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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Westmere house - a new urban sustainable home by ebode

Westmere house - a new urban sustainable home by ebode

Posted by Builder-talk on 24th Jan 2021

Westmere house - a new urban sustainable home by ebode: Solar hot water, Solar power (photovoltaic), Insulation, Wood Burner. Ebode also monitors power consumption and detailed climate data which is used to refine the design of future projects. It is also a great way to "prove" that ebode … read more
Copper Gate For Eco-Holiday Home Rental

Copper Gate For Eco-Holiday Home Rental

Posted by Builder-talk on 23rd Jan 2021

Copper Gate For Eco-Holiday Home Rental: Greywater recycling, Passive solar, Insulation, Solar power (photovoltaic), Rain water collection, New Windows & Doors, Vegetable Garden, Low VOC Paints & Finishes. An 'open home' celebrating sustainability available as a holiday rental. No … read more
Mt Pleasant Eco Haven

Mt Pleasant Eco Haven

Posted by Builder-talk on 21st Jan 2021

Mt Pleasant Eco Haven: Solar Hot Water, Insulation. Built in a beautiful location and situation, with a stream dividing the section. Views to the north of sea and city. As an owner builder, we have developed the section as the build progressed. … read more
Self-sufficient, healthy eco house 10 minutes from Nelson

Self-sufficient, healthy eco house 10 minutes from Nelson

Posted by Builder-talk on 21st Jan 2021

Self-sufficient, healthy eco house 10 minutes from Nelson: Solar hot water, Solar power (photovoltaic), Double glazing, Greywater recycling, Insulation, Wood burner. A challenging build on a steep site...many geotechnical limitations forced us to abandon retaining walls and mudbricks, ret … read more
EcoTrend show home in Canterbury

EcoTrend show home in Canterbury

Posted by Builder-talk on 19th Jan 2021

EcoTrend show home in Canterbury: Solar hot water, Greywater recycling, Pellet burner. Built by Pegasus Property Ltd, the environmentally friendly house reflects the future standards that New Zealand may soon require of modern homes. Designed for our climatic realities and constructed fro … read more
Takitimu House

Takitimu House

Posted by Builder-talk on 19th Jan 2021

Takitimu House: Passive Solar, Insulation, Solar Power (photovoltaic), Rain Water Collection. Nested in the hills above Okahu Bay, this family dwelling is a sanctuary from busy Auckland city. Expertly designed, this home features a spacious open plan living area seamlessly flowing onto a … read more
Grand Designs NZ Home - The Black House

Grand Designs NZ Home - The Black House

Posted by Ecobob on 16th Jan 2021

: Heat Pump Water Heater, New Windows & Doors, Ventilation System, Retrofit Double Glazing, Rain Water Collection, Vegetable Garden, Passive Solar, Insulation, Heat Pump … read more
Mt Lyford Holiday Home

Mt Lyford Holiday Home

Posted by Builder-talk on 15th Jan 2021

MT Lyford Holiday Home: Solar Hot Water, Passive Solar, Ventilation System, Insulation, New Windows & Doors, Electric Car Charging Station. The eco-chalets are designed to leave a minimal environmental footprint. The sun is used for heating both building and water. A smart system uses … read more
Living in a Green House

Living in a Green House

Posted by Builder-talk on 14th Jan 2021

Living in a Green House: Greywater recycling, Solar hot water, Insulation, Double glazing, Low VOC Paints & Finishes. If you take the time to drive around the Coromandel Peninsula looking for homes that stand out, there is one building company name that seems to commonly have its sign … read more
Sustainable house, solar panels, efficient heating

Sustainable house, solar panels, efficient heating

Posted by Builder-talk on 10th Jan 2021

Sustainable house, solar panels, efficient heating: Solar hot water, Double glazing, Wood burner. Construction: Timber frame walls; floor is 100mm slab with 50mm screed and 50mm polystyrene (with embedded water pipes for heating via solar hot water / wet back system); timber truss roof wi … read more