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!


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.

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Cutting Edge and Timeless

Cutting Edge and Timeless

Posted by Builder-Talk on 28th Mar 2021

Cutting Edge and Timeless - Price by negotiation : Solar Hot Water, Ventilation System, Rain Water Collection, Greywater Recycling, Passive Solar, Insulation, Wood Burner … read more
Kapiti Off Grid

Kapiti Off Grid

Posted by Builder-talk on 25th Feb 2021

Kapiti Off Grid: Solar hot water, Double glazing, Insulation, Wood Burner. 3 bed, 2 bath, twin-gable replica villa. FSC-sourced rusticated weatherboard. UT pine framing (internal). 60,000L total roofwater storage. Membrane water-filtration (No UV = zero power vs 130W always-on for UV). … read more
Devonport Lohas Home

Devonport Lohas Home

Posted by Builder-talk on 24th Feb 2021

Devonport Lohas Home: Solar hot water, Double glazing, Insulation, Wood Burner. An eco-friendly, self-contained stand-alone, modern two bedroom accommodation. Designed by a leading environmentally-focused architect, Johann Bernhardt, with Equinox Design. … read more
Natural Intelligence Eco Home

Natural Intelligence Eco Home

Posted by Builder-talk on 23rd Feb 2021

Natural Intelligence Eco Home: Solar hot water, Solar power (photovoltaic), Double glazing, Insulation, Wood Burner. Blending with its surroundings on a rise in all day sun, this acclaimed Hugh Tennent quality designed 4 bed-roomed Eco home and guest house was built from renewable, local … read more
Eco friendly house - Otago Coast

Eco friendly house - Otago Coast

Posted by Builder-talk on 23rd Feb 2021

Eco friendly house - Otago Coast: Solar hot water, Insulation, Solar power (photovoltaic), Straw bale construction, Double glazing, Wind turbine. This home is located on the Otago coast. It has a floor area of 340 m², was built between 2002 and 2003, cost approximately $350,000, and … read more
Taupo Ebode

Taupo Ebode

Posted by Builder-talk on 23rd Feb 2021

Taupo Ebode: Solar hot water, Solar power (photovoltaic), Greywater recycling, Insulation. This 1960s board & batten home was essentially a ‘bach that grew’ – and included undesirable features such as a huge South-facing deck that was never used; large South-facing w … read more
Waitakere NOW Home - showing the benefits of a sustainable home

Waitakere NOW Home - showing the benefits of a sustainable home

Posted by Builder-talk on 22nd Feb 2021

Waitakere NOW Home - showing the benefits of a sustainable home: Solar hot water, Insulation, Rain water collection, Double glazing. Beacon Pathway's Waitakere NOW Home® proves that an affordable modern home that looks like any other in the street can also be warm, dry, healthy, and k … read more
Sustainable Architecture by Lambourne Architects

Sustainable Architecture by Lambourne Architects

Posted by Builder-talk on 22nd Feb 2021

Sustainable Architecture by Lambourne Architects: Solar hot water, Double glazing, Heat pump. Tony and Jean Bacon owned a section 300 metres above sea-level in the Waitakere Ranges, west of Auckland, for many years before deciding to build on it. They wanted a light, sunny house for easy … read more
Art Deco made Environmentally Sustainable - KAHURANGI, 2006

Art Deco made Environmentally Sustainable - KAHURANGI, 2006

Posted by Builder-talk on 22nd Feb 2021

Art Deco made Environmentally Sustainable - KAHURANGI, 2006: Solar Hot Water, Insulation. As an architecture practice promoting sustainability, we felt it was important to 'walk the talk', so in 2006 we embarked on the ambitious project of turning our urban (Central Auckland) home and off … read more
Hillsborough Road eco friendly home

Hillsborough Road eco friendly home

Posted by Builder-talk on 21st Feb 2021

Hillsborough Road eco friendly home: Double Glazing, Solar Hot Water. This is a challenging site with the need to maximize southerly harbour views resulting in a 'breaking-up' of the house, with open outdoor spaces reaching between a northern and a southern part, thus allowing the sun to … read more