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MUM's Sustainable Living Center: The team behind the new zero-carbon building
by Linda Egenes
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18 November 2010
On 18 November 2010 The Iowa Source reported:
The new Sustainable Living Center at Maharishi University of Management in Iowa, USA is receiving support from experts and companies specializing in Maharishi Vedic Architecture as well as sustainable design.
It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring
fulfilment to the field of education.
'Jon Lipman, AIA, of Fortune-Creating Buildings, is the design architect responsible for the floor plan and shape of the building, integrating Maharishi Vastu architecture with sustainable features,' the article reports.
'For instance,' the article explains, 'Maharishi Vastu recognizes the energizing and nourishing value of the eastern rising sun, while sustainable design emphasizes the heating value of a southern exposure.'
Incorporating such features as verandas on the east and west, and southern light from the roof, the building integrates the best of both systems.
Founder and president of Innovative Design, Mike Nicklas, FAIA, says in the article that 'there's no other building like this going up in the nation, or in the world for that matter, that we know of.'
Mr Nicklas, an expert in sustainable construction, is renowned in his field throughout the US. His company has 'designed over 4,750 buildings that use renewable energy solutions', the article reports.
The project has inspired considerable support in grants, personal donations, and 'donations from . . . nationally recognized leaders in green building materials, who wanted to be associated with the cutting-edge building'.
Supporters and designers of the Sustainable Living Center 'recognized that by incorporating these ancient Vastu principles, they were creating deep sustainability', the article reports.
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