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Newest building on campus has goal of 100% sustainability
by Global Good News staff writer
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19 June 2012
Speaking of the new Sustainable Living Center on the campus of Maharishi University of Management, architect Jon Lipman said, 'This is a building that marries the most profound and cosmic understanding of architecture in accord with natural law, Maharishi Vastu, and energy-efficient design, which is also architecture in harmony with natural law.'
In a tour of the new building, Mr Lipman made it clear that he felt the building was a perfect marriage of Vastu and sustainable design, two design approaches which sometimes seem at odds with one another.
But according to Mr Lipman, both approaches have very similar goals. Vastu and sustainable design want to create buildings which are in tune with their environments. While Vastu often focuses on a more cosmic environment, sustainability is concerned with the immediate surroundings and the earth's environment.
In the Sustainable Living Center, Mr Lipman felt that both these lofty goals had been achieved, thus creating a new prototype for buildings to come.
However, Mr Lipman was quick to add, though the building is nearly self-sufficient and in fact often produces more energy than it consumes, it still has a little ways to go before it is completely sustainable.
'We have the intention that the water used in this building will be completely supplied by rainwater, which will be stored in rainwater catchment. We also have the intent that we will process all the sewage generated in this building on site and that the water that leaves this building will be completely clean.'
Once these tasks are finished, Mr Lipman feels the building will be an educational and inspirational model for all who enter it.
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