We can create a better world while also creating a more enriching living experience. One Community’s approach to this is through comprehensive sustainability. We are developing and open sourcing/free sharing the replication plan that includes food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, global stewardship practices, 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 June 13th, 2021 edition (#429) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is creating a more enriching living experience 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 created a plan for compression testing aircrete and stabilized earth. These tests will make creating permitted structures for the Earthbag Village construction easier. We’re planning 275 tests covering 10 different mixes. The pictures below show some of the other planned details.
The core team also continued edits and additions to the “Best Small and Large-scale Plastic Recycling, Reuse, and Repurposing Community Options ” article. This week we made additions to the “comparing plastic recycling options” table, identified new areas we’d like to research, did some corrections to the placement of paragraphs in the google doc, transferred some sections, and embedded videos to the live page. The pictures below share some of this developing work.
The core team additionally continued double checking the Earthbag Village energy specifics for the solar microgrid design, sizing, and cost analysis. We brought on 2 volunteers to assist and continued to add calculation details to the energy needs tab, so others can update easily if necessary in the future. We worked out water demand and greywater production and instantaneous flow rates for pump sizing and power draw. See below for related pictures.
Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 46th week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis reviewed and completed his calculations and graphs. While reviewing his work he updated the dimensional properties of the calculations. Values such as the surface area of the model’s roof and the density of galvalume were updated to the correct values. With these corrections the graphs and trend lines relating weight and the number of support beams were updated. The total weight and the number of tangential supports were calculated by summing up the trendline functions and constraining the weight to a maximum value of 648lb and the number of supports being a whole number. The maximum number of support was calculated to be 12 and a weight of 583.5 lb. The maximum weight was divided by the current model’s weight equaling a scaling factor of 1.31 or a 31% increase in surface area. The calculations for the maximum roof scaling factor with external supports was updated as well. The solution to the maximum scaling factor with supports uses the total weight of the roof as a function of radial beam length derived from the calculations done when there are no external supports. With the updated calculations, the maximum scaling factor with external supports was 4.01 or a 400% increase of surface area. The large increase was due to the low density of galvalume (3.75 gms/cm3) when compared to conventional galvanized steel (7.14 gms/cm3) which was being used in the previous calculations. The pictures below show some of this work.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) completed her 41st week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week Stacy focused on working through the feedback comments from the core team, one by one. Overall the instructions have been greatly improved. She has been able to make adjustments to several different areas because when revisiting the areas she found small details that were missed or incorrect. The page keys and wood numbers have caused the most problems. It seems there are a lot of adjustments to wood sizes and positions. We want to make sure we represent all the components accurately and the procurement list will have to get longer and more stylized. Screenshots below are related to this latest progress.
Jeson Hu (Aerospace Engineer) completed his 15th week helping with research related to the solar microgrid design, sizing, and cost analysis specifics. This week, Jeson grouped the companies with less solar incentive information in the solar incentive comparison table, added more guidance and notes to the table, and color coded the table for easier visual rating. He also reviewed the best solar hardware inverter sections, changed and corrected hardware descriptions, and added inverted images to the spreadsheet comparison table and the report. He then added the image numbering and names/captions. For the solar inventive report, Jeson fixed the title capitalization format, and finished the conclusion requested. He then focused on rewriting the solar hardware descriptions and citation issue, and is halfway done with the solar hardware report. The pictures below share some of this developing work.
Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 11th week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development. This week Daniela started out the week by returning back to the Earthbag Village street design that needed to be offset to 20 feet. Initially there was a problem with the shape of the street when offsetting the outer ring. A solution was found and Daniela made edits through AutoCAD so that the street now measures 20 feet. Daniela also continued watching and annotating the videos regarding the grey and black water systems. Once completed, she cleaned up these notes so that others could read and understand the material without referring back to the videos. Additionally, Daniela added images that would visually aid others referring to the work. Lastly, in order to ensure better understanding of a paragraph, she created two tables for the Aquapini and Walipini project. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Katherine Cao (Chemical Engineer) also completed her 3rd week working on the grid-tie connection details for our solar microgrid designs. This week Katherine did research on the general cost for building a solar farm grid-tie system. She researched the per-mile cost on different power needs and overhead and underground options. Katherine read reports and articles, wrote the costs section, and corrected some figures and makes them more clear. Pictures below are related to this work.
