One Community is developing a blueprint for regenerative living. It is regenerative for both people and the planet and completely open source and free-shared for easy global replication. The blueprint includes sustainable solutions for food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, global stewardship practices, and more.
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One Community’s physical location will forward this movement as the first of many self-replicating teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and cities to be built around the world. This is the May 1st, 2022 edition (#475) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is creating a blueprint for regenerative living through Highest Good housing that is artistic and beautiful, more affordable, more space efficient, lasts longer, DIY buildable, and constructed with healthy and sustainable materials:
This week the core team met with Marcus on the Compression Testing Team to discuss comments and additional content needed in the Final Aircrete Report. We continued to review the Compression Testing Team’s final report after content was added to address comments. We also reviewed Yuran’s work to insert images from the Compression Testing Team into a Final Summary Table, and assigned Yuran a new task – backing up websites referenced for energy demand and Compression Testing. Then we reviewed the energy demand summary of major findings for the Earthbag Village, and provided guidance on navigating the hot tub design spreadsheet.
The core team also started reviewing the latest updated Murphy bed Assembly Instructions document. We checked the dimensions of the lumber for the Murphy bed wall assembly and added suggestions for the order of the assembled wall frame first steps.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This was week #245 of Dean’s work as he is finishing up the actual renders. The picture below shows this week’s lighting tests and two more finalized renders.
Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 92nd week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis continued working on optimizing the support structure by developing the necessary calculations for the maximum dimensions of the structure. The calculations will take into account the shear forces, bending moments, and buckling of the structure. The goal is to build a relationship between those variables and the dimensions of the structure. The pictures below show some of this work.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) completed her 72nd week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week Stacey had a full update to the instruction PDF. All of the pages are now updated, including all major call outs regarding lumber cutting and screw sizes. All of the renders have been updated and replaced with new images in the electrical section and the text and measurements have been enlarged and updated wherever it was noted they were too small. There is still a major update to the assembly of the wall frame needed, which will be the next priority. Screenshots below are related to this latest progress.
The Compression Team consisting of Dominick Banuelos (Civil Engineering Intern), Jarot Tamba (Civil Engineering Intern), John Paul D. Matining (Civil Engineer Intern), and Marcus Nguyen (Civil Engineering Intern) completed their 31st week helping with the Aircrete and earthbag compression testing. This week the Compression Testing Team organized the One Community materials in the laboratory, as well as completed an inventory for the next team. They also worked on responding to the comments and adding content to the Final Report. Pictures below are related to this work.
Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 29th week, now focused mostly on the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development. This week Daniela started off by responding to various comments on the Roadways, Walkways, Gutters and Parking Lot report. Although she began to make edits to one of the tables on the Roadways excel sheet, she came across an issue and decided to get feedback. Daniela then went through the ADA Handbook PDFs and noted any code that correlated with our case study. As she went through the two PDFs, she started forming paragraphs in order to include them and better formulate a stronger section for the ADA Standards of the Roadways, Walkways, Gutters, and Parking Lot report. Pictures below are related to this work.
Shreyas Dayanand (Battery Research Engineer) also completed his 23rd week helping with the solar microgrid design specifics related to electric vehicles and battery sizing. This week Shreyas worked on concluding the work related to the “Solar Farm Battery Analysis – EV Integration” report. He added information regarding a case study on fuel v/s electricity cost to address the electricity charges. He also worked on the commercial solution for the integration of the solar panel for EV charging, wrote the narrative for the previously integrated tables for the power requirements, and addressed comments in the document. Pictures below are related to this work.
Yuran Qin (Volunteer Web Editor) completed her 23rd week helping with web design. This week Yuran worked on formatting and adding photos to the tables sharing the results of our compression testing team’s efforts. She did this using Photo Editor to crop and make them square and then inserted them into the appropriate Google sheets. She also continued working on adding the content to the final draft of the Climate Battery page. Pictures below are related to this work.
Diwei Zhang (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 6th week of work, now focused on 3D modeling and analysis review for the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week, Diwei modeled the structure of the net-zero bathroom, the shower room, the tropical atrium, and the walkway via SolidWorks based on the 2D drawing and website pics. He got help from Jose Flores in understanding the calculation of the pressure and flow rate of the net-zero bathroom water storage system. After researching, Diwei categorized the problem into two subjects: rainwater harvesting system and water distribution system. The task of the first one focuses on the calculation of the supply and demand of rainwater, the configuration of the system, and the selection of equipment. The task of the water distribution system design is more involved and requires determining the layout of the plumbing first to connect all reservoirs and facilities. Then, some systematic methods need to be applied to calculate the water network to ensure sufficient pressure can be supplied with pumps. Pictures below show some of this work.
