Entegrity of Little Rock is repeating itself as a net-zero building pioneer in Arkansas, following up its LEED-certified Little Rock headquarters with another self-powered building for its office in Fayetteville.
And this time it’s looking for environment-minded neighbors yearning for freedom from utility bills.
The energy efficiency and solar contractor’s home base on Sixth Street in Little Rock was the nation’s first net-zero building certified by the Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.
This summer, the LLC’s northwest Arkansas unit will move into the mixed-use Network building at South School Avenue and West South Street in Fayetteville, which will also be home to 28 luxury apartment units.
It’s the culmination of two years of planning, said Entegrity owners Matt Bell and Chris Ladner, who partnered to develop the property with John Coleman, Entegrity’s regional director. The three-story building will achieve zero net energy use at a market rate by leveraging Entegrity’s sustainability and efficiency expertise along with a 115-Kw solar array on its roof and south-facing awnings.
The developers are offering residents renewable electricity generated on-site, and they won’t be getting utility bills.
In an email to Arkansas Business, Bell called it a unique project for Arkansas that’s “50% complete” already. He called it a case study in integrated sustainable design and construction with right-sized mechanical systems and reducing energy requirements, all “without sacrificing amenities, comfort or quality.”
Robert Sharp of Fayetteville is the architect, Bell said. C.R. Crawford Construction of Fayetteville is the contractor.
“We knew from the outset that recent advances in renewable and sustainable energy technology would allow us to build a smart building that would achieve net zero energy,” Bell said. “The challenge was doing so while still being cost effective, and this project proves that you can.”
Just opposite the Fayetteville Public Library, the complex is in central Fayetteville. The Network building will be equipped with six electric car charging stations, smart technology features, free Wi-Fi and dimmable LED lighting. The HVAC systems will include advanced ionization air filtration.
The solar array will be net metered and connected to the grid, allowing it to send excess generation to the grid during the day and draw power from it when the sun isn’t shining. Residents “are not required to set up any utility accounts for electricity, gas, or water,” Entegrity said in a news release.
“We have reached a tipping point with the combination of better technology and lower cost that allows building owners, developers and businesses to achieve a true triple bottom line: people, profit, and planet,” Ladner said. “When I founded Entegrity in 2007 our clients were paying a premium to meet their sustainability goals. Today we are able to achieve sustainability goals without the surcharge by using integrated design techniques.”