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Sustainable Living Center to open soon at Maharishi University of Management

Maharishi University of Management, USA - The Review    Translate This Article
15 February 2012

Unique in its combination of sustainable features, certified standards such as LEED, and construction according to Maharishi VedicSM architecture, the new Sustainable Living Center at Maharishi University of Management is expected to open April 18, or possibly earlier.

''This is the most ambitious environmental building ever undertaken,'' said David Fisher, head of the Sustainable Living department. ''It's the only one I know of to combine extensive use of daylighting, whole-tree beams, several different certifications, and planned off-the-grid features.''

While faculty and students are eager to begin using the building now that the first phase of construction is nearly done, it will only be about 65-70% complete, Dr. Fisher said.

The solar panels, wind turbine, geothermal installation, and passive energy features will make it a net-zero energy building. But the vision of being completely off the grid will be gradually realized as more funds are raised.

In addition, features such as the veranda roofs and step-pyramids on the towers will come later, as will some of the interior finish work, such as Marmoleum flooring for two of the classrooms and some of the offices.

The building will eventually be completely off the grid with regard to electricity, heating/cooling, water, and waste.

''Even though it's not completely done, it looks strikingly beautiful and impressive,'' Dr. Fisher said. ''When one walks in the building, the whole-tree architecture makes it feel like you're walking into a forest.''

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