First LEED building project announced in Vietnam

An apartment project that meets the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) standards, the US’s most popular and widely-used green building rating system globally, will be implemented for the first time in Vietnam.

Phuc Khang Corporation, the project’s investor, and Green Consult Asia under the US’s Green Building Council inked a contract on September 20 to develop the nearly VND1.3-trillion (US$57.2 million) project in District 8, Ho Chi Minh City. 

Phuc Khang Corporation General Director Luu Thi Thanh Mau said the Diamond Lotus project will be blanketed by green with its apartments designed to welcome direct sunshine, wind and fresh air as if they were villas in the air. 

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Covering 1.68 hectares, the project includes three blocks connected at the top by a 5,000-square-metre sky park, she said. 

Melissa Merry Weather, Director of Green Consult Asia, said the LEED certification is used to assess building projects in their design, construction and operation, aiming to reduce up to 30 percent of total energy use and a half of total water use, creating environmentally-friendly living conditions. 

The standard has been applied in 135 countries, including the US, with more than 60,000 projects, she said, noting LEED building projects are critical in a populous country like Vietnam to ensure sustainable development.