FBC™ System Compatible Program Recent Updates
April 4, 2022
Lubrizol Advanced Materials’ CPVC Piping Systems business has updated its FBC™ System Compatible Program with the several changes to the Approved Products, Incompatible Products List, and the Other Chemical Compatibility Topics Lists in the 2nd half of 2021 and 1st quarter of 2022. These changes are outlined below.
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Breccoil, LubeTech, and NxTech have elected to no longer participate in the Program. These companies and their products have been removed.
Blazemaster® Caulk & Walk® is no longer being produced and has been removed from the website and literature.
The following products have been added to the FBC™ System Compatible Program’s list of Incompatible Products:
*3 – These products have been determined to be incompatible based on compositional information found on the manufacturer’s labeling or published literature. One or more ingredients reported by the manufacturer is the same as or chemically similar to ingredients identified as having caused or contributed to piping system failure with similar products (the products designated with a 1).
The following sentence has been added to the polyurethane spray-on foam recommendation:
If spray foam becomes wet for any reason, remove any foam and also the pipe in the area that got wet. The water can wash incompatible additives out of the foam and deposit them onto the CPVC pipe, creating a potential for future leaks.
The Insulation guidance on the list of Other Chemical Compatibility Topics has been revised to include Rigid Polystyrene Foam and polyester:
for use with CPVC should be fiberglass, mineral wool, foamed polyolefin (polyethylene), foamed polyisocyanurate or phenolic. may contain incompatible plasticizers and is not preferred. Foamed polyolefin, foamed polyisocyanurate should not have any oil lubrication applied to the interior surface.
Rigid Polystyrene Foam and Paper Faced Batt, Unfaced Batt and Fill insulation made of Fiberglass, Glass Mineral Wool, Mineral Fiber, Stone Wool, Silica Aerogel, Cotton Fiber and Cellulose, including those with graphite intumescent additives or inorganic salts, may come into contact with CPVC.
Fiberglass Duct insulation with aluminum, paper, metalized polyester, polyester, polypropylene and polyethylene facing may come into contact with CPVC.
A “Potable Water Conditions” topic has been added to the Other Chemical Compatibility Topics list on the FBC™ System Compatible Program website with the following wording:
CPVC is not harmed by any type of potable water. It does not matter what type of disinfection is used (chlorine, chloramine, chlorine dioxide, ozone, etc.) or how high the concentration of those disinfectants is within potable water standards . It does not matter if the pH is high or low or swings back and forth. It does not matter if it is high in mineral content and dissolved solids, or super-low in content like reverse osmosis, distilled, or otherwise purified water. If the water falls within potable water standards, CPVC can be used for the water distribution system.
THE LUBRIZOL FBC™ SYSTEM COMPATIBLE PROGRAM
Products qualify for the program by undergoing testing that demonstrates the product is compatible with FlowGuard Gold Pipe & Fittings, BlazeMaster Fire Protection Systems, and Corzan Industrial Systems and Products made with TempRite® Technology.
Manufacturers of the program's products are committed to maintaining necessary product quality and agree not to change the chemical composition of the product without advance written notice. If there is a change in the chemical composition, manufacturers must re-submit their products in order to be included in the FBC System Compatible Program. Manufacturers must also submit their products to periodic testing to ensure the products remain chemically compatible. Because CPVC products are made with base resins having different molecular weights and varying chlorine contents and compound additives, the FBC System Compatible Program can verify chemical compatibility of products made with Lubrizol's FlowGuard, BlazeMaster, and Corzan and Products made with TempRite® Technology with the ancillary products tested and added to the Lubrizol FBC™ System Compatible Program.
Products in the program display the FBC System Compatible mark on their labels. This mark quickly notifies installers that the product is chemically compatible with FlowGuard, BlazeMaster, and Corzan and Products made with TempRite® Technology. The FBC System Compatible Program is in active use in the United States, Canada, Mexico, 25 European countries, the United Arab Emirates, India and China.
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