FBC System Compatible Program Expands with Product Additions and New Category

May 21, 2018  - The Lubrizol CPVC Piping Systems business has updated its FBC™ System Compatible Program with the several updates to the Approved Products, Incompatible Products, and Other Chemical Compatibility Topics lists.

Approved Products List

Product Additions:

Mold Inhibitory Category

  • moldBlock™ (MoldStoppers, LLC)

Product Removal:

Leak Detector Category

  • Better Bubble (RectorSeal)

Freeze Protection Category

  • IceClear F/S (Orison Marketing)


Incompatible Products List

Product Additions:

Firestop Category

  • Firetherm Intumastic HP*

Mold Inhibitory Category

  • Fiberlock IAQ 2000*

 * These products have been determined to be incompatible based on compositional information found in 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).

Product Removal:

Thread Sealants Category

  • White Seal (IPS Corporation)

Topic Updates:

Additional bullet added to “Cleaning CPVC Pipe” Topic:

  • Household bleach solutions may be used for cleaning and disinfecting piping systems.  The bleach used should be plain, without added thickeners, detergents, scents, etc.

The Hangers category has been revised to include grommets:

  • Plastic hangers, straps and grommets made of 100% polypropylene, polyethylene or nylon may be used.

The Insulation category has been revised to include polyethylene:

  • Fiberglass Duct insulation with aluminum, paper, metalized polyester, polypropylene and polyethylene facing may come into contact with CPVC.

The Paint category has been revised to include antimicrobial additives:

  • If paint must be used on CPVC, water-based latex paint is the recommended type of paint to use on pipe and fittings manufactured from Lubrizol CPVC.  Two-part epoxy paint should not be used.  Other types of paint have not been known to be detrimental to CPVC provided that it is applied in a light coating that dries quickly.  Paint should not be allowed to puddle on or around CPVC pipe or fittings. Antimicrobial additives in paint do not change this guidance.


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 Sprinkler Systems, Corzan®® Industrial Systems and AquaRise® made with TempRite® Technology piping systems. 
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, Corzan and AquaRise made with TempRite Technology compounds 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, Corzan and AquaRise made with TempRite Technology CPVC products. 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. 
FlowGuard Gold®, BlazeMaster® and Corzan® are registered trademarks of The Lubrizol Corporation.