Sited on a plot of 480,000 square metres land, the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) shall be – when inaugurated, will be the largest archaeological museum in the world.The museum intends to hold about 100,000 artifacts in total. Sitting on a two kilometers site west of the pyramids on the Giza Plateau, the new museum is designed to include the latest technology, including Virtual Reality, and planned to become Green Building Accredited in line with the SDGs and Climate Action.
In cooperation with the National Center for Housing and Building Research of Egypt, the management of the Grand Egyptian Museum are working to adopt all green buildings measures for certification of all GEM Buildings. Thus, the Grand Egyptian Museum will be the first museum in Egypt to be certified as a green building. This comes within the Egypt’s Vision 2030 and the Strategy adopted by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities for sustainable development, to maintain the ecological balance and the sustainability of tourism and archaeological activity and to encourage the transition towards a green economy.
At the GEM, the Green Building accreditation measures is planned to include 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. The services provided to the public will include dedicated bike paths, use of electric cars, efficient water management through reuse and consumption reduction in agriculture, as well as utilizing a measurement system, leak detection system, heat reduction system, and the use of renewable energy sources.
On the long-term plan, 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 across hotels and touristic establishments.