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Vedic green home included in Green Home Tour in New York, USA
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8 December 2010
The Maharishi Vastu home of a couple in upstate New York, USA, was included in a very successful recent 'Green Home Tour' sponsored by Cornell University. Their house was one of 30 featured in this year's Green Building Tour organized by their county extension office, in conjunction with the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) and the Ithaca Green Building Alliance.
The owners, who are both Vastu Coordinators, had 120-150 visitors come to the house in October and are having a follow-up lecture focusing on Maharishi Vastu* architecture this weekend. This home is also a unique model for green and sustainable living, as it features mostly local materials, and is super-insulated and tightly sealed with only non-toxic materials. It also gives special attention to air and heat flow—using a centrally located soapstone stove as the heat source, and transom windows and atrium skylights to create proper air movement and heat distribution.
Many remarks from the visitors mentioned special features that characterize a Vastu home. There were many appreciative comments about the abundant daylight, open floor plan, and the spacious feeling. 'It feels much bigger than 1500 square feet!' was a frequent comment. Also the lightness and brightness of the walls and knotty-pine trim and ceiling; the spaciousness of the atrium; and the open transom windows that allow both air and light to penetrate the space—these were all noticed by visitors.
There were also many questions about the natural materials such as the bamboo floor, Marmoleum counters and dining table, and the wood exterior. Even the Vastu fence got a comment: 'The fence surrounding the house fits so well with this house.'
Many people said they had seen the house under construction and were watching its progress. 'I knew this house was very special right from the beginning.'
One young boy looked around the house with his mother, then seated himself in a comfortable chair on the southwest screened porch in the afternoon sunshine and declared, 'I want to live in this house. This will be my room!'
One of the owners reports, 'A young builder who has built his own green home and is an active member of the Ithaca Green Building Alliance spent a long time in the house. He watched both slide shows (our videos on orientation and placement) several times, then wandered around, studying things. When questioned, he said, 'I LIKE this house!'
General comments included:
'Your home is so peaceful and harmonious.'
'I really enjoyed being in your heavenly home.'
People were clearly enjoying and wanted to linger, the owners said. 'This house feels so good to live in.'
To view a photo album of the house, please visit: Vedic green home.
* Vastu refers to Vastu vidya, Vedic architecture—the knowledge of designing and constructing Fortune-Creating buildings in accord with Natural Law—brought to light from the Vedic Literature as Maharishi Sthapatya Veda by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
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