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Rob and Gary from Thatching Advisory Services attended the National Society of Master Thatchers Annual Conference and AGM on Saturday 15th March.
The conference, which was held at the Norfolk Arms Hotel in Arundel, was well attended and included some excellent presentations and discussions. These included the Thatchmark programme, Fire Barriers and Insulation, health and safety with the NFU and chimney safety.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
Full details of the Suffolk Preservation Society autumn conference – ‘Fire and Thatch: a burning issue’ where Rob Norcott from Thatching Advisory Services was invited to speak, were recently published in the Winter 2011 edition of ‘Suffolk View’, the campaigning publication of the Suffolk Preservation Society.
Copies of the publication can be obtained via their website: www.suffolksociety.org/News/
Thatching Advisory Services were invited to speak at the Suffolk Preservation Society autumn conference – ‘Fire and Thatch: a burning issue’.
Rob Norcott spoke and carried out a presentation to an audience of over one hundred property owners as well as a distinguished group of experts, including the insurance industry, English Heritage, academics, research scientists, representatives from the fire service and the thatching craft.
The talk and presentation, which highlighted the importance of thatch fire safety and prevention, was very well received. Rob was also able to assist delegates and thatch owners in understanding the range of TAS services and products available.