The Palestinian Museum
The Palestinian Museum, completed in 2017, covers an area of 3500 m2. The building contains exhibition spaces, open air amphitheater, indoor and outdoor cafeterias, classrooms, offices and storage spaces.
The Palestinian museum was awarded LEED Golden Certificate following LEED rating system after being able to achieve 61 points out of 110. This indicates efficient operation, design and construction of the building.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized rating system developed by United State Green Building Council (USGBC).
Seven categories were considered at the Palestinian museum including sustainable site, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation and design process, and regional priority.
The Palestinian Museum saves about 20% of water use; due to 100% of non-potable irrigation for landscaping from captured rainwater and treated wastewater using drip irrigation system.
The Palestinian Museum saves about 24% of energy cost due to high level insulation, well designed energy efficient system, and solar renewable energy source.
Regarding eco-materials and resources, about 32% of used materials were recycled and about 96% of construction waste separated from landfill disposal. 41% of materials produced within 500 mile away from project site.
Regarding Indoor environmental quality, smoking is prevented within the building and the museum has an outside smoking area. In addition, the building has an HVAC system that follows ASHRAE standards (55-2004).