Get to know 2022 Board Nominee Mark van Haandel

Mark is the Director of MVH Constructions


Strategy and Governance Experience:

"I have been a committee member at the HIA for over 5 years which provides strategic advice to the HIA and other stakeholders on key issues within the building industry and helps w with resolutions. 

We have also strategically shifted our business model over the last four years to solely build Passivhaus designs which has resulted in needing to help educate our clients and designers we work with."


Career history demonstrating experience and insight that you will bring to the leadership of APHA

"I have been a director at MVH Constructions for over 10 years, which is a medium size award winning building company.  It requires clear and concise communication on all levels of the building process from the clients, to architects, to tradespeople and apprentices. 

We have shifted our business progressively over the last 10 years to be sustainably focussed building high performance homes, in a company that is inclusive to all walks of life and provides a pleasant environment for all to work in and thrive."

Please provide an example to demonstrate your strength as an influential leader that is able to drive change and outcomes? 

"Over the past 18 months we have aimed to shift the way we sort and dispose of our waste on site, which has meant implementing a recycling facility on site, which gives the opportunity for all workers to be able to clearly sort and dispose of their waste on site, and then for us to make sure it goes to the appropriate destination."

Why does this opportunity attract you? 

"I have been an active member of the Passivhaus community for many years now.  We believe that the current minimum standard for house building in Australia is completely broken.  We champion our business not only to educate our clients and staff but also those in the community around us.  Our sites have educational material on the hoarding that is not there to promote the business but more so to educate the neighbourhood there is an alternative way to build and what to look for when building.  We love the people we have met and learnt from on our Passivhaus journey. and feel I have enthusiasm and professionalism to bring to the board that will make a positive impact to those within and around the PH community.  I believe 110% about what PH is about and am willing to give all that I can to help it grow."

Please list any prior association committee or board experience or anything else you would like to add. 

"HIA Kitchen and Bathroom Committee

Montmorency Junior Football Club Committee"

Which role are you applying for? 

General Board Member

The building industry accounts for almost 40% of all global carbon emissions worldwide. The buildings we design today will still be operational by 2050. Reaching net zero will require huge changes to our houses, offices, and schools and the way we live in them.