Addressing climate change with open source sustainability is a process of millions of small actions adding up to a very large impact. One Community is supporting this with DIY and sustainable approaches to food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, global stewardship practices, and more. These will be able to be implemented as individual solutions or complete teacher/demonstration hubs purposed to teach and demonstrate a more fulfilling and luxuriant life.
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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 January 24th, 2021 edition (#409) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is addressing climate change with open source sustainability 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 finished the first round of editing and creating the Best Small and Large-scale Community Polystyrene & Styrofoam Recycling, Repurposing, and Reuse tutorial and moved it forward to final review. Pictures below show some of this work.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This week was week #211 of Dean’s work and the focus was installing the ceiling-mounted TV, updating the TV design to match the actual TV we’ll purchase, and creating the cushions for the south wall and dining seating areas. See pictures below.
This week Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 27th week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis finished updating the Net-Zero Bathroom rendering to include drip edge flash on the roof saddle and finished adding flash all around the roof access’s perimeter. The flash was added to help divert the rain water around the roof access. Fasteners were added to the rendering as well to illustrate the installation of the metal plates, metal trim, and drip edge flash. With the renderings complete, he began updating the AutoCAD roof plan. The roof plan on AutoCAD had the dimensions of the roof saddle wood rafts updated, along with their positions. The update also included the new orientation of the OBD wood, metal plates and metal trim. He added fasteners along with the dimensions of their positions coinciding with the SolidWorks rendering. The roof access section of the Net-Zero Bathroom instructions/tutorial will be updated with the completion of the AutoCAD roof plan. The pictures below show some of this work.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) completed her 24th week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week Stacey started to add in the new renderings to the cover pages and continued on with cutting maps. She also went back and added some additional steps into the benches and table group for the closures and brackets, but a few things are still unclear and hopefully will be resolved next week. Pictures below are related to this latest progress.
Hannah Copeman (Structural Engineer) completed her 22nd week helping complete all the Earthbag Village tutorials, continuing work on the Footer, Foundation and Flooring tutorial. She made adjustments to the placement of waterproofing membranes spanning from the horizontal wing insulation to the footer, updated information on the necessity of a drainage tile, and began revising the footer section. She also continued the development of the design process tutorial for the dome loft. You can see some screenshots of this work below.
Mark Wambua (Civil Engineer) completed his 2nd week working on the Parking Lot and Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping guides. This week Mark contacted companies and created a table comparing the different temporary parking options. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Zhiheng “Samson” Su (Civil Engineer) also completed his 2nd week on the team and woking on the Parking Lot and Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping guides. This week, Samson focused on the pavement design basic tutorial by reviewing the Caltrans Highway Design Manual. He explained what the Axle Load Spectra is and the use of Axle Load Spectra in Pavement Engineering. He listed out the Specific Traffic Loading Considerations for the Traveled Way, Shoulders, Intersections, and Roadside Facilities and then finished first draft of the explanation of Traveled Way and Shoulders. The pictures below show some of this work.
Vicente J Subiela (Project Management Adviser) joined the team and completed his 1st week working on the solar microgrid design, sizing, and cost analysis specifics. His main actions this week were preliminary contacts with the team, participation in the creation of the working document, and draft versions of a detailed action list for the solar system and a basic calculations spreadsheet. He also started exploring possible alternatives to the initial power generation system. Pictures below show some of this work.
One Community is addressing climate change with open source sustainability 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 Angela Mao (Sustainability Researcher) completed her 21st week as a member of the team and working on content for the Most Sustainable Lightbulbs and Light Bulb Companies and the Best Small and Large-scale Community Options for Sustainable Processing & Reuse of Non-recyclables tutorial. This week, Angela completed the lightbulb tutorial and submitted it for final review. She also researched non-recyclables processes that would work in a home or small business environment. She specifically researched more incineration options with carbon and energy capture. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
This week Ksenia Akimov (Plumbing Engineer) completed her 18th week working on the Duplicable City Center plumbing designs. She spent this week focused on researching the hydraulic calculations for the water supply system. Pictures below show some of this work.
Qiuheng Xu (Landscape Designer) completed her 16th week helping with the Duplicable City Center, now focused solely on the landscaping design. This week Qiuheng continued to digitize the planting plan design. She exported the plan from AutoCAD and imported it to SketchUp to fill surfaces. The planting plan now is aligned with the dome models and painted with different textures. Below are some images showing her work.
And Ian Oliver Malinay (Energy Modeler/Analyst) completed his 7th week helping run the energy analysis calculations to help us achieve LEED Platinum status for the Duplicable City Center. This week Ian further revised the geometry of the energy model. He detached the construction of the dormer window and door entrance so he could change the material/construction assembly. He also continued the process of inputting the parameters/materials specifics for the proposed building design. Progress photos are below.
