LOTUS CERTIFICATION SYSTEMS

 

LOTUS is a set of voluntary market-based green building rating systems developed by the VGBC specifically for the Vietnamese built environment.

LOTUS Certification systems are based on various international green building rating systems (LEED, Green Star, BREEAM, GBI,  Green Mark, etc.) and have the following goals to:

  • Establish standards and benchmarks specific to Vietnam
  • Guide the local construction industry towards efficient use of natural resources
  • Introduce and promote environmentally friendly practices

LOTUS Certification System has been developed to consider all types of construction projects and different LOTUS Rating Systems have been created to adequately assess different types of project.

Currently, the set of LOTUS Certification Systems include the 7 following systems:

LOTUS Non-Residential

LOTUS NON-RESIDENTIAL

LOTUS NR assesses all types of non-residential buildings

LOTUS BUILDINGS IN OPERATION

LOTUS BIO assesses any building that has been in operation for more than 18 months and has over 50% occupancy

LOTUS MULTI-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL

LOTUS MFR assesses residential buildings of more than 4 floors and with multiple separate dwelling units

LOTUS INTERIORS

LOTUS Interiors assesses all types of interior fit-out projects

LOTUS SMALL BUILDINGS

LOTUS SB assesses all types of non-residential buildings that have a GFA lower than 2500 sqm

LOTUS HOMES

LOTUS Homes assesses single family dwellings (villas, terraced house or traditional rural house)

LOTUS SMALL INTERIORS

LOTUS SI assesses interior fit-out projects which are limited in size and/or in scope

LOTUS CERTIFICATION LEVELS

LOTUS Certification consists of four levels of certification – Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum – based on the number of points a project is awarded. There is a varying number of points available for each rating system (including bonus points within the Innovation category).
To earn LOTUS Certification, a project must satisfy all prerequisites and achieve a minimum of 40% of the total amount of points.
 

 

LOTUS CATEGORIES 

LOTUS NR & MFR have 10 categories (including innovation) while LOTUS BIO has 9 categories which assess buildings according to an allocated weighting. The categories have been developed in line with green building principles of being energy and water efficient, environmentally and occupant friendly whilst reducing waste and pollution. Each category contains a varying number of credits. Against each credit, specific criteria have been set carrying individual scoring points. In addition, many categories have prerequisites which are mandatory and must be achieved in order to obtain LOTUS Certification.
 
Typical LOTUS Categories:
 

energy

Energy

water

Water

materials

Materials

ecology

Ecology

wp

Waste & Pollution

hc

Health & Comfort

am

Adaptation & Mitigation

community

Community

management

Management

innovation

Innovation

LOTUS CERTIFICATION PROCESS

 

The Certification Process for LOTUS rating systems can be summarized with the 6 following steps:

RATING SYSTEM SELECTION

Select the right LOTUS rating system for your project

PROJECT REGISTRATION

Download the Application Form and follow the steps to register your project

PREPARATION

Learn everything to know and make sure your project will comply with LOTUS requirements

SUBMISSIONS

Submit all the required evidence to show compliance with LOTUS

ASSESSMENT

A panel of independent experts reviews your LOTUS submissions

CERTIFICATION

A LOTUS certified rating is awarded to your project

NUMBER OF LOTUS PROJECTS

LOTUS PROJECT REGISTRATION

 

Registering a project declares the intent to pursue LOTUS certification using a LOTUS Rating Tool and is the first step in the certification process.

PROJECT REGISTRATION PROCESS

To register a LOTUS Project, download and complete the Application Form, then send a direct email to: certification@vgbc.vn

Download Application Form

After the Application Form is checked, 2 more steps will be necessary to complete the project registration:

  • pay a Registration Fee of 11,000,000 VND (not for streamlined rating systems: LOTUS Homes, LOTUS Small Buildings and LOTUS Small Interiors)
  • sign a Certification Agreement

When registration is complete, projects are:

  • issued a Project Identification Number (PIN),
  • sent a Project Submission Folder containing all documents necessary for LOTUS submissions
  • assigned an Assessment Organization’s Representative,
  • listed on VGBC website in the directory of LOTUS Projects

REGISTRATION AND ASSESSMENT FEES

 LOTUS NR Fees

Registration Fee: VND 10,000,000/project

The Assessment Fee is a one off charge (depending on the size of the project according to Table below) for the total administration process of LOTUS Provisional and LOTUS Full Certification and is bound by the Certification Agreement.

