From the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia, PA;
"We are pleased to inform you that the Independence Seaport Museum has decided to make the use of NoFire paint an integral part of its preservation plan for the 1892 U.S. Navy Cruiser Olympia, a National Historic Landmark.
There are a number of reasons for our selection of your product:
As you know, we take our responsibility to the Olympia's preservation and historic integrity very seriously, and we are delighted that your technology has offered us the opportunity to protect this national treasure in an affordable way, without complex or intrusive mechanisms. While we hope to never put it to the test, I can assure you that I will sleep better for knowing that we have taken this step.
I thank you for sharing in our commitment to Olympia's survival through her second century.
Paul B. DcOrsay, Vice President, Project Director"
When the Campbells (name changed to protect privacy) were informed by the local fire inspector that they were required to make drastic changes to their forty year old inn to comply with fire codes, they were shocked. The lowest estimate for the recommended approach of installing sprinklers throughout the old wood structure was $98,000. In addition the code required the installation of another layer of sheetrock on the ceilings, corridors and hallways of all the upper stories with an estimated cost of $34,000, for a total cost of $132,000. This was a capital investment far above their resources.
Seeking an alternative solution they were referred to NoFire Technologies. NoFire's Chief Technical Officer, Dr. Sam Gottfried accompanied the Campbells to a formal meeting of the Region Board of Review. In his testimony Dr. Gottfried demonstrated the fire retardant properties of NoFire A18 and in particular its ability to prevent flashover. After considerable deliberation the Board of Review granted a waiver allowing the Campbells to paint with NoFire A18 in order to bring the building into conformance with the fire code. With the use of NoFire, at a material cost of $2000, only a special residential sprinkler required in one corridor was installed, at a cost of $10,000.
The total cost of $12,000 to conform saved the Campbells $120,000, 90% of the initial estimates. Since painting would have been required in any case, there was no additional cost of labor. Thanks to NoFire the Campbells were able to stay in business.
A company paneled its vehicle maintenance area with T111 plywood. Their insurance company told them that they had created a fire hazard and gave them three alternatives: 1.- install a dry fire protection system; 2.- redo all of the walls with two layers of 5/8" sheet rock; or 3.- coat the walls, following manufacturers specifications with NoFire A-18.
The minimum cost for alternatives one or two was $11,000. The cost of material for the NoFire was $1100, a 90% savings.
A West Coast shipyard recently encountered a major roadblock preventing the release of its newly completed twin-screw tug. The plastic piping it had installed to be used in the hot and cold fresh water system in accommodation areas did not meet the new SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) fire code and the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) would not issue its approval certificate.
The shipyard was faced with the costly option of ripping out the installed piping and replacing it with an approved product. The estimated cost of this approach was between $80,000 and $105,000.
One of the shipyard's executives had heard about NoFire's type approval by the Coast Guard and ABS, that NoFire A18 Fire Retardant Marine Paint "exceeds requirements and complies with low flame spread characteristics of Resolution A.653 (16) adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), amendments to the SOLAS Codes effective July, 1999.
The shipyard immediately applied to ABS for a waiver for this ship. ABS, upon learning that they planned to use NoFire A18, granted the waiver, provided that the "coating is applied in accordance to the manufacturer's recommendations, to surveyors satisfaction".
The cost of the NoFire plus the labor to apply was less than $6000, a savings of between $74,000 and $99,000, a cost of less than 8% of the alternative.