Net-zero Spring Ranch boasts enviable views of California’s Central Valley
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Located at the base of a large hill, the 6,445-square-foot Spring Ranch overlooks eastward rural views along the San Andreas Fault. Strategically placed to optimize passive solar conditions, the house is anchored by three long, arcing rammed earth walls that follow the contours of the landscape. Built from 533 tons of local soil, the rammed earth walls are complemented by the building’s materials palette which comprises FSC-certified and reclaimed timber, concrete with recycled fly ash content,...