NEW JERSEY—Bergman Real Estate Group, a privately owned real estate investment firm that owns and manages office properties throughout New Jersey, announced that three buildings in its portfolios have, for the first time, earned U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) EnergyStar certification. The designation signifies that the buildings meet the high energy-efficiency performance levels set by the EPA, and perform in the top 25 percent of commercial buildings nationwide.

Buildings achieving this designation include 100 South Jefferson Road in Whippany; 25 B Vreeland Road in Florham Park; and 45 Eisenhower Drive in Paramus.

Comprised for two, three-story buildings totaling 172,000 sq. ft., 100 South Jefferson Road’s Jefferson Plaza includes a café, on-site building manager, fiber optics and other high-speed telecommunications as well as ample parking. As part of the effort to achieve EnergyStar certification, Bergman worked with energy management solutions provider GSH Group to install an energy management system.

25 B Vreeland Road in Florham Park, one of the twin, three-story atrium office buildings comprising Florham Park Corporate Center, is a 113,000-sq.-ft. building that offers flexible floor plates with spaces ranging from 1,000 to 38,000 sq. ft. Situated on a corporate campus, the building provides a café, on-site building manager and recently renovated common areas.

A five-story, Class A office building comprised of 175,000 sq. ft. of space, 45 Eisenhower Drive has a full-service cafeteria with patio seating, card key access, fiber optics and other high-speed telecommunications options, an interior loading dock, ample parking and an on-site building manager. The property is fully sprinklered and alarmed.

Introduced by the EPA in 1992 to reduce greenhouse emissions, the EnergyStar performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. In order to receive EnergyStar certification, a building must score a minimum of 75 (on a scale of 1-100).

According to the EPA, energy represents 30 percent of an office building’s costs, making it a property’s single largest operating expense. On average, EnergyStar-certified buildings use 35 percent less energy than standard buildings.