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The new world standard for sustainable clean agent fire protection.

3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is a next-generation halon alternative designed to balance industry concerns for performance, human safety and the environment, which makes Novec 1230 fluid the first option to non-sustainable technologies:

  • Zero ozone depletion potential
  • 5-day atmospheric lifetime
  • A global warming potential of 1

Data Processing and Control Rooms

Even a small fire in critical facilities such as data processing centers, airport control towers, clean rooms, laboratories and computer-controlled manufacturing operations can result in catastrophic loss by interrupting vital operations and damaging high-value equipment.


Its low acute toxicity, combined with high extinguishing efficiency, give 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid a significant margin of safety, even at relatively high extinguishing concentrations. This makes Novec 1230 fluid ideal for occupied spaces including engine and pump rooms, paint lockers and communication and control centers.

Oil & Gas

3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is useful in a variety of oil and gas industry applications, such as control rooms and communications centers, where maintaining continuity of operations is a vital concern. The product is a highly-effective Class B fuel fire suppression as well as a Class B gas (ie: methane, propane) inerting extinguishant application, designed to knock down fires quickly, before they have a chance to spread to Class B hazards.

Archives and Museums Fire Protection

3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid offers a number of unique advantages for protecting records stored on various electronic media; paper documents; archival film and video; fine arts, antiques and other valuable (and often irreplaceable) items which are vulnerable to conventional water, foam and dry chemical extinguishing agents.


3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is a highly efficient fire extinguishant designed especially for "special hazards." These are defined as spaces - such as telecommunication switch rooms, computer and electronic control rooms - where maintaining continuous operation of high-value equipment is critical.


3M™ Blue SkySM Warranty

3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid doesn't just put out fires. With the new 3M™ Blue SkySM Warranty, it also puts your mind at ease. If 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is banned from or restricted in use as a fire protection agent due to ODP, or GWP, 3M will refund the purchase price of the Novec 1230 fluid. That's a promise and performance you can take to the bank.

The 3M™ Blue SkySM Warranty for 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid:
If 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is banned from or restricted in use as a fire protection agent due to ODP, or GWP, 3M will refund the purchase price of the Novec 1230 fluid. Warranty good for 20 years. Must register your system with 3M within 30 days of system commissioning and every five years. For complete terms and conditions or to register your system for the 3M™ Blue SkySM Warranty, log onto 3M Blue Sky Warranty Registration form.

PDFNovec 1230 Fluid Brochure PDF 586k

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PDF 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is an advanced halon replacement alternative with an excellent environmental profile:

  • Global Warming Potential (GWP) of 1 - lowest GWP for any halocarbon alternative to halon
  • Non Ozone-depleting
  • Atmospheric lifetime of just 5-days - compared to years, decades and even centuries for other halocarbon alternatives
  • Offers a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)

3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid Environmental Properties Comparison

Poroperties Novec 1230 Halon 1211 Halon 1301 HFC-125ea HFC-227ea HFC-23
Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP)1 0.0 5.1 12.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Global Warming Potential-IPCC2 1 1300 6900 3400 3500 12000
Atmospheric Lifetime (years) 0.014 11 65 29 33 260
SNAP (Yes or No) Yes Not Applicable Not Applicable Yes Yes Yes

1 World Meteorological Organization (WMO) 1998, Model-Derived Method
2 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2001 Method, 100 Year ITH

A new standard for sustainable clean agent fire protection technology

All organic compounds that are emitted into the atmosphere have the ability to act as a greenhouse gas. Their effect in the atmosphere or potency as a greenhouse gas is determined by the amount of infrared (IR) radiation they absorb and how long they reside in the atmosphere (their atmospheric lifetime). These factors are combined in a calculation and expressed in a single parameter known as the Global Warming Potential (GWP). When released to the atmosphere, 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid absorbs infrared (IR) energy similarly to other fluorinated compounds.

Atmospheric Lifetime = 5 days

What sets 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid apart from these other fluorochemicals is its very short atmospheric lifetime. Most fluorochemicals reside in the atmosphere for years - often on the order of decades or centuries. In contrast, Novec 1230 fluid degrades very rapidly in the lower atmosphere by reaction with sunlight (a process known as photolysis). This leads to a very short atmospheric life for Novec 1230 fluid of just 5 days.

