We’re building a model for addressing social inequality with open source sustainability. We’re doing this through open source plans and resources that cover everything from food and housing to education and economics. Together, these open source communities will provide a better way of living than most people are living right now. People with shared values and desires will be able to come together and replicate what we’re doing more affordably than current living models, providing a path to social equality and financial freedom for anyone willing to collaboratively work towards it.
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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 November 15th, 2020 edition (#399) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is addressing social inequality 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 continued review and development of our behind-the-scenes Earthbag Village construction tutorials. This week we finalized details regarding EPS replacement with Comfortboard and Perminator. Pictures below show some of this work.
Alvaro Hernández (Open Source Tech Consultant, Developer) completed his 32nd week as a member of the team and continued working on the Best Small and Large-scale Community Plastic Recycling, Repurposing, and Reuse Options tutorial. This week’s focus was writing a draft of a section called “What is Plastic Elimination, Substitution, Conservation & Promotion” and continuing the research on the subject looking for the best recycled plastic-use cases. He also made some corrections to the hydropower article. Below are pictures of some of this work.
Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 16th week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis finished fixing minor constraint errors on the Solidworks rendering and added some detail to the AutoCAD roof plan of the Net-Zero Bathroom. He began brainstorming and drafting additions to the Net-Zero Bathroom tutorial/final report. Two sections were drafted covering the materials and the roof panel construction for both exterior and interior levels of the Net-Zero Bathroom roof. New tools and material were added to the Earthbag Village Spreadsheet, CFC Material and CAF Tools and Equipment documents all being sourced from sections drafted. A third section is being drafted involving the installation of the exterior and interior level roof panels. Pictures are below for this work.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) completed her 15th week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week Stacey worked on the electrical placement within the wall, it was a little bit difficult understanding how the outlets get installed into the 2 sides of the wall beside the bed frame. She’ll revise and check measurements again after completion to assure everything is correct. She also worked in the section where the benches and table will be constructed but she thinks there will also be a break in the wall section instructions to add more electrical instructions. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Hannah Copeman (Structural Engineer) completed her 13th week helping complete all the Earthbag Village tutorials. This week Hannah continued the development of the Footer, Foundation and Flooring tutorial by finalizing the updated design for the floor envelope. She also edited the centerpoint re-establishment section of the tutorial document, and began to update the footer section. Hannah also worked on the initial draft of the design and drawings for the three nail placement tools. You can see some screenshots of this work below.
One Community is addressing social inequality 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 Ksenia Akimov (Plumbing Engineer) completed her 9th week working on the Duplicable City Center plumbing designs. This week Ksenia focused on the boiler calculations necessary to compute the capacity of the boiler. Boiler BW*010-60C appears to work for our needs and she drew the water supply risers and made an axonometric view of the storm drain system. Pictures below show some of this work.
Qiuheng Xu (Landscape Designer) completed her 7th week helping with the Duplicable City Center landscaping design and updated video walkthrough. This week Qiuheng focused on further modifications in both the SketchUp file and Lumion file, checking off final requested changes as she went. You can see some of the updated areas below.
One Community is addressing social inequality 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 changed our focus for the Transition Kitchen to identify a better alternative to the hexayurt. We did research of portable structure alternatives including 13 different temporary structures. This research covered animal shelters, sheds, garages, disaster relief tents, military tents, medical emergency tents, dome shelters and quonset huts. Pictures of this research are below.
The core team also began rewriting/finalizing the chicken coop doc step-by-step descriptions. This week we worked on generating new detailed images and completed editing the assembly doc through page 12. Pictures of this work are below.
Jiayu Liang (Landscape Designer) completed her 7th week helping with the Aquapini & Walipini internal and external landscaping details. This week Jiayu updated the outdoor landscape layout, and she also updated the new plant version for the large production aquapini. She also began making models in Rhino, and almost completed walipini # 1, walipini #2, and aquapini #1. One big correction coming to the 3D modeling you see here is that the terraces should be on the South/bottom wall. They are the perfect height to not cast shadows in the winter. So the 3D models will be flipped this coming week so the tall side of the structure is in the North/back. They are designed like this so light can pass over the terraces and hit everything growing there, then we will grow trees along the back wall. Jiayu made this mistake because the high side is in the front on the website, but we changed that to make the buildings more cost and energy efficient since all that height wasn’t needed once we covered the whole structure with transparent SolaWrap and eliminated the skylights. Some pictures of this work-in-progress are below.
Henry Vennard (Mechanical Engineer) also completed his 6th week helping continue the development of the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Henry worked on redesigning and parametrizing the Solidworks model for optimization. He also worked on determining assumptions, possible inaccuracies and ways to improve the fluid flow simulation of the climate battery. You can see some pictures related to this work below.
