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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Daikin Air Purifer Product Review

Daikin Air Purifer Product Review

Posted by Ecobob on 22nd Dec 2020

Air purifiers, they have been around for sometime now and while some swear by them, others disregard them as junk. Personally, I suffer from multiple allergies, a full blown Millhouse if you will. So when the win … read more
What is a Sustainable House?

What is a Sustainable House?

Posted by Builder-talk on 18th Dec 2020

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
eHaus - Redefining the Way we Live

eHaus - Redefining the Way we Live

Posted by Builder-talk Ecobob on 15th Dec 2020

Every eHaus is designed and constructed using the International Passive House design software. Measured proven performance to live by for a healthy, comfortable, all year round lifestyle. Using Passive House Principles … read more
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