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Maharishi Vedic architecture: East-facing buildings gain energy of the morning sun
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1 November 2011
Jeffrey Abramson, partner in The Tower Companies, a leading developer of LEED certified buildings in the United States, recently gave a speech to the Garrison Institute* in New York. In his speech, entitled, 'Transcending Green', Mr Abramson focused on using Maharishi Vedic architecture to enhance the creativity and efficiency of the building's occupants.
Mr Abramson explained to the audience that in Vedic architecture, the buildings face east. 'Why east? The sun rises in the east; all life is dependent on the sun. . . . In all traditions, not just our Native American traditions, the sun is the giver of life. . . . The morning sun has unique energy that's very different from the evening sun. The morning sun—we wake up with ambition, ready to go to work. It has a different energy, different quality, it has a different colour.' In the evening, people are more geared to relax and unwind.
If a building is oriented toward the east, he said, 'you need less artificial light. A mechanical engineer will tell you if you want to make a more energy-efficient building, never face the building due east because then the building has more exposure to the western sunlight, which will heat up the building. They're correct.
'What they don't understand is that heat has light. And light is free and in sunlight we thrive. So even in the ancient wisdom they understood the value that we're beginning to understand today.'
Referring to the Vedic architecture designed, LEED Platinum certified 2000 Tower Oaks building in Rockville, Maryland, USA, Mr. Abramson said, 'We use 6.64 watts per square foot in our office space because half the light is free.'
Mr Abramson said he realized 'that a critical component of life certainly is our buildings, we spend 90% of our time indoors, but is there a way to really affect more intimately, more deeply, human beings?'
He concluded that using Vedic architecture is one such way to effect positive change in employees and building occupants.
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* Global Good News will continue to feature Jeffrey Abramson's talk, which is quoted with permission of the Garrison Institute. He was addressing the Institute's 2011 symposium on Climate, Buildings, and Behavior.
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