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!


Here are the Eco Homes for Sale listings, so if you are looking at buying a sustainable home or you're just looking for inspiration, you can browse a range of eco homes that have already been built.

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Straw Bale Residence

Straw Bale Residence

Posted by Builder-talk on 18th Feb 2021

Straw Bale Residence: Insulation, Straw bale construction, Double glazing, Hot water radiator. This hybrid, 123 square meter straw bale home is nestled in a back section in the town of Geraldine. Owners, designer Sarah Johnston, and builder, Sven Johnston, decided to blend their past expe … read more
Eco Living (New Zealand Eco House by Arhaus)

Eco Living (New Zealand Eco House by Arhaus)

Posted by Builder-talk on 17th Feb 2021

Eco Living (New Zealand Eco House by Arhaus): Solar Hot Water, Double Glazing, Insulation. In an age where it is increasingly easy to disregard our environment, despite escalating scientific concerns, there are New Zealanders who are taking a firm stance on the direction the country shoul … read more
The Next 10 Star SUPERHOME

The Next 10 Star SUPERHOME

Posted by jonathan@pitiana.com BigCommerce on 17th Feb 2021

The Next 10 Star Superhome: Rainwater Collection, Vegetable Garden, New Windows & Doors, Passive solar, Insulation, Heat Pump Water Heater, Solar Power (photovoltaic), Ventilation System, Electric Car Charging Station. Enquiries over $885,000 … read more
Pearce Place - Makers of Architecture

Pearce Place - Makers of Architecture

Posted by Builder-talk on 15th Feb 2021

Pearce Place - Makers of Architecture: Solar Hot water, Passive Solar, Ventilation System, Insulation, Solar Power (photovoltaic). Located on an area of gently sloping terrain, this amazing house is sensitively placed on the site to maximize views, sunlight and actively responds to the si … read more
Net Zero Energy Homes

Net Zero Energy Homes

Posted by Builder-Talk on 15th Feb 2021

Net Zero Energy Homes are becoming increasingly popular in New Zealand. As the cost of electricity in New Zealand continues to rise, without any apparent justification, New Zealanders are becoming resentful towards power companies and may seek an alternative to these companies. One solut … read more
Sustainable eco house in Waitakere City

Sustainable eco house in Waitakere City

Posted by Builder-talk on 14th Feb 2021

Sustainable eco house in Waitakere City: Double glazing, Greywater recycling, Insulation, Ventilation system. The house is divided into 2 aisles, separated by a conservatory, to open it up for the passive use of the sun's energy. The lounge/dining/kitchen wing (north-facing) has concrete … read more
Restored 1930's Eco Bungalow

Restored 1930's Eco Bungalow

Posted by Builder-talk on 14th Feb 2021

Restored 1930's Eco Bungalow: Solar hot water, Insulation, Wood burner. This 1930s bungalow has been meticulously restored by its present owner and features extensive use of native timbers from the polished floors to the hall panelling and stunning bathroom vanity. … read more
Are Prefab Homes Sustainable?

Are Prefab Homes Sustainable?

Posted by Builder-talk Ecobob on 13th Feb 2021

A house (or part of a house built off site) can be more sustainable, yes. But it depends on the type of house being built. For instance, a prefab house isn't automatically more sustainable, but you can definitely add on more sustainable attributes to regular eco home s … read more
Rammed Earth Eco-House - Hamilton, Waikato

Rammed Earth Eco-House - Hamilton, Waikato

Posted by Builder-talk on 12th Feb 2021

Rammed Earth Eco-House - Hamilton, Waikato: Solar hot water, Double glazing, Ventilation system, Insulation, Wood Burner. Designed by Graeme North to provide all the architectural space and sophistication of a large, well-designed country home, with generous proportions and high ceilings, … read more
Bob Burnett Showhome

Bob Burnett Showhome

Posted by Builder-talk on 12th Feb 2021

Bob Burnett Showhome: Double glazing, Heat pump, Insulation. A new home near the top of the Broad Oaks subdivision on the port hills in Christchurch has been designed as a showhome to showcase innovative sustainable design ideas and new materials and products by Architectural couple Bob B … read more