Posts tagged ‘Thatch Fire Board’
Thatching Advisory Services recently completed the application of Thatchsayf fire retardant to Stream Cottage in Glynde, East Sussex.
The Grade II listed cottage is one of the oldest in the Glynde parish, dating back to 1556.
Prior to the new thatch, the roof structure also had TAS100 Thatch Fireboards and Thatchbatts® installed.
The 127m² roof was thatched by Gavin MacDonald Master Thatcher
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thatching Advisory Services supplied a number of their TAS100 Thatch Fireboards for the Hengistbury Head visitor centre nr Christchurch, Dorset.
The new £1.35m centre, which is scheduled to open in summer 2013, will be housed in a thatched barn and a new extension being built alongside.
The thatching works to the 330m² roof were carried out by Master Thatcher – Simon Denney.
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’.