We can achieve better living through regenerative communities. We can build more affordable, longer-lasting homes that don’t contain toxic materials. We can grow food that is more nutritious and safer because it is fresher and not sprayed with poisons. We can provide ourselves with sustainable energy sources that are more dependable and reduce our cost of living. We can experience more recreation and relaxation options, all free and within walking distance. We can create education programs that leverage a child’s strengths so they are both more fun and more effective. One Community is developing the open source plans for regenerative-community teacher/demonstration hubs that will demonstrate, share, and evolve all of these areas 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 December 13th, 2020 edition (#403) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
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One Community is creating better living through regenerative communities with 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 updated the Most Sustainable Toilets open source hub. This reflect the newly completed sustainability benchmarking of the main toilet providers, the and updates this research caused to a couple of the individual toilet rankings. Pictures below show some of this new content.
The core team also generated more images for the Murphy bed showing details for placement of the latches, brackets, and hooks that secure the table and benches in the up position.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This week was week #205 of Dean’s work and the focus was final corrections needed to run the final renders of the Southeast and Southwest views shown below.
Alvaro Hernández (Open Source Tech Consultant, Developer) completed his 35th and final week as a member of the volunteer team as he now moves on to become a member of the core team. Alvaro continued working on the Best Small and Large-scale Community Plastic Recycling, Repurposing, and Reuse Options, researching PET reusability as a food container and adding more content to the doc. He then moved on to a higher priority task, editing the Most Sustainable Flooring Materials, and finished research on the most sustainable flooring. For this article he updated the table’s aesthetics, and started looking for images to create an infographic summarizing the article in one picture. Pictures below show some of this work.
This week Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 21st week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis researched products and materials used to prevent water in pipes from freezing. The options found were traditional pipe insulation, barrel insulation, and heating tape. The traditional pipe fitting was the cheapest preventative, but was determined to not be sufficient for frigid environments. The second option was completely insulating the 55 gallon barrels in an insulated bag designed for them, these could be strategically used on barrels with the most exposure. The last option was heating tape which is wrapped around the pipes to regulate their temperature. The drawback of the heating tape was the cost, but it may be feasible to utilize if placed on inlet and outlet pipes or other strategic places. He also measured and recorded the ceiling and top barrel clearance in the Solid model. He began updating the Solid model to increase the clearance. The clearance is necessary to have the barrel filter accessible for cleaning and inspections. Diagrams of the fastener positions and separation distances were created on AutoCad. The diagrams were inserted into the “Roof Panel Construction” and “Roof Panel Installation” as visual aids for the fastener installation. Lastly Jose Luis updated the roof flash used on the roof access in the Solid model. The update was to improve accuracy of the flash installation. The pictures below show examples of some of this work.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) completed her 18th week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week, Stacey focused on finishing the electrical details, adding latches and springs, working on the components page, and cutting pages. She added a page turn icon that will lead a person to the next page but we discussed it and decided it is redundant and would require more ink if someone prints the instructions. She also continued updating text placement and spacing that needed to be updated after reviewing the full layout. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Hannah Copeman (Structural Engineer) completed her 17th week helping complete all the Earthbag Village tutorials. This week Hannah continued the development of the Earthbag Village dome construction by working on the structural design of the loft. She redesigned the loft to account for a higher load capacity by re-spacing the beams, altering the size of the nails for end connection-to-wall embedment, redesigning the capacity of the beam-to-plate connections, verifying the strength / deflection adequacy of the OSB loft deck, and determining the nail sizes and spacing for the OSB loft floor and gypsum board ceiling. The loft is now redesigned to carry 40psf of live load – for reference 30psf load may be exceeded if a whirlpool bathtub, waterbed, etc. was placed; a 40psf capacity would typically be adequate to cover these loads. You can see some screenshots of this work below.
Alvin Anggito (BS Civil Engineering) completed his 3rd week working on the Communal Eco-shower footer, foundation and flooring engineering. This week Alvin completed the cost analysis section by double checking the links on the spreadsheet, replacing the items that are out of stock and finding other alternatives, and updating the researched hardware (faucets, hand dryers, shower heads, etc.) to match the #1 choices on the website. The pictures below show examples of some of this work.
One Community is creating better living through regenerative communities with 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 13th week working on the Duplicable City Center plumbing designs. This week she created the isometric layout for the cold and hot water supply of the 101 floor plan.
Pictures below show some of this work.
