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JLC · OCTOBER 1988 Miscellany New Publication Aims at Energy-Efficient Office Buildings A guidebook written for architects engineers, developers, facility managers, and owners shows how a typical commercial building can be designed to use one-third less energy without an increase in building costs. Approximately 50 percent of all new commercial buildings coming on-line in the Northeast Utilities (NU) service territory are speculative. By publishing the book, the utility hopes to encourage speculative developers to use energy- efficient design and construction. To develop the book, a design team looked at a "typical" 60,000-square-foot, three-floor suburban office building. More than 50 different energy-saving strategies were analyzed for cost and performance, such as window shading, color, increased insulation, daylighting, and reduced wattage. Using the U.S Department of Energy's energy analysis computer program, and estimates of construction costs, the