The Grand Egyptian Museum won the Green Building award for the best project in the field of green construction from the "Environment and Development Forum: The Road to Sharm El-Sheikh Climate Change Conference 27".
The forum was organised by the Arab Water Council in Cairo, from September 11-13, under the auspices of the League of Arab States and with the participation of 12 Arab and foreign countries.
Grand Egyptian Museum is the first museum in Egypt to be certified as a green building.
This comes within the framework of the objectives of the strategy of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities for sustainable development and Egypt's Vision 2030, to maintain the ecological balance and the sustainability of tourism and archaeological activity and to encourage the transition towards a green economy, spreading environmentally friendly practices and using renewable energy sources in the tourism and antiquities sectors.
General Supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum project and the surrounding area Atef Moftah, explained that all dimensions of green building and sustainable development are being integrated into the museum project, including obtaining green building certificates, in line with its cultural value and being one of the most important and largest museums in the world.
Moftah added that the project of accrediting the museum as a green building and obtaining the certificate of the Egyptian Green Pyramid requires the application of a number of conditions and specifications that must be met in the museum building, which is being implemented during the current period by studying the services provided to the public such as transportation and ease of access to the museum, to create dedicated bike paths and parking lots, use of electric cars, raising the efficiency of water and energy consumption inside the museum by reusing water and reducing its consumption -especially those used in agriculture-, as well as utilizing a measurement system, leak detection system, heat reduction system, and the use of renewable energy sources.
Moreover, Moftah stated that accrediting the museum as a green building also includes its management and indoor environment quality by improving ventilation performance and using natural ventilation and air flow calculations that must comply with the minimum required ventilation rates.
It should be noted that the Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities is currently working on transforming the Egyptian tourism sector into an environmentally friendly sector that preserves natural resources and ecosystems by applying this to hotel and tourist establishments of all kinds and various means of tourist transportation.