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Maharishi Vastu community an exemplary sustainable housing development
by Global Good New staff writer
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9 March 2011
About 20 houses have been completed in Fairfield, Iowa's Abundance EcoVillage in the United States and several sites are still available for building.
The development exemplifies a melding of 21st century principles of sustainability, energy efficiency, and comfort with the 'timeless eternal universal principles of Maharishi Vastu', said Jon Lipman, AIA, US Director of Maharishi Vedic Architecture.
Please also see Global Good News article: Maharishi Vastu community integrates ancient Vedic architecture and modern sustainability.
Homes utilize the principle of passive solar heating, which is one important element of sustainable design. Some of the south-facing solar collectors on the roofs generate electricity and others hot water for the house.
'In order to generate electricity, sustainable designers prize south facing roofs. So we built a large north facing garage, which gives the building automatically lots of south facing roof, and on that are mounted some of the photovoltaic panels,' Dr Lipman explained.
Even something as simple as a vine-covered trellis can make a big difference in energy efficiency, Dr Lipman continued. One home has such a trellis on the east, which allows the nourishing early morning sun to enter the home, but when the vine blossoms in the summer it shades the house as the sun rises and helps keep it cool.
In the coming days, Global Good News will continue to feature Maharishi Vastu initiatives around the world.
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