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Maharishi Vastu and Passive House energy efficient design: Fully compatible
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5 February 2012
A reader recently posted a question on the blog page of the Maharishi Vastu Architecture* website:
'Is it possible to build an energy-efficient house combined with Vastu? Or are the two conflicting?'
The reader explains that she intends to build a Passive House with eco-friendly materials, and also would like to build a Vastu house. But it seemed there might be problems: 'For example, when you build a Passive House they say the house should face south, and also the windows in the south should be big(ger), to make full use of the sunlight.' The reader thought this might conflict with Vastu principles (which specify an eastern entrance and avoiding southern entrances).
The Maharishi Vastu director replied on the blog page in a post titled 'Maharishi Vastu vs. Passive House principles':
'This is an excellent question and one that is actually addressed in a more general way in the section on this website under the tab ''FIND OUT MORE'' and then ''Sustainability''—where the system of Vedic architecture is explained in light of the current principles of sustainable, green design and construction.
'The examples in the left border of that page also demonstrate how the critical Vastu principle of eastern orientation of a building to the rising sun does not have to conflict in any way with the principle of gaining maximum solar energy by intelligently using the south face of the building.
'Be sure and click on the link to the Sustainable Living Center—the almost-completed Maharishi Vastu classroom and laboratory facility on the campus of Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, to visualize how this works. (Also see the Sustainable Living Center website.)
'There are also numerous examples on the Maharishi Vastu architecture website and elsewhere of the abundant use of solar energy in Maharishi Vastu homes and buildings. There is no conflict at all.
'As to Passive House principles, we suggest you refer to one of our enews articles—about a multi-unit example of a Maharishi Vastu building in the USA that incorporates Passive House principles. We featured its construction phase in a blog on Nov 14, 2010: 'Maharishi Vastu campus incorporates cutting-edge sustainable features'.
'There is also a new photo album on Facebook®—'Passiv Haus and Maharishi Vastu to create beauty and efficiency', with more recent photos of the completed and occupied buildings. There is no central heating or cooling installed in these buildings as they utilize the Passive House principles of thick wall construction and super-insulated windows and doors.'
The director also notes that anyone wishing to contact Maharishi Vastu Architecture can use the ''Contact Us'' form on the website. The message will go directly to the Maharishi Vastu coordinators who will be happy to reply directly.
For more about Maharishi Vastu architecture, visit: www.maharishivastu.org/
These posts appeared 28 January and 5 February 2012 in the news blog of Maharishi Vastu Architecture.
* Vastu refers to Vastu vidya, Vedic architecture—the complete knowledge of design and building in accord with Natural Law—brought to light from the Vedic literature by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi as Maharishi Sthapatya Veda.
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