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The use of non-toxic materials for Maharishi Sthapatya Veda Vastu buildings - Part 3
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13 February 2007
Maharishi Sthapatya Veda is architecture in accord with Natural Law. When constructing any kind of Vastu building—for example a home, Maharishi Peace Palace, school, or workplace—it is important that the well-being of those who occupy the building is not limited in any way.
Bau (building) biologists have established standards for three specific areas. One area already discussed in Global Good News is that of electromagnetic fields and electricity.
The second major area to consider when planning a building deals with environmental toxins and poisons, and indoor climate. This area includes six elements:
1. Toxic gases such as formaldehyde, ozone, chlorine, carbon dioxide—commonly found in varnishes and glues; particle board, wood products, and furnishings; heating, gas leaks in kitchens, etc. Of these, some are toxic, some less toxic, and some non-toxic. Non-toxic products should be chosen in every category.
2. Solvents and volatile organic compounds. Paint is a common source of toxic solvents, so one should try to obtain organically approved paint. Other sources of these substances: varnish, adhesive, building parts, furniture, cleaners, cleaning fluids, and furnishings such as curtains and carpets.
3. Biocides and other organic compounds including pesticides, insecticides, moth-proofing, wood preservative, and fire-retardant chemicals in cloth. One should choose all cloths and carpets that do not contain biocides, as they continue to outgas toxic fumes for years.
4. Heavy metals and other inorganic toxins such as those found in wood preservatives, building materials, building moisture, paints, glazes, plumbing pipes, and industrial pollution.
5. Particle fibre, dust, suspended particles, asbestos, and other mineral fibres. Sources: aerosols, smoke, dust, building and insulating material, and heating and air-conditioning systems. Insulation is handled early in the building process, so one must be alert to this factor from the start.
6. Indoor climate—including air temperature, air humidity, amount of oxygen and CO2, the flow of air, air pressure, and air electricity.
Accumulation of moisture encourages the growth of mould, bacteria, and other allergens—so along with considering the effect on a suitable indoor climate, this factor underscores the importance of properly designed air-conditioning systems.
Carpeting is a major source of toxic gases: it is often glued together with toxic glues, and treated with moth-proofing and fire-retardant. Furniture and furnishings are areas where one should specify untreated and non-toxic materials. Plastics release a hormone-like substance which creates problems for the human endocrine system.
It is recommended to take advice from local experts, even if this involves consulting different people for building materials, furnishings, electrical matters, etc. When planning and constructing a Vastu building, design is of the utmost importance, and should be done by experienced architects and professionals.
Thus in every area, a cautionary approach needs to be taken in choosing materials for building a beautiful Vastu, where one is sheltered from all disturbing elements of the world. This should be the place where one can enjoy the expansion of life in unbounded awareness, to reach the highest levels of perfect health, happiness, and fulfilment in supreme enlightenment.
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