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NAHB National Green Building Program™

National Association of Home Builders
NAHB Green Approved Product Cert. No. 00027

  • Earn 6 points for a Bora-Care treatment with a 3-foot band in very heavy zones.
  • Earn 4 points for a Bora-Care treatment with a 3-foot band up from the foundation in moderate to heavy termite zones.
  • Earn 2 points for a Bora-Care treatment with a 3-foot band in slight to moderate termite zones.

EarthCraft® House Guidelines

Resource Efficient Building Materials/Indoor Air Quality

  • Earn 3 points for a Bora-Care Treatment.
  • Earn 2 points for dusting wall voids under “Alternative Pest Control”.
  • Earn 1 point for a complete structural lumber treatment.

LEED® for Homes

U.S. Green Building Council

Sustainable Sites SS 5. Non-Toxic Pest Control

Earn 1 point for a Bora-Care Treatment with a 3-foot band up from the foundation and other IPM measures.

What Builders Need to Know About Green Treatments for Termites

Green building practices are becoming more and more important for your business. Your customers are asking for it, plus you can earn green building points by using a green new construction treatment for termites. Bottom line: It’s good for your business and the environment.

This guide shows you how to maximize green points by using Bora-Care as your green new construction termite treatment, what “green” means when it comes to termite treatments and why you, as a builder, will gain an advantage by using Bora-Care for your termite treatment.

The differences are between Bora-Care and other treatments

10 Reasons Why Bora-Care is THE Green Choice

The only borate based product with essential product specific efficacy allowed as a primary termite barrier new construction treatments. It’s the perfect green solution for termites.

  1. Bora-Care wood treatments eliminate the need to pump termiticides into the ground. There is virtually no risk of contamination of soil, rivers, lakes or aquifers.
  2. Green builders using Bora-Care have eliminated more than 120 million gallons of diluted termiticide from being applied to the soil across the U.S.
  3. Builders can earn points in green building programs by using Bora-Care, including LEED® for Homes, NAHB National Green Building Program™, EarthCraft® and many others.
  4. Bora-Care penetrates the wood and remains in the wood, providing years of long-term, sustainable residual protection.
  5. Bora-Care saves water. Soil termiticides require large amounts of water for dilution. Using Bora-Care can save 200-300 gallons of water per average-size home.
  6. The element boron is found throughout nature and may be essential to the health of all living plants and animals.
  7. Mammals, birds, fish and reptiles can all excrete excess ingested boron, so it has little effect on these non-target organisms; however insects cannot process boron in the same way. As a result, boron accumulates in their systems and interferes with their ability to convert food sugars into energy, leading to starvation. This unique quality makes borates the perfect green solution for targeting termites.
  8. Bora-Care treated wood provides protection from subterranean, Formosan and drywood termites as well as wood boring beetles, carpenter ants and wood decay fungi. It also provides general pest protection by making the treated wood areas uninhabitable by pests such as cockroaches.
  9. Bora-Care emits no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
  10. Green Builder® magazine selected Bora-Care for its inaugural Overall Grand Prize, Best of Show award at the 2006 National Green Building Conference.

NAHB National Green Building Program

Green Approved Product Certificate for Bora-Care

EarthCraft House Guidelines

EarthCraft House Guidelines Indoor Air Quality (p. 43)

EarthCraft Worksheet (excerpted from IECC 2004 Climate Zone 4)

DURABILITY (from p. 7) Points
Non-toxic pest treatment of all lumber in contact with foundation 1
Non-toxic pest treatment applied to all lumber 1
INDOOR POLLUTANT CONTROL (from p. 8)  
Alternative termite treatment with no soil pretreatment unless required by code (required tiers II & III) 2
Alternative pest control 2

LEED for Homes

U.S. Green Building Council

Termite Technology

Builders are Switching to Bora-Care’s Innovative Termite Technology

Builders across the country are switching their termite new construction treatments to Bora-Care®, a termiticide that is sprayed on the wood instead of pumped into the ground. As both a time- and money-saver, Bora-Care offers significant advantages to builders over old-style soil termiticides. A full day of cycle time savings is the primary factor driving this move, as well as the current trend toward green building practices.

