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.
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