GWP = 1

The very short atmospheric lifetime of 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid leads to a very low Global Warming Potential (GWP). The GWP essentially determines how many kilograms of CO2 - the world's most common greenhouse gas - would be equivalent to the release of one kilogram of this compound. The GWP for Novec 1230 fluid is 1. This means that is essentially the same as releasing the same amount of CO2.

Most fluorochemicals have significantly higher GWPs because fluorochemicals are very efficient energy absorbers. They tend to absorb energy in the atmosphere where no other compounds do - at wavelengths that normally pass unhindered through the atmosphere. They also typically have longer atmospheric lifetimes that greatly affect their global warming potential.

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Choosing a long-term solution

In recent years, concerns about environmental issues - especially those relating to climate change - have led to increasing regulatory scrutiny of compounds with high global warming potentials. These so-called greenhouse gases include several conventional halon replacements, such as HFCs.

Under the Kyoto Protocol and other international agreements, more and more industrialized nations have committed to reducing the amount of greenhouse gases emitted to the atmosphere. Although the use of HFCs in fire protection is allowed today, there is growing concern about their future viability, as regulators look for industries and applications (such as fire protection) where alternatives exist to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, without harming economic growth.

For example, abatement of HFCs of materials in fire protection applications is one strategy that companies can employ to reduce their overall emissions of materials in the basket of six greenhouse gases identified by the Kyoto Protocol. In addition, many forward-thinking companies are beginning to consider the potential costs of monitoring and reporting their use of greenhouse gases, and the cost and disruption to replace an HFC-based system in the near future should new restrictions on HFCs, now being debated in the EU and other parts of the world, come into force. Ultimately, a growing number of end-users are concluding that long-term economics - as well as good stewardship - favor the use of sustainable technologies, such as 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid.

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Today's widest margin of safety

Because its use concentration is much lower than its No Observable Adverse Effects level (NOAEL), 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid offers the widest margin of safety of any viable halon replacement available on the market today. Note: Industry standards require egress from a protected enclosure prior to system discharge.

  Novec 1230 Halon 1301 HFC-227ea HFC-125 CO2
Use Concentration1 5.85% 5.0% 9.0% 12.1% 5.0%
NOAEL2 10.0% 5.0% 9.0% 7.5% <7%
Safety Margin 71% None 3% None Lethal at design concentration

1 Halocarbon values based on heptane extinguishing concentration - ISO 14520:2006, CO2 value - NFPA 12:2005
2 NOAEL for cardiac sensitization (halocarbons) and effects specific to CO2

Novec 1230 fluid is very low in toxicity. The product has shown a very low potential for irritation to the eyes, skin, and mucous membranes. The acute and repeat dose toxicity of Novec 1230 fluid are also very low. For more safety information please visit our product documentation center on this website.

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Brochures 3M Literature Number
Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid Brochure 98-0212-3705-6
Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid for Oil and Gas Applications Brochure 60-5002-0124-3
Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid for Marine Applications 98-0212-2651-3
Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid for Museums and Archives  60-5002-0389-2
Novec 1230 Fluid Video  
Data Sheet
Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid Product Information Bulletin 98-0212-3709-8
Technical Briefs
Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid Storage and Handling Information 98-0212-2637-2
How 3M Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is Stored as a Liquid and Discharged as a Gas 98-0212-2650-5
Environmental Properties of Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid 60-5002-0067-4
Extinguishing Mechanism of Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid 60-5002-0068-2
Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid Safety Assessment - English 60-5002-0069-0
Recommendations for Demonstrations Used in the Marketing and Sales of Novec 1230 Fluid 60-5002-0070-8
What you need to know about Novec 1230 fluid and ECARO-25 60-5002-0091-4
Preserving Room Integrity During Clean Agent Discharges 60-5002-0422-1
Emissions Scenarios and Policy Considerations for HFCs in Fire Protection Using Sustainability as a Tool for Business Improvement 98-0212-3720-5
Blue SkySM Warranty
Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid Blue Sky(SM) Warranty Flyer 60-5002-0141-7
Articles and Case Studies
Enhanced Fire Protection for Marine Applications  60-5002-0386-8
Novec 1230 Fluid Protects the Treasures of the World  60-5002-0393-4
3M Product to Supply Fire Prot. Sys. for Telegraph Media Group  60-5002-0387-6
Protection that Respects the Environment  60-5002-0388-4
BP Chooses Novec 1230 Fluid for Fire Protection  60-5002-0384-3
Enhanced Fire Safety for the Oil and Gas Industry  60-5002-0385-0
3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid and LEED Credits Flyer  60-5002-0355-3