It’s time for a replicable blueprint for a sustainable world. If we make it easy enough, affordable enough, and demonstrate it as attractive enough, it will spread on its own. One Community is developing an open source and free-shared version of this as a self-replicating pathway to global sustainability.
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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 29th, 2022 edition (#479) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is creating a blueprint for a sustainable world 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 integrated Dr. Bai’s input after his review of the Final Aircrete Compression Testing Report, as well as re-formatted, re-wrote, and reorganized much of the report to match the style of current content. They also met with the Center Hub Connector Team and re-directed some of their efforts to researching options for manufacturing the DIY bracket they’ve been designing. Pictures of some of this work are below.
The core team also worked on Murphy bed edits for pages 30-34.5, regarding Wall Sections. We addressed comments but had difficulty in relating the comments to the proper page on the doc. After a call to clarify the circumstances we made further progress. We also finished checking in 3D the assembly instructions for the rest of the Murphy Bed. We checked measurements for all parts of the night stands, assembled the night stands in SketchUp 3D following the assembly instructions and placed them next to the Murphy bed shelving unit on the side of the bed. See pictures below related to this progress.
Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 96th week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis continued working on the calculations involving the fatigue life of the bolts for the rain barrel support structure of the Net-Zero Bathroom. After gathering constants from graphs in the literature such as the static stress concentration factor and the notch sensitivity factor, and calculating the fatigue stress concentration factor, he came to the conclusion that failure would occur when using 3 support beams at a length of 34in. The bending stress developed was at 83.4 ksi, much higher than the ultimate tensile strength of 60 ksi. Though strain hardening can be taken into account to get a more accurate figure, the variation of this would be too unstable for use. He then changed the design to include 6 beams and shortened the distance to 27.25in. This led to a bending stress of 33.4ksi, which when intersected on the S-N curve, was found to have a total cyclical life range of 334000 to 335000 cycles. Next Jose Luis will implement the calculations to make a spreadsheet that will correlate rainfall, water catchment, and the fatigue life of the bolts to have an idea of service life in different areas. This will be accomplished by using a cumulative damage model. The pictures below show some of this work.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) completed her 74th week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week, Stacey continued to make updates based on the feedback of the three core team members reviewing her work. Updates covered everything from simple changes like alignment and formatting to much more complex changes in hardware. Screenshots below are related to this latest progress.
Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 29th week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development. This week Daniela began by reading through and responding to all comments as the Core Team submitted them while reviewing the cost analysis section. The rest of her time was spent reading through the resources she had gathered for the Flexible Pavement Design section. She noted important details that would help further explain the topic. In the images, all notes Daniela took that are in green font were notes previously made, and the notes in black were research completed this week. Daniela then started to write the Flexible Pavement Design section. Pictures below are related to this work.
Yuran Qin (Volunteer Web Editor) completed her 27th week helping with web design. This week Yuran continued working on creating the co-community Electric Vehicle Integration and Charging Infrastructure Guide page using the Google Doc content. She also added some new content and updated the tables for the Sustainable Roadways page. Then she updated the Open Source Climate Battery Design page with feedback from Jae. The pictures below share some of this developing work.
Diwei Zhang (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 10th week of work, now focused on 3D modeling and analysis review for the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Diwei designed the collection and storage of the rainwater harvesting system. Four 1000-gallon tanks under the shower room are connected in parallel. The Inlet pipe reaches to the bottom of the tank with a return bend end to reduce the disturbing of water momentum on the debris at the bottom. The conveyance pipe is designed at 1.8 degrees to enhance the flow. The downspout filter is added to filtrate debris or leaves. Gutters were also added in the front of the Tropical Atrium at 2.8 degrees slope to enhance flow. Pictures below show some of this work.
