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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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.


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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.

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.


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
Mood Design & Sustainable New Zealand Pine

Mood Design & Sustainable New Zealand Pine

Posted by Ecobob on 12th Nov 2020

The Mood Store, based in Auckland, is renowned for its quality workmanship; the quality workmanship is combined with excellent design at a price that is both affordable, and competitive. New Zealand’s market place for manufactured wooden goods is saturated with c … read more
How Curtains Can Curb The Winter Blues

How Curtains Can Curb The Winter Blues

Posted by Ecobob on 9th Nov 2020

Curtains can greatly improve your quality of life over the winter months, but knowing how and why is important. Curtains can reduce heat loss through windows by 60% for single glazed windows, and up to 50% for double glazed windows (ECCA). … read more
Rainwater Collection - The Benefits

Rainwater Collection - The Benefits

Posted by Builder-talk Ecobob on 1st Nov 2020

Rainwater collection, or rainwater harvesting, is the collection and subsequent storage of rain from roofs, or from a surface catchment. The water is generally stored in rainwater tanks or directed into mechanisms which recharge groundwater. … read more
Blog No.3  - A Bit of a Project Background

Blog No.3 - A Bit of a Project Background

Posted by Builder-Talk on 20th Oct 2020

We’ve been aware of the development opportunity since we were fortunate enough to have purchased the property in 2016 following a ‘ping pong’ move from Wellington to Auckland, and back again over a period of a few years. Builder-Talk Self Build B … read more
Blog No.2 - Build a Home NZ - The Beginning

Blog No.2 - Build a Home NZ - The Beginning

Posted by Builder-Talk on 28th Aug 2020

We’re fortunate to live in a lovely house in a beautiful location with views over Wellington Harbour. Sitting on an 1800m2 + section, we seem to have the opportunity to subdivide our land, and in the process Builder-Talk Self Build Blog - Live life to to the … read more
Blog No .1 -  Introducing "build a house nz"

Blog No .1 - Introducing "build a house nz"

Posted by Builder-Talk on 17th Jun 2020

build a house nz Follow me along my journey to fulfill a life dream of building my own house. By the way, I’m not a builder, so there will definitely be the opportunity to mock and ridicule me along my journey. Fear not, I have B … read more
Smart Home Technology is the future of Energy

Smart Home Technology is the future of Energy

Posted by Builder-talk Ecobob on 9th Feb 2020

Industry experts think that in addition to the very valuable improvements that can be made to a buildings fabric in the form of insulations, orientations, solar panels, Photovoltaics, low energy appliances etc, a 'mover and shaker' in the 'Eco' technology space are the … read more
Residential Solar Hot Water

Residential Solar Hot Water

Posted by Builder-talk Ecobob on 30th Jan 2020

If your looking to reduce your energy use and save on your power bill, heating water is usually the single biggest energy user in your home and a solar hot water system can reduce your hot water charges and save approximately a quarter of your regular power bill. … read more