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Archive for October, 2013

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OFTEC – advice on oil-fired appliances in thatched properties

If there are any concerns over oil-fired appliances in thatched properties, it is worth speaking to OFTEC - the Oil Firing Technical Association that represents the oil heating and cooking industry in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

We were recently made aware of flue positions in thatched roofs and spoke to OFTEC for further information and they quoted from British Standard 5410-1:1997, Figure 10 – Flue terminating positions for oil fired appliances, Note 9, which states:

                                         ”Notwithstanding the dimensions given above, a terminal should not be sited closer than 300 mm to combustible material. In the case of a thatched roof, double this separation distance should be provided. It is advisable to treat the thatch with a fire retardant material and close wire in the immediate vicinity of the flue.”

As well as general information about domestic oil heating, they can provide information on finding a                                                    reputable installer, technician or maintenance engineer.

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TAS Thatch Fire Membrane System used on unique thatched building in Merseyside

The Lighthouse

Thatching Advisory Services (TAS) were recently involved in an unusual but unique thatched project in Liverpool.

The Lighthouse in Formby saw the majority of the building, including the sides being completely thatched.

The project saw TAS working closely with the main contractor – Kirklake Developments and D-K Architects to advise on and provide the most suitable and comprehensive fire barrier system for the building.

After consultation and submission of test reports, it was deemed that the newly designed and tested ‘TAS Thatch Fire Membrane System’ would be the most suitable system to use for the project.

The TAS Thatch Fire Membrane System, which incorporates Thatch Firewall Membrane and Thatchbatts®  is tested to BS476: Part 3: 2004 and CEN/TS 1187:2012, test 4, as recommended by Building Control – Approved Document B.

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Thatching Advisory Services presentation to Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service

Rob Norcott, Director of Thatching Advisory Services, recently gave a joint presentation with HETAS to Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service about the importance of fire safety for thatch roofs.

The presentation, attended by representatives from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and the North West regional office of the NFU Mutual, focussed on the common causes of thatch roof fires and the preventative measures and products available.

The attendees were made aware of the issues and contributing factors for thatch fires and the solutions, products and preventative measures available to help reduce the risk in the event of a fire.

The presentation included the use of comprehensive Thatch Fire Protection Systems which are a mix of either TAS100 Thatch Fireboards or Thatch Firewall with our non-combustible Thatchbatt® product.

Rob was also able to explain how the fire retardant spray ‘Thatchsayf’ works by foaming (intumesce) and forming a carbonised char, which binds the thatch stems together, cutting off the supply of oxygen to the fire, delaying the spread of flame and lowering the radiated heat output.

HETAS are the official body recognised by Government to approve biomass and solid fuel domestic heating appliances, fuels and services.

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