College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Philip Barlow, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


The designation of Net-Zero Energy describes a building that meets all of its energy demand with on-site renewable energy generation. The Bank of Italy Building, in Downtown San Jose, California, is currently undergoing design-development to transform a landmark historical site into a modern, Net-Zero Energy building. This paper will analyze the project team’s design approach to minimizing energy demand and meeting this demand with on-site renewable energy. It will also evaluate the unique challenges associated with preserving the historical character of the existing structure, while converting it into a high-performing building. The research will consider similar past projects and approaches; the goals and rationale for choosing a zero-energy design; the specific project approach and associated challenges; and the economic rationale behind the project. The research employs both quantitative and qualitative approaches to gather information on the project, as well as relevant cost and energy data from governmental and private publications. This data is used to develop an understanding of the project approach and economic rationale behind the Net-Zero Energy conversion of a historic landmark building. The results of this study reveal that the project is economically feasible, with a favorable payback period on the initial investment.

Balaban PB WN18.pdf (1551 kB)
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