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Template Specification for Fire Protection System using
3MTM NovecTM 1230 Fire Protection Fluid

This sample specification is intended to assist parties that may be creating their own specifications that
involve total flooding systems for data centers, telecommunication rooms, museums, libraries or other
similar uses using 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid. This sample specification is for reference
purposes only and the party creating a specification is solely responsible for its specification. If you need
assistance please contact 3M at www.3M.com/novec1230fluid “support” tab and “contact us”. This
template was updated July 14, 2011.

Section 1 – General

1.1 Summary of the Work
A. Design, supply and install a complete clean agent total flooding fire suppression system using
Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid (hereafter referred to as SYSTEM) which meets all the
performance criteria described herein.
B. SYSTEM shall be designed and provided by an approved distributor/Installer of an original
equipment manufacturer listed at www.3M.com/novec1230fluid under “Where To Buy”.
C. The design shall include fluid storage capacity to provide a single discharge to each zone.
D. Provide and install a connected reserve cylinder bank supply if required.
E. Provide a complete system including detection, alarm, control panel, nozzles, cylinders and
piping.
F. Suppression systems shall be triggered by detection systems for both smoke and heat.
G. Provide annunciation devices and discharge warning indicators
H. Provide testing and commissioning of the completed SYSTEM. Testing will include a pressure test
of the SYSTEM piping and an integrity test of the protected space.
I. The distributor/installer of the SYSTEM shall be experienced in the design and installation of
similar types of suppression systems, have a minimum of 5 years experience in the design and
manufacture of such systems, and be able to refer to similar installations providing satisfactory
service. A list of suppression system completed by the distributor/installer of similar nature and
scope shall be provided upon request.

1.2 Related Requirements
A. The General Conditions of the Contract of this project and section apply to the work specified in
this section.
B. Division 21 Fire Suppression. With special attention to coordination of building detection, alarm
and control systems.
C. Division 23 HVAC. With special attention to shut down interlock controls of HVAC dampers.
D. Division 26 Electrical. With special attention to power supply requirements of the fire
suppression system and coordination with uninterruptable power supplies and emergency
generators.
E. Division 7 Sealant. With special attention to fire barriers and joint sealers to achieve air tightness
of the room enclosure.
F. Division 8 Door Hardware. With special attention to door closers, gaskets and automatic door
bottoms.

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l. c. UL/ULC listed: Underwriters Laboratories/Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (per UL- 2166). LEED Reference Guild For Green Building Design and Construction 2009 Edition. j. abort stations. General Purpose.: UL listing EX-number) for verification. Separate layout drawings shall be provided for each level.1. Also. detectors. k. Approved Guild for Clean Agent Extinguishing System. NFPA 2001: Standard for Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing Systems. C. pipe runs. EA Prerequisite 3 and EA Credit 4. f. E. n. Requirements of the local Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). d. UL 2166: Standard for Halocarbon Clean Agent Extinguishing System Units. FM approved: FM Global (per FM-5600). B. Design and installation practices set forth by the SYSTEM manufacturer. b. Complete two-phase flow calculations from a UL listed or FM approved computer program shall be provided for all engineered SYSTEM design. 1992. Field installation layout drawings shall be provided having a scale of not less than 1/8”=1’-0” detailing the location of all agent storage tanks. FM-5600. NFPA 76: Fire Protection for Telecommunications Systems. D. sub floor and above ceiling spaces as applicable. b.e. etc. installation. FSSA Fire Protection System Inspection Guidelines First Edition January 2010. testing and maintenance of the SYSTEM shall be in accordance with the following applicable codes. 9th Edition. 1. NFPA 101: Life Safety Code. Calculation sheet(s) shall include the manufacturer’s name and listing of approval reference number (i. include necessary details for mechanical and electrical work. such as the main room. A separate drawing shall be provided showing isometric details of agent storage containers. e. H. The individual sections of the pipe and each fitting to be used as shown on the isometric diagrams shall be identified and included in the calculation.3 Applicable Codes. audible and visual alarms.5 Submittals A. standards and regulatory bodies: a. Provide an internal control panel wiring diagram.20. which shall include power supply requirements and field wiring termination points. G. Total agent discharge time 3MTM NovecTM 1230 Fluid 21 22 00 Page 2 of 6 . special sealing requirements and equipment shutdowns. The SYSTEM shall be in accordance with one or the following listings and approvals: a. Provide graphic annunciator wiring schematics and dimensioned display panel illustration shall be provided. g. control panel(s). door holders. including but not limited to the licensing of pipe fitters and trade workers. m. ANSI B1. NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm Code. h.1: Standard for Pipe Threads. including sizes and lengths. Standards. NFPA 75: Standard for the Protection of Electronic Computer/ Data Process Equipment. 1. UL 864. Provide electrical layout drawings showing the location of all devices and include point-to-point conduit runs. manual pull stations. i. Current Edition. Regulatory Bodies A.4 Applicable Listings and Approvals A. NFPA 70: National Electrical Code (NEC). mounting details and pipe runs and sizes. Auxiliary details and information shall be provided such as maintenance panels. F. The design.

