LOTUS CERTIFICATION SYSTEM

 

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 System include the 8 following rating systems:

LOTUS Non-Residential

LOTUS NEW CONSTRUCTION

LOTUS NC assesses all types of new construction projects

LOTUS Non-Residential

LOTUS NON-RESIDENTIAL

LOTUS NR assesses all types of non-residential buildings

LOTUS MULTI-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL

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

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 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 INTERIORS

LOTUS Interiors assesses all types of interior fit-out projects

LOTUS SMALL INTERIORS

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

Note that LOTUS NC rating system, that has been released in April 2019, is superseding both LOTUS NR and LOTUS MFR. Projects can still register to follow LOTUS NR V2.0 and LOTUS MFR Pilot up to 17 October 2019. After this date, all projects will have to be assessed against LOTUS NC.

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