One Community is a blueprint for sustainable global collaboration. Our 100% volunteer team is developing DIY and open source and free-shared sustainable solutions for food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, global stewardship practices, and more. We’re also developing the necessary software for global collaboration and evolution of it all and the complete plan for implementation and replication.
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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 September 5th, 2021 edition (#441) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is creating a blueprint for sustainable global collaboration 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 what we hope will be the final review of the Murphy bed assembly instructions. We continued to recreate the Murphy bed in SketchUp 3D, assembling it using the latest version of the instructions. This week we focused on assembly of the back storage that includes sets of shelves on different levels with upper shelving drawer units. Pictures below are related to this work.
The core team also added more updates to the power estimations needed for the solar microgrid design. We updated the solar sizing energy demand work as we received feedback from Vicente, reviewed the time matrix for usage and added additional columns, such as Max Demand Per Resident, and also identified high draw items. In addition to this, we led the aircrete team and provided comments on their calculations for stabilized earth. We then started the students on researching aircrete since the aircrete is still collapsing when made in bigger batches than the test cylinders.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This was week #227 of Dean’s work and the focus was hours of continued lighting placement and testing. Pictures below show some of this.
Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 59th week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis began creating action lists for the Net-zero bathroom plumbing, rendering, and electrical plans. He began by researching the necessary knowledge and structure used to construct the plumbing and electrical plans on AutoCAD. With the research he was able to complete the action lists. He also reviewed the current rendering to see what details were missing and what important component additions were needed for an accurate representation. The pictures below show some of this work.
Jeson Hu (Aerospace Engineer) completed his 26th week helping with research related to the solar microgrid design, sizing, and cost analysis specifics. This week, Jeson addressed the final comments on the two reports and the diesel generator spreadsheet. He also did a final review on them. Then, Jeson adjusted data and formatting of the diesel generator spreadsheet. In addition, he copied the format of the table on One Community’s website and updated most of it. At last, Jeson commented on the One Community website content that he needs to update. The pictures below share some of this work.
Aidan Geissler (Sustainability Researcher) completed his 18th week helping with 2nd-to-final review, feedback, and content editing. Aidan continued to work on translating his research, analysis, and findings for the Insulation Comparison Spreadsheet he developed into written content for the Sustainable Insulation webpage. He also continued to support the Aircrete and Earthbag Compression Testing Team by reviewing their research and testing progress, and double-checking their calculations. Pictures below are related to this work.
Frank Roland Vilcapaza Diaz (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 11th week helping with the Earthbag Village energy specifics. This week Frank worked on the infiltration energy calculation for the Tropical Atrium and the Aquapini and Walpanini designs. He read through the Air Infiltration Calculation Techniques and the HVAC Application Handbook from ASHRAE to better understand the method of calculation. Finally, Frank created plots to visually understand the energy consumption required for each building. The pictures below relate to this.
Shreyas Dayanand (Battery Research Engineer) also completed his 10th week helping with the solar microgrid design specifics related to electric vehicles and battery sizing. This week Shreyas researched the types of EV chargers used and which OEMs use what type of chargers in the USA. He also continued his research on battery storage options for the solar farm. Shreyas additionally started studying previous case studies in the USA from the IRENA source to obtain information on how to proceed further. He also studied case studies for Alaska and Hawaii and consolidated the learnings from the same. Pictures below are related to this work.
The Compression Team consisting of Dominick Banuelos (Civil Engineering Intern), Jarot Tamba (Civil Engineering Intern), John Paul D. Matining (Civil Engineer Intern), and Marcus Nguyen (Civil Engineering Intern) completed their 9th week helping with the Aircrete and earthbag compression testing. This week, John created a folder called “_Template” which will standardize the filing convention moving forward for the Duplicable City Center project. In addition, a sample electrical sheet which will show power plans has been drafted to be carried over for subsequent sheets (i.e. floors 1 to roof). With that said, an xref for the furniture plan (“FP_00 – OCG21001”) has been created and this format is expected for the remaining floors. They shall be derived from the master plan. Finally, an eTransmit filing standard has been developed for the purpose of downloading and sharing files as an organization standard. Pictures below are related to this work.
