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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Eco Home Renovation Project in Whakatane

Eco Home Renovation Project in Whakatane

Posted by Builder-talk on 5th Jan 2021

Eco Home Renovation Project in Whakatane: Solar hot water, Insulation, Solar power (photovoltaic), Rain water collection, New Windows & Doors. Between 2004 and 2014 there have been many eco features added to this home to make it more sustainable, self sufficient and resilient. … read more
Coatesville Passive Solar House, By SOLAREI LIMITED

Coatesville Passive Solar House, By SOLAREI LIMITED

Posted by Builder-talk on 31st Dec 2020

Coatesville Passive Solar House, By SOLAREI LIMITED: Solar power (photovoltaic), Greywater recycling, Insulation. Coatesville Passive Solar House in Rodney, North of Auckland, New Zealand is a series of stacking sawtooth roofs designed to capture every possible bit of sunlight during wint … read more
Remuera Passive Solar House

Remuera Passive Solar House

Posted by Builder-talk on 29th Dec 2020

Remuera Passive Solar House: Solar power (photovoltaic), New Windows & Doors, Passive solar, Ventilation system, Insulation. An energy efficient two-storey family home with a carport and separate workshop. Construction is timber framing (with exception of some masonry walls) with vert … read more
Fitzroy on the Park - 6 Homestar

Fitzroy on the Park - 6 Homestar

Posted by Builder-talk on 19th Dec 2020

Fitzroy on the Park - 6 Homestar: Greywater recycling, Insulation, Solar power (photovoltaic), Rain water collection, New Windows & Doors. The Fitzroy on the Park project is a series of eleven Smarter Small Homes designed by Creative Arch that addresses issues of affordability through … read more
Laba Residence - Dunedin Eco Home - Solar, wind etc

Laba Residence - Dunedin Eco Home - Solar, wind etc

Posted by Builder-talk on 11th Dec 2020

Laba Residence - Dunedin Eco Home - Solar, wind: Solar hot water, Solar power (photovoltaic), Wind turbine, Double glazing, Insulation. A residential dwelling located at Mission Cove, Company Bay on the Otago Peninsula was designed as a solar passive energy conserving home for Mike and Ed … read more
Taramea Passive House

Taramea Passive House

Posted by Builder-talk on 5th Dec 2020

Taramea Passive House: Passive solar, Ventilation system, Insulation, Solar power (photovoltaic), New Windows & Doors, Electric car charging station, Heat pump water heater. Built with SIP Smart Panels and constructed by Climate House. The Home is certified passive house, net zero wit … read more
Waipu cove Ebode

Waipu cove Ebode

Posted by Builder-talk on 1st Dec 2020

Waipu cove Ebode: Solar hot water, Solar power (photovoltaic), Double glazing, Greywater recycling, Insulation. For this elevated section overlooking Waipu Cove, our clients wanted a modest home in the 'kiwi bach' tradition, designed with environmentally sustainable principles and using m … 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
Sustainable Straw Bale home

Sustainable Straw Bale home

Posted by Builder-talk on 29th Nov 2020

Sustainable Straw Bale home: Solar hot water, Solar power (photovoltaic), Straw bale construction, Double glazing, Wood burner. A commitment to a sustainable lifestyle has been a driving force behind the build of a straw bale house in the Dovedale area, near Nelson. The owners chose straw … read more
IQ Container Home

IQ Container Home

Posted by Ecobob on 29th Nov 2020

: Solar power (photovoltaic), Heat Pump, Vegetable Garden, Insulation, Rain water collection, New Windows & Doors. Environmentally responsible IQ Container Home awarded an 8 Homestar rating. … read more