Size of the project
(by sqm of GFA)

Project Assessment Fee
(VND)

Under 5,000 sqm VND 55,000,000
from 5,001 sqm to 10,000 sqm VND 88,000,000
from 10,001 sqm to 15,000 sqm
VND 110,000,000
from 15,001 sqm to 25,000 sqm
VND 132,000,000
from 25,001 sqm to 50,000 sqm
VND 198,000,000
from 50,001 sqm to 75,000 sqm
VND 264,000,000
from 75,001 sqm to 100,000 sqm
VND 330,000,000
Project over 100,001 sqm
VND 396,000,000
 
Notes:
  • For projects with multiple buildings following group certification, the Assessment Fee should be based on the total GFA of all the buildings included in the group certification
  • The above fees do not include 10% of VAT.

 

LOTUS MFR Fees

Registration Fee: VND 10,000,000/project

The Assessment Fee is a one off charge (depending on the size of the project according to Table below) for the total administration process of LOTUS Provisional and LOTUS Full Certification and is bound by the Certification Agreement.

Size of the project
(by sqm of GFA)

Project Assessment Fee
(VND)

Under 5,000 sqm VND 55,000,000
from 5,001 sqm to 10,000 sqm VND 88,000,000
from 10,001 sqm  to 15,000 sqm
VND 110,000,000
from 15,001 sqm to 25,000 sqm
VND 132,000,000
from 25,001 sqm to 50,000 sqm
VND 198,000,000
from 50,001 sqm to 75,000 sqm
VND 264,000,000
from 75,001 sqm to 100,000 sqm
VND 330,000,000
Project over 100,001 sqm
VND 396,000,000
 
Notes:
  • For projects with multiple buildings following group certification, the Assessment Fee should be based on the total GFA of all the buildings included in the group certification
  • The above fees do not include 10% of VAT.

LOTUS BIO Fees

Registration Fee: VND 10,000,000/project

The Assessment Fee is a one off charge (depending on the size of the project according to Table below) for the total administration process of LOTUS Provisional and LOTUS Full Certification and is bound by the Certification Agreement.

Size of the project
(by sqm of GFA)

Project Assessment Fee
(VND)

Under 5,000 sqm VND 44,000,000
from 5,001 sqm to 10,000 sqm VND 66,000,000
from 10,001 sqm  to 15,000 sqm
VND 82,000,000
from 15,001 sqm to 25,000 sqm
VND 98,000,000
from 25,001 sqm to 50,000 sqm
VND 142,000,000
from 50,001 sqm to 75,000 sqm
VND 186,000,000
from 75,001 sqm to 100,000 sqm
VND 230,000,000
Project over 100,001 sqm
VND 274,000,000
 
Notes:
  • For projects with multiple buildings following group certification, the Assessment Fee should be based on the total GFA of all the buildings included in the group certification
  • The above fees do not include 10% of VAT.

LOTUS Interiors Fees

Registration Fee: VND 10,000,000/project

The Assessment Fee is a one off charge (depending on the size of the project according to Table below) for the total administration process of LOTUS Provisional and LOTUS Full Certification and is bound by the Certification Agreement.

Size of the project
(by sqm of GFA)

Project Assessment Fee
(VND)

Under 2,500 sqm VND 30,000,000
from 2,501 sqm to 5,000 sqm VND 45,000,000
from 5,001 sqm  to 10,000 sqm
VND 60,000,000
Project over 10,000 sqm
VND 75,000,000
 
Notes:
  • The above fees do not include 10% of VAT.

LOTUS Homes Fees

The Assessment Fee is a one off charge for the total administration process of LOTUS Homes Certification and is bound by the Certification Agreement.

The Assessment Fee for LOTUS Homes is 15,000,000 VND.

 
Notes:
  • For a project with multiple buildings following group certification, the total Assessment Fee should be calculated as follows: 1) Gather all the similar buildings into groups. Buildings with slight differences (orientation or minor architectural features not impacting LOTUS credits) can be considered as similar. 2) For each group of similar buildings, a fee of VND 15,000,000 should be applied for the first building of the group and a fee of VND 1,000,000 should be applied for all the other buildings.
  • The above fee do not include 10% of VAT.

 LOTUS SB Fees

The Assessment Fee is a one off charge for the total administration process of LOTUS Small Buildings Certification and is bound by the Certification Agreement.

The Assessment Fee for LOTUS Small Buildings is 15,000,000 VND.

 
Notes:
  • For a project with multiple buildings following group certification, the total Assessment Fee should be calculated as follows: 1) Gather all the similar buildings into groups. Buildings with slight differences (orientation or minor architectural features not impacting LOTUS credits) can be considered as similar. 2) For each group of similar buildings, a fee of VND 15,000,000 should be applied for the first building of the group and a fee of VND 1,000,000 should be applied for all the other buildings.
  • The above fee do not include 10% of VAT.

 

LOTUS SI Fees

The Assessment Fee is a one off charge for the total administration process of LOTUS Small Interiors Certification and is bound by the Certification Agreement.

The Assessment Fee for LOTUS Small Interiors is 15,000,000 VND.

 
Notes:
  • The above fee do not include 10% of VAT.

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