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TAS speak at IHBC Southern Branch AGM on Thatch Fire Safety

Thatching Advisory Services were asked to speak at the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) – Southern Branch AGM in Newbury on Friday 23rd November.

The theme of the AGM was ‘Fire! Fire in Historic Buildings: Prevention, Reaction and Repair’ The event was well attended with more that 60 people present from a wide range of backgrounds to include Conservation, Architects, Building Control, Surveyors etc. 

Rob Norcott one of the Directors at Thatching Advisory Services was pleased to be able to share information, knowledge and experience with those who attended the event.

Rob’s presentation themed around ‘reducing risk of fire in thatching buildings’ covered many areas such as: 

  • The Issues – Contributing factors for Thatch Fires
  • Common Causes – Heat Transfer & Ejected Embers from Chimney’s
  • Solutions – Covering general good practice, chimney’s and flue linings
  • Products – Covering our range for fire barriers and systems to include:
    • TAS100 Thatch Fireboard – Rigid barrier
    • Thatch Firewall Membrane – Flexible barrier
    • Thatchbatts® – Non-combustible insulation
    • Thatchsayf – Fire Retardant Spray
    • Thatch Alert – Chimney Monitoring System


Rob was also able to discuss and answer questions about suitable product testing and provenance, plus how products comply with the criteria’s set out in Building Regulations and the ‘Dorset Model’.


Destroyed by arsonists – Seaton shelter is rebuilt and rethatched.

Thatching Advisory Services - Thatched  Shelter

 Local Thatched Landmark – Restored

Following the arson attack in March of this year, the cliff-top shelter in Seaton, East Devon has been totally restored.

Seaton's thatched shelter - fire damaged.

Thatching Advisory Services advised East Devon District Council with regard to the provision of Fire Barriers as part of the reconstruction of the shelter. Prior to the new thatch going on, the top and underside of the roof timbers were clad with TAS100 Thatch Fireboard and Thatchbatts® were placed between each of the timbers.

Thatching Advisory Services TAS100 thatchfire boards and Thatchbatts®



Once the rebuilding and fire prevention works were completed, the shelter was completely re-thatched by local Master Thatcher, Philip White.



Thatching Advisory Services Fire Protection For Thatched Roofs

Thatching Advisory Services have recently updated and re-written their fire protection for thatched homes leaflet. The leaflet contains information on the different thatch fire protection products and systems available, including – TAS100 Thatch Fireboard, Thatch Firewall Membrane, Thatchbatts®, Thatchsayf – Fire Retardant Spray and our chimney monitor system, the TAS-33 Thatch Alert .


Thatchsayf Training

Paul Reading thatching

Master Thatcher – Paul Reading recently completed his training to become an approved contractor for the application of Thatchsayf fire retardant.

The training took place on a property in Northamptonshire, which was recently thatched by Paul. The 260m² roof was treated with clear Thatchsayf.


Thatchsayf – Munster Thatching Services

TAS - Munster Thatching Co. Kerry

Richard O’Loideoin of Munster Thatching Services in Ireland recently completed his training to become an  approved contractor for the application of Thatchsayf fire retardant.

Thatching Advisory Services carried out the training with Richard and his team on a newly-thatched property in Kenmare, Co. Kerry.  The 230m² roof, recently thatched by Richard, was treated with ‘coloured’ Thatchsayf. 

The weather was certainly on our side and made for perfect spraying conditions.


Thatch Alert – Peter Brugge

Thatch Alert 1

Thatching Advisory Services approved thatcher – Peter Brugge has taken delivery of a TAS -33 Thatch Alert Chimney heat monitoring system. Peter will now be able to advise the owners of thatched roof properties on the benefits of the system, especially if there is either a wood burner or open fire in the property.


The National Stud


TAS Thatch Firewall Membrane installed at the National StudThatching Advisory Services recently supplied its Thatch Firewall membrane for the National Stud on Newmarket Racecourse on behalf of the Jockey Club. The original thatch roof, which was destroyed by fire in March 2011, also had 100mm Thatchbatts specified and will also benefit from the installation of a Thatch Alert Chimney Heat Monitor System.


Dropmore Infants School – Buckinghamshire

Dropmore Infants School

Thatching Advisory Services recently completed the spraying of Thatchsayf on the new thatched roof of Dropmore Infants School. Buckinghamshire County Council requested that TAS carry out the spraying of the fire retardant once the new thatching was completed in early November.

The roof was treated with the coloured Thatchsayf, which complemented the dark brown wooden cladding, which surrounds the Grade II listed building. The school is one of only a few thatched schools in the country.

The roof, which is 223m², was thatched by Steve Bowen.


Thatch Alert – Chatsworth Estate


Thatching Advisory Services has installed the first of their re-designed chimney heat monitoring systems, the TAS-33 Thatch Alert.

TAS were instructed to install the system in one of the properties on the Chatsworth Estate, close to Chatsworth House, home of the Duke of Devonshire.

The property, which is in the heart of the Peak District in Derbyshire, became the first property in the UK to benefit from the system, which is 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.