LOTUS Buildings in Operation (LOTUS BIO) assesses all types of building that are in operation.
While LOTUS NR and MFR assess the design and construction of buildings, LOTUS BIO focuses on the most crucial stage of buildings: the operation stage.

What buildings are eligible for LOTUS BIO certification?

Any building that has been in operation with at least 50% occupancy for a minimum of 2 years and not undergoing a major refurbishment is eligible for LOTUS BIO.
 
LOTUS BIO mainly focusing on building operations (monitoring, maintenance, optimization of systems, etc.) should be achievable for any building regardless of how well the building was designed and constructed.

Development of LOTUS BIO

LOTUS BIO V1 has been released in June 2017. This latest version supersedes LOTUS BIO Pilot which had been published in July 2013.
 

LOTUS BIO V1 has been developed with one main idea in mind: it is crucial to make the existing building stock greener. Indeed, the vast majority of existing buildings in Vietnam have been built without concern for efficiency and these buildings will continue to operate for many years to come.

 

Compared to the Pilot version, 2 main changes can be highlighted:

  • improvements made by projects are now a lot better rewarded
  • operational management practices are given a larger weight with 40% of the points available compared to 29% previously.

Some other modifications brought in LOTUS BIO V1 include:

  • the introduction of the Platinum Certification level (in line with all the other LOTUS rating systems)
  • the introduction of a Certification renewal stage for projects to maintain their LOTUS Certification every 5 years
  • the creation of a new category named Sustainable Purchasing including 2 credits: Low-carbon purchasing and Healthy purchasing.
  • the addition of new strategies in some credits to offer more compliant paths to projects
VGBC warmly welcome anyone interested in helping us to review and improve the system. Please send your comments and suggestions to: certification@vgbc.org.vn.
 

LOTUS BIO Credits

Energy Credits

33 Points

E-PR-1 Energy Audit
Prerequisite
E-1 Energy Audit 2
E-2 Energy Use Intensity
15
E-3 Natural Ventilation and Air-conditioning
5
E-4 Artificial Lighting
4
E-5 Energy Monitoring and Management
3
E-6 Sustainable energy solutions
4

Water Credits

10 Points

W-1 Water Audit 1
W-2 Water Efficient Fixtures
3
W-3 Water Metering and Leak Prevention
3
W-4 Sustainable Water Use Solutions
4

Sustainable Purchasing Credits

4 Points

SP-1 Low-carbon purchasing 2
SP-2 Healthy purchasing
2

Ecology Credits

6 Points

Eco-PR-1 Vegetation Prerequisite
Eco-1 Vegetation
3
Eco-2 Sustainable Landscape Management
2
Eco-3 Pest Management
1

Waste & Pollution Credits

8 Points

WP-1 Wastewater Treatment 2
WP-PR-1 Solid Waste Management
Prerequisite
WP-2 Solid Waste Management
3
WP-3 Refrigerants
2
WP-4 Light Pollution Minimization
1

Health & Comfort Credits

12 Points

H-PR-1 Occupant Comfort Prerequisite
H-1 Occupant Comfort
3
H-PR-2 Indoor Smoking
Prerequisite
H-2 Indoor Smoking
1
H-3 Fresh Air Supply
2
H-4 CO2 Monitoring
1
H-5 Daylighting
2
H-6 External Views
2
H-7 Green Cleaning
1

Adaptation & Mitigation Credits

11 Points

A-1 Disaster Resilience 3
A-2 Stormwater Runoff
2
A-3 Heat Island Effect
2
A-PR-1 Green Transportation
Prerequisite
A-4 Green Transportation
4

Community Credits

6 Points

CY-1 Access for People with Disabilities 2
CY-PR-1 Occupant Behavior
Prerequisite
CY-2 Occupant Behavior
2
CY-3 Public Awareness Campaign
2

Management Credits

10 Points

Man-PR-1 Facility Audit Prerequisite
Man-1 LOTUS Certified Building
1
Man-2 LOTUS AP
1
Man-3 Commissioning
4
Man-PR-2 Maintenance
Prerequisite
Man-4 Maintenance
2
Man-5 Green Management
2

Innovation Credits

8 Points

Inn-1 Exceptional Performance Enhancement 8 bonus points
Inn-2 Innovative Techniques/Initiatives
8 bonus points

 

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
 
The above fees do not include 10% of VAT.

LOTUS Buildings in Operation V1 – Technical Manual
Version released in June 2017 (English)

LOTUS Buildings in Operation V1 – Scorecard
Version released in June 2017 (bilingual English/Vietnamese)

LOTUS Buildings in Operation V1 – Summary of changes from Pilot version
Version released in June 2017 (English)

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