Tiffany Gao (Sustainability/Plastics Researcher) completed her 7th week as a researcher, reviewer, and web developer. This week Tiffany discovered Community Eco Power, an organization that actually specializes in “cost effective solutions that divert waste from landfills and increase renewable energy generation” for communities. After reading up on the Pittsfield and Springfield plants, she began conducting research into just how sustainable and effective the methods outlined on the website were. From dry sorbent injections to electrostatic precipitators, she’s been reading and taking down notes – and sees this as a potential collective & effective waste management system. The pictures below share some of this developing work.
One Community is creating a blueprint for sustainable global collaboration 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 continued work on the Duplicable City Center Project Specification and Design Basis documentation. This week we worked on 2D and 3D models for area separation and the associated tables for Occupancy and Occupant loads, completing the initial update for the 3rd and 4th Level. We also began the design for the floor and ceiling and initiated the structural model based on the architectural drawings. Pictures below share some of this work-in-progress.
David Na (Project Management Adviser/Engineer) completed his 25th 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 started the week by providing his team with a final weekly agenda for the Roadways, walkways, and landscaping tutorial. Carol finished with the cost analysis after making changes to the updated CAD that Daniela provided. David also reviewed and resolved the remaining comments on the google doc and also incorporated the stairs/stairway/stairwell section into the Google Doc. Pictures below are related to this work.
Vicente J Subiela (Project Management Adviser) completed 7+ months of working on the solar microgrid design, sizing, and cost analysis specifics. This week he exported the initial SAM file he’s been using to make the simulations of the energy balance. It is not completed though, since the annual demand profile has not been entered yet. The electricity rates should be reviewed and updated according to the electricity service company offer. Vicente also wrote the draft tutorial to carry forward this work.
Carol Nguyen (Civil Engineer) also completed her 19th week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development. This week, Carol finished the roadway cost calculations for roadway unlimited expense and minimized expense options. She marked numbers to the drawing and listed length and area for each segment of the unimproved bike/foot path. She also added several items into the tables and computed the costs corresponding to these items for electric vehicle, improvised bikeway, fire access path, unimproved bike/foot path (minimized) and fire access path, bike path, and pedestrian path (unlimited). Pictures below are related to this work.
Luis Manuel Dominguez (Research Engineer) completed his 19th week helping with research related to the City Center Eco-spa designs. This week Luis focused on the filtering mechanism of the City Center Spa to progress through the essential components needed for creating a power budget for the system. The City Center Spa design has been moving forward allowing for the design specifications of all components to be documented. This week the filtering mechanism was assessed to see what works best with our system. Luis discovered that using a cartridge filtration technique is the most water and energy efficient making it well suited for our application. Sustainability was a crucial element to the selection of the filter, and all of the components. Looking forward, the most crucial element in terms of energy demand is the pump. This will be crucial to the energy budget and the overall efficiency of the spa’s performance. Pictures below are related to this work.
Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 12th week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development. This week Daniela continued various tasks regarding the roadways of the project site. She edited the arrangement of the roadway images and descriptions to provide better visualization for the reader. Later she incorporated additional information and cleaned up these paragraphs in order to provide clear explanations. Daniela also went through the Roadways, Walkways, Gutters and Pathways document to ensure that the materials being listed for the section correlated with what was mentioned in the document. In addition she added the unimproved bike and foot paths to the unlimited expense plan. After cleaning up some details on the CAD, Daniela completed the design of the Earthbag Village roadway and wrote some paragraphs regarding the decision making. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Venus Abdollahi (Architectural Designer) completed her 8th week helping finish the Duplicable City Center roof designs. This week Venus completed the second floor dormer window designs. She added both windows, gutters, and downspouts in the 3D SketchUp file based on the new position of the dormer windows. She created the 3D model of the gutters and downspouts for the City Center Living Dome and Cupola. See pictures below.
