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Your Home is a collaborative project of the Australian Government and the building, research, architecture and design industries. The 1st edition was developed in 2001 for the Australian Government by the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF), University of Technology Sydney. Subsequent editions have been updated by experts on behalf of the Australian Government.

The updated 6th edition website and book was funded by the Australian Government together with a contribution from state and territory governments. Website addresses referenced in the 6th edition book are subject to change. For the most up-to-date website links and content, visit Your Home.

1st edition 2001

2nd edition 2004

3rd edition 2005

4th edition 2008

4th edition 2010 (reprinted with minor updates)

5th edition 2013

5th edition 2016 (reprinted with minor updates)

5th edition 2017 (reprinted with minor updates and additions)

6th edition 2021

ISBN 978-1-922125-78-1 (print version)

New content in the 6th edition includes 5 new chapters, 8 new case studies, complete edited content and updated information on the latest technologies, research and construction practices.

6th Edition content update: The Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney, coordinated the majority of expert authors and peer reviewers. The Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources coordinated additional expert authors and peer reviewers for select chapters. All authors are acknowledged.

Editors: Biotext and the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, Canberra.

Copyedit, proofing, indexing: Biotext, Canberra.

Homepage photographs:

  • Buy, build, renovate: Simon Wood Photography
  • Passive design: Finn Howard, © Finn Howard Photography
  • Materials: Source: Prebuilt. Photographer: Michael Kai
  • Energy: Getty Images
  • Water: Tankworks Australia Pty Ltd
  • Live and adapt: Ben Wrigley, © Light House Architecture and Science

Book design, technical illustrations, branding: Giraffe Visual Communication Management, Canberra.

Printing of book: CanPrint Communications, Canberra.

Website development: ICEMEDIA, Brisbane.

In memory of Dr Chris Reardon

Chris was the primary author of the first edition of Your Home in 2001, for which he won his first Banksia Award, the Housing Industry Association’s Leadership Award and achieved global recognition at the World Sustainable Building Conference in Oslo, 2002. He contributed to each new edition of Your Home until he passed away in 2014.

He was an ecologist, building designer, passionate change-agent and tireless advocate for sustainability in the housing industry. His life mission was to see sustainable housing become the norm in Australia and we hope this latest edition, 20 years after the first, is a legacy to his work and a step closer to realising this important goal. 

Dr Chris Reardon

Dr Chris Reardon

Photo courtesy of MY Media Sydney