Diana Gomez (Mechanical Engineer) also completed her 6th week helping continue the development of the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Diana met with Henry to discuss future steps with the current Climate Battery design. They decided to simplify the design by reducing the set of pipes in a layer from 2 to 1 for the flow simulation. She also found a video that demonstrates how to analyze the condensation rate in the Solidworks flow simulations. The temperature decreases as the condensation rate increases so Henry can analyze the rate as he makes changes to the configuration. The team also met as whole and discussed how to expand on their current research and how it could possibly be used to help Henry as he works on the Solidworks file. Diana developed code to calculate the heat transfer from the pipe to the soil but realized that a constant temperature was chosen to model the temperature inside the tube which is inaccurate. The temperature is dependent on velocity and, in order to simulate this on Matlab, she would have to derive an equation for temperature as a function of velocity and space. The most efficient way to analyze the heat transfer would be through Solidworks. Diana also recalculated the CFM of the system using ACH 5-8 and included the CFM per subsystem. A deeper explanation was then added to the Climate battery doc under Diana’s Research on Fan Selection. She also learned to read/use characteristic equations for fan selection. She researched how static pressure affects the system and how the fans balance static pressure for proper airflow. She will be working with Henry to recalculate to static pressure of the system for the fan selection. You can see pictures of some of this work-in-progress below.
Yiran “Lily” Chen (Sustainability Coordinator) completed her 5th week helping continue the development of the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Lily kept working on research of ADS pipes, created a table of pipe materials and dimensions, and established a relationship with a local representative for price inquiries. In addition, Lily started working on cost analysis and ADS pipe and will keep working on it next week. You can see pictures related to this research below.
Daniela Lazarescu (Chef Adviser) completed her 3rd week working on the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. This week she continued into week 5 of the rotating staple scheme, adding video recipes on previous weeks as well. The salad bar has now been laid out in two different configurations, one for the first week after grocery day, and one for the second. Dressing and creams have been introduced, with recipes.
One Community is addressing social inequality 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 social inequality 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 19 hours managing One Community emails, social media accounts, and volunteer-work review and collaboration.
The core team also continued working on the large-scale consensus content. This week we finished re-evaluating the 12 Focus Group categories. We made a summary table covering all of them, received and integrated feedback, and then translated the information in the table to paragraph form. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
Henry Nguyen (React Developer) completed his 38th week with the team and working on the Highest Good Network software. This week, Henry fixed a popup problem we were having and fixed all the display issues to produce a friendly mobile view. The adding functionality was completed, the format for WHY and others was designed, and he also added the WBS name on the top of the Tasks list. Some related imagery for this work can be seen below.
TEKtalent Inc. (a custom programming solutions company) also continued with their 23rd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Nithesh and the TEK Talent team worked on creating a new user profile. They integrated the user profile changes and started to create the new user profile. An Administrator can now click on the “create new user” profile button from the user management page and a popup will open. After entering the basic details, clicking on create will create a new user with those details and then navigate to the user profile edit page so that the detailed profile of that user, team and projects assignment can be done. Pictures below show some of this.
Wen Zhang (Software Engineer) completed her 25th week as a volunteer working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Wen made some adjustments to the badge popup based on feedback. She changed all the popups to style #2 which was created last week, and centered everything in the popup window. Wen also started to create the badge report component, which will show up when clicking the “Badge Report” button. It’s a basic layout for now. Features like selecting their favorite badges to show on their profile, selecting badges to download as a PDF report, etc. are not included yet. She also reviewed two pull requests. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Yiqi Feng (Software Engineer) continued with her 16th week as a member of the Highest Good Network software team. This week Yiqi implemented popup notification under the button “Add Time Entry Form” with required formatting and finished debugging this part. She also pushed this new feature from the “feature/Timer” branch to the “development” branch. You can see some pictures related to this work below.
Noor Qureshi (Insurance Researcher) completed her 12th week helping research One Community’s insurance options. This week Noor concluded her research on the different health insurance plans that are relevant to One Community. She sifted through several different insurance plans that belonged to several different companies and compiled them into one last sheet that included relevant plans. You can see some pictures related to this work below.
Jun Hao (Software Engineer) also completed his 11th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Jun was still working on improving the User Profile component. He refactored the whole component and changed it to a single-page component, which means users no longer have to be redirected to a new page for editing. He also added some minor features such as mouse-over descriptions. You can see some of this work below.
Chris Weilacker (Software Engineer) completed his 10th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Chris pushed up his changes for the Leaderboard after finishing some unit testing. He also reviewed the changes pushed up by Yiqi and corrected some errors. Pictures related to this work are below.
Jaime Arango (Graphic Designer) also completed his 9th week helping create the YouTube and social media graphics for the update blogs. This week Jaime created images for weekly progress updates #430, #431, #432, #433 and #434. You can see these newly created images below.
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