(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Peninsula
Doha: In another milestone ahead of its opening next year, the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) became the first national museum in the world to receive both a LEED Gold and a 4 Star GSAS (Global Sustainability Assessment System) sustainability rating.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Certifications from LEED are globally recognized symbols of sustainability achievements, while the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) is the first performance-based system in the MENA region developed for rating green buildings and infrastructure. The primary objective of GSAS is to create a sustainably built environment, considering the specific needs and context of the region.
Commenting on the announcement, Sheikha Amna bint Abdulaziz bin Jassim Al Thani, Director of the National Museum of Qatar, stated: 'A national museum is an integral part of a society. As such, it has a responsibility to protect the environment in which it exists, which will ultimately impact the world at large. The National Museum of Qatar aspires to become a global benchmark, not just in terms of its architectural beauty and immersive offering, but also for its sustainability legacy which will impact generations to come. We are proud to become the first national museum in the world to receive this honour and look forward to future achievements that will put Qatar on the world's cultural map.
Set to open in March next year, NMoQ will celebrate Qatar's past, present and future. The iconic building embraces as its centerpiece the restored historic Palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani (1880-1957), son of the founder of modern Qatar.