Net-Zero is a phrase that conjures images of small, energy efficient homes designed for just a few people to live in. But a ranch in Northern California defies expectations, easily housing up to sixteen people and and still maintaining a net-zero standard. Powered by a photovoltaic array, the ranch is sizable, stylish, and energy-efficient.

"Clad in handsome Western red cedar and topped with a corrugated zinc roof, the solar-powered house includes zoned radiant heat and high R-value insulation that keeps the heat from escaping outdoors. A rainwater capture system collects and reuses runoff for toilet flushing. The architects also incorporated passive cooling techniques and installed stainless steel sunshades to shield the interior from solar heat gain."

Head over to Inhabitat to read Lucy Wang's write up about the ranch and take a look at some gorgeous pictures.