Answering your questions about 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid

At 3M, we’re always asking questions about the world around us — seeking better ways to solve new problems and make life better for all. Let us help answer some of your questions about 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid.

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Sustainability FAQs

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  • As of October 2016, HFCs like Chemours’ FM-200® (HFC-227ea) and FE-25™ (HFC-125), as well as Fike’s ECARO-25® (HFC-125), are scheduled for global production phasedown under the Montreal Protocol. FM-200® and other hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are following the path of halon. Although these HFCs are clean agents that do not deplete the ozone layer, they are potent greenhouse gases — more than 3000 times more potent than CO2. The European Union’s HFC phasedown started in 2015 under the F-Gas regulations and the HFC phasedown in the United States and other developed countries begins in 2019 under the Montreal Protocol.

    Because fire suppression systems are often intended to last for 30 years or more, FM-200® and other HFCs have become unsustainable clean agents. Novec 1230 fluid provides the fire protection industry with an agent that will stand the test of time based on its safety, performance and environmental properties. Novec 1230 fluid has no ozone depletion potential and a climate impact less than CO2 and it’s not targeted for phasedown or phase-out.

    Learn more about how 3M™ Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid stacks up against the competition

  • Visit 3M.com/NovecHotTopics to access our insights on the latest developments from around the world. Written by the makers of 3M Novec products to enhance the knowledge and insight of experts like you, this is the place to learn about the forces shaping your business and get the help you need to make informed choices about your fire protection, cleaning or other industrial applications.
  • 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 offers the 3M™ Blue Sky℠ Warranty.

    Read the Blue Sky Warranty flyer (PDF, 248 KB) for more information.

  • The 3M™ Blue Sky℠ Warranty states, 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 phasedown by the Montreal Protocol, nor subject to the European F-Gas Regulations targeting the phasedown 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.

    Read the 3M Blue Sky Warranty (PDF, 223 KB) complete terms and conditions.

  • There is no cost for this warranty and it is in effect for 20 years after installation.To apply, an end user who purchased a newly installed system simply registers it on the 3M Novec website within 30 days of system installation.
  • The halon family of fire protection products was widely utilized as the first of the new clean agents. These products were popular because they would extinguish a fire without damaging the contents of the space being protected, such as the early computer server rooms. However, in 1987, halons were regulated by the Montreal Protocol because they contributed to the depletion of the ozone layer. In response to the mandates of the Montreal Protocol, manufacturers developed replacement products for halons known as HFCs including FM-200®, the second generation of clean agents. While none of these products contributed to ozone depletion, they do have other environmental concerns such as high global warming potential (GWP) and the resulting regulatory consequences addressed above.

    Novec 1230 fluid is a third generation clean agent because it was developed to provide high performance and a large margin of safety without harming the environment.

  • Water mist is still water. It is wet and messy, electrically conductive and can require costly clean-up. It can destroy the critical assets that keep businesses running. Because water mist is not a clean agent, it is not covered by NFPA 2001. Instead, it is covered by another standard: NFPA 750 which notes, “The standard does not provide definitive fire performance criteria, nor does it offer specific guidance on how to design a system to control, suppress, or extinguish a fire.”

    FM Global’s Data Sheet 5-32 states: “When it is essential to reduce equipment damage from an incipient fire to minimum possible levels, or to facilitate the return to service, provide an FM Approved clean agent fire extinguishing system with detection to protect the data equipment within the data processing equipment room. This is to supplement the automatic sprinkler or water mist system protecting the facility or raised floor.”

  • The quickest way to find accurate and informative material regarding Novec 1230 fluid is on our Fire Suppression - Novec 1230 Fluid webpage.

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3M and Novec are Trademarks of 3M. Blue Sky is a service mark of 3M. Used under license by 3M subsidiaries and affiliates. FM-200 is a trademark of The Chemours Company. ECARO is a registered mark of Fike Corporation. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.

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