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Both sustainable and economic, building will save university's resources
by Global Good News staff writer
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19 June 2012
The newly unveiled Sustainable Living Center at Maharishi University of Management is more than just a boon for the environment, architect Jon Lipman said. In addition to being nearly 100% self-sufficient, the building will also lower the university's energy bills.
Electricity for the building is largely provided by photovoltaic panels on the roof and a nearby wind generator.
Mr Lipman said, 'So while this building . . . is hooked up to the electric grid, it almost never, in the course of its life, will actually need to take any electricity from the electric grid.'
Indeed, while the sun is out, the building has been generating between 5 and 50 times as much electricity as it has been using. The extra electricity the building generates will go to power the other buildings on the Maharishi University of Management campus.
This is not only great environmentalism and sustainability, it is also a great economic boon for the university, Mr Lipman explained. This is because the local electric company sets its rates for large companies based on the single hour in an entire year when that large company uses the most electricity.
This hour typically occurs midafternoon on an August day when most buildings are running air conditioning at maximum speed. But this is also the time of day and year when, due to the heat and power of the sun, the Sustainable Living Center will be generating maximum levels of electricity and supplying it to the university's internal electric grid.
This extra electricity will reduce the overall amount of electricity the university is using and therefore save the university's resources year round by lowering its hourly rate charged by the electric company.
Mr Lipman concluded that in this nice turn of events, the environmental benefits create a direct economic benefit as well.
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