One Community is focused on building a better world for us all through open source and sustainable solutions for food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, global stewardship practices, and more. Combined, these will provide the foundations for teacher/demonstration hubs designed to teach and evolve these models for “The Highest Good of All“.
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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 October 3rd, 2021 edition (#445) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
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This week the core team continued working on the “Earthbag Construction Footers, Foundation, and Flooring” review for finalizing the live page. This week we updated more images to make them more understandable, organized the remaining questions that need to be answered, answered and closed the comments we could, and made further integrations of suggestions and updates to the live page. The pictures below share some of this work.
The core team also prepared weekly assignments for the compression testing team and responded to communications throughout the week, reviewed the energy calculations for the HVAC system for the Tropical Atrium, and continued to work on further understanding the solar energy sizing energy consumption estimates. Pictures below are related to this work.
Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 63rd week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis continued developing the spreadsheet for the flow and pressure calculations of the Net-Zero Bathroom water storage system. The calculations are to predict what flow rates and pressures the system will have in order to install the correct pump for adequate pressure in the system. In order to gather enough constraints, he modeled a portion of the system as an electric circuit representing the flow rates as current and pressure losses as resistors. The values inputted into the resistors were based off the ratios of head losses calculated. By doing this Jose Luis was able to determine ratios between flow rates for the synthesis of constraints. Once the flow rates and pressures are calculated he will calculate the pump specifications needed. The pictures below show some of this work.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) completed her 51st and 52nd week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. These past two weeks Stacey has been finishing up implementing the comments and directions from the murphy bed instructions PDF. She submitted a draft for review in August and there have been a diversity of suggestions that she has resolved. Specifically, we were able to translate all of the remaining names of the components into the selected languages. There was also a rework of the page numbering system to include dashed/hyphen page numbers instead of using letters, and a new saw blade cutting icon added to cutting pages. There could be more changes needed in that area of the instructions. Screenshots below are related to this latest progress.
Aidan Geissler (Sustainability Researcher) completed his 21st week helping with 2nd-to-final review, feedback, and content editing that is now focused on the Most Sustainable Insulation tutorial. This week he wrote introductory paragraphs for the 20 insulation products he has researched and evaluated in the Insulation Comparison Spreadsheet. Aiden has also been working on adding photos, key points, unique features, and additional resources for each of these products. Below are some images related to this work.
Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 14th week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development, mainly focused now on the Earthbag Village components. This week she worked on the rescaling and calculations for the roadways of the site. Daniela used values obtained from David in order to start the adjustments to the excel expense sheet for the Unlimited Expense Plan. She rescaled the Roadways Minimized Expense Plan AutoCAD and measured the lengths of the roadways. From there she was able to calculate the square footage of the pathways along with the cubic yards and their overall costs. Some values for the linear footage seemed large to Daniela so she re-measured the pathways on the Unlimited Expense Plan AutoCAD. After that, she finalized scaling both AutoCAD files and created an expense plan for Earthbag Village, along with finding those measurements. Pictures below are related to this work.
Shreyas Dayanand (Battery Research Engineer) also completed his 13th week helping with the solar microgrid design specifics related to electric vehicles and battery sizing. This week Shreyas re-ran the techno-economical analysis for three altered cases to understand the effect of commercials based on independent chargers rather than a combination of chargers. Shreyas concluded that for the given location and input parameters, the variation of cost for charging is independent of the time of charging. He also completed most parts of editing the final report of the EV integration report – pictures, editing, aligning, labeling. 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 12th week helping with the Aircrete and earthbag compression testing. This week the compression testing team worked on redoing the jar test but this time adding in detergent to see what the difference is between adding detergent and leaving it out. The team also updated the spreadsheet and answered comments. Additionally, they cleaned the cement room because of the large number of cylinders taking up space. Pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is building a better world for us all 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 added wind and seismic design criteria for the state of Utah and added the lateral resisting system for both horizontal directions. Pictures below share some of this work-in-progress.
Luis Manuel Dominguez (Research Engineer) completed his 22nd week helping with research related to the City Center Eco-spa designs. This week Luis focused on the final components of filtration for the City Center Spa design. Finding the proper filter required a better understanding of the spa volume and how often it needs to be recirculated. The term for this is the “turnover rate”. According to industry standards, every 8 hours of spa usage, every gallon must be run through the filter. This allowed the proper sand filter to be selected for our design and a new defining parameter for the pump was discovered. Luis realized that the pump should operate at around 35 gallons per minute in order to meet the design requirements of the filter and heating unit. Next week he will be looking at variable speed pumps that can be used to reach this target flow rate. Understanding the pump will allow the blower to be selected simultaneously. Pictures below are related to this work.
Venus Abdollahi (Architectural Designer) completed her 12th week helping finish the Duplicable City Center designs, now focused on the dormer window designs. This week, Venus made some changes to the final report for the dormers. She added new details, sections and more pictures. Venus graphically showed how the dormers meet the International Building Code for fire safety and set up a meeting with Xuanji who will be managing her helping match dome sections with the updated plans. See pictures below.
And Carlos Lillo (Engineering Technician) completed his 10th week helping with the pallet furniture designs for the Duplicable City Center guest rooms. Carlos continued this week by completing the Wardrobe Render video. He adjusted camera angles and changed colors of the screws so they would be more noticeable. He also uploaded a preview of the final render. Next week Carlos will finish the wardrobe after re-rendering a small segment (door screws animation) and will entirely focus on the Pallet Bed. Pictures below are related to this work.
