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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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‘New Build Thatch’

Maltings Farm - new thatch with TAS100 Thatch Fireboard

Thatching Advisory Services (TAS) recently provided its Thatch Fireboard System for a new property in Milton Keynes. The thatched property was built by Acorn Construction (Newbury) Ltd  as part of the Rivar New Homes Maltings Farm development comprising eleven new properties and three barn conversions.  

Graham Knowles of Acorn and Rob Norcott from TAS worked closely together on the project, which saw the new Thatchbatt® wired fixing system being built into the design. This was then submitted to the NHBC who gave its approval for the system.

Our Thatch Fireboard System is made up of: TAS100 Thatch Fireboard, Thatchbatts®, intumescent joint sealant and the wired fixing system. This combination produces a system that will meet the current insulation and fire requirements for building control and also meets the performance criteria of the Dorset Model. 

The roof was thatched by Jason Duggan using combed wheat reed.

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Thatching at the National Homebuilding & Renovating Show

Master Thatcher Grant Batchelor recently appeared at the National Homebuilding & Renovating show.

The show, which was held at the NEC, Birmingham, saw Grant demonstrating his craft on a stand organised by the Heritage Skills HUB.

Heritage Skills HUB is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, set up to promote and support traditional building skills to all those who care for traditional buildings.

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National Society of Master Thatchers – Annual Conference 2013

Thatching Advisory Services recently attended the National Society of Master Thatchers Annual Conference and AGM. 

Rob and Gary from TAS attended the event on Saturday 16th March.

The conference, which was once again held at the Burley Manor Hotel in Hampshire, was very well attended and included some excellent presentations including a seminar on the Thatchmark programme as well as the presentation of the President’s Cup for most improved apprentice and the awards for the Best Thatched House Competition.

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Thatching Advisory Services – HETAS

Thatching Advisory Services has added an informative new page to its website.

HETAS are the official body recognised by Government to approve biomass and solid fuel domestic heating appliances, fuels and services including the registration of competent installers and servicing businesses.

Although HETAS have a comprehensive website, we have listed a number of areas that thatched property owners are most likely to be interested in. http://www.thatchingadvisoryservices.co.uk/Hetas.asp

 Or you can link straight into the main HETAS website by clicking on:  http://www.hetas.co.uk/

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