Frank Roland Vilcapaza Diaz (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 2nd week helping with the Earthbag Village energy specifics. This week Frank worked in creating a report on the water heater selected for the eco showers. He read through information regarding the heating losses and gains produced inside the system to start on the design of an auxiliary heating system for the atrium. Dimensions on the atrium were determined using the Sketchup program and they will be used to find the loads needed in the HVAC system. The pictures below relate to this work.
Prabhath Ekanayake (Electrical Engineering Assistant) completed his 2nd week working on the grid-tie connection details for our solar microgrid designs. This week Prabhath continued development of the grid tie energy infrastructure tutorial by adding permitting fees for the step-by-step construction section, writing the overview, and researching and emailing a few energy companies for relevant information. Below are some images related to this work.
Last but not least, Nicholas K. de León (Project Management Adviser) completed his 2nd week helping with review of Highest Good Housing research and related tasks. This week, Nicholas finalized the cylinder mold order, obtaining a competitive price lower than other sellers previously contacted. In addition to this, Nicholas worked on editing research documents and providing feedback for the solar team. This included, most importantly, the need to cite properly, something that will need attention before these documents are ready to be published to One Community’s website. In aiming to reduce the time spent on backtracking research citations and suggesting edits that will delay publication, Nicholas also worked on a template for writing, one that can be used to make future documents more uniform as well as provide suggestions for citations from the outset. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
One Community is creating a more enriching living experience 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 reviewed, edited, and provided comments of the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial through page 35, covering topics of pavement structural layers (subgrade, subbase, base, surface course, non-structural wearing course, etc,) roadways drainage and collection (purpose, criteria, and gutter flows) and fire department access requirements.
David Na (Project Management Adviser/Engineer) completed his 16th 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. This week David spent time creating a pump design plan with a rough average of the rainfall intensity, City Center impervious area, and runoff coefficient. David is also creating a section view of the roadways for the porous concrete and is also working on a 3D rendering of what the roadway will look like. Pictures below are related to this work.
Sunitha Paraselli (Mechanical Design Engineer) completed her 14th week working on the Duplicable City Center connectors we’ll use to build the domes. This week Sunitha worked on why stainless steel is the best choice for our connectors, researching its advantages and comparing the costs between aluminum and stainless steel. Do’s and don’ts of drilling of beams and how the holes sizes should be selected was also researched. The pictures below relate to this work.
Luis Manuel Dominguez (Research Engineer) also completed his 14th week helping with research related to the City Center Eco-spa designs. This week his focus was to research the best options for the foundation in order to optimize the heat savings of the tub. This included assessing numerous insulation methods such as insulated concrete foam, foil-faced insulation, and aircrete. There are advantages and disadvantages to all, but the most promising have shown to be insulated concrete foam and aircrete, which are quite commonly used in the industry. Aside from that, he finalized some work with the cover and has been reaching out to companies for a quote that will meet the design criteria of the unit. Furthermore, modifications are still being made to the report to have it ready for publishing to the website. Pictures below are related to this work.
Rushabh Bhavsar (Mechanical Design Engineer) completed his 8th week helping with the City Center Eco-spa designs. Rushabh completed the hot tub design, piping layout, and drainage layout. He designed and modeled the connections between the hot tub, mech room, and main pool. He modeled the structure of the mech room and outer periphery of the pool so that the length of the pipes can be determined accurately. Rushabh also searched for the insulation system to save the heat loss from the shell and base of the hot tub. Additionally, he searched for hot tub foundation materials and the special characteristics of each of them. Pictures below relate to his work last week.
Carol Nguyen (Civil Engineer) also completed her 7th week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development. For this week, Carol wrote the section describing the roadway features in the Earthbag Village including level of traffic, speed limit, alignment, types of vehicles, etc. She added some details for the Bikeway Design section. In addition, she also made some edits and additions to the sections Alternative Pavement and Irrigation System. Carol finished the Roadway Costs (Initial and Annual Maintenance) calculations and she wrote some paragraphs explaining the items in the spreadsheets as well as the general formula to compute total costs for each project. She also continued taking notes on her part of natural greywater processing (Greywater in Developing Countries). The pictures below share some of this developing work.
