The LEED / TERM® Connection

In its quest to reduce the use of "chemical of concern" LEED v4 is calling for "physical termite barriers...approved by code..." (see below)

With its evaluation report of TERM, ESR 3632 represents a significant expansion of available physical termite barriers which can be considered to meet the “approved by code” requirement.

By designing non-chemical barriers into structures, architects are using a systems approach.

IPM, used for decades in both the agricultural and structural pest control worlds, uses a systems approach to reduce the number of pests, and the amount of pesticides applied to crops and structures.

The design and construction world should note one of IPM’s key requirements:

Non-chemical pest preventive measures, either designed into the structure or implemented as part of pest management activities.”


When you design non-chemical pest barriers into a structure, you are using a systems approach.

That is what this website, and Polyguard’s efforts since 1999, is about.  Designing and building effective non-chemical pest preventive measures into the structure can be done today.  We believe that non-chemical pest barriers are the next level for the building envelope’s contribution to sustainable construction.


LEED BD+C: Homes v4