Firefree® 88 Overview

Firefree 88 ("FF88") is a premium quality water based, non toxic, thin film intumescent fire retardant and resistant coating fully tested to provide fire ratings required by the International Building Code for wall assemblies, floor/ceilings assemblies, roof ceiling assemblies and individual structural members. Firefree 88 can be used individually or as part of a system to provide the fire resistance ratings of elements in construction, transportation and insulation. FF88 has been tested to meet ASTM E-119 (1 & 2 hour). In addition, FF88 has also been tested to meet FM 4880, FM 4975, ASTM E 662-97, ASTM E 3675-98, ASTM E 162-98, ASTM E 1354-94, ASTM E 814 etc…

Product Summary

Firefree 88 is a cost efficient, easy to use, single component fire retardant and resistant coating formulated to provide timed fire resistant ratings for the construction, transportation and insulation industries.

Firefree 88 is fully tested to comply with the most stringent fire tests requirements: the code driven hourly fire ratings (ASTM E-119…)required for the walls, ceilings, corridors, shaft walls, etc…, found in all building and transportation structures in the US and internationally.

Firefree 88 is cost efficient: as a result of its' superior fire resistant performance, only a relatively thin layer of FF88 will be required. As a result, FF88 provides significant material and labor cost reductions (savings of 30 to 70% and above) when compared to other options in situations such as retrofit and historical upgrades, defective construction, new construction or transportation.

Firefree 88 is easy to use: FF88 is a high quality, non-toxic, water based retardand and resistant (matte) paint with excellent adhesion and durability and is easy to apply by brush, roller or sprayer. In most cases, FF88 will be self-priming, thus resulting in additional cost savings.

Firefree 88 can be applied to a wide range of combustible materials and assemblies: including gypsum board, wood, lather and plaster, embossed tin, thin gauge metal, foam, foam composite panels, fiberglass, carbon fiber and other composite materials. Its use is recommended for residential, multifamily, commercial and industrial projects (schools, dormitories, assisted living, hospice care, nursing homes, hotel, stores, restaurant, transportation…).

FF88 Paint Characteristics

  • Easy to use, easy to apply (brush, roller or sprayer)
  • Fully tested
  • Nontoxic, low odor, tintable
  • Environmentally friendly (meets all VOC requirements)
  • Smooth architectural grade finish
  • Provides fire resistant barrier on a variety of substrates

Testing and Performance

Testing

Firefree 88 ("FF88") is used to comply with the most stringent, significant fire test requirements: the code driven hourly fire ratings required for the walls, ceilings, corridors, shaft walls, etc, found in all building structures in the United States and internationally. These code requirements are clearly defined in either the Uniform Building Code (UBC) or by the International Code Council (ICC). The standard is known as ASTM E 119 and is found in both the UBC and ICC codes. In this standard, wall assemblies are tested in a vertical oven and floor assemblies are tested in a horizontal oven. The testing, in both ovens, is run at 1700° Fahrenheit for one hour and at 1850° Fahrenheit for the second or third hour, and beyond.

In addition, FF88 has also been tested to meet FM 4880, FM 4975, ASTM E 662-97, ASTM E 3675-98, ASTM E 162-98, ASTM E 1354-94, ASTM E 814 etc…

FF88 has been approved by Factory Mutual (FM Global), classified by Underwriters Laboratories (U/L) and tested at accredited third party IAS fire testing laboratories.

The dry film thickness required will vary depending on the fire rating being required and the material/substrate being coated.

See Testing Index below.

Performance

FF88 can withstand extreme temperatures. FF88 is the first coating to bring a true fire barrier to a wide variety of materials and assemblies including gypsum wallboard, wood, lath and plaster, concrete, sheet metal, tin, foam, foam composite panels, as well as more advanced materials such as fiberglass and carbon fiber. (FF88 is not designed for use on structural steel.), FF88 has been shown to withstand temperatures of up to 2000° Fahrenheit for up to two hours. As a result, FF88 provides a high level of fire protection for the benefit of many diverse industries, including construction, insulation and transportation (land, air, sea).

FF88 contains fire to its room of origin. By protecting the walls and ceilings and preventing them from contributing to the fire, FF88 will limit the amount of combustible materials available for flashover. This will prevent the fire from spreading or, at a minimum, slow it down thus giving people time to escape and firemen time to arrive and safely save property. In some cases, fires can burn out after exhausting the initial combustible materials.

