White is the New Green for Fire Retardant Paint

Use Contego fire resistant paint is "green"Are you in tune with the global initiative to build and maintain a better, safer environment?  Big changes in intumescent technology have made a “green” fire retardant paint possible.
White is the new “green” with Contego fire retardant paint.
The recently made GREEN gains by Contego have changed fireproofing from the LEED nightmare associated with most fire protection products to a valuable LEED points generator.
Historically, “environmentally friendly fireproofing” was an oxymoron. From day one, most fire retardant paint formulas have been toxic, carcinogenic, and laced with high concentrations of VOCs. Products have been poisonous in the can and on the surface.  This would translate to very toxic in burn conditions. Pressure treated fire resistant lumber (PTFR) was among the worst. According to USDA studies, the PTFR process was destructive to the lignins in the wood and would dissolve attachments, like screws and nails, unless they were stainless steel.
Clumpy, toxic cementatious coating

Clumpy, toxic cementatious coating

Then there are cellulosic and cementatious fireproofing materials. We’ve all seen them; they look like oatmeal when applied. The litigation list concerning these materials is lengthy and focused primarily on the constant deposition of tiny fibrils that get into the breathable air and are then inhaled straight into the lungs. Complaints in the majority of lawsuits have been centered on mesothelioma and other forms of cancer involving the respiratory system. In addition, when reading the MSDS of most intumescent coatings, the section

Contego Fire Retardant Paint Green

 on health risks contain clear warnings of both acute and chronic brain damage and damage to the central nervous system.  Not exactly environmentally friendly.
The reason for these unhealthy toxic problems is simple. The components that make various fireproofing technologies work— whether cellulosic spray-on materials, cementatious products, mastics or intumescents—are inherently unhealthy.
This was one of the big drivers when Contego began designing cutting edge solutions for the green market niche. The challenge was to find alternatives that performed as well or, in most cases, better than what was already out there, without the risks from the past formulations. This research led to our current formulation of ZERO VOCs (ASTM D4017) and ZERO TOXINS (BSS 7239-88).
GREEN isn’t the only advantage of Contego Fire Barrier Intumescent Latex. It applies at a fraction of the thickness (and weight) needed in the past and has a finish as smooth as paper, pure white in color and is formulated to accept any topcoat.
That’s why we say… WHITE IS THE NEW GREEN!