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Thatchsayf – Bilbrook Cottage

Bilbrook Cottage - front

Thatching Advisory Services have been out and about recently treating a number of thatched roofs with their fire retardant – Thatchsayf.

Mid-July saw Gary go off to Portadown in Northern Ireland where Master Thatchers (North) Ltd recently completed a full re-thatch of the roof at Bilbrook Cottage.

The cottage, which is one of Portadown’s oldest – dating back to 1642 – was extensively damaged by fire in April 2013.

The cottage also had TAS100 Thatch Fireboards and Thatchbatts® installed prior to the thatching taking place.

The 230m² roof was treated with clear Thatchsayf.

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New Meeting room at Thatchers Cider

Thatching Advisory Services - Thatchers Cider

A new meeting room currently being built at Thatchers Cider has been designed to showcase sustainable construction techniques. With that in mind, the Sandford cider maker asked Somerset master thatchers, Dunbar & Bunce to install a new thatched roof.

Passionate about conservation, both Tom and Nigel – together with their team of highly skilled thatchers, provide an extremely knowledgeable and sympathetic approach to both historic buildings as well as modern applications, such as new houses and extensions.

It is being built with a solid oak framework and natural stone walls. Prior to the actual thatching,  the roof  timbers were covered with Thatch Firewall Membrane, which is one of the fire barriers provided by Thatching Advisory Services.

Martin Thatcher, Managing Director says, “Our new meeting room is being built in the heart of a beautiful part of one of our orchards, in a thicket, overlooking a pond. It is an opportunity for us to show how we embrace nature. Beinyears.”

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TAS asked to write for Listed Property Owners Club Magazine

Rob Norcott of Thatching Advisory Services was asked by Listed Property Owners’ Club Ltd.  to write an article for latest magazine.

Listed Heritage Magazine is published by the Listed Property Owners’ Club for their members. This is a full colour, perfectly bound A4 production; it is published bi-monthly and distributed to 19,000 listed property owners. The Listed Heritage Magazine includes amongst other things: suppliers directory, members letters, shopping pages, events and properties for sale.

The 4 page piece was centered around the importance of separation in construction on thatched roofs. The article also takes you through common causes of thatch fires, from old or faulty electrical systems through to bonfires or fireworks. It also discusses the various systems and preventive measures available such as Thatch Fire Board System, Thatch Fire Wall System; the use of Thatchbatts® and the Thatchsayf spray.

To see the full article click the link below:

TAS article for Listed Heritage – Issue 95

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Dorset Model – Technical guide to planning requirements for thatched properties.

Dorset Model

Thatch is enjoying a resurgence. Architects, builders and owners increasingly acknowledge the advantage of thatch insulation and aesthetic qualities. Recognising this increasing popularity the eight building control authorities throughout the county of Dorset reviewed current building controls for a thatched roof.

The result of these controls will:

  • Either protect the main structure of the building if a fire occurs.
  • Or provide better protection for the roof members if a fire occurs.
  • Require an acceptance to treat the thatch as sacrificial in a fire.

Companies specialising in thatch roof insurance welcome the “Dorset Model” and recognise that it will reduce the premiums paid.

www.thatchingadvisoryservices.co.uk/Dorset_Model.asp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grant Batchelor at Heritage Skills Hub; Thatching Advisory Services Products; advice available.

Grant Batchelor Master Thatcher recently demonstrated the art of thatching at Heritage Skills Hub Event at the NEC Birmingham.

Grant was one of the Heritage Skills Hub members that promoted traditional building crafts and skills,training and courses this weekend.

Grant also discussed the fire safety products available for thatched properties including  TAS100 Thatch Fireboards, Thatch Firewall membrane and Thatchbatts® – all available from  Thatching Advisory Services.

Visitors also had the chance to ask about our Thatchsayf fire retardant spray as Grant is a fully trained approved sprayer.

Click the link below to find out more about the Heritage Hub skills and what they do.

www.heritageskillshub.org/

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Thatching Advisory Services to Attend National Society of Master Thatchers AGM

 

 

Thatching Advisory Services will be attending

The National Society Of Master Thatchers Annual Conference and AGM.

Entitled ‘For the Good of Thatch’

Friday 14th to Sunday 16th March 2014

 

It is to held at The Norfolk Arms Hotel, Arundel in West Sussex.

The agenda will include discussions on: The Thatch Mark Standard, Chimney safety and Fire barriers and insulation.

 

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Hetas and Thatching Advisory Services collaboration.

TAS & Hetas Unite in Fire&fireplaces publication

Fires & Fireplaces November  2013 Issue

Chimneys in thatched properties.

Thatching Advisory Services collaborated with Hetas on an Editorial in The Technical column of Fires & fireplaces  November 2013 Issue;  to offer guidance on how to ensure chimneys installed in thatch comply with building regulations.

Fire & Fireplaces Article, By Hetas and Thatching Advisory Services

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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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Rob Norcott of Thatching Advisory Services writes article for International Fire Fighter.

Rob Norcott of Thatching Advisory Services was invited to write an article for the International Fire Fighter magazine.

The IFF magazine reports world wide to professionals in municipal and industrial fire and rescue services. The magazine is subscribed to across the globe in 36 countries.

The 5 page piece was centered around the importance of separation in construction on thatched roofs. The article also takes you through common causes of thatch fires and the various systems and preventive measures available.

To read the article in full follow the link below.

www.mdmpublishing.com/mdmmagazines/magazineiff/newsview/1166/thatched-roofs-the-importance-of-separation-in-construction


 

 

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Rob Norcott director of TAS speaks to Oxford Mail

East Hagbourne Thatch fire

Dramatic and devestating blaze consumes thatched roof in minutes……

Pictures from the Oxford Mail show the devastation fire can wreak on properties with thatched roofs. Seven fire crews tackled the blaze in East Hagbourne overnight on Saturday.

“The main causes of fires are chimneys being too short, which allow embers to escape on to roofs, and heat transfer from chimneys,” said Rob Norcott, director of Thatching Advisory Services. “Prevention is the best cure.”

Firefighter Paul Webster, who was the incident commander at Hagbourne this weekend, said: “The speed at which the fire spread throughout the whole roof shows how little time people will have to think in a fire situation.

Five thatches have been destroyed by fire in Oxfordshire so far this year – in Hagbourne, Besselsleigh, two neighbouring houses at Barford St Michael in June and a home in Swalcliffe in March – compared to one in all of 2012.

 

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/10524727.

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