The only UL Certified system per UL 2196 rated for
2-Hours both vertically and horizontally (FHIT 25C)

Rigid Nonmetallic Phenolic Conduit System

The Breathsaver® conduit system products meets
the most stringent industry requirements for safety.

BreathSaver®'s Fiberglass Conduit system consists of conduits, elbows, fittings, and adaptors. Using a phenolic resin based matrix, it is designed to provide transit, utilities, and industry with a nonmetallic corrosion resistant, flame resistant, low-smoke, non-toxic conduit system that is suitable for high temperature installations. The BreathSaver® Conduit system products meets the most stringent industry requirements for safety.


  • Ideal for tunnels, subways and confined areas (air-handling spaces, vent shafts and mines)
  • Highest cable fire protection in the industry
  • Lightweight: 56lbs (26Kg) for a 20’ conduit vs. RGS at 109lbs (49Kg) for a 10’ conduit
  • Non-metallic. Will not rust or corrode
  • Emits no toxic halogen (SMP 800C)
  • Non-Conductive, assuring a safe system
  • Lower coefficient of Thermal expansion than steel


  • The only UL Certified system per UL 2196 rated for 2-Hours both vertically and horizontally (FHIT 25C)
  • Suitable for Physical Damage Locations (NEC - Class 1 Division 2)
  • Complete line of fittings and adaptors for ease of interconnection to other type of materials
  • Available in ¾" IPS (21mm) to 1.5" IPS (41mm) and 2" ID (51mm) to 6" ID (152mm) dimensions
  • No threading or masking of joint required
  • Bell and spigot joint for fast, easy installation


  • Chemical Inertness, impervious to numerous chemicals
  • Contains no chlorine, halogen or other toxic materials
  • Low coefficient of thermal expansion and contraction resulting in fewer expansion joints



Extra heavy wall BreathSaver®

Specs XW

For extra heavy wall BreathSaver® for Corrosion proof 2-hour rated cable system (UL 2196).

Safety Data Sheet

For BreathSaver® XW 2-hour rated cable system (UL 2196 | FHIT 25C).

BreathSaver XW Sales Sheet 

Product specs and benefits for the BreathSaver® XW

Breathsaver High-Rise

Solutions for Commercial Hi-Rise

BreathSaver Critical Care

Solutions for Essential Electrical Systems

BreathSaver XW Brochure

Guide to Codes, Applications and Competitive Comparison



System No. 25C - FHIT.25C
Electrical Circuit Integrity Systems Read more


Is it mandatory to use the spacing distance specified in the National Electrical Code (NEC) or Canadian Electric Code (CEC) for BreathSaver® conduit?
It is recommended to follow applicable Code (NEC or CEC) spacing distance for all BreathSaver® SW products. However, FRE Composites has an UL Listing for Extended Support distance currently applicable to BreathSaver® Type XW products in accordance with Article 355.30 (B) of the NEC. This Listing offers greater distance in between supports than limitation of Table 355.30 of the NEC.

It should be noted that support spacing distance for 2-Hour vertical or horizontal installations, recommended spacing is specified in FHIT 25C Certification.

CEC spacing distances are covered by Rule 12-1010 as such extended support distance certification is not allowed per Code.
What is BreathSaver® conduit?
BreathSaver® is a registered trademarked phenolic Rigid Nonmetallic Conduit (RNC) system which offers unmatched performance in terms of flame resistance, smoke development and toxicity emission. Its characteristics in these areas are far superior to all other types of RNC, especially PVC.
What standards apply to the BreathSaver® product line?
Currently, all requirements are based upon FRE’s own product specifications. However, the development of a U.S. nationally recognized standard is underway.
What are the typical installations for BreathSaver®?
BreathSaver® products are typically utilized in areas with highly stringent safety requirements for flame resistance, smoke development and toxicity emissions. These include tunnels, transit facilities, power plants, mines, risers, ducts, plenums and other air-handling spaces.
Can BreathSaver® be installed below ground or above ground?
While the primary applications for BreathSaver® products are above ground where flame spread, smoke development and toxicity are of great concern, it is also suitable for below ground installations.
Is BreathSaver® plenum rated?
BreathSaver® conduit products have demonstrated a flame spread index below 25 and a smoke developed index below 50 (25/50 rating) when tested in accordance with ASTM E84 by Underwriters Laboratories (UL). UL considers products that meet this rating to be compliant with the U.S. electrical, building or mechanical code surface burning requirements for materials intended for installation in plenums or air handling spaces. To see UL’s position paper on this subject, click on this link .
What are the differences between the below ground and above ground product lines and the BreathSaver® product line?
The phenolic resin used in the BreathSaver® product line has much lower flame spread and smoke development indices than does the epoxy resin used for the above ground and below ground products.
Do we offer our BreathSaver® with a TriSeal™?
Our BreathSaver® product is not typically provided with a TriSeal as the gasket material would not provide the same flame and smoke characteristics as the rest of the conduit system. However, it is available with a TriSeal™ gasket by special request.
How should you store BreathSaver® products?
BreathSaver® products can be stored in the same manner as any other type of Rigid Nonmetallic Conduit (RNC). As with all types of RNC, it is recommended that they be covered with a tarp or if stored outside, on a shaded area in order to protect them against the potential for accelerated UV degradation.
How far do you have to push the spigot end into the inside tapered bell end to make a solid and reliable joint?
The spigot end should be inserted into the inside tapered bell 4” (103 mm) to form a solid and reliable connection. This, in conjunction with use of the manufacturer’s recommended epoxy adhesive, will result in a connection that can withstand a pull of over 1000 lb. per inch of trade size (e.g. 4” trade size = 4 x 1000 lb. = 4000 lb.) or 454 kg per mm trade size or a 5” (127 mm) socket depth for TriSeal joints.
Do BreathSaver® products support combustion?
No. BreathSaver® products have demonstrated that they are capable of being subjected to temperatures up to 932 °F (500 °C) for 1 hour without supporting combustion.
Can you bend BreathSaver® in the field?
No. The same material characteristics that provide the BreathSaver® products with their unmatched flame resistance, smoke development and toxicity emission performance preclude it from being bent in the field. However, FRE offers a complete line of BreathSaver® fittings, including elbows, wobbles, skew wobbles, and expansion joints to meet all of your installation needs.
How much travel do you get with an expansion joint?
A BreathSaver® expansion joint provides approximately 6” (152 mm) of free travel in either direction for a total of 12” (305 mm) travel.
Will the BreathSaver® product groove during cable pulling?
Unlike rigid PVC, BreathSaver® phenolic fibreglass products have a strong resistance to being cavitated or pierced as a result of burn through during cable pulling.