initiating devices and auxiliary components under full load conditions. shutdown functions. Warranties in this section are in addition to any warranty requirements of the General Conditions of the Contract or local applicable laws. B. I. In addition. It is the contractor’s responsibility to assist the Owner in proper registration of the product. B. M. Perfluorocarbons (PFCs).6 Warranty A.7 Insurance A. damper operation.com/novec1230fluid. including record drawings. 1. Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Provide calculations for the battery standby power supply taking into consideration the power requirements of all alarms. A complete sequence of operation shall be submitted detailing all alarm devices. C. shall be shown and detailed by zone. J. EPA documentation and approvals. E. Provide a 3MTM NovecTM 1230 Fire Protection Fluid Blue SkyTM Warranty 20-year protection against regulatory bans or restrictions as described at www. and Sulphur Hexafluoride. Pre-engineered suppression systems shall be designed within the limits prescribed and in compliance with the equipment manufacturer’s listing or approval.S. The installing contractor shall maintain a minimum [$ ] liability and completed operations insurance coverage. The maintained limits of liability coverage shall be the greater of these or limits required in the general conditions of the specifications. Provide complete operation and maintenance manuals. The contractor shall submit drawings. the company shall maintain a [$ ] umbrella insurance policy. GWP as defined by the intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report (IPCC AR4) or in U.3M. Clean Agent Fluid shall not be one of these greenhouse gases. L. Clean agent must have a minimum safety factor 60% between the design concentration percentage and the No Observed Adverse Effect Level (NOAEL) for acute toxicity. 1. calculations and suppression system component data sheets for approval to the local fire department. Section 2 – Products 2. time delay and agent discharge for each zone or system. 3MTM NovecTM 1230 Fluid 21 22 00 Page 3 of 6 . Clean Agent Fluid shall have a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of less than 10 (100 year ITH). D. Submit approved plans to the Owner and Owner’s representative. ODP as defined by the US EPA. K. under the product literature tab in the file “3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid Blue Sky™ Warr”. Clean Agent Fluid shall have an Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) of zero. Clean agent fire suppression fluid shall be 3M Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid. owner’s insurance underwriter. Complete all approvals in writing prior to the commencement of onsite construction. remote signaling. Owner’s Risk Manager and/or all other AHJs before starting installation.1 Clean Agent Fire Suppression Fluid A. including cardiac sensitization of 10%. Shop drawing shall bear the stamp of all required approving bodies.

