A complete sustainability model needs to include more than just food, energy, and housing if it is to be truly sustainable. It should also include more sustainable approaches to the other important components of civilization: education, economics, social architecture, fulfilled living, global stewardship practices, etc. One Community is developing open source and free-shared designs for all of these to build replicable teacher/demonstration hubs that will develop even 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 June 27th, 2021 edition (#431) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
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One Community is facilitating a complete sustainability model 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 worked on more updates we realized were needed for the Earthbag Village Dome Home Loft Engineering page. This included creating updated imagery and trying different strategies to reduce the count of the sheets needed for the loft floor from 5 to 4 by rearranging how they are placed and simulating where to make the cuts.
The core team also continued working with the latest version of the Murphy bed assembly instructions document. We provided detailed explanations with supported images for suggested updates in the electrical section and the wall design. Pictures below are related to this work.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This was week #224 of Dean’s work and the focus was fixing an issue with the lamp shade sticking as transparent and trying to get the light coming from the lamp to look realistic. Pictures below show some of this work.
Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 49th week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis began transferring information from the maximum roof size calculations along with added elaboration and narrating in the Net-Zero Bathroom Tutorial/Instructions. He began by updating the introductory narrative of the maximum roof size along with the addition of design choices made. Three sections were made covering the maximum roof size without supports, the maximum roof size with supports, and the maximum roof size when snow load is accounted for. Each section had an introduction stating the final results and explaining the general approach to the solution. Variables and assumptions were added to the maximum roof size without and with support columns sections. The assumptions were stated to clarify what steps were taken for the calculations. Finally the calculations and graphs were added along with paragraphs elaborating the steps, values, and graphs. The same elaboration will be added to the snow load section and the added sections will be proofread. The pictures below show some of this work.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) completed her 43rd week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week Stacey continued working through the different changes in wood pieces and sizes. The addition of the 2 vertical support beams in wall frame continues to be a feature that needs to be updated in all views. Updating pages of the clothing and storage area and finding the cutting lumber instructions need to be planned out. Some page features are in need of updating text sizes and there are a few questions of which updates to make to overall structure. Screenshots below are related to this latest progress.
Jeson Hu (Aerospace Engineer) completed his 17th week helping with research related to the solar microgrid design, sizing, and cost analysis specifics. This week, Jeson focused on reworking the solar incentive research and best solar hardware research. He fixed every comment request, and finished reworking both research documents. He also added Jae’s request to the solar incentive research conclusion. Jeson additionally contacted Garkane and Rocky Mountain Power engineers to confirm their program and rates, and other options they offer. An appointment was made with Garkane engineer on Jun 29th, 9am LA time. After finishing the reworking, he looked into some diesel generators and recorded their data. The pictures below share some of this developing work.
Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 13th week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development. This week Daniela worked on the Water Catchment section for the Roadways, Walkways, Gutters, and Parking lot Report. She read through the current material within the Water Catchment section and analyzed which portions were necessary. Daniela edited and rewrote sections, elaborating on some concepts and removing others. In order to incorporate information regarding porous pavements and the grey water processing pond into the water catchment section, she also researched information concerning the two. She primarily focused her research towards the grey water processing pond due to previous work on porous pavements. Daniela then wrote and edited new sections. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Katherine Cao (Chemical Engineer) also completed her 5th week working on the grid-tie connection details for our solar microgrid designs. This Week Katherine made some corrections on the cost section based on more research and peer feedback. Shed also started researching on steps and procedures to start a new project with Garkane, and wrote the related section in the report. Pictures below are related to this work.
Frank Roland Vilcapaza Diaz (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 4th week helping with the Earthbag Village energy specifics. This week Frank worked on the heat loads needed for the Tropical Atrium on the coldest day of the year. He also researched about selection of HVAC systems to determine which heater is best fitted for the Tropical Atrium by reading the ASHRAE Handbook 2016 HVAC Systems and Equipment. The pictures below relate to this work.
