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TAS recently carried out the application of its Thatchsayf Fire Retardant Spray System to a new build property, which is part of the Maudslay Park development – a new Retirement Village in the Warwickshire village of Great Alne. The thatched property is intended to be a shop for the village and provide warden accommodation. The roof which is approximately 210m² – 22 thatchers’ sq was thatched by Parkinson Master Thatchers.
Prior to the thatching, the roof benefited from the installation of the Thatch Fireboard Protection System comprising TAS100 Thatch Fireboards and 100mm of Thatchbatts®.
The application of the fire retardant was partly carried out using a boom lift (cherry picker). TAS operatives are licenced to operate boom and scissor lifts, which can often reduce the time it takes to treat a roof and also ensures close contact with the thatch. This also allows for greater control and coverage when treating the roof. You can see from this image where the Thatchsayf has already been applied.
TAS has recently embarked on a campaign to highlight the authenticity of one its products – Thatchbatts® and has sent out information highlighting the levels of testing and approvals that the product has gone through.
In summary, when specifying a non-combustible insulation product for a thatched roof, this needs to been done on a like for like basis and therefore careful consideration should be given to the specification. Thatchbatts® are a vital component of both the TAS-Thatch Firewall & TAS-Fireboard systems.
For more information about Thatchbatts® or other Thatch Fire Barriers, please contact Thatching Advisory Services on 08455 20 40 60.
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 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 (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 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.