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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Tawa Saddle Hill House

Tawa Saddle Hill House

Posted by Builder-talk on 9th Feb 2021

Tawa Saddle Hill House: Solar hot water, Passive solar, Ventilation system, Insulation, Solar power (photovoltaic), Rain water collection, New Windows & Doors, Vegetable Garden. Ceiling lining: clear finished pinus radiata plywood with exposed screw fixing for future access. … read more
Nelson Mud Brick House

Nelson Mud Brick House

Posted by Builder-talk on 6th Feb 2021

Nelson Mud Brick House: Solar hot water, Solar power (photovoltaic), Wind turbine. When Maitai resident Peter Olorenshaw built his mudbrick home 10 years ago, sustainable living was far from the catchword it is today. … read more
Kauritatahi farm

Kauritatahi farm

Posted by Builder-talk on 2nd Feb 2021

Kauritatahi farm: Solar Hot Water, Wood Burner, Insulation. House is currently under construction by owner. Incorporates traditional post & beam construction using locally grown Lawson Cyprus timber and Rotorua manufactured Timbercrete block walls. … read more
new house - stage one

new house - stage one

Posted by Builder-talk on 2nd Feb 2021

new house - stage one: Solar Hot Water, Insulation. The first part of a passive solar house designed by Roger Buck Associates of Christchurch, constructed by Hendersons of Timaru. Winner (for builder) of Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Awards in regional Master Builders' Awards 2008. … read more
Energy Efficient house

Energy Efficient house

Posted by Builder-talk on 31st Jan 2021

Energy Efficient house: Solar Hot Water, Double Glazing, Insulation. Modern contemporary sunny house, built by designer for own family home, making best use of site for sun and stunning views. The 4 year old house is one block away from Frankton Village's cafe's and restaurants yet tucked … read more
EcoTrend show home in Canterbury

EcoTrend show home in Canterbury

Posted by Builder-talk on 19th Jan 2021

EcoTrend show home in Canterbury: Solar hot water, Greywater recycling, Pellet burner. Built by Pegasus Property Ltd, the environmentally friendly house reflects the future standards that New Zealand may soon require of modern homes. Designed for our climatic realities and constructed fro … read more
Mt Lyford Holiday Home

Mt Lyford Holiday Home

Posted by Builder-talk on 15th Jan 2021

MT Lyford Holiday Home: Solar Hot Water, Passive Solar, Ventilation System, Insulation, New Windows & Doors, Electric Car Charging Station. The eco-chalets are designed to leave a minimal environmental footprint. The sun is used for heating both building and water. A smart system uses … read more
Living in a Green House

Living in a Green House

Posted by Builder-talk on 14th Jan 2021

Living in a Green House: Greywater recycling, Solar hot water, Insulation, Double glazing, Low VOC Paints & Finishes. If you take the time to drive around the Coromandel Peninsula looking for homes that stand out, there is one building company name that seems to commonly have its sign … read more
Sustainable house, solar panels, efficient heating

Sustainable house, solar panels, efficient heating

Posted by Builder-talk on 10th Jan 2021

Sustainable house, solar panels, efficient heating: Solar hot water, Double glazing, Wood burner. Construction: Timber frame walls; floor is 100mm slab with 50mm screed and 50mm polystyrene (with embedded water pipes for heating via solar hot water / wet back system); timber truss roof wi … read more
Atawhai

Atawhai

Posted by Builder-talk on 5th Jan 2021

Atawhai: Solar hot water, Double glazing, Heat pump. The design responds to site conditions and energy efficiency. Orientation maximises solar gains and sea views from each room. A double height sunspace is at the core of the home. … read more