PUBLISHED ON June 16th, 2012
Instead of thinking about pest control, Portland homebuilders often place their focus on the usual eco-friendly solutions when attempting to earn LEED certification for a project. However, Portland pest control is about much more than chasing mice out of an attic. When you partner with a company that uses integrated pest management for your green building construction project or remodel, you can also earn LEED points.
Integrated pest management, or IPM, uses a holistic approach to control pests. Instead of employing the most powerful chemicals available to eliminate pests in the least amount of time, IPM practitioners take a more effective, tactical approach. After learning about a pest and its environment, an IPM-based Portland pest control plan calls for the least toxic methods possible to control an infestation. These methods can include repairing an affected building, modifying the pest’s habitat, eliminating food sources, altering the landscape, pest monitoring and so on. In addition to keeping harmful chemicals out of the environment, IPM offers a lasting solution that helps prevent re-infestation.
Indoor Environmental Quality is one of the measures a building must meet to become LEED certified, as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that most individuals spend about 90 percent of their time indoors. According to the EPA, the quality of air indoors can be worse than the quality of air outside. Therefore, LEED points are awarded for strategies that can help improve indoor air – like IPM.
But not just any Portland pest control company offering IPM can help you earn coveted LEED points. The company must hold a Green Shield Certification and offer a green pest control program, like Eden’s Natural Choice Program. To get on track toward earning your LEED certification, make sure the pest consultant who helps you is aware of your green goals.