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Dorset Model – Technical guide to planning requirements for thatched properties.

Dorset Model

Thatch is enjoying a resurgence. Architects, builders and owners increasingly acknowledge the advantage of thatch insulation and aesthetic qualities. Recognising this increasing popularity the eight building control authorities throughout the county of Dorset reviewed current building controls for a thatched roof.

The result of these controls will:

  • Either protect the main structure of the building if a fire occurs.
  • Or provide better protection for the roof members if a fire occurs.
  • Require an acceptance to treat the thatch as sacrificial in a fire.

Companies specialising in thatch roof insurance welcome the “Dorset Model” and recognise that it will reduce the premiums paid.

www.thatchingadvisoryservices.co.uk/Dorset_Model.asp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thatchbatt® The Real Thing!! from Thatching Advisory Services.

---- Imitation Flyer - April 2014.

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.

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Thatching Advisory Services to Attend National Society of Master Thatchers AGM

 

 

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.

 

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TAS Thatch Fire Membrane System used on unique thatched building in Merseyside

The Lighthouse

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.

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Thatching Advisory Services presentation to Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service

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.

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Rob Norcott of Thatching Advisory Services writes article for International Fire Fighter.

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.

www.mdmpublishing.com/mdmmagazines/magazineiff/newsview/1166/thatched-roofs-the-importance-of-separation-in-construction


 

 

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‘New Build Thatch’

Maltings Farm - new thatch with TAS100 Thatch Fireboard

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.

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Ecuyer Thatchers – Cross Green Court

Cross Green Court - TAS100 Thatch Fireboard

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.

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Thatchbatt® Installation – new recommendation in addition to friction fitting.

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.

Thatchbatts®
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 Click the following link to our Thatchbatt® page (pdf  links located at bottom of page).

www.thatchingadvisoryservices.co.uk/Thatch_Batts.asp

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.

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TAS speak at IHBC Southern Branch AGM on Thatch Fire Safety

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’.

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