Here are some example house plans that have been uploaded by other members of the Ecobob + Builder-Talk community. This is the perfect place to find inspiration for new builds or eco-renovations.

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Here are some example homes that are fully or heavily sustainable. This is a great place to find inspiration for your own sustainable future!


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Sustainable Architecture by Lambourne Architects

Sustainable Architecture by Lambourne Architects

Posted by Builder-talk on 22nd Feb 2021

Sustainable Architecture by Lambourne Architects: Solar hot water, Double glazing, Heat pump. Tony and Jean Bacon owned a section 300 metres above sea-level in the Waitakere Ranges, west of Auckland, for many years before deciding to build on it. They wanted a light, sunny house for easy … read more
Art Deco made Environmentally Sustainable - KAHURANGI, 2006

Art Deco made Environmentally Sustainable - KAHURANGI, 2006

Posted by Builder-talk on 22nd Feb 2021

Art Deco made Environmentally Sustainable - KAHURANGI, 2006: Solar Hot Water, Insulation. As an architecture practice promoting sustainability, we felt it was important to 'walk the talk', so in 2006 we embarked on the ambitious project of turning our urban (Central Auckland) home and off … read more
Te papa - Straw bale eco friendly home

Te papa - Straw bale eco friendly home

Posted by Builder-talk on 21st Feb 2021

Te papa - Straw bale eco friendly home: Straw Bale Construction. Strawbale house, post and beam construction, built in 1998, is a real time test house. Very simple structure made with lots of passion and hard work. People rave about our home, I still think sometimes they are just trying t … read more
Newly Constructed Rammed Earth Eco Home

Newly Constructed Rammed Earth Eco Home

Posted by Builder-talk on 21st Feb 2021

Newly Constructed Rammed Earth Eco Home: Earthsong eco-neighbourhood is New Zealand's first co-housing development.It is set in 1.29ha of former organic orchard and includes a large common house with kitchen, dining, lounge, children's & teen rooms, guest room, laundry and activities … read more
Hillsborough Road eco friendly home

Hillsborough Road eco friendly home

Posted by Builder-talk on 21st Feb 2021

Hillsborough Road eco friendly home: Double Glazing, Solar Hot Water. This is a challenging site with the need to maximize southerly harbour views resulting in a 'breaking-up' of the house, with open outdoor spaces reaching between a northern and a southern part, thus allowing the sun to … read more
Modern Design & Passive Solar Mudbrick House in Nelson

Modern Design & Passive Solar Mudbrick House in Nelson

Posted by Builder-talk on 20th Feb 2021

Modern Design & Passive Solar Mudbrick House in Nelson: Double Glazing, Wood Burner, Insulation. 3 bedroom house with load-bearing adobe wallsand timber framed top storey. Contemporary simple eco-design incorporating passive solar principles, Solar Water Heating, Composting Toilet and … read more
Ruth and Jonny's Eco Home in Christchurch

Ruth and Jonny's Eco Home in Christchurch

Posted by Builder-talk on 20th Feb 2021

Ruth and Jonny's Eco Home in Christchurch: Solar hot water, Double glazing, Insulation. Since they purchased, Ruth and Jonny have renovated their inner city house to make more environmentally friendly through a number of enhancements and also through day to running of the house hold. … read more
Yolanda's Central City Eco House

Yolanda's Central City Eco House

Posted by Builder-talk on 19th Feb 2021

Yolanda's Central City Eco House: Solar Hot Water, Insulation. The house was designed by Alan Simpkin from Eco Homes and built by Phillip Wilkinson Fern of Natural Home Builders. The house has been designed and built to be both energy efficient and sourced from environmentally friendly bu … read more
Auckland Eco Home

Auckland Eco Home

Posted by Builder-talk on 18th Feb 2021

Auckland Eco Home: Solar hot water, Wood burner, Double glazing. In 2005, Johann Bernhart of Bernhardt Architecture designed our eco friendly, energy efficient, passive solar house. My 25 year old passive solar house in West Auckland was sold and the building project was started in July 2 … read more
Grey Stone - Sustainable Eco House

Grey Stone - Sustainable Eco House

Posted by Builder-talk on 18th Feb 2021

Grey Stone - Sustainable Eco House: Solar hot water, Solar power (photovoltaic), Wind turbine, Heat pump, Insulation, Ventilation system, Wood burner. Solar Thermal, Integrated solar heating system supplying up to 198kWh / Day to: 3 Copper cylinders of 180, 300 and 500 Litres, with heat e … read more