Prabhath Ekanayake (Electrical Engineering Assistant) completed his 4th week working on the grid-tie connection details for our solar microgrid designs. This week Prabhath completed the research and writing for the section covering subsidies programs. Below are some images related to this work.
Last but not least, Wanda Field (Research and Review Assistant) completed her 3rd week helping with research and reports review and additional research for the Duplicable City Center and Highest Good Housing components. This week, Wanda continued working on calculating the power consumption of the Straw Bale Village. She made a list of all the items that would consume power by reading through the cost analysis provided on the Straw Bale Village information page. This table for the village is based on and in the same format as the power consumption table that has been completed by her and the core team for the Earthbag Village. Wanda was able to complete the research for about a third of the items in the list. See below for some pictures related to this.
One Community is facilitating a complete sustainability model 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 reviewed, edited, and provided comments of the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial through page 64. This included more responses beginning with Flexible Pavement Materials on page 5 through page 60 that covers Streetscape Elements by Street Type. Then a detailed review of the text of Considerations for Sidewalk Width Determining on pages 60 through 64.
The core team also started a detailed review and content updating for the City Center hub connector work. All-in-all we integrated pages of comments and rewrote 2 sections of the content.
Ian Oliver Malinay (Energy Modeler/Analyst) completed his 24th week helping run the energy analysis calculations to help us achieve LEED Platinum status for the Duplicable City Center. This week Ian provided the energy modeling documents and summary of inputs as references to be posted on the One Community website. He also provided the service hot water design guidelines with ASHRAE 90.1 design requirements. Ian additionally started the energy modeling documentation updates covering the LEED whole building simulation prerequisites and then the optimization requirements as per the LEED reference manual. Please see below updated progress photos for reference.
David Na (Project Management Adviser/Engineer) completed his 18th week helping with input and management of the Parking Lot and Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development, as well as the City Center Water Catchment Designs. David began the week with assigning action items from the progress google doc he had created. He also reviewed and commented on all comments made from the core team and Nicholas who have been reviewing the roadways, walkways, and landscaping document. David made some changes and additions and worked on the remaining cross sections for the walkway. Pictures below are related to this work.
Sunitha Paraselli (Mechanical Design Engineer) completed her 16th week working on the Duplicable City Center connectors we’ll use to build the domes. This week Sunitha worked on load calculations, collecting all the references for 2×12 seasoned fir, red cedar, yellow pine, or spruce, bending strengths, snow loading, full-time loading, work to maximum load, Modulus of elasticity, etc. and adding all of these to the report document. The pictures below relate to this work.
Luis Manuel Dominguez (Research Engineer) also completed his 15th week helping with research related to the City Center Eco-spa designs. This week Luis collected the team’s feedback, discussed the suggestions with the team and made the necessary adjustments to have it presentable for the website. Luis also narrowed down his selection of the pump using the team’s latest plumbing design. This will allow the parts selection of the system to be wrapping up in the next week. He has also been tasked with designing the control system for the unit through code and creating a user guide for his system. Pictures below are related to this work.
Rushabh Bhavsar (Mechanical Design Engineer) completed his 10th week helping with the City Center Eco-spa designs. This week he worked on the final edits to the hot tub design report and justification of all the recommendations, designs and systems. He delved deeper into understanding the differences of Shotcrete and Gunite as foundation materials, Eco-friendly insulation methods for the hot tub, and documenting all of this. Pictures below relate to this work from last week.
Carol Nguyen (Civil Engineer) also completed her 9th week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development. This week, Carol worked on the research and writing of a new section, which was the native plants for landscaping section. She also added the pictures for illustration so the readers can have a better understanding about these plants. Carol continued to work on the sump pump construction details on AutoCAD and added more details in the system as recommended by David. In addition, she continued to work on the Greywater in Developing Countries notes. The pictures below share some of this developing work.
