The IHBC has launched a new Guidance Note (GN2017/5) on ‘Thatching, chimney stacks and fire’, exploring a single issue that brings together the most fundamental considerations in conservation practice: material, construction, design and risk.
IHBC’s Research Consultant Bob Kindred, lead author on the IHBC’s ToolBox Notes, said: ‘This interim Note deals with a quite challenging issue of the potential conflicts of special interest of short chimney stacks versus best practice regarding taller stacks for the purpose of fire safety. In this instance there seemed to be obvious compromise position stemming from the Planning Appeal that addressed the issue.’
‘The Institute understands that advice from Historic England on fire risk and thatch is to be published in the near future.’
IHBC Director Seán O’Reilly said: ‘IHBC Guidance Notes are produced as part of an integrated resource offering online support for conservation practitioners, the IHBC’s ‘Toolbox’.’
‘Our Toolbox has been developed to help inform, advise and guide anyone with specialist interests in built and historic environment conservation. Already it offers a wide range of basic resources – the ‘tools’ in the toolbox – from primary research and guidance produced by or on behalf of the IHBC, to technical, academic and practice advice and standards supported or endorsed by the institute.’
‘This Guidance Note on ‘Thatch’ addresses some of the most fundamental considerations in conservation practice – material, construction, design and risk. By addressing such known knowledge gaps in policy and practice, our ToolBox continues to fulfil the role for which it was conceived and designed’.
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