John Aquino (Electrical Engineer) also completed his 8th week helping lead the Duplicable City Center Electrical designs. This week, John created a folder called “_Template” which will standardize the filing convention moving forward for the Duplicable City Center project. In addition, a sample electrical sheet which will show power plans has been drafted and to be carried over for subsequent sheets (i.e. floors 1 to roof). With that said, an xref for the furniture plan (“FP_00 – OCG21001”) has been created and this format is expected for the remaining floors. They shall be derived from the master plan. Finally, an eTransmit filing standard has been developed for the purpose of downloading and sharing files as an organization standard. Pictures below show some of this work.
And Carlos Lillo (Engineering Technician) completed his 8th week helping with the pallet furniture designs for the Duplicable City Center guest rooms. Carlos continued adding final adjustments to the renders, as requested by Jae. He changed the reflective factor, modeled a new bracket and added bright colors to the screws to highlight them from other components. After correcting other minor animation segments he delivered the full animation for Pallet Table and began the final render of the Pallet Chair. For the Pallet Bed Carlos worked on correcting some camera issues and for the Pallet Wardrobe his next focus is importing previous animations. Pictures below are related to this work.
Ibukun Shogbamu (Junior Mechanical Engineer) completed his 6th week working on the City Center HVAC Designs. This week Ibukun did the cost estimation for the Minisplit Multi-zone and VRF systems, including creation of a spreadsheet to calculate the cost of outdoor and indoor units and all associated hardware. He finished the research paper comparing the viability of the minisplit multi zone and VRF systems. Ibukun also finished the spreadsheet comparing the viability of both systems. The pictures below share some of this work.
Andrew Wilbert Vidianto (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 6th week working on the Duplicable City Center connectors we’ll use to build the domes. This week, Andrew generally spent most of his hours reading and researching a star wood connector design and wrapping up the design and FEA test on the V wood connector. He managed to design several types of star wood connectors in SolidWorks with the thickness reference from the best V connector, which is the 12-gauge metal sheet. Pictures below are related to this work.
And Xuanji Tang (Architectural Designer) completed her 2nd week working on Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. Her focus this week was revising the occupant loads table in the City Center Project Specification and Design Basis Google Doc and calculating the number of plumbing fixtures needed for each floor. She also started a table for the exits for each space and floor. The pictures below relate to this work.
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This week Qiuheng Xu (Landscape Designer) completed her 48th week volunteering, now helping with the Aquapini & Walipini external landscaping details. This week Qiuheng modified the Lumion model and video rendering based on comments from last week. She updated the SketchUp model and revised some of the model materials. The feedback she addressed can be seen in the image below.
One Community is creating a blueprint for sustainable global collaboration 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 creating a blueprint for sustainable global collaboration 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 32 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. We also completed extensive additional testing and bug identification and correction confirmations. The pictures below relates to this.
Narek Tsaturyan (Software Engineer) completed his 5th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Narek worked on the Navbar. He worked on the timer inside the navbar fixing the position and sizing. He added different screen collapse sizes with media queries to improve the user experience. He also started doing more code reviews with backend code, and began working on an issue with page loading data when viewing users on an admin account. Next week Narek will continue working on that bug. The pictures below are related to this work.
Cameron White (Software Engineer) completed his 4th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week, Cameron added his second major feature: the ability for the HGN app to realize that it’s been updated and prompt the user to refresh the page. This required some fairly substantial changes to the application’s deployment processes and they had to be redesigned as a result. Cameron also began work on deploying the beta version of the HGN app to its new domain, highestgood.com. This process is roughly halfway done and requires adjusting a few settings to make the new website fully operational. Finally, he continued working on small bug fixes, specifically the handful of persistent bugs that have been difficult to solve so far. See the related pictures below of this work.
Aleksandra “Alex” Gorkovenkø (Graphic Designer) also completed her 4th week working on images for our open source social media strategy. Alex fixed her old posters based on the input from the previous weeks, changing quotes and some images as was suggested. Her new posters display more beautiful images with empty spaces, nature, and quotes that are related to the images. Alex paid attention to the company mission statement where messages are focused on positive calls to action. You can see some samples of these below.
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