BC Housing shares “bed bug sauna” technical details

by nobugsonme on January 12, 2010 · 1 comment

in thermal treatment, vancouver

Remember the “bed bug sauna” that Rain City was implementing in the Lux, a new British Columbia Housing development?

BC Housing’s publication TECHNICAL BULLETIN NO. 29-2009 gives all the technical details and plans (click to download PDF) for the bed bug sauna, in the now open building. Bravo to BC Housing for sharing the details of its bright idea.

Housing developers, shelter operators, and others, please note the bottom line:

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

Construction Costs:
Cost to construct a specialized bed bug infestation room (including heating equipment) in
accordance with BCH Standards has been estimated between $1,080 – $1,350 m2 ($100 – 125 ft2), or $20,000 – 25,000 for a typical bed bug room of 18.5 m2 (200 ft2), see attached generic floor plan [in PDF linked above]

Reducing Existing Bed Bug Management Costs:
Estimated operating cost to manage bed bug infestations could be potentially reduced by 50 %
Typical existing operating cost for 100 unit facility = $ 15,913
Estimated operating with bed bug room 100 units = $ 7,956

“Estimated operating cost to manage bed bug infestations could be potentially reduced by 50%.”

I love the note at the top of the Lux’s page on Rain City’s site:

Please note: the ‘bedbug sauna’ located at the Lux is used for Lux tenants only.

Cause you just know everyone else wants to use it.

Thanks to cilecto for the tip in this forum thread.

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