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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 sustainable design, sustainable development and sustainable living. Eco homes are designed and built as part of the larger ecology of the planet; the design and construction of the building are done in harmony with the natural environment.

Studies have shown that buildings are the most damaging polluters on the planet, consuming over half of all the energy used in developed countries and producing over half of all the climate-changing greenhouse gases. A successful eco house should give the owner the ‘best of both’ by providing less of an impact on the environment along with a healthier place to live and lower ongoing running costs.

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View examples of eco homes in New Zealand here>

For an example of a sustainable house read this article.

To find out more about Net Zero Energy Homes click here.