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Thatch Fire Barriers – LABC Registered

Thatching Advisory Services (TAS) have two proven thatch fire barrier systems: Thatch Fireboard System and Thatch Firewall Membrane System - both systems are approved and listed on the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Registered Details database. LABC registration is a one-off certification process proving compliance with building regulations and standards across the UK.

The registered details database contains various products and systems, which once certified, are accepted by LABC building control surveyors in over 300 local authorities across the country. This assures the whole construction industry that a product or system has been rigorously checked by LABC surveyors.

Full details on both systems can be viewed via the LABC links below:

LABC – Thatch Firewall Membrane System

LABC – Thatch Fireboard System

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Thatched new builds in Somerset

Bovis Homes

The first of two new thatched properties in the South West are almost complete.

Bovis Homes included the properties as part of a development near Wookey Hole in Wells Somerset.

The first was thatched by Nigel Bunce of Dunbar & Bunce Master Thatchers.

The 130m² roof has a tiled ridge which is often seen on many thatched roofs in Holland.

Prior to the thatching the roof timbers had TAS100 calcium silicate thatch fireboards fitted and 50mm Thatchbatts® installed between the rafters.

The second property is expected to start early in the New Year.

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Thatchsayf Fire Retardant – Essex

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TAS were in Essex recently to carry out another application of Thatchsayf fire retardant to an unusual thatched property.

The 235m² roof surrounded a conservatory at the rear of the property and also had a tiled extension.

For further information please see the link below.

Thatchsayf Fire Retardant

 

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Thatchsayf Fire Retardant – Oxford

East Hendred

TAS recently carried out the application of its Thatchsayf fire retardant to a lovely thatched new build in East Hendred, Oxford.

The 350m² (38sq) roof was thatched by Fowler and Sons Master Thatchers Ltd.

Prior to the thatching, the roof timbers were covered with 9mm calcium silicate TAS100 Thatch Fireboards and 200mm Thatchbatts® will be fitted between the rafters on the underside of the fireboards. The Thatch Fireboard System meets the Dorset Model and has LABC approval.

      

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Fire in Thatch Properties with Wood Burning Stoves

The Fire Protection Association (FPA) recently released its long awaited report into the causes of thatch fires - Fire in Thatch Properties with Wood Burning Stoves.

The report, sponsored by Historic England and the NFU Mutual details the work and research carried out to understand the key factors that may contribute to thatch fires when using a wood burning stove.

The FPA also produced new guidance for owners of thatched building with wood burners and multi-fuelled stoves. The guidance list key actions that homeowners should take to reduce the risk of fire.

The author of the report, Dr James Glockling, the NFU Mutual and Historic England are happy for us to distribute the information.

The report and guidance are available here:

Fires in Thatched Properties with Wood Burning Stoves 2018

Guidance for owners of thatched building with wood burners and multi-fuelled stoves

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The Farmers Arms – Thatchsayf Fire Retardant

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TAS recently completed the application of Thatchsayf Fire Retardant to the Farmers Arms in Combe Florey, Somerset.

The pub was completely gutted by fire in January 2017 and it is believed that an ejected ember or spark was the cause. The roof is around 250m² and was thatched by Richard Pascoe and his team.

Prior to thatching, the roof timbers had TAS100 Thatch Fireboards fitted and 100mm Thatchbatts® installed between the rafters. The refurbishment was carried out by Les Joint Building Contractors.

The pub is due to re-open later this year.

 

 

 

 

 

For further information about Thatchsayf Fire Retardant, please see the link below.

http://www.thatchfireprotection.co.uk/thatchsayf-spray-system-thatch-fire-retardant/

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Highways – Thatchsayf Fire Retardant

Highways

TAS recently completed the application of Thatchsayf Fire Retardant to the recently renovated ‘Highways’ in Cheshire.

The 160m² roof was thatched by Paul Draycott.

For further information about Thatchsayf Fire Retardant, please see the link below.

http://www.thatchfireprotection.co.uk/thatchsayf-spray-system-thatch-fire-retardant/

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The Cider House – Thatchsayf Fire Retardant

The Cider House

TAS recently completed the application of Thatchsayf Fire Retardant to the newly built Cider House on the Willow Farm Estate in Heveningham, Suffolk.

The house was built by Sixsmith Build and the roof thatched by Marcus & Ben Thompson.

Prior to thatching, the roof timbers had TAS100 Thatch Fireboards fitted and 100mm Thatchbatts® installed between the rafters.

 

 

 

 

 

For further information about Thatchsayf Fire Retardant, please see the link below.

http://www.thatchfireprotection.co.uk/thatchsayf-spray-system-thatch-fire-retardant/

 

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Roundhouse – Thatchsayf Fire Retardant

Thatched Roundhouse

TAS recently treated this thatched roundhouse at Parluant Park Primary School in Slough, Berkshire with Thatchsayf Fire Retardant.

The roundhouse was thatched by Anthony Brown of Conygar Coppice. During construction, the students learnt about thatching from Anthony and helped daub the walls.

For further information about Thatchsayf Fire Retardant, please see the link below.

http://www.thatchfireprotection.co.uk/thatchsayf-spray-system-thatch-fire-retardant/

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Thatch Fires – 2018

With this cold spell set to last, it is worth repeating the message that it is crucial that chimneys and flue liners are swept and inspected.

For the last five years and always around this time of year, the UK has experienced a prolonged dry spell coupled with bitterly cold Easterly winds. This results in very dry thatch roofs and many homeowners continuing to use their wood burners and open fires much more than they normally would.

Last Friday sadly saw the first major thatch fire of the year. The cause is not yet known.

Care must be taken when first lighting and it is imperative the right fuel is used on both wood burners and open fires.

Please take time to read our thatch fire safety advice leaflet, which offers sensible advice on how to minimise the risk.

TAS – Thatch Fire Safety Advice

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