Lindy Rzonca (Sustainability Analyst) also completed her 10th week helping with sustainability research and now focused on the Best Small and Large-scale Community Options for Sustainable Processing and Reuse of Non-recyclables tutorial. This week Lindy began a more in-depth look at some of the WTE (Waste to Energy) methods and other small-to-medium scale solutions. She replied to correspondences from people she contacted last week, contacted a new company, and began some writing on the tutorial itself. Pictures below are related to this work.
Qiuheng Xu (Landscape Designer) completed her 10th week helping with the Duplicable City Center updated video walkthrough. This week Qiuheng finished the City Center walkthrough making modifications in both the SketchUp file and Lumion file. She also started to read natural greywater processing details/research and getting familiar with this as her next area of focus. You can see the latest updated areas below.
Md Amanullah Kabir (Mechanical Engineer) also continued with his 2nd week working on the Duplicable City Center rainwater harvesting component. This week Md continued research on the water catchment system, focusing on resources for the most efficient piping system. Pictures below show some notes related to this and a call Md had with the climate battery team.
And Ian Oliver Malinay (Energy Modeler/Analyst) joined the team and completed his first week helping run the energy analysis calculations to help us achieve LEED Platinum status for the Duplicable City Center. This week he focused on modeling the geometry of the Social, Dining, and Living Domes, attached walkways, some internal walls, and the elevator and stairway areas. Some related progress photos are below.
One Community is creating better living through regenerative communities with 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 finished the layout for the new Transition Kitchen. We rearranged the kitchen tables to provide enough room for a second serving line, and placed directional arrows on the floor tiles.
The core team also continued rewriting/finalizing the chicken coop doc step-by-step instructions. This week we created a new comment section, where needed, for addressing construction issues where we lack sufficient experience. The purpose of this is to emphasize to the reader that these documents continue to be a work-in-progress. We then corrected measurements for studs and joist placements, added missing structural parts, and generated updated images. Pictures below show some of this work.
The core team additionally reviewed the Aquapini & Walipini structural engineering report and completed the outline of everything that is needed from Mohammad Almuzaial (Civil and Construction Engineer) to complete it. You can see some pictures below for this.
Jiayu Liang (Landscape Designer) completed her 11th week helping with the Aquapini & Walipini internal and external landscaping details. This week she finished all the materials in the rhino, and she also added the landscape furniture and plants’ material. The rest of plants will be added in Lumion. Picture below show the latest updated models.
Jingwei Jiang (Landscape Designer) also completed her 11th week working on the landscaping specifics of the Earthbag Village. This week, Jingwei continued to modify the Photoshop plan and SketchUp model, adding more plants and details. The SketchUp model has gotten too big to be modified, so she only did half of it. The other half though would be exactly the same. Pictures below show the most recent designs.
Henry Vennard (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 10th week helping continue the development of the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week consisted of working to create a thermal model of Walipini #3 in Matlab. This model will determine the proper inlet air temperature for the 3D climate battery model and the requirements for any external heating system. The Matlab model is still developing and he hopes to have it finished by mid next week. You can see some pictures related to this work below.
Diana Gomez (Mechanical Engineer) also completed her 9th week helping continue the development of the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Diana analyzed the change in total friction loss in the Walipini design by increasing the diameter of the manifold and the tubes. She chose the cfm at the temperatures of 90F and 10F because these are the potential extreme temperatures the greenhouse may experience. The blue cells indicate the total friction loss of the current design for a manifold diameter = 8in and tube diameter = 4in. The friction loss is as follows: Subsystem 1 (SS1) @90F = 22.72 in wg and SS1@10F = 30.08 in wg. The yellow cells are the optimal total friction loss where the manifold diameter = 12in and tube diameter = 6 in. The friction loss is as follows: SS1 @90F = 3.28 in wg and SS1@10F = 4.32 in wg. A fan will produce 2 in wg static pressure meaning the design is very close to being balanced. Henry and Diana created new designs with the following dimensions: manifold diameter = 12 in, tube diameter = 6 in and manifold diameter = 12 in, tube diameter = 7 in. These need to be analyzed through the Solidworks flow simulation to verify that the heat transfer has not diminished with diameter size. There is an error in the Solidworks design that Diana could not find the source of the problem and will be meeting with Henry to fix it. Diana also researched fans in series and in parallel and found that by placing fans in series you theoretically double the static pressure provided into the system. This could be a solution to balance the static pressure in the subsystems, and thus providing optimal flow. The pictures below show some of this work.
Reyes Mendoza (Mechanical Engineering Student) also completed his 7th week helping continue the development of the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Reyes worked more on the Solidworks model trying to figure out the flow simulation and understand the HVAC system. You can see some pictures related to this work below.