Yufan Jiang (Volunteer Architectural Designer) completed her 6th week as a member of the team. This week Yufan worked on expanding walls to match the most current Duplicable City Center insulation plan. For this task, she updated all the City Center hallways and other areas that we’ve updated to 10″ thick walls. The pictures below relate to this work.
Wanda Field (Research and Review Assistant) joined the team and completed her 1st week helping with research and reports review and additional research for the Duplicable City Center and Highest Good Housing components. This week Wanda reviewed and edited three research papers: City Center Hot Tub Design, The Best Solar Hardware Research Report, and Solar Incentive Rate Research. She helped the authors of these papers with any grammatical errors and concerns where the content could be confusing to a non-engineer. Wanda also began researching which water heating method would be best to use for the communal eco-shower system of the Earthbag Village (Pod 1). She computed the daily energy consumptions of both an electric tank water heating system and an electric instantaneous (tankless) water heating system. See below for some pictures related to this.
Neel Shanbhag (Control Systems Electrical Engineer) also joined the team and completed his 1st week helping with the Duplicable City Center Electrical designs. This week Neel began researching about the cut sheets required for various kitchen equipment. He then observed if the specifications mentioned in the cut sheets matched with the specifications on the spreadsheet. Neil also updated the cut sheets in the drop box. Pictures of some of this work are below.
One Community is creating a more enriching living experience 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 started creating a SketchUp model for the final design of the Aquapinis/Walipinis. We used the AutoCAD Viewer for loading the latest AutoCAD models to generate images with necessary measurements. We then prepared an old Aquapini Sketchup model for the new designs by removing two center aquapini beds and reshaping the water pump pond and removing the roof and building framing. We also designed foundation footer and I-beam posts that sit on footers. Pictures below are related to this work.
This week Qiuheng Xu (Landscape Designer) completed her 36th week volunteering, now helping with the Aquapini & Walipini external landscaping details. This week Qiuheng continued working on the planting design. She replaced all the big trees that may block the structure with small trees and shrubs. She also exported the design to sketchUp to build a new base model for the landscape. Next, Qiuheng will start to make a 3D model of the planting design. Pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is creating a more enriching living experience 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 more enriching living experience 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 27 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. Also more testing and bug identification was done within the Beta version of the Highest Good Network software.
TEKtalent Inc. (a custom programming solutions company) also continued with their 44th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Nithesh and TEK Talent team continued working on the bug fixes. It is now possible to enter hours up to 40 and minutes up to 59 only. Phone number formatting was added too, including international numbers in the add new profile screen and the edit profile screens. The watermark for total committed hours was also corrected. Pictures below show some of this work.
Jaime Arango (Graphic Designer) completed his 30th week helping, returning to creating images for the One Community Updates Blogs like this one. This week Jaime created images for weekly progress updates #497, #498, #499, #500, and #501. You can see all these new images below.
Chris Weilacker (Software Engineer) completed his 27th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week, Chris completed Parts 1 and 2 of the proposal for the badges and materials tracking components. You can see some of his proposal below.
Mike Suarez (Software Developer) also completed his 5th week working on the Highest Good Network software. Mike started the week fixing CircleCI. We were pointing to the latest nodejs docker image to run our project and they (CircleCI) switched the latest from node 14 to 16. Since our project requires node 14 we were not able to build. The image set was cimg/node:14.17.0. Then Mike started tackling different issues from the bug report. He fixed the behavior of blue squares, allowing them to autosave the changes. He also fixed the Total Effort calculation which included the Intangible Effort. And he found the problem with the Timer not accounting for the right amount of time. This was an implementation problem in the feature for which he proposed a solution and is looking forward to implementing it next week. The pictures below are related to this work.
Malathi Perumal (Beta Testing Tester) also joined the team and completed her 1st week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Malathi worked on bugs related to the timer functionality properly measuring time and accepting a limited number for input values. She also started checking functionality of all components based on the WorK Breakdown Structure document. Malathi did this while working with other team member to get her local environment set up. See below for pictures related to this work.
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