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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Kapiti Off Grid

Kapiti Off Grid

Posted by Builder-talk on 25th Feb 2021

Kapiti Off Grid: Solar hot water, Double glazing, Insulation, Wood Burner. 3 bed, 2 bath, twin-gable replica villa. FSC-sourced rusticated weatherboard. UT pine framing (internal). 60,000L total roofwater storage. Membrane water-filtration (No UV = zero power vs 130W always-on for UV). … read more
Devonport Lohas Home

Devonport Lohas Home

Posted by Builder-talk on 24th Feb 2021

Devonport Lohas Home: Solar hot water, Double glazing, Insulation, Wood Burner. An eco-friendly, self-contained stand-alone, modern two bedroom accommodation. Designed by a leading environmentally-focused architect, Johann Bernhardt, with Equinox Design. … read more
Natural Intelligence Eco Home

Natural Intelligence Eco Home

Posted by Builder-talk on 23rd Feb 2021

Natural Intelligence Eco Home: Solar hot water, Solar power (photovoltaic), Double glazing, Insulation, Wood Burner. Blending with its surroundings on a rise in all day sun, this acclaimed Hugh Tennent quality designed 4 bed-roomed Eco home and guest house was built from renewable, local … read more
Eco friendly house - Otago Coast

Eco friendly house - Otago Coast

Posted by Builder-talk on 23rd Feb 2021

Eco friendly house - Otago Coast: Solar hot water, Insulation, Solar power (photovoltaic), Straw bale construction, Double glazing, Wind turbine. This home is located on the Otago coast. It has a floor area of 340 m², was built between 2002 and 2003, cost approximately $350,000, and … read more
Wellingtons Wadestown Solar Home

Wellingtons Wadestown Solar Home

Posted by Builder-talk on 23rd Feb 2021

Wellingtons Wadestown Solar Home: Double Glazing, Insulation. The Solar Home is a solar heated and naturally ventilated house designed by Richard Wright. It exploits the advantages of good orientation and active solar architecture. The studio of Aonui Architecture operates from the buildi … read more
Waitakere NOW Home - showing the benefits of a sustainable home

Waitakere NOW Home - showing the benefits of a sustainable home

Posted by Builder-talk on 22nd Feb 2021

Waitakere NOW Home - showing the benefits of a sustainable home: Solar hot water, Insulation, Rain water collection, Double glazing. Beacon Pathway's Waitakere NOW Home® proves that an affordable modern home that looks like any other in the street can also be warm, dry, healthy, and k … read more
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
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