Haozhen “Andrew” He (Civil Design Engineer) completed his 3rd week as a member of the team and now focusing on the City Center Water Catchment Designs. This week Haozhen’s focus was mostly on the AutoCAD 3D gutter drawings, properly placing the gutter in the AutoCAD file to match the designs completed in SketchUp 3D. During the gutter design process he identified that the 4th floor had a conflict where the gutter would collide with the door design. He also consulted with district professionals about soffit and fascia that are also required by the city code. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Saffet Kilçer (Structural Engineer) also joined the team and completed his first week working on the Duplicable City Center beam and column designs using SAP2000. This week Saffet focused on familiarizing himself with the project details. He also updated his SAP2000 version to v.21.1.0 (the latest version) so he could open and review the structural elements and files from the previous designers. Pictures below are related to this first week of work.
One Community is addressing climate change with open source sustainability 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 rewriting/finalizing the chicken coop doc step-by-step instructions. This week the team updated the narrative for the sections related to the roof and south wall with the nesting boxes, making revisions and adapting the narrative to match the new imagery. The work completed was inclusive through page 40 and pictures below show some of the updated areas.
Here are some of the newly updated images and dimensions that affected parts for that south wall too.
Jiayu Liang (Landscape Designer) completed her 17th week helping with the Aquapini & Walipini internal and external landscaping details. This week, Jiayu solved the motion problem for people in the animation, added more details to the updated outdoor landscape’s animation in Lumion, and worked on integrating requested updates to the interior doors and landscape animation for Walipini 1.
Henry Vennard (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 16th week helping continue the development of the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Henry met with Mayur and discussed the matlab program designed to find the energy output of the climate battery system and any external heating that is required and continued work on the matlab program. You can see some pictures related to this work below.
Md Amanullah Kabir (Mechanical Engineer) also continued with his 5th week on the team, now focusing on the Aquapini/Walipini electrical layout. This week Md conducted research focused on electrical panel and wiring. You can see some pictures related to this below.
Mayur Rajput (Mechanical Engineer) also joined the team and completed his 1st week working the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week he met with fellow teammates and familiarized himself with the current progress. Pictures below are related to this initial work.
One Community is addressing climate change with open source sustainability 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 addressing climate change with open source sustainability 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 29 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.
The core team also completed our 6th week working on improving the content for all our Values Pages. This week we completed the Freedom page. We reduced the number of consecutive sentences, transformed passive voice to active voice, and improved the overall readability from ‘needs work’ to ‘good.’ We also re-wrote some content for additional clarity and reviewed and updated the resources section.
Henry Nguyen (React Developer) completed his 46th week with the team and working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Henry integrated his latest code with the development code and worked on solving the bugs that this uncovered. Pictures related to this work are below.
Wen Zhang (Software Engineer) completed her 34th week as a volunteer working on the Highest Good Network software. This week the function to assign badges was completed and code was pushed. For the badge assignment process, she also made the contents smaller so the badge list became shorter and added a mouse-over popup for each badge on the list. Pictures of some of this work are below.
TEKtalent Inc.(a custom programming solutions company) also continued with their 31st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Nithesh and the TEK Talent team completed the changes in the react app for azure migration. The production infrastructure in azure and release pipelines were also completed. The build will now auto-trigger on every pull request merge, also the release to dev will get triggered automatically once a build has been successful. The production build needs to be triggered based on the decision of an administrator. The pictures below relate to this work.
Noor Qureshi (Insurance Researcher) completed her 23rd week helping research One Community’s insurance options. This week Noor worked on finalizing the ranking of the insurance plans as well as giving them a final score. She re-organized some of the colors so that the spreadsheet would be easier to visualize and understand. She assigned each range of colors a certain amount of points and used that to finalize the scoring of each plan. Furthermore, she wrote a summary of her work and final conclusions, which included possible sources of error as well as the overall methodology of deducing which plan to proceed with. Pictures below show some of this work.
Chris Weilacker (Software Engineer) completed his 18th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week, Chris worked on fixing several errors with regards to the timer and leaderboard, including clearing the timer after a successful submit, making the progress bars on the leaderboard increase slowly between the different segments, fixing the rounding errors on the leaderboard, and preventing multiple submits for the time entry form. Chris also helped with some pull requests. You can see some pictures related to this below.
Jaime Arango (Graphic Designer) also completed his 17th week helping with various graphic design work for the project, continuing this week working on the new badges for the badges section on the Dashboard of the Highest Good Network. This week he made corrections on the X-minimum-hours badges, finished the no blue square badges, and started working on the 40-hours-in-a-week badges. Pictures of the new badges are below.
Robert Pioch (Graphic Designer) completed his 7th week also helping with the new badges for the badges section on the Dashboard of the Highest Good Network. Robert completed the Highest Good Energy badges this week! He then began creating the Highest Good Society badges. You can see pictures of the new designs and development process below.
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