Ming Weng (MS Geography & Environmental Engineering) completed his 9th 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 discussed his thoughts and plans with Kivia regarding the cost estimation study. Some comments were made and got resolved. The majority of his time was spent on cost estimations of biomass and plasma gasification. Since there are more materials to read in the biomass section, plasma gasification was the main focus of this week. The Plasco Conversion process was mentioned as the smallest scale plasma gasification found so far. Cost estimation was based on that case study. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Yushi (Zoey) Cai (Electrical Engineer Researcher) completed her 7th week helping with research focused on Sustainable Lightbulbs and Light Bulb Companies. This week Yushi researched LED light bulbs. She created a table summarizing/comparing the lumen efficiency of incandescent bulbs, CFL bulbs, and LED bulbs. Yushi also researched the health risks of LED and why LEDs flicker and how to prevent that. See below for some pictures related to this.
Kivia Sugiarto (Sustainability Research Manager) joined the team and completed her 1st week helping manage and complete the Best Small and Large-scale Community Options for Sustainable Processing and Reuse of Non-recyclables research, report, and tutorial. This week, Kivia took time to get familiar with the topic of waste-to-energy (WTE) conversion by reading existing notes under the “Addressing non-recyclables” google doc and doing her own research. She reviewed Ming’s work on the cost analysis of WTE and provided feedback, then supplemented the work with her own research focusing on the cost and revenue of incineration plants. See below for some pictures related to this.
One Community is creating a blueprint for a sustainable world 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 Luis Manuel Dominguez (Research Engineer) completed his 49th week helping with research related to the City Center Eco-spa designs. This week Luis put his efforts towards updating the information on the control panel system details and configuration, along with updates to the heating systems descriptions. Validating the information now will allow minimal work to be done by the publishing team during implementation. Luis also went back and updated sources for various parts of information and began implementing links where necessary. Pictures below are related to this work.
Huiya Yang (Volunteer Architectural Designer) completed her 33rd week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week, after meeting with Yuxi to discuss the appropriate location to use D6 and D7, Huiya finished modeling Door 6 and included how Jae instructed for the Dining Dome doorway. She also modeled and submitted for feedback four different ways to place the D7 door and the windows on both sides for the main entrance. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Yuxi Lu (Architectural Designer) also completed her 30th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week Yuxi re-verified doors and window counts with changes reflecting the new allocation of D6 and D7 doors based on comments. Door widths were updated in the plan views in CAD to be more accurate. An inquiry was also made regarding the width of the D7 door next to the pool and concerns about the flanking windows (W6). Pictures of some of this work are below.
Raj Patel (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 21st week helping with the Duplicable City Center hub connectors design and testing. This week Raj continued the final review of the final document on how the team arrived at a solution. He changed the document to third person format, converted it into a shareable google doc and added content. Pictures below are related to this work.
Prathik Jain (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 16th week of work on the Duplicable City Center hub connectors design and analysis. This week Prathik researched fabrication techniques to make the v and I bracket. He contacted APEC, AMERITEX fabrications, 5 Point Fabrication, MetalFab Group and WeldFlow Metal vendors for budgetary quotes. The budgetary quotes were based on the rough number of brackets based on the draft sketch of the geodesic dome. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Kamil Gajownik (Industrial/Product Designer) completed his 5th week of work on the Duplicable City Center dormer window designs and assembly instructions. This week, with the response from the team, the design concept 1 was chosen. It was chosen primarily due to the criteria of ease of assembly as this concept was the most straightforward in regards to structure. Kamil continued by creating a detailed model using correct dimensions of timber and ensuring he followed the carpenters advice in terms of load distribution. Pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is creating a blueprint for a sustainable world 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 finished updates for the Transition Kitchen using SketchUp. We moved some of the tables on the sides to free up space in the central area, added three more storage shelves along the wall, and added single person entry doors on both ends. The final layout is below.
The core team also continued working on updates for the Chicken Coop Building Instruction document. We replied to comments for the trays, updated hinge placement on the entry door, generated new images for the tray assembly including screws, and researched roosting bar horizontal/vertical spacing that will require further changes in the design of the roosting ladder.
Adam Weiss (Kitchen Operations Project Manager) completed his 14th week helping with the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan and related menu and meal plans. Adam spent the week reviewing work as per mentions on the recipe sheets, and had meetings, emails, and other messages to reply to. Adam additionally researched the best way for putting the conversion calculator between two different measurement amounts, and started developing the sheet for how to make it the easiest and most efficient to use. The pictures below relate to this work.
