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Thatching Advisory Services (TAS) have received notification that both their Thatch Fireboard System and Thatch Firewall Membrane System has been approved and added to 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:
Thatching Advisory Services (TAS) recently launched it’s new website. The new site contains the latest information on fire protection as well as comprehensive advice on buying, owning and maintaining thatched properties. There is a new section devoted to new builds and extensions which includes detailed information on roof construction and the latest building regulations.
There is comprehensive information on all our products and systems and a new facility to buy the products via our online shop.
Have a look around the site and feel free to contact us with feedback or if you have any further questions or queries.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thatching Advisory Services have update their Installation instructions for Thatchbatts®
Since the release of the 100mm Thatchbatt® with its increased fire protection and thermal values, we have seen most architects selecting this over the traditional 50mm Thatchbatt®. Both 50mm and 100mm Thatchbatts® are designed to be friction fitted between rafters set at 400mm centres. Although the 100mm slabs, in most cases, are self supporting we still recommend that the consideration be given to the following one of the wired fixing systems as detailed on our website.
Click the following link to our Thatchbatt® page (pdf links located at bottom of page).
Although Thatchbatts® offer increased fire protection, where permitting they should be used in conjunction with either Thatch Firewall or Thatch Fireboard to create a comprehensive fire barrier system. For further thatch advice please go to our website.
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’.