Andrei - he will be sadly missed

The Grand Designs New Zealand episode, featuring a Habitech home that was called the "Earthquake Rebuild", is screening on the Foxtel Lifestyle channel at 8.30pm tonight and at various times over the long weekend.

It's a shame the second series of Grand Designs NZ will not be on ABC Television as the first series was, but we hope those with Foxtel are able to check it out.

The Earthquake Rebuild home was completed late last year, and was built by Andrei Martin from LiteGreen Projects, our building partners in NZ. We met Andrei because he wanted to build better, healthier, warmer homes and, after starting out with a NZ panel system, wanted to offer the Habitech solution to New Zealanders.

Part of the project's genesis and Grand Design's story relates to Andrei's battle against cancer and the Habitech staff have been flattened by the news that he tragically passed away last week. Our thoughts are with Abby and Alice and all the LiteGreen staff and community in Christchurch.

Andrei was a great guy and an inspiration in his passion to deliver energy efficient, sustainable homes to New Zealanders. He will be sadly missed.