Vale Chris Reardon, sustainability leader

The ATA and the sustainable design community has lost a true pioneer and fearless advocate with the sudden passing of Chris Reardon last week.

Chris was the principal author of the Your Home technical manual, and has been working more recently on LJ Hooker’s Liveability initiative which won a Banksia Award last week. He also volunteered his time as an expert contributor for both ReNew Magazine and Sanctuary and a regular in the ATA’s Speed Date a Sustainable Expert series.

He designed, and trained others how to design, appropriate and low-energy homes, and most recently worked with LJ Hooker’s Liveability scheme to integrate sustainability into the real estate sector, earning him his second Banksia Award.

Australia’s sustainable homes of the future will undoubtedly serve as a lasting tribute to Chris’s tireless efforts to change the way we design and use our homes for the future of the planet.

From Goulburn, NSW, he studied architecture and began working as a designer and house builder with a special interest in sustainable buildings from the late 1970s.

Donna Luckman, the ATA’s chief executive, paid tribute to his passion for sustainable design and generosity. “Chris was always very generous sharing his time and committed to supporting the spread of sustainability in the community. He was a leader in his field.

“We will miss him. Our thoughts are with Chris’s family at the moment.”

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