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1 September 2011

On 1 September 2011 reported: You wouldn't expect to find a building of the future nestled in the hills of Iowa, USA, but the Sustainable Living Center (SLC) is all about breaking the mold. Commissioned by Maharishi University of Management, the facility is a forward-looking project that draws from an 'East Meets West' approach to sustainability. It is the first to integrate four separate building challenges: LEED Platinum, the Living Building Challenge, Building Biology, and Maharishi Vedic Architecture. It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring fulfilment to the field of education.

'The result of combining ancient philosophies with the latest green technologies? A 6,900-square-foot building that's off-grid for electricity, water, and sewer.

An ambitious plan
'Since its inception, the Sustainable Living Center has evolved from an environmentally conscious project to one that minimizes its impact right down to the paint on the walls. Unlike other new buildings on campus, the design requirements were voiced by the faculty, students, and community members. While their first visions of the center were less far-reaching, the future occupants insisted on a building that teaches.'

The article goes on to describe in detail how various challenges have been overcome, and how innovative applications of natural materials have been devised.

A sidebar, 'A Quartet of Obligations', explains similarities and differences among the four certifications, explaining that 'Maharishi Vedic Architecture enhances the well-being of occupants at both concrete and subtle levels of awareness:
∙ Provides a positive building experience
∙ Sides of the building directly face the four cardinal points
∙ Controls indoor chemical pollutant sources
∙ Required use of natural and unadulterated materials (no recycled content).'

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