Nation’s First LEED Zero Energy Building Certified in Little Rock, Ark

Little Rock, Ark. Entegrity is proud to announce that its newly renovated headquarters in Little Rock, Arkansas has earned the LEED Zero Energy certification, making it the second building in the world and the first in the United States to earn the designation. LEED Zero certification builds on LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the world’s most widely used green building rating system, by validating and recognizing specific achievements in building operations toward net zero goals.

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) President and CEO Mahesh Ramanujam will present Entegrity partners Matt Bell, Chris Ladner and Michael Parker with their certification in a ceremony on June 26. There will be a celebratory event to follow the presentation at Entegrity, located at 1403 E 6th Street, Little Rock, AR.

“It has become increasingly clear that we as designers, operators, owners and inhabitants of buildings have a mandate to minimize resource use. LEED Zero recognizes those leaders who are pushing the standard for building performance even higher to help meet today’s environmental challenges and elevate the quality of life for all,” said Ramanujam. “This is a milestone accomplishment for Entegrity and signals to communities and businesses everywhere that net zero is not only attainable, it is the goal of all LEED projects.”

In 2016, Matt Bell and Chris Ladner helped kick off the revitalization of Little Rock’s East Village with the purchase of the Historic Darragh Building, originally built in 1959. After undergoing a $500,000 renovation, it earned a series of certifications from USGBC and the International Living Future Institute. The design team included WER Architects/Planners, of Little Rock, as the architect of record.

Entegrity is a sustainability and energy services company specializing in the implementation of energy conservation and renewable energy projects. Entegrity is member of the National Associate on Energy Services Companies (NAESCO), the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), the Association of General Contractors (AGC), USGBC, and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Since its founding in 2007, Entegrity has worked in 38 U.S. states and completes, on average, 150 construction and engineering projects per year. Currently, Entegrity operates offices in Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri.

Entegrity Headquarters, in the Darragh Building in Little Rock’s East Village neighborhood, was designed by Noland Blass Jr. of the Erhart, Eichenbaum, Rauch, & Blass firm in 1958. The 13,342 sf building is an example of Mid-Century Modern architecture and features a unique elevated wraparound porch, floor-to-ceiling windows, and distinctive architectural features throughout. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017 and earned LEED Platinum certification in February 2019.

LEED Zero Energy certification recognizes buildings or spaces that achieve a source energy use balance of zero over a period of 12 months. Entegrity Headquarters achieves this energy balance by pairing the building’s energy-efficient design with a 50 kW rooftop solar array, effectively producing more energy than the building uses over a year.

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