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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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Thatchbatt® The Real Thing!! from Thatching Advisory Services.

---- Imitation Flyer - April 2014.

TAS has recently embarked on a campaign to highlight the authenticity of one its products – Thatchbatts® and has sent out information highlighting the levels of testing and approvals that the product has gone through.

In summary, when specifying a non-combustible insulation product for a thatched roof, this needs to been done on a like for like basis and therefore careful consideration should be given to the specification. Thatchbatts® are a vital component of both the TAS-Thatch Firewall & TAS-Fireboard systems.

For more information about Thatchbatts® or other Thatch Fire Barriers, please contact Thatching Advisory Services on 08455 20 40 60.

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TAS – The Thatch Alert Chimney Monitor System

Listed Heritage Front Cover Issue 93 ...

Thatching Advisory Services Thatch Alert Chimney Monitor System.

Our system was chosen to be included in the Listed Heritage Shopping section of The Listed Property Owners Club Magazine.

Listed Heritage Magazine is a high quality magazine which is distributed to 19,000 listed property club members.

The Thatch Alert Chimney Monitor System has been specifically designed to monitor the temperature of the chimney brickwork at the point where it meets the thatch. The system acts as an early warning device to inform the home owner of potential high temperatures.

Thatching Advisory Services Thatch Alert Chimney Monitor
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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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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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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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‘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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Ecuyer Thatchers – Cross Green Court

Cross Green Court - TAS100 Thatch Fireboard

Thatching Advisory Services have supplied a number of their TAS100 Thatch Fireboards for a new project being carried out by Daniel Ecuyer.

In addition to the TAS100 Thatch Fireboards, the 260m² roof in Suffolk will also have specially manufactured 600mm Thatchbatts® placed between the roof timbers on the underside of the roof structure. The Thatchbatts® when used with the TAS100 Thatch Fireboards, make up a comprehensive Thatch Fire Protection system.

Prior to the project starting, Thatching Advisory Services were able to provide Daniel with a comprehensive U-Value and Condensation Risk Analysis report based on all products included in the overall roof structure.

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