Mario Biasin

Australian home building company Metricon, which has been an early adopter of the Green Star for Homes program, is mourning the “sudden and unexpected death” of company co-founder and chief executive officer Mario Biasin.

Mr Biasin jointly founded Metricon alongside the late George Kline in 1976, growing it to employ around 2500 people across Australia’s eastern seaboard with around 4000 homes currently under construction.

The company issued a statement regarding his passing at the age of 71, stating that it is understood he was experiencing mental health issues.

Mr Biasin is survived by his wife Glenda and 4 adult children Jason, Michelle Cresfield, Bradley and Brent as well as their spouses and children.

Tributes are flowing for the husband, father, and businessman. 

Longstanding director and major shareholder Ross Palazzesi said that his friends and colleagues are shocked and so saddened by the news.

“Our hearts and thoughts are with the Biasin family,” Mr Palazzesi said.

Company director and general manager of Victoria Peter Langfelder has been appointed acting chief executive in his passing.

Mr Langfelder thanked the industry and community for messages of support, and has asked that the Biasin family’s privacy be respected during this extremely difficult time.

“We are very much appreciative of the kind messages of support from our business partners, suppliers, trades, contractors, government agencies and finance partners,” Mr Langfelder said.

“We are committed to continuing to run the Metricon business as usual during this sad time.”

The company was an early adopter of the Green Star for Homes program, which aims to make sustainable design accessible to more Australians and offers zero net carbon packages on homes. Its aim is to deliver healthy, comfortable, energy efficient homes powered by renewables that are resilient to future climate change and net zero carbon emitting.

The country’s largest builder has been hit hard by the rising costs of material and labour shortages, with rumours swirling around negotiation of contracts in Queensland and New South Wales, which the company declined to comment on.

Born in Trieste, north-east Italy, Biasin was a majority owner alongside Premier Fruit Group managing director Anthony di Pietro, of soccer club Melbourne Victory. In 2016 the pair took control of the lower-league Italian club Triestina for $235,000.

Mr Di Pietro said Melbourne Victory was “shocked, devastated and heartbroken” by the news of his passing.

“Mario has been a shareholder and director of the club for over 16 years, and has been an inspiration for many of us in so many ways, but especially as a great personal friend. He has always provided sage counsel to our staff, management and the board and his football passion will live on forever.

“Mario will be sorely missed and our thoughts are with his wife Glenda and the entire Biasin family at this difficult time.”

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