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1 A New Breed of Halogen-Free Category Cable General Cable 2010

2 Agenda What are halogens? Why are halogens used in category cables? What defines a “green” cable? A new breed of halogen free cables

3 What are Halogens?

4 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

5 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

6 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?

7 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.

8 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

9 Benefits of a Halogen Free Cable

10 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

11 Acidity Indicator Test

12 IEC 60754-2 Halogen Acid Gas Evolution Testing The closer the pH value is to zero, the more acidic

13 Benefits of a Halogen Free Cable

14 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%.

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