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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 9th, 2021 edition (#424) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is designing a more 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 continued finalizing the Earthbag Village Construction of the Footer, Foundation, and Flooring doc. We added more color to images, clarified additional text components, added more comments and questions for Hannah, and started adding in all the notices for where and what videos we’ll be shooting to clarify and demonstrate various design components. Pictures below are related to this and we’d say this tutorial is now about 80% complete.
The core team additionally continued the final review of the Earthbag Village Dome Home Loft Engineering page. We finished the first round of reviewing, editing, and re-writing all the sections and formulated a final question list for Hannah to help with areas needing more text or images to help with the explanation. We’d say the final review and final editing of this page is now about 70% complete.
Lastly, the core team continued working with the latest version of the Murphy bed assembly instructions document. We put comments, corrections and suggestions for pages 75 to 101. These comments were all related to the assembly of the Closet Storage Unit component. Pictures below are related to this work.
Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 41st week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis continued the research and analysis to determine the maximum exterior roof size. He began by updating the densities of the materials to use the correct conversions. The densities were used with the volume of the material to determine the current weight of the design. The surface area and length of the wall supporting the exterior roof was measured as part of the parameters. Calculations were done on paper to determine the maximum weight and the location of the reactive forces. The free body diagram was constructed and inserted into the maximum roof size spreadsheet. Equations were typed out and added alongside with the diagram and the graph used to determine the maximum lateral forces. The final step is to determine the maximum radial beam length and divide it by the original beam length to determine the maximum scaling factor. Once determined, additional analysis will be conducted to calculate the maximum roof size with one row of exterior support columns. The pictures below show some of this work.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) completed her 37th week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week Stacey started to go through all the updates listed after reviewing the assembly following current instructions. She mainly worked on revising the trouble pieces of lumber that were now made from combining 2 pieces of wood into 1 assembly step. Everything is much more cohesive and the different sections are working together well. There have been a few updates overall and we want to keep the instructions as simple as possible. Screenshots below are related to this latest progress.
Hannah Copeman (Structural Engineer) completed her 35th week helping complete all the Earthbag Village tutorials. This week Hannah continued the development of the Earthbag Village dome construction by continuing work on the Footer, Foundation and Flooring tutorial. She continued to revise diagrams and figured in the document based on comments from other team members. Hannah also added a specific section in the document for the crowdfunding campaign 3-Dome Cluster. You can see some pictures of this work below.
Vicente J Subiela (Project Management Adviser) completed his 16th week working on the solar microgrid design, sizing, and cost analysis specifics. This week, Vicente reviewed the documentation written and collected by Jeson that describes and analyzes the information from different suppliers to identify the best hardware for the panels and inverters. He regularly checked the schedule diagram to update the dates and completion column according to the ongoing actions. He also updated the distribution of tasks for the involved people according to their preferences to arrange the tasks, have an easy view of the ongoing work, and check what is pending. He additionally made a first review of the final report by Luis on the calculations for the hot tub. The pictures below are related to this work.
Aidan Geissler (Sustainability Researcher) completed his 13th week helping with 2nd-to-final review, feedback, and content editing. This week Aidan continued to conduct and compile research for the Insulation Comparison spreadsheet. He worked on researching, adding, and evaluating additional products such as ThermaCork, ThermaFiber, Aerogel Spaceloft, and Havelock Sheep Wool. He also corrected grammar, formatting issues, and design aesthetics. Additionally, Aidan reviewed and offered comments and suggestions for multiple research documents, including the City Center hot tub design. and the Pavement Types research. Pictures below are related to this work.
Jeson Hu (Aerospace Engineer) completed his 10th week helping with research related to the solar microgrid design, sizing, and cost analysis specifics. This week, Jeson contacted FIMER for their inverter quote, and will follow up on it on Mon. He also got a response from Enphase Energy saying they can forward the quote request to their business partner. In addition, he found two good sources (http://www.dsireusa.org/ and http://www.energysage.com/solar/101/net-metering-for-home-solar-panels/) showing the national solar incentive programs. Jeson also wrote a summary of his research on the solar incentive rate, and he is working on adding more data to his research. He finished gathering data from California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and Oregon. Only Washington, Oregon, and Idaho are left, and he will be finishing this research next week. Most states offer dollar for dollar solar credit for excess energy generation. However, in our county, the utility provider Garkane Power Association Inc. only gives $ 0.026 per kWh while charging $ 0.061 per kWh usage. The pictures below share some of this developing work.
