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First Maharishi Peace Palace in Europe to be built according to principles of sustainability
by Global Good News staff writer
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22 October 2011
In Erfurt, Germany, construction has begun on a Peace Palace which will be in accordance with the standards of Baubiologie.
Please also see Part I of this article.
Dr Eckart Stein, the leader of the construction project, remarked, 'We are following all these rules to create a building which is healthy from outside and healthy from inside, and supportive in all aspects for the inhabitants.'
Baubiologie, or Building Biology, is a science that seeks to optimize a building's effects on its inhabitants. Baubiologists take a holistic view. They believe that a building is not static; occupants interact with the built environment, and this interaction can be stressful or restful. Baubiology uses the latest technology to produce a restful and positive environment.
Baubiologie offers a valuable contribution from modern science that supports the principles of Maharishi Vastu architecture—building in harmony with Natural Law—on which the design of the Peace Palace is based.
Baubiology focuses on four areas: building materials and processes, indoor air quality, electromagnetic fields, and radiation. The Peace Palace under construction in Erfurt, Germany will be in line with Baubiologie standards in all these areas.
One of the main focuses of Baubiologie is eliminating toxic elements in the environment. Reporting on the construction of the Peace Palace, Dr Stein said, 'There are no toxic materials whatsoever in the building.'
In addition, the Peace Palace will be energy efficient and seek to incorporate sustainable energy practices. These include using solar technology and ensuring high standards of insulation so that very little energy is wasted. The building is also being constructed so that in the future, photovoltaic cells can be affixed to the roof and incorporated in the Peace Palace.
Integrated with the Vastu design, all of these elements contribute to making the Peace Palace an example of a building which is supportive to life, in Dr Stein's words, both 'inside and outside'.
To learn more about the relationship between Maharishi Vastu architecture and sustainable approaches to building, including Baubiologie, see: Vedic and Sustainable on the Institute of Vedic City Planning website; and Creating ideal, healthy homes: Applying modern Baubiologie to ancient Vedic architecture in the Global Good News Album of Events.
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