Advanced Green Building award for Grand Egyptian Museum

The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) has been awarded with an EDGE Advanced Green Building Certification due to the building’s sustainability initiatives.

Grand Egyptian Museum The museum has sustainability measures including a reflective roof, external shading for thermal comfort and resource-efficient lighting

The museum, which has a site area of half a million square meters, has taken sustainability measures including a reflective roof, external shading for thermal comfort, resource-efficient lighting, and water fixtures, in addition to the use of smart meters for energy consumption.

These measures translate into energy savings equivalent to removing over 400 gasoline-powered vehicles from the streets of Cairo for one year, and water savings equivalent to 63.4 million liters of Nile River water annually.

GEM is reported to be the first museum the first in Africa and the Middle East, and one of a handful worldwide, to receive the certification.

Supported by Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the UK Government, the EDGE Advanced certification recognizes the GEM’s resource efficient and climate-smart design and construction, which is helping the museum save more than 60% in energy costs and reduce water use by 34% compared to a conventional building of its type and size.

“Today, the Grand Egyptian Museum stands to be a shining example of innovation and environmental stewardship as ‘an EDGE-certified green building’, an award highlighting the successful ongoing partnership between Egypt and the IFC in the Green Buildings Enhancement program,” said H.E. Dr. Rania A. Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, Egypt.


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