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7 June 2013
A Maharishi Vastu building has just been recognized as one of the world's greenest buildings.
2000 Tower Oaks Blvd. in Rockville, Maryland, USA—the 195,000 sq ft (18,115 sq m) Maharishi Vastu office building built by The Tower Companies—is one of just 57 buildings worldwide featured in the new book, The World's Greenest Buildings: Promise vs. Performance in Sustainable Design, written by green building experts Jerry Yudelson and Ulf Meyer.
This Vastu building, which is the first LEED® Platinum certified multi-tenant commercial office building in the nation's capital area around Washington, DC, was also used as a Harvard Business School case study that focused on both energy efficiency and the effects of Maharishi Vastu design and construction on its tenants. Click here to read the case study.
The objective of this book was to find out whether green buildings actually realize their promise of significantly reducing energy consumption and water usage through detailed, comparative research findings. This is the main question to be answered in order to convince the global building industry to embrace sustainable technology.
Among the book's worldwide subjects, its Asian buildings were built in Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, India, and China; in Europe it included buildings in Germany, the UK, France, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland; in the Americas buildings from Chile, Canada, and the US were included.
In a recent article in Citybizlist, a Washington, DC. real estate publication, co-author Yudelson stated:
''What I especially admire about 2000 Tower Oaks Blvd. is the adaptation of ancient Indian [Vedic] architectural principles to a modern office design, and the commitment of the owners to both a super green building and also one that is alive with the energetic connections to the site outside and the people inside. We need more innovations of this type to deal both with climate change issues and the growing need for healthy, productive workspaces.''
In demonstrating their ongoing commitment to the environment, The Tower Companies have continued to refine and enhance the energy performance of the building and have recently added even more sustainable features. It is inspiring to read the actual experiences of those working in this building, which can be found at: www.maharishivastu.org/testimonials—click on Working in Maharishi Vastu Office Buildings.
To find out more about the use of natural and non-toxic materials in a Maharishi Vastu building, read the description on the following page on the MaharishiVastu.org website: Principles of Maharishi Vastu Architecture
For more about Maharishi Vastu* architecture, visit: www.maharishivastu.org/
This post appeared in the June 2013 issue of At Home in Maharishi Vastu®—The Newsletter of Maharishi Vedic Architecture.
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