Neel Shanbhag (Control Systems Electrical Engineer) completed his 3rd week helping with the Duplicable City Center Electrical designs. This week Neel continued working on the cut sheets of kitchen equipment. He also matched the model number with the ones on the spreadsheet. And he found working links for the ones that were broken and the various models for the ones that were not mentioned before. Pictures of some of this work are below.
John Aquino (Electrical Engineer) also completed his 2nd week helping lead the Duplicable City Center Electrical designs. This week, John cleaned up the base plan backgrounds of the project scope and created xref files for each of the floors. This method of having base plan xref files (and in the future RCP, furniture plans, power/data plans, etc) will help ensure a more organized way of creating drawings. In addition, a new title block xref was created, as well, in order to have one TB file to go back to whenever issuance information changes. Pictures below show some of this work.
One Community is facilitating a complete sustainability model 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 creating updated SketchUp models for the final designs of the Aquapinis/Walipinis. We updated the terrace garden, entertaining area, corner pond and pump pond. We also worked on a design of a viewer’s access landing area that includes a staircase to the corner pond landing platform and small under-pond staircase railing. Pictures below are related to this work.
This week Qiuheng Xu (Landscape Designer) completed her 38th week volunteering, now helping with the Aquapini & Walipini external landscaping details. This week Qiuheng made the basketball field, small seating terrace, and outdoor umbrella seating area. She also adjusted the center water feature and the plants around it. Pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is facilitating a complete sustainability model 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 facilitating a complete sustainability model 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 22 hours managing One Community emails, social media accounts, interviewing potential new volunteer team members, and managing volunteer-work review and collaboration not mentioned elsewhere here. Also more testing and bug identification was done within the Beta version of the Highest Good Network software.
TEKtalent Inc. (a custom programming solutions company) also continued with their 45th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Nithesh and TEK Talent team worked on the bug fixes mainly in the time entry, weekly summary report, and user profile areas. The pull request has been raised for the same. They also upgraded the react script version to the latest and ignored the lint error for the time being, to run it locally. Pictures below show some of this work.
Yueru Zhao (Software Engineer) completed her 19th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Yueru mainly worked on doing code cleaning and refactoring for reporting feature deployment. Like the project reporting page, for the people reports page, she also applied the filter name changes, added ‘filter off’ in each filter option and alphabetized the rest, and made the resources column wider. She added back the collapse button and showed the first resource name in the resource column. When a user clicks the collapse button, they now see all the resources. The pictures below are related to this work.
Robert Pioch (Graphic Designer) completed his 17th week helping with the new badges for the badges section on the Dashboard of the Highest Good Network. Robert completed the 100 volunteer hours in Highest Good Stewardship Badge and prepared the Highest Good Food, Economics, Society and Energy Badges for the Highest good Software.
Mike Suarez (Software Developer) also completed his 7th week working on the Highest Good Network software. Mike wrapped up the new timer implementation. He fixed race conditions by saving unread only after at least 1 minute passed. Before he did this, every read was causing a save and was breaking Pause and Stop. He started fetching the timer when the app opens too. This has as consequence that a new tab opens with the timer running up already if the other tabs were running. This improved the synchronization between multiple tabs open as well. The pictures below are related to this work.
Malathi Perumal (Beta Testing Tester) completed her 4th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Malathi closed PR #157 related to teams and project assignments in the User Profile. She also validated the #157 fix to assign team and project related functionalities for the user profile. She confirmed the validating ability for an Admin to update a user’s password is working fine and raised the bug because she couldn’t get the “Two Timer” warning message if open 2 windows. See below for pictures related to this work.
And, last but not least, Jin Hua (Web Marketer and Graphic Designer) helped research mailchimp integrations and form builder options, worked on FTP & Childtheme header.php troubleshooting with Bluehost support, and worked on troubleshooting mailchimp integration via a Header & Footer plugin. The pictures below share some of this developing work.
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