Pandemic Policy and Vaccination Updates November 2021

Tubman Heating Limited is committed to providing safe work practices for our customers including any health and wellbeing requirements during the current pandemic.

Our pandemic policy states:

Tubman Heating is committed to keeping its people safe.  To help people feel safe working at our facilities we have a policy of only allowing access to fully vaccinated people (staff, customers, contractors and suppliers).   We also insist that only fully vaccinated staff and contractors can work on Tubman Heating customers’ work sites.

As of 23 November 2021 all Tubman Heating Limited staff are 100% vaccinated. All THL staff including contractors, will be required to carry proof of vaccination to present to customers for entry onto their sites. In compliance with current policy if our staff must travel across any COVID border they will fully comply with the testing requirements in place.

If you require any further clarification, please contact Head Office on 09 444 5076.

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Why is regular boiler maintenance important?

Instead of waiting until there is a problem with your boiler, servicing it every 3 months will reduce the chances of any serious and expensive breakdowns. Ongoing maintenance of essential heating equipment is integral to keeping certain organizations running efficiently. A boiler breakdown for industries such as hotels, hospital, food manufacturer and other steam applications, is going to have a huge and immediate impact on the business.

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Tubman Heating Limited is available 24/7 all year round for emergency boiler and burner repairs, but preventative maintenance can reduce the risk of large scale breakdowns or limit the downtime caused by a breakdown. Quarterly services allow for checks on the boiler, burner and associated equipment for faults, damage, leaks and everyday wear. Cleaning the heating system is an important part of this process as rust and dirt can create extra stresses on the machinery, while allowing our technicians to properly assess all relevant components and their effectiveness. During a service, technicians can recommend upgrades, replacements and improvements to your heating system to ensure your heating system is running optimally.

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Keeping your staff and customers safe is of the highest priority for all businesses in New Zealand. In order to do this, heating equipment should be maintained and inspected regularly to ensure it is operating optimally and safely. Incomplete combustion can be hazardous to the environment and damaging to the operation of the burner, therefore our technician will perform a combustion analysis and set the burner for optimal efficiency and safe operation during a service.

Steam boilers require an annual inspection by an authorised inspection agency to verify the ongoing safety of the boiler. Our technician will prepare the boiler for an internal review by the Inspector, followed by a steaming test to verify that the boiler is safe to operate.

To set up a regular maintenance schedule for your heating system, contact Tubman Heating Limited and speak with our Service Co-Ordinator Tracy on 09 444 5076.

The Benefits of C.I.B Unigas Burners

As a market leader C.I.B. Unigas is known for quality, reliable and efficient burners, that can fit the needs of any customer. 40 years ago Claudio Pancolini founded CIB Unigas focused on the production of gas burners, which has led to the creation of extraordinarily high quality burners.

At Tubman Heating we encourage our customers to use a trusted, dependable, and well supported product. We have been partnered with CIB Unigas for over 20 years to bring well known burners to the New Zealand market. Our technicians are familiar with the burners, having installed, commissioned, and serviced many over the years, allowing consistent and unrivalled product support. CIB Unigas Italy have outstanding manufacturer back up too, along with excellent technical data available on each model.

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Packaged burners are an economical and compact option with power outputs ranging from 95 kW to 2 670 kW  with burning fuels such as natural gas, light oil or dual fuel options available. These burners are used across various commercial heating processes from bakeries and breweries to spraybooths, laundries and FMCG manufacturers. Where there is heat, there is a burner and Tubman Heating have the burner to suit your organisations’ needs.

Innovation and consistent research, along with their “ Zero Emissioni NOx “project ensures that CIB Unigas is actively working to combat and reduce their products’ emissions. All models have pollutant emission levels lower than the limits sets by international legislation for the sector.

 

If you are looking for advice on your burner needs, visit our contact us page to find your local Tubman Heating branch.

Extending the life of a steam boiler by upgrading its controls

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During the 3 monthly service at Apparel Masters in Hamilton, a professional laundry and commercial dry cleaner, our technician found that the burner was running inefficiently with the components worn due to age. The control panel parts were brittle and the cabling needed upgrading for both efficiency and safety. Our Senior Service Technician advised the customer to upgrade the burner and control panel to extend the longevity of the boiler.

