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3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fluid Fire Wire – Spring 2018

Fire Wire is 3M Novec 1230’s quarterly fire suppression newsletter, developed for specifying engineers, architects and everyone else working in special hazards fire protection.

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    Build a Specification

    Specifying a fire suppression system for a special hazard or mission critical space? We’ve created a quick and simple Build a Spec tool for Novec 1230 fluid, so when you’re ready to spec, you can easily access the properties and information you need to meet your client’s needs.

    • Download: Get sample specifications for Novec 1230 fluid – both branded and based on the fluid’s unique properties.
    • Cut and Paste: Read and use Novec 1230 specification language written by fire suppression experts and tailored to common client project priorities such as sustainability.
    • Find: Select an appropriate system and approved equipment manufacturer for your total flooding, streaming or specialty application.

    Whether your client values environmental sustainability or margin of safety, production standards or preventing hard disk drive damage, the right spec for the right system paired with the right agent can make the difference to help them protect what matters.

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    Did you know?

    3M Novec 1230 Academy is now live! Brush up on the subtleties of clean agent fire extinguishment, or stay informed about industry trends. Create a free account to access videos and e-learning modules on fire suppression.

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    Fact or Fiction?

    Agents that claim to be “environmentally friendly” are also environmentally sustainable.

    Fiction. Terms like “environmentally friendly,” “eco-friendly,” and “green” are marketing catch phrases that are not actually backed up by data and objective standards. 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”.

    An agent that has zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) alone doesn’t meet this definition – Global Warming Potential (GWP) and atmospheric lifetime must also be considered. G WP is typically measured against a CO2 baseline, where GWP of 1 is the greenhouse gas impact of 1 pound of CO2. Some agents with zero ODP have GWPs over 3,000 – with a significant environmental impact – while Novec 1230 fluid has a G WP less than 1, making it more sustainable than even CO2.

    When assessing the sustainability of an agent, make sure you’ve selected clear, measurable metrics in line with international regulatory standards.