Xuanji Tang (Architectural Designer) completed her 5th week working on Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. She updated the restroom in the Social Dome on the first floor, the bedrooms in the Living Dome on the first and second floor, and the restrooms on the third and fourth floors. Xuanji also added some dimensions in the DWG master file and submitted the complete floor plan for review. Pictures below are related to this work.
And George Koshy (Design Engineer) completed his 3rd week working on the Duplicable City Center connectors we’ll use to build the domes. This week George redesigned the beams and brackets to eliminate GD&T errors due to computational roundoffs. He completed the assembly with all the fasteners, and researched the materials of bolts and nuts. He also researched the mechanical properties of LVL beams and added the material properties into SolidWorks. George additionally started the simulation process. The pictures below relate to this work.
Huiya Yang (Volunteer Architectural Designer) also joined the team and completed her 1st week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week, she focused on working on the Duplicable City Center architectural updates according to the ADA Standards for Accessible Design. Huiya redesigned the bathrooms and moved them to the entrance of each bedroom. She also helped Xuanji revise the plans with updates such as adding a door in the first-floor restroom storage room, deleting the door on the first-floor restroom, adding additional storage rooms on the third and fourth floor, etc. Pictures of some of this work are below.
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his week the core team continued working on the Chicken Coop Assembly document. We updated all images related to changes affected by corrections of placements of double plates on south side. We also discussed and made decision about two possible placements of OSB sheets on the roof and updated the text for images related to roof framing.
Another team member worked more on the chicken coop roofing system too. Updates this week included details concerning the rafter sizes, birdsmouth cuts, and including the outriggers for east and west walls with the rafters oriented in a north to south direction.
Qiuheng Xu (Landscape Designer) also completed her 52nd week volunteering, now helping with the Aquapini & Walipini external landscaping details. This week Qiuheng focused on revising SketchUp and updating the model in Lumion renderings. After changing the details based on previous comments, Qiuheng re-edited the rendered video. Now the fly over is clockwise without pushing in on specific areas and then pulling out. The video has been updated to a circular path with no changes in direction. Wall issues were fixed and the central area was updated to reflect an artistic compass design also. Pictures below are related to this.
Frank Roland Vilcapaza Diaz (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 12th week helping with the Aquapini & Walipini and Tropical Atrium climate battery designs. This week Frank worked on the summary for the energy consumption by correcting mistakes and adding more visuals for an easier understanding of the process needed for the calculation of such loads. The pictures below relate to this.
And Brian Storz (Culinary Project Manager) completed his 3rd week helping lead the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan, Transition Kitchen designs, Food Procurement and Storage plan, and related menu and meal plans. This week Brian worked on developing recipes for the transactional kitchen. Some of the recipes included rice pilaf, black beans, salad dressings, and sauces. Brian started listing possible marinades for proteins to provide variety when eating different protein, vegetable and starch combinations. Brian also worked with Escoffier Culinary School to start the culinary student intern program with One Community Global. He is looking forward to working with some of the next generation of the culinary world. Below are some images related to this work.
One Community is building a better world for us all 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:
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This week the core team completed 24 hours managing One Community volunteer-work review not included above, emails, social media accounts, and interviewing and getting set up new volunteer team members. Also hours of additional testing and bug identification and correction confirmations for the Highest Good Network software were completed. Pictures below show some of this.
Chris Weilacker (Senior Software Engineer) completed his 34th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Chris got the Beta environment working after a catastrophic crash. He then did troubleshooting to get the Dev environment working also. Pictures below are related to this work.
Narek Tsaturyan (Software Engineer) completed his 8th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week, Narek started work on testing the badges. He started with drafting and completing a written set of objectives to be performed for the badges. He then discussed best approach methods with Hannah and agreed to split testing each item. Narek continued with setting a testing library, but some challenges were met with running the models for each object. Next week he will continue to work on the badges and mark any issues and bugs met in the codebase. The pictures below are related to this work.
Aleksandra “Alex” Gorkovenkø (Graphic Designer) also completed her 8th week working on images for our open source social media strategy. She fixed posters from the previous week by changing the contrast for the images and text to make it more readable, repositioning the attribution, and updating images where requested. Alex also found new images and learned more about One Community’s mission and focus to create new image text. What you see below is a sample of the approved ones.
Cal Vert Wong (Software Engineer) completed his 3rd week working on the Highest Good Network software. Due to the complexity of the existing codebase, it took Cal more time to triage and locate the required code. Multiple code at different locations made it confusing and prone to creating more bugs hence he spent more time to track down which code is being called so that no new bugs are introduced when trying to resolve the current ones. Cal also reviewed a few PRs, commented on one of them to suggest a cleaner code, and made a PR himself to resolve a bug. Currently he is looking at the timer bug which can be quite challenging to be resolved. Pictures below are related to this work.
Hannah Gardner Hattersley (Software Engineer) completed her 2nd week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week, Hannah gathered necessary information to manipulate the app cron jobs and begin testing. Once she was able to begin testing, she went through and tested large groups of badges. Hannah found that most badges within a category demonstrated the same behavior (successes and bugs). Additionally, she was able to address two bugs in the HGN Beta Test Bugs document. Pictures below are related to this work.
Pranav Borole (Software Engineer) also joined the team and completed his 1st week working on the Highest Good Network software. First he spent time setting up his local environment. During the setup, he faced issues and had to debug the issue and finally solved it by seeking help from the other development team members. He then started working on High Priority Bug from the Bug Tracking Document. Pranav replicated the issue using the Dev accounts and verified the functionality and reviewed previous PRs. He found the working issue with Hours Logging solved and that the email generating issue was not possible to replicate in the Dev server. Pranav also found the incorrect due dates causing issues in the dev server and started working on a solution. Pictures of some of this work are below.
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