Mark Fouracre – Project Manager & Retrofit Coordinator

Tell us a bit about your role at VOR?  

I work as a Retrofit Coordinator for VOR Group. The work involves reviewing and managing solutions for energy efficiency improvements and helping with project coordination. All projects are different in type and scale, so they all can have different challenges or considerations to understand.  

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What do you do in your free time?   

Ask anyone with children this question! When I get the chance, and the conditions permit, I’m a keen surfer.  

What is your background? How did you come to work with VOR?  

My background is in building surveying and business development. Before working at VOR, I’d worked in the building insurance market for several years and with various claims management companies across all building perils.   

What qualifications have you worked towards to support your job?  

I’m a member of the CIOB and Assoc RICS. Specifically for this role, I worked towards a Level 5 Diploma in Retrofit coordination.  

Looking back on your career to date, tell us a bit about the best project you have worked on and why?  

There’s not particularly a best project. But it’s immensely satisfying working with a team of professionals and being able to pick up the phone with someone to get something meaningful done to help someone.  

Tell us a bit about why you are interested in improving energy efficiency and sustainability in building?   

It’s something we all should have some investment in. Living in a community, the sustainability challenges can be felt directly on your way of life and locally by the people and lives we interact with. Energy is a scarce resource. On a separate side, having worked with buildings for many years, it’s also exciting to see the developments, challenges and changes and how sustainable buildings are developed.  

What do you think is the biggest obstacle for people considering improving the energy efficiency of their homes?   

Aside from finance, understanding how a building works, what might be best suited (or not best suited) for a homeowner, and how to make sense of all the information out there and what might apply to you!  

What measures have you taken in your own home?   

The joke is that I’ve recorded my voice telling the family to turn the lights off and get a jumper repeatedly. The better answer is thinking more about how we’re using energy at home – while that sounds a bit simplistic, awareness is the starting point to drive any behaviour change.  

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