An ecohouse is a home, of any type, that's designed with the specific intention of using less energy than a traditional house and creating a small carbon footprint. Ecohouses achieve this effect through the pervasive use of sustainable building materials, high-efficiency technology and construction that's optimized for energy use.
Ecohouses may also contain a number of other extra environmentally-friendly features like food gardens or rainwater reclamation systems.
Ecohouses can be either rented or owned, just like a traditional home. There are no specific agencies or brokers necessary to help you find an ecohouse for rent, just conduct your search just like you would for any other rental.
Outside of individual ecohouses for rent, you may find entire apartment communities that are made up exclusively of ecohouses. These are becoming more and more common as environmental sustainability becomes a larger concern.
You may be able to find out about these apartment communities through a simple internet search for your city, but it's still probably easiest if you go through a standard apartment-search website like Apartment Guide.
Renting an ecohouse might seem like a great idea now that you know more about it. However, as with any renting situation, there are pros and cons to consider.
Ecohouses can take a number of forms — anything from an apartment unit to a large, detached home. However, there are some features that most of them have in common, including double-pane windows, vegetation on the roof to keep out heat and solar panels or some other source of renewable energy. Most of these features are seen in this photo from the Eco Modern Flats Apartments in Fayetteville, AR.