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CIB Unigas E205A burner
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A new control panel with all new components were installed with new cabling from the control panel to the boiler. The newly installed C.I.B Unigas fully modulating E205A natural gas burner is a reliable and economical burner that is widely used in New Zealand. The high-performance combustion head is designed to achieve maximum efficiency when working on natural gas.

The upgrade and annual survey were completed over a weekend to minimise operational disruption for the customer. Apparel Masters in Hamilton shut down on Friday afternoon and steam was provided by Monday morning.

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Tubman Heating supporting Mahi Toa

Mahi Toa Reilly Katene
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Reilly Katene shares his journey into employment at Tubman Heating through a trades training apprenticeship scheme of Te Hoe Ākau. Mahi Toa provides on-going support and mentoring through the apprenticeship journey and contributes to Iwi vision and aspiration to increase the skill of Ngāti Toa Rangatahi.

Mahi Toa is not only a pathway for our youth but for businesses to grow their employee base with skilled and driven staff that feel encouraged and supported by their community and employer. Reilly has been able to go out on stand alone jobs after just 4 months, 2 months sooner than expected. We recommend Mahi Toa to other employers looking for a positive apprenticeship programme experience.

Tubman Heating are proud to be a part of Reilly’s journey and look forward to a prosperous future with him. Pai te mahi Reilly!

New CEO

Michael Buckley CEO

After an extensive search, Tubman Heating Limited is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Buckley as the new Chief Executive Officer as of 1 September 2021.

Mike has had senior leadership roles for the last two decades, working in facilities management and fire protection.  He has worked his way from management cadet to department management, regional (state) management, major projects management and country management.  He comes to us with a serious track record of rigorous attention to health and safety, focus on customer service and project quality, care for staff and overall good business performance.  Our Directors are delighted that Mike has agreed to lead the company. 

The team at Tubman Heating look forward to welcoming Mike and working together to grow as stakeholders in the boiler and burner industry, across New Zealand.

Chris Callen will be retiring and stepping down as managing director but will remain as a shareholder and non-executive director.

Tubman Heating moving clients into a carbon neutral future

As part of the New Zealand Government’s plan for a carbon neutral public sector by 2025, Bayswater School reached out to Tubman Heating for more sustainable and eco-friendly heating options to replace their old diesel fired boiler which dated back to when the school was opened in the 1960s. 

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New ÖkoFEN 64kW Pellet Boiler & hopper

As approved installers of ÖkoFEN boilers with the Ministry of Education and in partnership with Apricus, the NZ agents of ÖkoFEN, the Tubman Team decommissioned and removed the old diesel boiler and replaced it with a new 64kW pellet boiler and 6 tonne pellet storage hopper. Our Design Engineer and Project Installations Team meticulously prepared for the installation which avoided any major issues or delays. Any onsite technical issues were resolved timeously and effectively. In addition to the new pellet burner and storage hopper installation, the boiler room was gutted and refurbished.

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The ÖkoFEN 64kW Pellet Boiler is relatively new to the market and becoming increasingly popular with schools due to the new government restrictions on fossil fuel use in the public sector. The pellets are conveniently delivered by a blower truck into the pellet storage hopper, so there is zero manual handling required. The pellet storage hopper will last the entire heating season for Bayswater School. Most importantly the boiler is cost efficient too, the operating cost is approximately 7c/kWH which is significantly less than the current cost of electricity in Auckland and on par with the current cost of natural gas.

Feedback from Bayswater School

“Bayswater School is thrilled to have been given the opportunity to have such a boiler installed. As a Green-Gold Enviroschool we are proud to encourage care of our environment through the Bayswater School Care Code. The installation of the pellet boiler fits in perfectly with that ethos. We would like to thank Tubmans for making it an easy and efficient process including the installation, the refurbishment of the boiler room and follow-up checks. It is working a treat” 

– Marianne Coldham, Acting Principal Tumuaki Tuarua