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.


Blog No.6 - Concept Plans

Blog No.6 - Concept Plans

Posted by Builder-talk Ecobob on 9th Jun 2021

So after the initial idea to build an additional house, and our original concept plans which although fitted our criteria, was just not what we had in mind, I used my limited skills on Google Sketchup to see what ideas I could come up with. Builder-Talk Se … 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
Changes to the Building Code 2021

Changes to the Building Code 2021

Posted by Builder-talk on 5th May 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 Changes to the Building Code 2021 - Focus 'Energy Eff … read more
Greywater Recycling Adds to Homestar Homes

Greywater Recycling Adds to Homestar Homes

Posted by Builder-talk Ecobob on 28th Mar 2021

The launch of a new home in Addington, Christchurch has been welcomed by Mayor Lianne Dalziel. This eco-home is certified with the highest possible rating of 10 stars in the Homestar ratings guide. It was the installation of an AQUALOOP greywater recycling system that enabled the home to mo … read more
The White Roof Movement

The White Roof Movement

Posted by Builder-talk Ecobob on 28th Mar 2021

Hot summers need air conditioners, insulation and open windows to bring relief; however, a white roof movement is rearing its head, and while some are praising the idea, others are writing it off. The White Roof Movement … read more
Upcoming Events from NZ Green Building Council

Upcoming Events from NZ Green Building Council

Posted by Builder-talk on 28th Mar 2021

We are aware of cancellations and events postponed. Please check the NZGBC website for up to date information. For your 2020 calendar, New Zealand Green Building Council has a number of exciting events and courses to help make our homes and communities better for healthier, happier New Zeal … read more
What is a Sustainable House?

What is a Sustainable House?

Posted by Builder-Talk on 28th Mar 2021

Selected Features of a Sustainable House Conservatory for winter heating with shade blinds for summer heat control (passive solar design) Generous eaves to the north to minimize sun penetration during summer (passive solar design) Concrete wall to provide thermal mass … 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
Water Filtration - All You Need to Know

Water Filtration - All You Need to Know

Posted by Builder-talk Ecobob on 27th Mar 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 Here at Builder-talk Ecobob, we have been asked … read more