Ming Weng (MS Geography & Environmental Engineering) completed his 6th week helping with the Best Small and Large-scale Community Options for Sustainable Processing and Reuse of Non-recyclables research, report, and tutorial. This week, Ming compared multiple waste-to-energy solutions that were previously researched. The majority of his time was spent on this and reviewing other previous research and new online sources. Ming also reached out to business owners to get estimated costs of potential waste-to-energy solutions using gasifiers. Still no answers back. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Yushi (Zoey) Cai (Electrical Engineer Researcher) completed her 3rd week helping with research focused on Sustainable Lightbulbs and Light Bulb Companies. This week Yushi kept working on the most sustainable light bulb research. She read every company’s sustainability report that had one and ranked the companies by their data, initiatives, partnerships and awards. Yushi provided details and reasons for the ranking, and then for each company, she picked the most sustainable light bulb according to efficiency, application and technology. See below for some pictures related to this.
One Community is creating a blueprint for regenerative living through a Duplicable and Sustainable City Center that is LEED Platinum certified/Sustainable, can feed 200 people at a time, provide laundry for over 300 people, is beautiful, spacious, and saves resources, money, and space:
This week the core team added the most sustainable company-ranking graphics and source links for our most sustainable hardware pages for shower heads, hand dryers, and urinals. Pictures below are related to this work.
Venus Abdollahi (Architectural Designer) completed her 34th week helping finish the Duplicable City Center designs. This week Venus completed the section she was working on and started final corrections. She added columns and changed the thickness of the walls and floors, and changed the position of some columns and walls based on supervisor feedback. See pictures below.
Xuanji Tang (Architectural Designer) completed her 31st week working on Duplicable City Center updates. This week she continued to build the roof model for the cupola, stair, bathroom, and elevator areas of the 4th floor in SketchUp. She also reviewed the section drawings Venus created and gave feedback. Pictures below are related to this work.
Huiya Yang (Volunteer Architectural Designer) completed her 29th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week Huiya modeled Door 1 and two options of Door 2 in the SketchUp model. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Yuxi Lu (Architectural Designer) also completed her 26th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week Yuxi worked on doors in the CAD plans and elevations. There were discussions with Huiya on the D2 Living Dome exterior doors with glazing regarding glass partitions, which the team will decide next week. Doors D2, D5, D6, D14 were adjusted in the drawings, all of which considered handle adjustments, double checking swing directions, glazing indications, and minor floor plan adjustments involving swing and obstacles. During the door verification, design improvements were also brought to the meeting discussion for next week concerning viewing from inside to outside of the Dining Dome, circulation of movement, and view of the mezzanine level. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Raj Patel (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 18th week helping with the Duplicable City Center hub connectors design and testing. This week Raj researched how to find force members in each beam to complete the dome model. Using this research, he decided to try to create the whole dome in a solidworks model which required a lot of time and angular calculations. Pictures below are related to this work.
Prathik Jain (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 12th week of work on the Duplicable City Center hub connectors design and analysis. This week Prathik analyzed the dome in STAAD PRO. He edited the material to the required properties (LVL beams). He added a dead load on the dome which is equivalent to the self-weight of the dome and added a load that would act due to the wind on the structure. By performing this analysis, Prathik was able to find the point with maximum thrust. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Lam (Dave) T. Nguyen (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 4th week of work. This week Dave finished double checking energy demands from the Duplicable City Center, with the exception of the hot tub components. He also continued reviewing the tutorial on a program (SAM) that can be used for solar sizing. Pictures below are related to this work.
Kamil Gajownik (Industrial/Product Designer) also joined the team and completed his first week of work on the Duplicable City Center dormer window designs and assembly instructions. He began by researching Dormer designs on roofs. Looking into frames, various construction methods and structural integrity. He also created a framework of the dome structure in solidworks to visualize how the dormer design will be constructed on the dome. Moving forward he will create concepts for how the frame of the dormer will attach to the dome frame. Pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is creating a blueprint for regenerative living through Highest Good food that is more diverse, more nutritious, locally grown and sustainable, and part of our open source botanical garden model to support and share bio-diversity:
This week the core team continued with revising, edits, and answering and making more comments on the Chicken Coop Building Instruction document. We continued with edits and posed design questions and revision requests to our 3D person regarding the chicken door, hanging the coop entry door, installing the sliding chicken door, building shutters for the ventilation openings, building manure collection trays, and the roosting ladder. Pictures of some of this work are below.
