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.

If you would like to upload your own house concepts or plans with Ecobob, please get in touch


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.


Here are some upcoming events for 2021!


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.

If you would like to list a property on this page for $59 (one time fee) until it is sold, please fill out this form and upload images and property details.


MAXRaft - NZs ONLY Fully Insulated Concrete Slab

MAXRaft - NZs ONLY Fully Insulated Concrete Slab

Posted by Builder-talk Ecobob on 17th Feb 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
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
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
Energy Tips For Winters Wrath

Energy Tips For Winters Wrath

Posted by Ecostore on behalf of Ecobob on 11th Feb 2021

There are many ways you can save energy around your home - which is good for saving money, but also a great way to care for the environment by conserving resources. There are lots of ways to keep your energy consumption down during these chilly months: … read more
NZ Builders Bring Eco Homes To Canada

NZ Builders Bring Eco Homes To Canada

Posted by Ecobob on 8th Feb 2021

Not afraid to take their mission overseas, the keen team at NZ Builders have been busy at work building some amazing homes in Victoria, Canada. The one significant difference between builds completed in New Zealand as opposed to Canada is that the builds are rotated in … read more
ECOASH - Incineration Toilets

ECOASH - Incineration Toilets

Posted by Builder-talk Ecobob on 7th Feb 2021

How about a toilet that does not require connection to a sewage system? Composting toilet? no, without the need to store waste until it decomposed, another option is the incineration toilet. Cinderella Toilets Spread the Word … read more
Taking Action on Climate Change

Taking Action on Climate Change

Posted by Ecobob on 4th Feb 2021

The Eco Design Advisor conference will update you with what's going on in councils, the design and research communities, and central government, and how it impacts our housing. Councils are responding with climate action plans and are needing to work with their communi … 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
Ministry of Education - Sustainability Fund

Ministry of Education - Sustainability Fund

Posted by Builder-talk Ecobob on 30th Jan 2021

A Ministry of Education (MOE) initiative in the form of a 'Sustainability Contestable Fund' has been established to support New Zealand schools to improve their efficiency and reduce their environmental impact, w … 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