Yiran “Lily” Chen (Sustainability Coordinator) completed her 6th week helping continue the development of the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Lily worked on contacting ADS pipe local providers for price inquiries and is still waiting for the responses. In addition, Lily kept working on cost analysis with known information so far and more research for the other missing cost approximations. You can see some pictures below related to this work.
One Community is creating better living through regenerative communities with 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 better living through regenerative communities with 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 24 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 continued working on the large-scale consensus content. This week we finished the draft content for Consensus with Large Groups. We added anchors and links, and made sure formatting was consistent with other content already on the One Community’s website. We also improved the readability score by making sentences shorter, adding headings so content within a single heading was not too long, rewrote sentences to be in active rather than passive voice, and rewrote the beginning of many sentences to add variety. You can see some pictures of this behind-the-scenes work below and all that remains now is to add the graphics and make replace the live-page content with all this new content.
Henry Nguyen (React Developer) completed his 41st week with the team and working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Henry updated all permissions for all the pages of the projects/WBS-import component: Projects, Members, WBS, and Tasks. He added a new feature for an Admin to copy a task, which will really save time whenever new tasks needing to be created are similar to existing tasks. He identified new bugs and made a plan to add a page like “Edit” for the popups, so an administrator can go to that page to modify all the text and labels on the website. The pictures below show some of this newly completed functionality.
Wen Zhang (Software Engineer) completed her 28th week as a volunteer working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Wen began debugging for the new pushes of our MVP. She also did a code review for a pull request of the timer feature. She fixed a loading issue, as she found the deployed site kept sending unwanted web requests and never stopped. After that was fixed, she found an error of missing source on the deployed dev site – all the badge images were blank, although they were added to the database and everything looked fine both on her and Chris’ local when Chris did the code review and test run before merging. There were several other errors on the deployed dev site too. Wen checked the Sentry log, and the Heroku logs as well after getting permission to access the Heroku account. She was quite surprised it was not auto deployed on Heroku. The last deployment was in September. So she manually built and deployed the backend on Heroku hgn-rest-dev. After the successful build and deployment, the badges showed up on the dev site. The 404 error on the wbs api that we had before was gone too, but a 400 error on the timer api and another 404 error were still there. She thought this was the end of the story but she was in the process of testing the new badge images and when she added the 5th, the whole app crashed suddenly, out of nowhere, even though she didn’t change any of the code. All she was doing was adding images to the database. And then she checked the deployed dev site, and it was down too!! She ended her week there with a plan to fix these newly found errors starting the next week. Pictures of some of this work are below.
TEKtalent Inc.(a custom programming solutions company) also continued with their 27th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Nithesh and the TEK Talent team completed the additional requirements for the userprofile and completed the PR review of remaining comments. Now the admin can add collaboration preference and a Google Doc while creating a user. Upon opening a user profile the collaboration preference will be displayed and can be edited. You can see pictures below for some of this work.
Yiqi Feng (Software Engineer) continued with her 20th week as a member of the Highest Good Network software team. This week Yiqi changed the background color of different parts in the bar. She added number notifications to the first three badges and an exclamation to the bug report badge. You can see some pictures related to this work below.
Jerry Zhang (Software Engineer) completed his 15th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Jerry changed the text editors for Add/Edit Task modals to use TinyMCE for the task info fields. He then created the backend route for querying time entries by specific user plus task. He also pulled in time entries for each user’s tasks in the frontend. Pictures are below showing some of this work.
Noor Qureshi (Insurance Researcher) completed her 17th week helping research One Community’s insurance options. This week Noor continued to compare the different plans by looking at what they cover and the associated costs. She compared the benefits with their associated costs and is working on narrowing down which plan provides the best benefits at an efficient cost that also aligns with the objectives of the original task. You can see some pictures related to this work below.
Jaime Arango (Graphic Designer) also completed his 13th 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 Jaime kept working on creating new designs for the badges for the badge section on the Dashboard of the HGN. This week he completed the 40 hours streak badges and also kept working on finding ways to make the thumbnails better defined. Pictures of the updated badges are below.
Robert Pioch (Graphic Designer) joined the team and completed his first week also helping with the new badges for the badges section on the Dashboard of the Highest Good Network. This week Robert became acquainted with the team and laid out the Highest Good Bench Mark Badges, completing much of the Highest Good Housing Badges. You can see pictures of these new designs and badges below.
And, last but not least, Jin Hua (Web Marketer and Graphic Designer) helped analyze a site performance drop that happened in July, doing several hours of research and then shooting 25 minutes of video to explain it all to us so we can implement some changes and see if we can fix this. The biggest change we’re implementing is restoring our social media share buttons to the website. Below you can see some of the data he analyzed for us.
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