Treatments with Bora-Care can even qualify a builder to earn green building points in many programs, including:

  • NAHB National Green Building Program™: 4-6 points
  • EarthCraft®: 2-6 points
  • LEED for Homes: 1 point

Many states offer similar green building programs as well.

Bora-Care vs. Old Fashioned Methods

Environmental issues are critical to homeowners, making Bora-Care appealing to concerned builders. Traditional soil treatments pump 200 to 300 gallons of diluted termiticide under and around an average house. Bora-Care conserves water; it only uses 2–3 gallons per house. And because it is applied directly to wood, concrete, and foundation penetrations, there is virtually no danger of chemical run-off. Furthermore, Bora-Care’s active ingredient is a natural borate mineral salt with a low mammalian toxicity, yet it is still deadly to insect pests. And Bora-Care emits no VOCs (“Volatile Organic Compounds”).

Bora-Care is the first termiticide listed as chemically compatible with the Lubrizol Corporation’s piping systems. In addition, Bora-Care will not corrode metal fasteners, fittings or nails. Many soil termiticides can cause damage to cPVC piping systems, resulting in expensive post-construction repairs.

Soil termiticides break down quickly and can leave gaps. The soil termiticide barrier can easily be broken during excavation and landscaping. Bora-Care creates a continuous barrier directly on the wood and concrete, not in the surrounding soil.

A True New Construction Termite Treatment— Not Just a Monitoring System

Baiting systems also pose problems, and termites can easily bypass them altogether. More importantly, if the homeowners don’t want to pay the annual fees, the stations are removed and the home is left without any termite protection.

What is Bora-Care?

Bora-Care is an EPA-registered termiticide manufactured by Nisus Corporation. It is the only borate-based termiticide allowed as a primary two-foot termite barrier termite treatment with its own product-specific field efficacy testing. Pest control companies apply it directly to the wood and concrete on walls, subfloors, sill plates, piers and expansion joints, and around pipe chases and plumbing protrusions. This creates a continuous barrier that termites cannot cross and eliminates wood as a food source. Treated wood is also protected against other wood destroying organisms such as carpenter ants, wood boring beetles and decay fungi.

Bora-Care offers the stability and reliability which builders find missing in soil termite treatments. A study conducted in Mississippi showed that soil termiticides can break down by 50% or more in just one year (Mulrooney et al, 2006). But with a single application done according to label directions, Bora-Care penetrates into wood, preventing infestation and delivering years of long-term residual protection.

Builders Save Time and Money

Bora-Care new construction treatments give builders more schedule flexibility and control. They simply remove many of the common scheduling and performance problems builders encounter with old-style soil poisons.

Bora-Care saves builders a day of cycle time. Treatment is not weather-dependent, allowing builders to move forward regardless of conditions. Because Bora-Care is applied during the dried-in phase of construction, there is no need to coordinate pest control companies and cement companies. Bora-Care’s ease of application allows PMPs to increase the number of houses they can treat in a day, which in turn increases the builders’ schedule flexibility.

Proven Results

In addition to EPA registration, Bora-Care wood treatments are HUD allowed and listed for use under the 2006 International Residential Code, Section R320 Protection Against Subterranean Termites. Bora-Care also meets the sill plate end-cut requirements for pressure treated lumber set by building codes and the American Wood-Preservers’ Association.

An independent 12-year study in Mississippi by the USDA and a second independent 5-year study in Florida by Mississippi State University’s Forest Products Department demonstrated that wood treated with Bora-Care repelled termite attacks and prevented subterranean termites from tubing over treated wood. Additional tests by Louisiana State University showed that Bora-Care applied to concrete surfaces prevents Formosan termite tubing.

Bora-Care Meets HUD Requirements

  • HUD Forms 99-A and 99-B list “field-applied wood treatment” (99-A) and “wood applied liquid termiticide” (99-B) as an option for termite treatment. Bora-Care is this type of termiticide.
  • New construction projects backed by an FHA or VA loan require termite treatments in areas of moderate to heavy termite pressure.