What Are Halogens? Halogens –Group 17 on the Periodic Table Chlorine, Fluorine, Bromine, Iodine, Astatine –Highly Reactive Produces bio-accumulative toxic chemicals Fire – hydrogen chloride/flouride/ bromide/iodide –Water – hydrochloric/flouric/bromic/iodic acids All of which can be considered toxic to the environment and humans in sufficient quantities
Why are Halogens Used in Category Cables? Materials that contain halogens CompoundUse Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Jacket (CMR & CMP) Fluoropolymers (FEP)Plenum (CMP) Insulation Flame retardantsCross-web members, insulating materials, and jackets
What defines Green for Data communication cables? ?RoHS – Restriction of hazardous substances (European standard) ?Recycled Material – copper, packaging (Cardboard, plastic) ?Reduced Material – scrap reduction, smaller diameter cable These are all environmentally responsible, but what makes the cable itself green?
USGBC announces LEED Pilot Credit What is LEED? –“LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.” LEED Pilot Credit 2: PBT Source Reduction: Dioxins and Halogenated Organic Compounds –Aimed at reducing PBTs (persistent bio-accumulative toxic chemicals), associated with the life cycle of building materials, including electrical wiring and cable jacketing * Source: USGBC. Please see LEED Pilot credit for complete details.
GenSPEED® 17 FREE™ CMR rated cable uses a halogen free jacketing compound to replace the traditional PVC jacketing compound Halogen-free Reduced Toxicity More environmentally friendly Increased flexibility over European LSZH products for easy installation Introducing 17 FREE™: A New Breed of Halogen-Free Cables
Traditional Category 5e CMR GenSPEED ® 5000 CMR – 17 FREE ™ UL 1666 CMR Rated Meets Cat 5e Electrical Requirements Meets UL 444 Physical Requirements Cold Bend Failure Temperature (°C) -25-45* GenSPEED ® 17 FREE ™ CMR cables are electrically and physically equivalent to traditional cable *17 Free has improved cold bend characteristics
FAQ Can a product be LEED certifed? –No. The USGBC does not certify products. Thus, if you buy 17 Free cable, you will not necessarily get a LEED credit. It is simply a halogen free cable that should be helpful towards the LEED Pilot Credit 2: PBT Source Reduction: Dioxins and Halogenated Organic Compounds. Why not just use low-smoke, zero-halogen cable? –LSZH is a European standard that is not listed as a UL 1666 CMR or NFPA 262 CMP ratings. Typically, LSZH category cables are more expensive and difficult to work with. The compound that produces the low-smoke attribute tends to be stiff and adds to the cost increase of approximately 30-40%.