FF88 limits smoke propagation. The production of smoke in a fire is often more lethal than the fire itself. Simulations and tests have proven that using FF88 will limit the combustibility of the room and thus dramatically reduce the smoke generated, allowing extra minutes to escape.

FF88 preserves structural integrity. Since FF88 can contain the fire to the room of origin and prevent fire penetration of the walls and ceiling, the potential fire damage to the studs and ceiling joists in a structure is dramatically reduced, preventing structural collapse while allowing firefighters the extra safety to fight the fire from the inside.

Firefree88 Specifications

  • applies like any paint
  • use as an undercoat or finish paint
  • water based, non-toxic
  • can be tinted
  • flat sheen
  • environmentally friendly (VOC, 33 grams/liter)
Firefree88 (FF88) is a water-based, intumescent coating that can withstand extreme temperatures (up to 2000° Fahrenheit) for a period of time (up to two hours).

Extensive fire testing have been conducted at third party accredited IAS fire tests laboratories, including Western Fire Center, Omega Point Laboratories, Southwest Laboratories, Warnock Hersey, CSIRO, University of California Forest, FF88, an intumescent coating, has been shown to withstand temperatures of up to 2000° Fahrenheit for up to two hours. By comparison, an average fire will burn at about 1000° Fahrenheit to 1500° Fahrenheit (it is estimated that the World Trade Center burned at around 1700° Fahrenheit for about 45 minutes).

FF88 has been approved by Factory Mutual (FM Global) and it is classified by Underwriters Laboratory in accordance to UL 723/ASTM E84 on OSB and Douglas Fir.

FF88 contains fire to its room of origin. By protecting the walls and ceilings and preventing them from contributing to the fire, FF88 will limit the amount of combustible materials available for flashover. This will prevent the fire from spreading or, at a minimum, slow it down thus giving people time to escape and firemen time to arrive and safely save property. In some cases, fires can burn out after exhausting the initial combustible materials.

FF88 limits smoke propagation. The production of smoke in a fire is often more lethal than the fire itself. Simulations and tests have proven that using FF88 will limit the combustibility of the room and thus dramatically reduce the smoke generated, allowing extra minutes to escape.

FF88 preserves structural integrity. Since FF88 can contain the fire to the room of origin and prevent fire penetration of the walls and ceiling, the potential fire damage to the studs and ceiling joists in a structure is dramatically reduced, preventing structural collapse while allowing firefighters the extra safety to fight the fire from the inside.

FF88 application is easy and cost efficient. A brush, roller or sprayer can be used to apply Firefree88. Being a water-based latex, no special equipment is required, minimum time is needed for clean up (just use water) and FF88 can be tinted any color. FF88 can be applied over most existing paint; new paint or wallpaper can be applied over FF88.

FF88 is non-toxic and environmentally safe. Firefree88 has no toxic fumes, little or no odor and has passed the stringent requirements for solvents and emissions by the State of California for 2008.

What does Firefree88 do and how does it work?

What does FF88 do?

Over the past several years, Firefree88 has been widely demonstrated and tested. Based on prescribed testing, FF88 has clearly demonstrated that, depending on the dry mil thickness applied to walls, ceilings and other construction assemblies and materials, it can resist a fire up to 2000° Fahrenheit for up to two hours and can contribute to the containment of fire. Containment is recognized as an effective code mandated fire safety requirement for fire resistance and fire safety design and is expressed in the proper design of fire rated party walls, ceilings, shafts, access and egress corridors.

How does FF88 work?

When exposed to a heat source of approximately 350° Fahrenheit, FF88 will begin to intumesce, or expand, forming a protective barrier between the flame source and the substrate to which the coating was applied. This barrier will prevent the fire from penetrating the walls and ceilings made of such substrate. Without Firefree88, as the initial materials burn, fire will penetrate walls and ceilings, leading to their rapid deterioration and a resulting spread of the flames to adjoining rooms. Additionally, the penetration of the fire in the walls and ceilings will lead to their contributing to the fire itself, by becoming fuel to the initial flames. With Firefree88, walls and ceilings will resist fire penetration thereby helping to contain the initial fire to the room of origin.