Increasingly, commercial building owners across the world are becoming more preoccupied with cutting down operational costs and reducing their environmental footprint. As a result, interest in LEED (The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification continues to grow, as it provides buildings owners and operators with the tools they need to obtain an immediate and measurable impact on their establishment’s performance.
Of these five key areas, two – sustainable site development and indoor environmental quality – are directly influenced by your indoor and outdoor pest control efforts, and implementing an effective IPM program can speed up your way towards valuable LEED points.
Defined in accordance with LEED guidelines, an IPM program is an environmentally responsible pest management approach that integrates preventative methods and non-chemical solutions to effectively and proactively manage pest problems and minimize the hazards to people, the premises, and the environment. In contrast to traditional pest control approaches that focus only on the application of chemicals to remove existing populations, an IPM approach emphasizes proactive solutions such as ongoing sanitation and facility maintenance to eliminate not only existing infestations, but also the conditions (water, food, and shelter) that have led pests inside in the first place.
Becoming LEED-certified has tremendous benefits, not only for the environment, but also for commercial businesses’ bottom line. Specifically, green buildings are able to:
Pest management is a relatively straightforward way for any commercial property to obtain LEED certification, but it’s crucial to have on your side a pest management provider who has extensive experience in IPM and a deep understanding of green pest management.
By working with a professional pest management provider familiarized with LEED IPM standards (which are more complex than standard IPM), you will be able to reduce the need for toxic pesticides inside your facility, improve your establishment’s environmental performance, and also enhance your reputation as a green building. To find out more about the role of pest management in LEED certification, contact your local commercial pest control professional and request a free consultation.
About the Author
Daniel Mackie, co-owner of Greenleaf Pest Control, is a Toronto pest control expert well-known as an industry go-to guy, an innovator of safe, effective pest control solutions, and is a regular guest on HGTV. Mackie, along with business partner Sandy Costa, were the first pest control professionals in Canada to use detection dogs and thermal remediation for the successful eradication of bed bugs. In his free time, he is an avid gardener.