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Solar energy plays important role in Maharishi Vastu architecture
by Global Good News staff writer
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19 June 2012
In a tour of the recently opened Sustainable Living Center at Maharishi University of Management, architect Jon Lipman spoke at length about balancing the requirements of Maharishi Vastu architecture with sustainable design.
Earlier in the tour he explained how the design of the innovative new building represents an integration of eco-friendly and Vastu design—which is actually an 'optimization' of the goals of each approach—for example in its square layout which fulfils both Vastu emphasis on east-facing windows and sustainable design emphasis on south-facing windows.
He also noted that the two design philosophies have much in common.
For example, both concepts focus on respecting their environments by using natural materials and paying close attention to the local elements.
In addition, both Maharishi Vastu and sustainable design encourage garnering energy from the sun.
Said Mr Lipman, 'Electric solar panels have been very important in Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's vision of sustainable living for a very long time. In the first talk I heard Maharishi give on the subject of architecture in accord with natural law, he made about ten points, and one was that we should get our electricity directly from the sun.'
In this regard, Maharishi was far ahead of his time, Mr Lipman said. 'He was proposing photovoltaics,' which was very unusual in the mid-1980s. Maharishi considered this aspect very important, requesting his organization in India to found a factory there to make photovoltaic panels. The same factory continues to make solar panels today, Mr Lipman said.
The integrated Vastu and ecological design of the new Sustainable Living Center is yielding energy savings.
The power for the building is provided by battery storage. The batteries are charged by the photovoltaic panels on the roof of the building and by a wind generator outside the building.
'So while this building at this point in time is hooked up to the electric grid,' Mr Lipman concluded, 'it almost never, in the course of its life, will actually need to take any electricity from the electric grid.'
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