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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Welcome to the Builder-Talk blog! There are articles covering a wide range of topics from sustainable living to self-build homes and everything in between.


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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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Blog No.7 Concept Plans Three/Four

Blog No.7 Concept Plans Three/Four

Posted by Builder-talk Ecobob on 30th Jun 2021

Probably a couple of years past and we realised that for anything to progress, we needed to get a designer re-engaged. This is getting stupid! Builder-Talk Self Build Blog - "Step by Step, with no Step Skipped" Spread the Word … read more
Blog No.5 - Concept Design

Blog No.5 - Concept Design

Posted by Builder-talk Ecobob on 5th Jun 2021

We verbally agreed a brief, which probably consisted of: Stand-alone new house, Two storeys, Upper level living to maximise the views, 3 bedrooms Builder-Talk Self Build Blog - "Step by Step, with no Step Skipped" … read more
MAXRaft - NZs ONLY Fully Insulated Concrete Slab

MAXRaft - NZs ONLY Fully Insulated Concrete Slab

Posted by Builder-talk Ecobob on 28th Mar 2021

Whilst the NZ Building Code sets minimum building performance standards, there is a lot of room for improvement, along with opportunities to far exceed those standards. 'MAXRaft® makes it easier to maintain healthy room temperatures and reduce doctor bills'. … read more
Windows & Doors - Ameribuild

Windows & Doors - Ameribuild

Posted by Builder-talk Ecobob on 2nd Feb 2021

Whether you are building your own eco home, green home, new build or renovation, Ameribuild offer alternative to New Zealand's standard aluminium framed glazing. All of our window and door frames use insulating materials, so expensive thermal break upgrades are never n … read more
Heat Pump Hot Water Systems - Benefits

Heat Pump Hot Water Systems - Benefits

Posted by Builder-talk Ecobob on 23rd Jan 2021

Heat pump water heating, how does it work? The video explains how heat pump hot water systems work. Heat pump water heaters use the same technology as air-to-air heat pumps. Just like room he … read more
SIPs vs Timber Frame

SIPs vs Timber Frame

Posted by Builder-Talk on 12th Jan 2021

Firstly some basics - SIPs, is the acronym for Structural Insulated Panels. SIP's have some form of expanded polystyrene/foam insulated core within two sheets of structural Oriented Strand Board (OSB) board either side that forms the internal and external skin. … read more
Energy Saving Tips for Tenants in Rentals

Energy Saving Tips for Tenants in Rentals

Posted by Builder-talk Ecobob on 11th Dec 2020

Here's a few tips: Ask your landlord for more insulation; In addition to a landlords legal obligations to insulate their rental property, it is in any landlords interest to provide a healthy and dry home. Cold and damp homes do not only damage the occupants health, but … read more
Blog No.3  - A Bit of a Project Background

Blog No.3 - A Bit of a Project Background

Posted by Builder-Talk on 20th Oct 2020

We’ve been aware of the development opportunity since we were fortunate enough to have purchased the property in 2016 following a ‘ping pong’ move from Wellington to Auckland, and back again over a period of a few years. Builder-Talk Self Build B … read more
Blog No.2 - Build a Home NZ - The Beginning

Blog No.2 - Build a Home NZ - The Beginning

Posted by Builder-Talk on 28th Aug 2020

We’re fortunate to live in a lovely house in a beautiful location with views over Wellington Harbour. Sitting on an 1800m2 + section, we seem to have the opportunity to subdivide our land, and in the process Builder-Talk Self Build Blog - Live life to to the … read more
Blog No .1 -  Introducing "build a house nz"

Blog No .1 - Introducing "build a house nz"

Posted by Builder-Talk on 17th Jun 2020

build a house nz Follow me along my journey to fulfill a life dream of building my own house. By the way, I’m not a builder, so there will definitely be the opportunity to mock and ridicule me along my journey. Fear not, I have B … read more