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Specify Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid with Confidence

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    The extinguishant is the essential component in any fire suppression system. When you create a specification, your recommendations could determine if people, valuable assets or even an entire business survives a fire.

    Specify an agent that is:


    • Safe for use in occupied space
    • Environmentally sustainable
    • Electrically non-conductive
    • Recognised by international standards such as NFPA 2001 and EN-15004
    • Able to extinguish the fire at the incipient stage
    • Residue-free

Clean Agent Fire Suppression Fluid
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  1. Summary of work

    A. Design, supply and install a complete clean agent total flooding fire suppression system using 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid. (Hereafter referred to as SYSTEM)

  2. Clean Agent Fire Suppression Fluid

    A. Clean agent fire suppression fluid shall be 3M Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid.

    B. Clean Agent shall have an Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) of zero.

    C. Clean Agent shall have a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of < 1 (100 year ITH.) GWP as defined by the intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report (IPCC AR5) or in US EPA documentation and approvals.

    D. Agents 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.

    E. Clean Agent must have a minimum safety factor 60% between the design concentration percentage and the No Observed Adverse Effect Level (NOAEL) for Class A and C hazards. For guidance on safety factors for Class B hazards, contact an approved Original Equipment Manufacturer.

    F. The clean extinguishing agent shall have Component Recognition per either LPCB 1230, VdS 2344, CNPP or UL 2166 Halocarbon Clean Agent Extinguishing System Units and Certificate Type Approval per IMO MSC/Circ. 848 on Revised Guidelines for the Approval of Fixed Gas Fire-Extinguishing Systems. The agent shall have minimum extinguishing concentrations for class A and Class B fuels using the methods detailed in ISO 14520 (Standard covering Gaseous Fire-extinguishing Systems) and UL 2166.

    G. The clean extinguishing agent shall be included in the ISO 15004 and NFPA 2001.

    H. The clean extinguishing agent shall have a 20-year protection, valid globally, against regulatory bans or restrictions in use on the global warming potential, ozone depletion and atmospheric lifetime of the agent.

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Do procurement rules require a non-branded fire suppressant?

In some cases, you may wish to emphasise specific client criteria, such as environmental sustainability, margin of safety for occupants or protection against hard disk damage during system discharge. Choose your area of emphasis below to access specification copy focused on those considerations. Use these specification guidelines to get the important features your clients need.

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    Non-branded spec

    If you are required to specify without a brand name, you can also specify based on the agent's unique properties. Novec 1230 fluid combines exceptional sustainability with the highest margin of safety among clean extinguishing agents, and is not targeted for regulatory phasedown. 

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    Environmentally friendly

    Zero ozone depletion doesn’t tell the whole story. For complete sustainable solutions, you’ll want a clean agent with a global warming potential (GWP) of <1. The specs below can be used for clients that highly value sustainable products not subject to current or future climate change regulations.

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    High safety margin

    All clean agents do not have the same margins of safety. When extinguishing a fire in occupied spaces, the safety of the agent is a very important consideration. A key to that is the minimum design concentration used. As an alternative to calling out clean agents by brand, products may be specified by requiring margins of safety.

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    Prevent HDD damage

    An inert gas release during a fire may damage hard disk drives. The discharge in a server room may last 120 seconds for a Class A hazard. (NFPA 2001 5.7.1.1.2.) The frequency, acoustic level and the duration of the sound during discharge all contribute to hard drive failure by interrupting data tracking on spinning hard disk drives. No chemical clean agent discharge has been reported to damage hard disk drives.


Non-Branded: Clean Agent Fire Suppression Fluid
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Copy and paste the following text into your specification or download the full specification example.

  1. Summary of work

    A. Design, supply and install a complete clean agent total flooding fire suppression system using agent manufactured by a reputable manufacturer with a process known as electrochemical fluorination. (Hereafter referred to as SYSTEM)

  2. Clean Agent Fire Suppression Fluid

    A. Agent shall be manufactured at an ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 registered facility.

    B. Clean Agent Fluid shall have an Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) of zero.

    C. Clean Agent Fluid shall have a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of < 1 (100 year ITH). GWP as defined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report (IPCC AR5).

    D. Agent 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.

    E. Clean Agent must have a minimum safety factor 60% between the design concentration percentage and the No Observed Adverse Effect Level (NOAEL) for Class A and C hazards. For guidance on safety factors for Class B hazards, contact an approved Original Equipment Manufacturer.

    F. The minimum extinguishing concentration (MEC) determined by test as witnessed per recognised testing laboratory standards (i.e UL 2166, FM 5600) shall be no greater than 3.3%.

    G. The clean extinguishing agent shall have Component Recognition per either LPCB 1230, VdS 2344, CNPP or UL 2166 Halocarbon Clean Agent Extinguishing System Units and Certificate Type Approval per IMO MSC/Circ. 848 on Revised Guidelines for the Approval of Fixed Gas Fire-Extinguishing Systems. The agent shall have minimum extinguishing concentrations for class A and Class B fuels using the methods detailed in ISO 14520 (Standard covering Gaseous Fire-extinguishing Systems) and UL 2166.

    H. The clean extinguishing agent shall be included in the ISO 15004 and NFPA 2001.

    I. The clean extinguishing agent shall have a 20-year protection, valid globally, against regulatory bans or restrictions in use on the global warming potential, ozone depletion and atmospheric lifetime of the agent.

    J. The entity offering the certified and approved system using genuine clean extinguishing agent shall be able to demonstrate their relation to the genuine clean extinguishing agent manufacturer and their approved OEM partner.

    K. System cylinders shall be labelled indicating the system manufacturer and agent brand. System service and refill shall be by an authorised manufacturer’s representative and shall be the agent of the original installation brand.

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Copy and paste this text focused on environmental sustainability into your specification
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The fire suppression system shall include a 20-year warranty from the clean agent manufacturer that shall warrant the agent against any regulatory or phase down activity for a period of 20 years from the date of installation. The agent manufacturer shall supply a certificate to the end user indicating the date of the warranty and full terms and conditions.

  1. Summary of work

    A. Design, supply and install a complete clean agent total flooding fire suppression system using an environmentally sustainable clean agent.

  2. Clean Agent Fire Suppression Fluid

    A. Clean Agent shall have an Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) of zero.

    B. Clean Agent shall have a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of < 1 (100 year ITH.) GWP as defined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report (IPCC AR5).

    C. System cylinders shall be labelled indicating the system manufacturer and the agent. System shall be refilled with the original clean agent brand.

    D. Agents 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 Regulation targeting the phase-down of production and import of HFCs into Europe.
Copy and paste this text focused on safety of occupants into your specification
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Clean Agent must have a minimum safety factor 60% between the design concentration percentage and the No Observed Adverse Effect Level (NOAEL) for Class A and C hazards. For guidance on safety factors for Class B hazards, contact an approved Original Equipment Manufacturer.

Copy and paste this text focused on noise concerns into your specification
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The system shall be certified by the fire suppression system manufacturer to have a noise level during agent discharge not to exceed 110 dB, from 0.5 to 5.0 kHz, for longer than 20 seconds, at a distance of one metre from the gas discharge nozzle. The manufacturer shall supply certified testing documentation with measured noise levels recorded by the LZF max per 1/3 octave band centre frequency, or other approved method.

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