A different core team member generated a PDF file for each appliance from the “TRANSITION_KITCHEN_COSTING_01-2022” spreadsheet and provided specifications, images and links for the Transition Kitchen appliance providers. All PDF files were then backed up to the DropBox folder for future reference. See pictures below related to this progress.
One Community is creating a blueprint for regenerative living through Highest Good education that is for all ages, applicable in any environment, adaptable to individual needs, far exceeds traditional education standards, and more fun for both the teachers and the students. This component of One Community is about 95% complete with only the Open Source School Licensing and Ultimate Classroom construction and assembly details remaining to be finished. We’ll report on the final two elements to be finished as we develop them.
With over 8 years of work invested in the process, the sections below are all complete until we move onto the property and continue the development and open sourcing process with teachers and students – a development process that is built directly into the structure of the education program and everything else we’re creating too:
One Community is creating a blueprint for regenerative living through a Highest Good society approach to living that is founded on fulfilled living, the study of meeting human needs, Community, and making a difference in the world:
This week the core team completed 18 hours managing One Community volunteer-work review not included above, emails, social media accounts, web development, new bug identification and bug fix integration for the Highest Good Network software, and interviewing and getting set up new volunteer team members. Pictures below show some of this.
Chris Weilacker (Senior Software Engineer) completed his 36th week of formal contribution to the Highest Good Network software. In addition to ongoing support for the team answering questions and helping with various emergency bugs, Chris also helped approve some PRs that were too complex for other team members. Pictures below are related to this work.
Miguel Fernandes (Full-stack Developer) completed his 8th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Miguel finished implementing the new user permission system on the frontend (branch Miguel-userClasses). In the beginning of the week, Miguel worked closely with Nicky to figure out a solution for a bug happening when logging times. He also had a meeting with several of his teammates to help and get help during the development of other new features and improvements on the HGN app. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Elyse Lam (Software Developer) completed her 7th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. Elyse worked on refactoring the Create New User popup component by making the red borders appear on the required inputs Name, Email, Phone Number, and Weekly Committed Hours. This was done by removing the “this.state.formSubmitted” condition. Once input has been detected, the input goes back to normal. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Phu Nguyen (Software Developer) completed his 6th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Phu continued working on Task 126.96.36.199. He finished displaying names when hovering over profile pictures and added a calendar for Start Date, End Date. He also added a popup to show extra detail on Tasks from the WBS. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Yiyun Tan (Software Engineer) completed her 4th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Yiyun spent most of her time working on fixing the total_tangible_hours_this_week problem where they are showing incorrect. It turned out this was happening because of incorrect data conversion. Yiyun fixed it and created the PR. She then started working on the task to “create a timezone difference tool” that will show a user the difference between their current timezone and the person’s profile they are looking at. Yiyun also took some time to help the team review and approve PRs. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Ron Magpantay (Software Engineer) completed his 3rd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Ron once again provided support in reviewing pull requests and testing out bugs in the beta and production environment. After having conducted research on learning tracks in Redux, he worked on creating modals in separate repositories with the intention of applying this knowledge to resolve an existing bug regarding user duplication in the HGN application. See pictures below for some of this work.
Jipeng Chen (Software Development Engineer) completed his 2nd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Jipeng started work on the oauth 2.0 email migration task. He began the initial investigation on using GCP gmail api for sending email which satisfies the new oauth 2.0 policy. Jipeng also investigated the possible cost for this option and created an outline for how long the complete fix will take. Based on the calling rate for our app, the api call should be free. Total coding time should be 60-80 hours. The pictures below relate to this work.
David Okeke (Software Engineer) also completed his 2nd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week David spent his time watching old videos and reading weekly summaries from the previous developer Jerry Zhang to get an idea of the project and understand the codebase and how to move forward. David also implemented the values for the progress bar in the team members tasks. See pictures below for some of this work.
And, last but not least, Jin Hua (Web Marketer and Graphic Designer) helped us with updates to our website PHP version that were necessary before May to keep our site from breaking. See pics below related to this.
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