Marilyn Nzegwu (Culinary Volunteer) completed her 7th week helping with the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan and related menu and meal plans. This week Marilyn continued to develop recipes for the three day block menus and added “SECOND WEEK A” and “SECOND WEEK B” to the block menu recipe page. She then sourced more recipes that would not require fresh ingredients, while substituting recipes that were not fit for scaled potions (smoothies, etc). She also input recipes to the three day block template, adding ingredients and converting their measurements to the template for sample and review. The pictures below relate to this work.
One Community is creating a blueprint for a sustainable world 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. 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:
This week, Adolph Karubanga (Certified Project Manager & Civil/Structural Engineer) completed his 10th week helping with the Ultimate Classroom structural engineering. This week, Adolph completed the analysis and design of the roof truss structure. He then commenced preparing a detailed design report. In this report, Adolph will describe all the steps undertaken during the design and the assumptions that were undertaken to arrive at key decisions. This will be preceded by a compilation of detailed autoCAD drawings. Pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is creating a blueprint for a sustainable world 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 24 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.
Miguel Fernandes (Full-stack Developer) completed his 12th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Miguel began with reviewing, testing and approving PR #408 and testing PR#411. PR #411 needed extra testing and review due to errors. After that, Miguel solved some errors he had on his own PR #406 (new user permission system) and resolved some merging conflicts. He finished his week reviewing and testing more Pull Requests. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Yiyun Tan (Software Engineer) completed her 8th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Yiyun put half of her time into reviewing and testing Miguel’s frontend PR for creating new user classes. After a couple discussions and code changes, it finally got approved and merged. She also finished the “implement open/close filter” task and created a PR for it that was approved. She reviewed two other small PRs and left comments on them and started working on the “implement a pettier WBS UI page” task. Yiyun was unclear on some of that task’s details though, so she documented them and submitted them for answers. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Ron Magpantay (Software Engineer) completed his 7th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Ron worked on helping to approve pull requests that included changes to the frontend. In addition, development was provided to rectify two issues that came up in the Beta Bugs document, and changes were made to the production version of the application. There are still a few kinks that need to be ironed out in order for the changes to display and alternative measures are being investigated. See pictures below for some of this work.
David Okeke (Software Engineer) also completed his 6th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week David rounded up all the tasks for the frontend management dashboard component he’s been working on and addressed problems in his pull request. These included the progress bar, progress bar color logic, red clock, red clock number, alignment of tasks and the project bar, and dividing task view based on the role of the user. See pictures below for some of this work.
Steven (Shaoyu) Wang (Software Engineer) completed his 4th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Steven helped review and approve two PRs, one fixes the wrapping badges issue in the user profile and the other fixes the timer consistency when opening multiple HGN pages. He is still trying to reproduce the bug that causes a previously paused user to keep coming back. In addition, Steven finished the backend cache improvement when creating and deleting users and is working on the last part when updating users. See pictures below for some of this work.
Eiki Kan (Software Engineer) completed his 3rd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, in terms of management, Eiki reviewed the work of his team by referencing their weekly summary videos. He checked in with David after seeing his was missing and helped him get set up. Everything else was in order. He additionally helped with two different PRs by answering questions in one and testing, reviewing, and approving another. Eiki also started coding for the task notification feature and completed work on the backend and starting setting up and planning for the frontend. See pictures below for some of this work.
Jorge Ivan Rodriguez (Software Engineer) completed his 2nd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Jorge was working on the timer component. Now the timer synchronizes when the user opens more than one tab. The time intervals were changed to make this work. See pictures below for some of this work.
Yongtae “Yogi” Park (Graphic Designer, UX Designer) also joined the team and completed his first week helping create the social media images for these weekly progress update blogs. This week Yongtae created images covering title #517 – Combining Diverse Eco-Elements to #526 – Supporting the Abundance of Earth. He experimented with some of the filter options in Adobe Photoshop to create images in illustrated style while focusing on creating images that reflect some of the keywords of the title. Below you can see the images he created.
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