There's a new defense to protect our utilities against wildfires
ArmorBuilt™ Fire Resistant Wrap
Wooden utility poles have been used for decades to deliver electricity and communications to millions. Yet millions of acres around the world are susceptible to damage due to fire.
ArmorBuilt wrap is a proprietary intumescent fiberglass backed wrap from Hexion that is affixed to utility poles and can be applied to either new or existing poles, greatly reducing the damage done to the pole in a fire.
Hexion has combined its proprietary fire resistant ArmorBuilt resin system with a fiberglass webbing – a good electrical insulator – to create Hexion’s ArmorBuilt wrap. It's an intumescent, fiberglass backed utility pole wrap that helps to provide protection from charring in wildfire situations. Recent wildfire simulation tests revealed no char or strength loss in burn tests with swirling open flame, 12’ up the pole at 2100° Fahrenheit for a duration of 3 minutes.
See ArmorBuilt in action
Cost effective, efficient wildfire protection
Can be used to wrap new and existing poles
Strong, durable long-lasting material that's easy to install
Keeps infrastructure intact
Sustainability life cycle
Extends an eco-friendly power pole option - wood
No harmful volatile organic compounds in application or after burn
Passed the test
3rd party certified “Wildfire Simulation Test” SWrI/EDM
PG&E climbing test
Wooden power pole handling test
ISO 9001:2015 certified production site
Treated vs. Untreated
After 9 minutes of testing with an open flame and radiant heat in the lab the difference is striking. The ArmorBuilt wrap protects the wooden utility pole from a devastating fire.