Clean Agent Fire Suppression Systems
A clean agent fire suppression system is the superior, cost-effective choice for protecting electronics and high-value assets. Their quick extinguishment reduces the threat of costly downtime and business interruption.
Codes require sprinkler systems in almost all buildings. These systems are designed to protect people and structures. But when it comes to protecting high value equipment, electronics, and irreplaceable documents, water can be more damaging than the fire itself! Take a moment to view this video on protecting Mission Critical Facilities.
The construction of the room and proper sealing is important for the clean agent fire suppression system to work properly. We have two pages on our site that provide information to assist our customers to assure proper room integrity is obtained.
Design Considerations for Special Hazard Areas
Proper Room Sealing of Clean Agent Systems
Elimination of Halon 1301
Since the elimination of Halon from the market in 1992 many alternative products have come to market. CFCs, Halons and other chemicals are destroying the vital ozone layer that protects us. Our Clean Agent Fire Protection Systems feature the non-ozone depleting clean agents. These products provide our customers with the fire protection they need and still protecting the earth’s precious ozone layer. SSI provides five alternative clean agents for you to consider.
The American Innovation and Manufacturing Act (AIM Act) will effect the use of some clean agents.
In the AIM Act the EPA has mandated a phase down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFC). This phase down will begin January 1st, 2022, and will ultimately reduce HFC production in a step-down fashion to 15% of its baseline level by the year 2036.
What does this affect?
HFC gases are overwhelmingly comprised of mostly refrigerants, coolants, aerosol propellants, and foams to name a few, and there are many others. On a much smaller scale, two Clean Agent Fire suppression gases; FM-200 (HFC-227ea) and ECARO-25 (HFC-125), are also composed of HFC gases and will unfortunately be immediately affected by this overall phasedown schedule.
Will FM-200 & ECARO-25 be eliminated?
No. While the production of new FM-200 and ECARO-25 is expected to decline sharply as of January 1, 2022, meaning the availability of new inventory will reduce substantially. Subsequently, FM-200 and ECARO-25 will still be available for purchase, however pricing for the agents have or will rise substantially by January 1, 2022.
Are there other fire suppression options?
Yes. Fike 3MTM Novec 1230TM Fire Suppression Fluid and Fike ProInert2 Inert Gas Fire Suppression systems have been around for years and are not regulated by the AIM Act.
How can I learn more information?
SSI has a presentation that discusses the AIM Act in great detail. To schedule an in person or virtual presentation, please Contact us or call 800-360-0687.
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