Mark is co-founder and director of FM Concepts Ltd, an independent company based on facilities management practices and dedicated to improving commercial building management services and operational effectiveness within the built environment.
With over 24 years’ experience, Mark is responsible for managing long-term technical and strategic maintenance planning and sustainability programmes, dealing with risk management, and delivering efficient and effective operational services to multiple clients.
FM Concepts Ltd has had a long-term association with New Zealand’s largest listed property trust, Kiwi Property Group Ltd. Mark is also the technical and sustainable director for Britomart Group, Auckland’s large downtown commercial and retail precinct.
Mark’s memberships and qualifications include: registered electrician; post-graduate diploma in refrigeration and air-conditioning engineering; Facilities Management Association of Australia & New Zealand (FMA, IFMA, FMANZ) – Accredited Professional FM; co-founder of Facilities Management Association of New Zealand (FMANZ) networking group (600 + members); and awarded FMANZ’s ‘The Brian Happy Award’ as Facilities Manager of the Year 2017
Electrified transport is a hot topic currently. The price premium to drive an electric vehicle can be seen as a positive as it buys the building industry time to put plans in place and ready itself for the rush as prices begin to drop.
The automotive and electrical industries are having to learn a lot about each other, but the building industry must have an understanding of both to ensure facilities cater for EV charging requirements.
But there are so many new terms, it can be hard to know what is actually required. Understanding the power and energy an EV needs (and not what it could take) is essential to ensuring buildings are prepared, without making mistakes based on misinformation.
Simplifying EV charging and working out what is important will minimise the chance of making costly mistakes. Everyone is in this together and it is vital we learn from what has already been done (both good and bad) and the lessons gleaned along the way.