    Standards, Listings & Approvals:

    • UL Listed
    • ULC Listed
    • Recognized in NFPA 2001
    • Recognized in ISO 14520
    • FM Approved
    • USCG Approved
    • MEA Listed
    • VdS Approved
    • CNPP Approved
    • KFI Approved

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    This is the horizontal version of the 3M Novec logo. Download the zip file containing web and print ready 3M Novec logos in both color and B&W versions. Our logo can be used on your website, in presentations, and in your marketing materials to promote your fire suppression systems using Novec 1230 fluid. For more on how, where and when to use the 3M Novec logo, refer to the brand guidelines included in your download.


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    An effective waterless fire suppression system using Novec 1230 fluid supports your customers’ business continuity with minimal downtime. Watch a live fire test in a data center, comparing the performance of a system using Novec 1230 fluid with a system using water mist, then download the video to use in your marketing materials or on your website.

     

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Frequently asked questions

Answers to your common questions – from how 3M will support your fire suppression solutions business to why Novec 1230 fluid’s safety margin matters to your customers. If you don’t see your specific question below, our team of experts is ready to help.

  • Yes. For over 15 years, in more than 50,000 installations, systems using Novec 1230 fluid have provided smart, safe and sustainable fire suppression for mission critical and special hazard needs.

    Your clients trust you to serve as a fire suppression “fiduciary” for them – looking out for their best interests and selecting, installing and servicing the right system, filled with the right agent. By specifying a best in class solution up front, you build your ongoing service relationship on a foundation of trust, backed by the 3M Novec brand.

    Like you, we think long term. We’re committed to supporting Novec 1230 fluid throughout its lifecycle, from installation to service to system decommissioning. While specifying an unsustainable agent puts your client at risk of regulatory action, we plan to stand by our product for decades to come. That’s why we offer our 20-year 3M™ Blue Sky℠ Warranty, designed to help you provide your customers with peace of mind in a changing world.

    When you promote Novec 1230 fluid, you have the opportunity to differentiate your business and satisfy your customers by offering a leading sustainable clean agent – a trusted solution for the long term.

  • Yes. We commit to supporting your sales and marketing of systems containing Novec 1230 fluid by:

    • Providing you digital and print resources about Novec 1230 fluid that you can use on your website and at your events.
    • Co-hosting Lunch & Learns with you to teach specifiers about Novec 1230 fluid. Contact us about your upcoming Lunch & Learn
    • Promptly and accurately answering your technical questions based on over 15 years of Novec 1230 fluid compatibility and performance data
    • Making our subject matter experts available to help you complete the sale by supporting your activities with end users and contractors
    • Standing behind Novec 1230 fluid throughout its lifecycle, including our first-of-its-kind 20-year 3M™ Blue Sky℠ Warranty. This allows you to confidently promote long-term solutions to your customers.
    • Supporting our authorized fire suppression system manufacturers around the world to ensure that you have the best systems using Novec 1230 fluid to promote and service for years to come
  • Evaluating special hazard fire suppression options requires not only an initial price comparison for the agent itself, but the cost of the overall system throughout its lifecycle. The total cost of ownership (TCO) of a fire suppression system using Novec 1230 fluid can be comparable to or better than other competing systems.

    Consider:

    • Space requirements: Inert gas systems often require up to five times as much space for cylinder storage as systems using Novec 1230 fluid.
    • Structural support and infrastructure: Systems using additional cylinders may require reinforced structural elements or other architectural changes during construction.
    • Regulatory risk: As HFCs follow the path of the halon phasedown/phaseout, refill costs may rise and code requirements may shift.
    • Business continuity: Damage from a fire or water-based fire suppression systems to critical spaces can lead to high clean up, restoration and replacement costs. Employees may be unable to return to work for some time, harming the business’s bottom line.
    • Downtime costs: In today’s “always-on” business world, downtime caused by an inappropriate fire protection system can cost money. For example, outage costs at data centers have been averaged at $9,000 per minute.*

    *Ponemon Institute: 'Cost of Data Center Outages January 2016 Data Center Performance Benchmark Series'

  • We stand by our safety margins with pride. Novec 1230 fluid has the highest safety margin of any clean agent listed in the NFPA 2001 standard.

    Novec 1230 fluid has a safety margin ranging from 69% to 122%, while competitors such as FM-200 have a 3% to 34% safety margin and others such as CO2 are lethal at design concentration.

    Selecting a fire suppression system with a high safety margin provides design flexibility in addition to better protecting people and assets. It allows you to easily adjust the design of the protected space and the volume of protected assets and avoid lock-outs or unnecessary risks to occupants.

    3M has conducted tests to determine safe exposure levels for routine handling and installation as well as the infrequent exposure during a fire suppression incident. These tests determined that the No Observable Adverse Effect Level (NOAEL) for any end point of acute toxicity is a volumetric 10% in air. Typical design concentrations for Novec 1230 fluid range from 4.5% (Class A/C) to 5.85% to Class B. Let’s compare that to the other clean agents:

    Table A: Minimum Design Concentrations (MDC) for special hazards (NFPA 2001, 2018 ed.)
    • *design concentrations vary, depending on protected fuel

    These Minimum Design Concentrations (MDCs) must then be looked at in the context of fire protection based on the volume of displaced air in the protected room. When more assets are added to an enclosure, they displace an equivalent volume of air. The more volume displaced, the higher the resulting concentration of agent when a fire suppression system is triggered. See Table B.

