BP12: Integrated Pest Management

See forum discussions about this Best Practice »

Official language

Implement an integrated pest management strategy for interior and exterior spaces (e.g. focus on pest prevention, minimize use of toxic substances, and inform occupants when pesticide applications are required).  Work with your pest management service provider(s) as needed.

Implementation Requirements

BIT Building:

  1. Establish written standard operating procedures that summarize integrated pest management (IPM) strategies, including the following (aligned, in part, with LEED O+M Integrated Pest Management Credit):
    1. Provisions for identifying and monitoring pests
    2. Non-chemical pest preventative measures
    3. Pest control methods that will be used when monitoring indicates an actionable problem, beginning with non-chemical approaches and escalating to least-risk pesticides, and then higher-risk pesticides only after other options have been exhausted

BIT for Tenants:

  1. Tenant: provide written standard operating procedures that summarize integrated pest management strategies (IPM) including the following:
    1. Provisions for identifying and monitoring pests
    2. Non-chemical pest preventive measures
    3. List of pest control products approved for day-to-day use in the tenant space by tenant staff/employees (the occupants of the space) for personal and immediate pest control needs

BIT Building:

  1. Compile a list of approved, low-risk pest control strategies for use in the building and grounds. Draft a process for service providers to garner advanced approval from building management prior to using strategies that are not on the pre-approved list. Optimize the use of those strategies that have environmentally-preferred attributes, such as:
    1. Non-chemical strategies
    2. Products not required to register with the EPA due to low-risk
    3. Products ranked as Tier 3 products on San Francisco’s Pesticide Hazard Screening List

BIT for Tenants:

  1. Management Engagement: make a formal request to property Ownership/Management of a policy describing the pest control service in use in both tenant spaces and building exterior.
    1. Documentation should include:
      1. Pest control products in regular use
      2. Any preventive measures in place, and
      3. Protocols around employee notification for the use of toxic pesticides

Submittal Requirements

BIT Building:

  • Standard operating procedures that include:
    • integrated pest management goals and practices
    • listing of approved pest control strategies
    • listing of all products/materials approved for use in the building, where applicable, and the environmentally-preferred attribute(s).

BIT for Tenants:

  • Provide integrated pest management goals and practices
  • Provide list of approved products for day-to-day use
  • Provide documentation of the communications piece by which the list of approved products is communicated to tenant occupants
  • Provide Ownership/Management response to request for a policy describing the pest control service in use in both tenant spaces and building exterior
See all forum discussions about this Best Practice »

BIT User’s viewpoint

Frequently asked questions

Online resources

Implementation toolkit

Implement an integrated pest management strategy for interior and exterior spaces (e.g. focus on pest prevention, minimize use of toxic substances, and inform occupants when pesticide applications are required).  Work with your pest management service provider(s) as needed.

Implementation Requirements

BIT Building:

  1. Establish written standard operating procedures that summarize integrated pest management (IPM) strategies, including the following (aligned, in part, with LEED O+M Integrated Pest Management Credit):
    1. Provisions for identifying and monitoring pests
    2. Non-chemical pest preventative measures
    3. Pest control methods that will be used when monitoring indicates an actionable problem, beginning with non-chemical approaches and escalating to least-risk pesticides, and then higher-risk pesticides only after other options have been exhausted

BIT for Tenants:

  1. Tenant: provide written standard operating procedures that summarize integrated pest management strategies (IPM) including the following:
    1. Provisions for identifying and monitoring pests
    2. Non-chemical pest preventive measures
    3. List of pest control products approved for day-to-day use in the tenant space by tenant staff/employees (the occupants of the space) for personal and immediate pest control needs

BIT Building:

  1. Compile a list of approved, low-risk pest control strategies for use in the building and grounds. Draft a process for service providers to garner advanced approval from building management prior to using strategies that are not on the pre-approved list. Optimize the use of those strategies that have environmentally-preferred attributes, such as:
    1. Non-chemical strategies
    2. Products not required to register with the EPA due to low-risk
    3. Products ranked as Tier 3 products on San Francisco’s Pesticide Hazard Screening List

BIT for Tenants:

  1. Management Engagement: make a formal request to property Ownership/Management of a policy describing the pest control service in use in both tenant spaces and building exterior.
    1. Documentation should include:
      1. Pest control products in regular use
      2. Any preventive measures in place, and
      3. Protocols around employee notification for the use of toxic pesticides

Submittal Requirements

BIT Building:

  • Standard operating procedures that include:
    • integrated pest management goals and practices
    • listing of approved pest control strategies
    • listing of all products/materials approved for use in the building, where applicable, and the environmentally-preferred attribute(s).

BIT for Tenants:

  • Provide integrated pest management goals and practices
  • Provide list of approved products for day-to-day use
  • Provide documentation of the communications piece by which the list of approved products is communicated to tenant occupants
  • Provide Ownership/Management response to request for a policy describing the pest control service in use in both tenant spaces and building exterior

BIT User expert

Trista Little

LEED AP O+M, BD+C, Fitwel Ambassador


Sustainability Manager

See all forum discussions about this best practice » Subscribe to new discussions about Integrated Pest Management