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[IMGCAP(1)]PINE BROOK, NJ-GSH Group Inc., an international facilities and energy management provider, signed an energy management contract with Bergman Real Estate Group for two office buildings in the state totaling approximately 200,000 square feet. GSH will utilize its EnergyPlus program to provide energy consumption savings for these two properties.

Included in this contract are the following Bergman properties: 51 Haddonfield Rd., a 96,419-square-foot, three-story, class A office building located at the Colwick Business Center in Cherry Hill and 555 US Route 1, Woodbridge Towers, an 85,000-square-foot, four-story commercial office building located in Iselin.

GSH will fund energy-saving projects within the facilities to reduce energy consumption. Project work on Bergman’s buildings will include the installation of a building management system, mechanical improvements and daily monitoring of building equipment to optimize energy efficiency.

[IMGCAP(2)]According to GSH vice president of energy and automation Scott Gross, “we are guaranteeing between 5% and 10% savings for each building, but we anticipate saving more than this. We have designed a unique way to use the extra savings in each building, and if we also provide maintenance and staffing solutions for the customer, we can typically offer a greater savings guarantee.”

The program at 555 Route 1 requires significant investment from GSH, while the program at 51 Haddonfield is a more traditional reduced cost contract. “In the case of the former, we will be installing a new building automation system, which is valued in excess of $200,000. The BAS will use digital technology to control heat, air conditioning, lighting and other loads. The system will improve tenant comfort, save energy and increase the value of the building. The energy savings will fund the entire investment,” Gross explains.

For the Cherry Hill-based office, the savings guarantee is based on historical consumption. “GSH has made improvements on existing air conditioning and lighting systems,” Gross says. “The majority of this work is called retrocommissioning, which is a formal process to ensure mechanical equipment and control systems are working the way they were originally intended. Often the operation of these systems can be improved, resulting in energy savings, tenant comfort and less wear and tear on equipment.”

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