and equipment of the manufacturer. d. control wiring. All devices. signage. assist the enclosure construction contractor with training on how to establish the room air tightness. Energize the alarm bell and an optional visual indicator. B. storage cylinders. The SYSTEM(s) shall be actuated by a combination of ionization and/or photoelectric detectors installed at a maximum spacing of 250 ft2/detector (23m2/detector) in all spaces. alarm interface. manual release and abort stations. 2. 3. all detection and control equipment. Automatic operation of each protected space shall be as follows: i. components and equipment shall be the products of the same manufacturer or be certified by the manufacturer as compatible with devices. horns. 2.5m2/detector).2 Total Flooding System Requirements A.3 Total Flooding System Description A. part numbers and serial numbers shall appear on all major suppression system components. such as.2. 3MTM NovecTM 1230 Fluid 21 22 00 Page 4 of 6 . The listing or approval shall also utilize a test protocol equal to the latest edition of UL 2166.3M. D. “Halocarbon Clean Agent Extinguishing System Units”. Details and requirements for suppression system installation shall be as follows: a. Illuminate the “ALARM” lamp on the control panel face. Provide control signals as required to deactivate air handling systems and close dampers prior to SYSTEM discharge. control panels. detector wiring. conduit. the SYSTEM design concentration shall be based upon the expected fuel contained within the hazard for all protected spaces anticipating the minimum temperature within the hazard space(s). 1. USA. It shall include all mechanical and electrical installation. If the airflow exceeds one (1) air change per minute. functional checkout and testing. b. If new construction or remodeling. e. bells. security keying and other system required elements for a complete operational system. The SYSTEM shall be of a type designed for use with 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid. SYSTEM manufacture shall be a 3M approved original equipment manufacturer as listed at www. devices. survey the room prior to pricing and provide any necessary room integrity upgrades in pricing. piping. alarm wiring. control panels. SYSTEM shall include at a minimum heat/smoke detectors. photoelectric detectors only shall be installed at a spacing not to exceed 125 ft2/detector (11. auxiliary devices and controls. If an existing construction. labeling. manual discharge switches. shutdowns. Its suitability shall have been validated through listing or approval similar to that promulgated by Underwriters Laboratories. components. suitable to perform the intended functions. abort stations. Locks for all cabinets shall be keyed alike. c. The name of the manufacturer. audible and visual alarm devices. nozzles. As a minimum. listed and approved system. The SYSTEM detection wiring shall be of an approved method. Inc. caution/advisory signs. agent storage containers. valves. which can perform auxiliary functions. All devices. The SYSTEM shall be complete in every respect. nozzles. proper quantity of Novec1230 fluid.com/novec1230fluid under “Where To Buy”. F. strobes. training and all other operations necessary for a functional. C. pipe and fittings. components and equipment shall be new and standard products of the manufacturer’s latest design. H. Transfer two(2) sets of 10 amp rated auxiliary contacts. B. wiring. The actuation of one(1) detector within the space shall. G. Reference NFPA 72 – current edition. E. alarms.

Fan test utilizing a temporary blower to pressurize the space and an air measuring system to determine the leakage is the responsibility of this installer. b. Light an individual lamp on an optional graphic annunciator. The distributor/installer shall maintain or have contractually available a recharging station listed or approved for recharging. 4. a. The distributor/installer shall be experienced and regularly engaged in the installation of automatic fire suppression systems using 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid. 3MTM NovecTM 1230 Fluid 21 22 00 Page 5 of 6 . The general contractor shall be responsible for sealing and securing the protected space(s) against agent loss and/or leakage during at least the ten (10) minute hold time. regulations. B.1 Installer Qualifications A. The distributor/installer shall provide proof of his ability to recharge the largest of such a suppression system within 24 hours after a discharge. 5. E. Section 3 – Execution 3. 1. G. D. All installations shall be in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. install. c. The distributor/installer shall be an authorized distributor of the manufacturer for the suppression system designed for use with 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid so that the immediate replacement parts are readily available from inventory. Passing the room integrity test in accordance with Appendix C of NFPA 2001 or equal shall validate room integrity. ii. 2. The actuation of a second detector within the space shall.3 Testing and Training A. After completion of the time-delay sequence. Shut down HVAC equipment. 3. 1. iii.2 Installation A. Include the amount of 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid bulk storage available. Transmit a signal to a fire alarm system. test and maintain the SYSTEM. Operate door holders/closures on access doors. listings and approvals. The installing contractor shall employ a person who can show proficiency at least equal to a NICET level III certification in special hazards design. Shut down the HVAC system and/or close dampers. If for any reason the fan test should fail. the distributor/installer will assist any related General Contractors to repair the room and retest as necessary until the room passes the test. in strict accordance with applicable codes and standards. Enable SYSTEM abort sequence. the SYSTEM shall discharge and the following shall occur. Illuminate the “PRE-DISCHARGE” lamp on the control panel face. 2. Start the time-delay sequence. 4. The Installer must maintain required licensing for City. Illuminate a “SYSTEM FIRED” lamp on the control panel face. Energize an alarm horn or horn/strobe device. Shutdown all power to high voltage equipment. codes. F. Provide a written document to the Owner stating the amount of fluid required for refill. 3. State and Country of the project location. The distributor/installer of 24/7 emergency services available with service personnel available for emergency response. C. or similar. 3. standards. The installing contractor shall be trained by the equipment manufacturer to design.

one at 6 months and on at 12 months after installation. The distributor/installer shall provide two (2) inspections during the first year of service as part of this contract. Deliver Operation and Maintenance Manuals at this time along with record drawings. Include 12 hours of training for the Owner’s and Owner’s personnel on site on the operation and maintenance of the system. End of Specification 3MTM NovecTM 1230 Fluid 21 22 00 Page 6 of 6 . 3.4 Inspections A. B.