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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Tawa Saddle Hill House

Tawa Saddle Hill House

Posted by Builder-talk on 9th Feb 2021

Tawa Saddle Hill House: Solar hot water, Passive solar, Ventilation system, Insulation, Solar power (photovoltaic), Rain water collection, New Windows & Doors, Vegetable Garden. Ceiling lining: clear finished pinus radiata plywood with exposed screw fixing for future access. … read more
Nelson Mud Brick House

Nelson Mud Brick House

Posted by Builder-talk on 6th Feb 2021

Nelson Mud Brick House: Solar hot water, Solar power (photovoltaic), Wind turbine. When Maitai resident Peter Olorenshaw built his mudbrick home 10 years ago, sustainable living was far from the catchword it is today. … read more
Kauritatahi farm

Kauritatahi farm

Posted by Builder-talk on 2nd Feb 2021

Kauritatahi farm: Solar Hot Water, Wood Burner, Insulation. House is currently under construction by owner. Incorporates traditional post & beam construction using locally grown Lawson Cyprus timber and Rotorua manufactured Timbercrete block walls. … read more
new house - stage one

new house - stage one

Posted by Builder-talk on 2nd Feb 2021

new house - stage one: Solar Hot Water, Insulation. The first part of a passive solar house designed by Roger Buck Associates of Christchurch, constructed by Hendersons of Timaru. Winner (for builder) of Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Awards in regional Master Builders' Awards 2008. … read more
Straw Bale House in Ohakune, Wanganui

Straw Bale House in Ohakune, Wanganui

Posted by Builder-talk on 1st Feb 2021

Straw Bale House in Ohakune, Wanganui: Insulation, Straw bale construction, Double glazing, Wood burner. The straw bale walls offer great insulation with an R value of 9.2. Well insulated floors R value of 2.4, insulated using 100% recycled plastic. The entire house is double glazed and t … read more
Energy Efficient house

Energy Efficient house

Posted by Builder-talk on 31st Jan 2021

Energy Efficient house: Solar Hot Water, Double Glazing, Insulation. Modern contemporary sunny house, built by designer for own family home, making best use of site for sun and stunning views. The 4 year old house is one block away from Frankton Village's cafe's and restaurants yet tucked … read more
The Solabode Affordable Eco Home

The Solabode Affordable Eco Home

Posted by Builder-talk on 30th Jan 2021

The Solabode Affordable Eco Home: Wood Burner, Insulation. Last year I set about designing the Solabode MKII which as well as responding to lessons learnt on the MKI version, now incorporates PREFAB technology and MODULAR design in that the whole building is made from local LVL and ply pa … read more
Eco Friendly Mud Brick Home - Ruatangata

Eco Friendly Mud Brick Home - Ruatangata

Posted by Builder-talk on 30th Jan 2021

Eco Friendly Mud Brick Home - Ruatangata. 1.3260 ha, located in the Ruatangata area. This eco friendly mud brick four double bed room house has a private family room and an open plan living area. Bathroom and ensuite. Internal access to garage. … read more
Eco Home on Great Barrier Island

Eco Home on Great Barrier Island

Posted by Builder-talk on 29th Jan 2021

Eco Home on Great Barrier Island: Solar hot water, Solar power (photovoltaic). The house is nestled in a beautifully private setting surrounded with large Puriri trees, Blackwoods and other natives. The building form is elevated for flood protection, and acknowledges the hill to the west, … read more
Riverwood Urban Eco Homestay, by Ecotect

Riverwood Urban Eco Homestay, by Ecotect

Posted by Builder-talk on 28th Jan 2021

Riverwood Urban Eco Homestay, by Ecotect: Solar hot water, Solar power (photovoltaic), Insulation. Home for over 14 years now and have just moved my design office back home using the study and one bedroom upstairs. In the last 3 years my partner and I have created extensive organic vege g … read more