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!


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Energy Saving Tips for Tenants in Rentals

Energy Saving Tips for Tenants in Rentals

Posted by Builder-talk Ecobob on 11th Dec 2020

Here's a few tips: Ask your landlord for more insulation; In addition to a landlords legal obligations to insulate their rental property, it is in any landlords interest to provide a healthy and dry home. Cold and damp homes do not only damage the occupants health, but … read more
Discussions on the Superhome Movement

Discussions on the Superhome Movement

Posted by Ecobob on 8th Dec 2020

The Superhome Movement is for people wanting to find out how to create their own comfortable and healthy home, with little or no power bills. The website, Superhome movement, is a valuable resource to learn from, with knowledge on who can deliver the best service for y … read more
Ventilation Systems

Ventilation Systems

Posted by Ecobob Builder-talk on 5th Dec 2020

Older homes may have holes and cracks in them, helping to ventilate, but they can be very cold, and often hard to heat. Because newer homes are a lot more air tight there needs to be a conscious effect to ventilate the home. … read more
What is an Eco Home

What is an Eco Home

Posted by Builder-talk on 3rd Dec 2020

An eco house is built in such a way that reduces energy consumption and waste. Eco Homes reduces the buildings negative impact on human health and the environment, through better design, construction, siting, operation and maintenance. They are a combination of sustain … read more
Top commonly asked questions on Solar Power

Top commonly asked questions on Solar Power

Posted by Builder-talk Ecobob on 30th Nov 2020

Residential solar power systems are still a relatively new type of household expenditure in New Zealand, and I regularly get asked questions that I thought would be worth sharing the answers to. Below you will find 5 commonly asked questions about home solar power, and … read more
Zero Waste Homes

Zero Waste Homes

Posted by Helen O'Keeffe of Ezliving-Interiors on 28th Nov 2020

Why Should We Aim for a Zero Waste Home? It is predicted by 2050 that there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. Zero waste living will reduce the amount of waste that contaminating the homes of our marine neighbours. The European Union wants to reduce biodegradable municipal wast … read more
Infrared Heating Panels - What are the benefits?

Infrared Heating Panels - What are the benefits?

Posted by Ecobob on 23rd Nov 2020

New Zealand’s summer was fleeting, the winter months are fast encroaching and we thought it was high time we had a look at Infrared Heat Panels, a technology that is quickly gaining traction in the New Zealand home heating market. … read more
Insulate Your Home With 3M Insulation Film

Insulate Your Home With 3M Insulation Film

Posted by Ecobob on 19th Nov 2020

We filmed the process and cut it into a short video. On the You Tube page, below the video description, is a short list of instructions on how to insulate certain areas of your home with 3M insulating film. windo … read more
Insulation - The Benefits

Insulation - The Benefits

Posted by Ecobob on 16th Nov 2020

Having insulation installed in your home keeps the house warm and cozy in colder seasons, and keeps the heat in the summer months. Having quality insulation installed, along with a higher R-value, means that win … read more
The Benefits of Heat Pumps at Home

The Benefits of Heat Pumps at Home

Posted by Ecobob on 15th Nov 2020

Heat pumps are an efficient way of heating a home using electricity, allowing for less negative environmental impacts. Heat pumps have low running costs when used correctly and when sized appropriately for the home. They can heat a room quietly and at a rapid pace. … read more