    Table B: Safety Margin for total flooding application
    • *NOAEL÷MDC = Safety Margin

    When agents have a low margin of safety between their MDC and the toxic level, it creates risks for both designers and occupants. No other agent can compare to Novec 1230 fluid’s safety margin, so no other agent offers its peace of mind and design flexibility.

     

    If you would like to find out more about 3M Novec 1230 fluid’s performance and safety, please download the 3M Novec 1230 Fluid Safety Assessment Technical Bulletin (PDF, 128 KB).

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    Leading OEMs around the world have developed and tested fire suppression systems using Novec 1230 fluid. Listed and approved systems carrying Novec 1230 fluid include:

  • ‘Marketing speak’ unmasked
    Terms like “environmentally friendly,” “eco-friendly,” and “green” are marketing catch phrases that are not actually backed up by data and objective standards. Environmentally friendly is a catch all term that anyone can loosely lay claim to. Calling a product environmentally sustainable, on the other hand, means much more. The essence of the term sustainable means it is here to stay…here today, here tomorrow…. sustainable. From an environmental perspective, sustainability is described in the UN Paris Climate Change Agreement as an action that promotes

    “the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions while fostering sustainable development”.1

    The UN has put HFCs (base chemistry for FM-200™ and FE-25™) on a global phasedown schedule in all relevant industries, including fire suppression. This phasedown will occur under the Montreal Protocol, the same treaty that led to the phase out of Halon 1301.

    In simple terms, any fire suppression product on a phasedown schedule is clearly not sustainable. It may be here today, but may not always be here. The fire suppression industry is familiar with this, having lived through what happened with Halon. Halon was not sustainable and is no longer manufactured anywhere in the world.

    Unlike HFCs, fire suppression agents such as Novec 1230 and Inergen, are not on a phase-down schedule. In fact, their existence−and the evolution of sustainable chemistry as alternatives−are enablers for the phasedown of HFCs. Alternatives exist, therefore HFCs can be phased down.

    Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) alone doesn’t meet the definition
    Novec 1230 fluid, FM 200 and Inergen are all replacements for ozone depleting Halon 1301 which began a phaseout in 1993. A thinning ozone layer in the stratosphere increases the amount of solar ultraviolet rays reaching the earth’s surface, contributing to increased sunburns and cancer. But ozone depletion is only part of the story. To be a sustainable solution, the agent must not be a greenhouse gas.

    Global Warming Potential (GWP) and CO2 equivalency−what it means to the fire suppression industry
    Greenhouse gases trap heat from the sun, giving us the warmth essential to planetary life. These gases retain heat flowing from earth to space by absorbing infrared radiation. Too much trapped heat contributes to global warming. Greenhouse gasses include CO2 and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). FM-200 and FE-25 are both HFCs. Scientists have determined how much infrared heat is absorbed by a pound of CO2 and they use this as a constant to calculate Global Warming Potential (GWP) for other radiative gases over a specific time interval, (generally 100 years). A pound of CO2 is equivalent to less than a pound of C6-fluoroketone, the molecule that comprises Novec 1230 fluid.

    The bottom line: HFCs contribute to global warming and are not sustainable. They may not deplete the ozone layer, but the significant greenhouse gas impact they have on the environment is the issue. Alternatives like Novec 1230 fluid exist, and do not add greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.

    If the clean agent just sits in a cylinder, why should GWP matter?

    It matters to regulators. No fire suppressant sits in a cylinder forever. One needs to assume that every ton of HFC produced for clean agent fire suppression will ultimately be emitted or disposed of through an expensive reclamation process. Fire suppressant agents are released during testing, through accidental discharges and to suppress a fire. As shown above; HFCs, when emitted, release the equivalent of more than 3,000 times the mass of CO2 into the air.

    Atmospheric Lifetime weighs heavily in GWP
    When Novec 1230 fluid is deployed, it evaporates instantly without residue and stays in the atmosphere for less than 7 days. FE-25 stays for 28.2 years.2 And FM-200 remains for 38.9 years!

    The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol created a global commitment to phasing down high-GWP HFC products such as FM-200, FE-25 and other HFC fire suppressants. The first step in the overall HFC phasedown in the U.S. is scheduled for 2019, after which regulations on production and use will continue to tighten. Once again – products that are under phasedown pressure are not sustainable. Here today, but maybe not tomorrow.

    Our commitment to environmental sustainability
    Environmental sustainability has never been as important as it is today, and it will only grow more important to facility owners and regulators in the future. Fortunately, Novec 1230 fluid faces no regulatory threats to production, installation and refill. 3M Novec 1230 fluid’s 20-year 3M™ Blue Sky℠ Warranty backs up our commitment to creating a sustainable product that will help you protect what matters – from assets to people to the planet.

    1 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, 2015
    2 2014 IPCC 5th Assessment Report Appendix 8.A, Table 8.A.1


Offer peace of mind with the Blue Sky Warranty

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    In a changing regulatory landscape defined by the Halon phaseout and HFC phasedown, give your customers the confidence that the fire suppression system you installed will serve them for the long term.

    Our first-of-its-kind 3M™ Blue Sky℠ Warranty protects purchasers from regulatory bans or restrictions on Novec 1230 fluid for 20 years after installation. If regulatory action restricts our fluid’s use during that time as a result of its Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) or Global Warming Potential (GWP), we’ll refund them its purchase price – so they can choose it with confidence.

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