BP12: Integrated Pest Management

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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

  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
  2. 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:
      http://www.sfenvironment.org/article/pest-management/least-toxic-pesticides-for-green-buildings

Submittal Requirements

  • 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).
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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

  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
  2. 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:
      http://www.sfenvironment.org/article/pest-management/least-toxic-pesticides-for-green-buildings

Submittal Requirements

  • 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).

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Trista Little

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


Sustainability Manager

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