Yufan Jiang (Volunteer Architectural Designer) completed her 4th week as a member of the team. This week Yufan completed WBS #: 220.127.116.11 Earthbag Village Photoshop Additions. For this task, she worked on five renders, added people with activities, and enriched the scenery. She also started WBS #: 18.104.22.168: City Center SketchUp, AutoCAD 3D and 2D Dormer Window Design. For this task, Yufan researched the design and fire code of the dormer. The pictures below relate to this work.
Dan Alleck (Designer and Illustrator) continued helping with 3D render work, completing his 3rd week as a volunteer now helping with the Earthbag Village 4-dome cluster renders. This week he focused mostly on adding plants and trees to the two images shown below.
One Community is designing a more 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 Qiuheng Xu (Landscape Designer) completed her 31st week helping with the Duplicable City Center landscaping design. This week Qiuheng did a final render of the outside walk through. She exported a HD version and archived all the files, including video, SketchUp model, and Lumion rendering file. Pictures below are related to this work.
Ksenia Akimov (Plumbing Engineer) completed her 29th week working on the Duplicable City Center plumbing designs. This week Ksenia deleted hot water pipe lines on the plans, placed hot water boilers by the consumer locations, added some floor traps, added sinks in the mechanical rooms, and added a vent pipe line for the kitchen. Pictures below are related to this work.
Ian Oliver Malinay (Energy Modeler/Analyst) completed his 19th week helping run the energy analysis calculations to help us achieve LEED Platinum status for the Duplicable City Center. This week, Ian made the tabulation/summary of ideal process loads on the spreadsheet. The process loads must be identical to the proposed building. The process loads must also be greater than 25% of baseline building energy cost (ASHRAE 90.1). Ian additionally revised (again) the ideal operation schedule of the building. We can use the same schedules of operation to compare the baseline and proposed building (except for energy efficiency features). Below are some images related to this work.
David Na (Project Management Adviser/Engineer) completed his 11th 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 holding a meeting with his team to receive an update on his team’s progress. He had taken two weeks off to prepare for his PE exam. Once David received an update, he reviewed his team’s work and assigned action items for the week. David also went over drainage design with Daniela for the Earthbag Village, and researched and worked on preparing the drainage design tutorial following San Diego’s Drainage Design Manual guidelines. Pictures below are related to this work.
Sunitha Paraselli (Mechanical Design Engineer) completed her 10th week working on the Duplicable City Center connectors we’ll use to build the domes. This week Sunitha worked on comparing various angle bracket options with different loads and varying numbers of holes. She also worked on comparison/analysis of DIY alternatives and material procurement options and the final conclusion. Sunitha completed most parts of the documentation and is waiting for the next round of review. The pictures below relate to this work.
Luis Manuel Dominguez (Research Engineer) also completed his 8th week helping with research related to the solar microgrid design, sizing, and cost analysis specifics. This week Luis was finishing up the final touches on his report for the City Center Natural Pool and Spa web page heat transfer details. This consisted of making adjustments to the formatting, finalizing calculations, and getting the teams approval. Luis will continue his work by selecting parts for the hot tub center and begin helping the solar design team with their budgeting and research. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Daniela Andrea Parada (Volunteer/Consultant Civil Engineering Student) completed her 6th week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development. During this week, Daniela had a meeting with David for updates of the past three weeks. She also designed the basement grading plans of the one of the Duplicable City Center domes. This includes the 40 foot ramp and an offset of 4 feet. Daniela also gathered information and researched the roadways and pathways for both the Duplicable City Center and the Earthbag Village. Decomposed granite, porous asphalt and Portland Cement Concrete were chosen as the most viable materials for the project sites. In addition, Daniela and David met to discuss a drainage design run through of the Duplicable City Center basement. It was then decided that the grading design would need to be altered due to the shape of the basement. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Rushabh Bhavsar (Mechanical Design Engineer) completed his 2nd week helping with the City Center Eco-spa designs. This week he continued work on the hot tub frame and cover design. He modeled the frame, cover and drainage systems and possible ideas for the cover design. Rushabh also completed the full assembly of the parts, and also started thinking about the modifications for his model to incorporate the piping, drainage and other hardware. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Carol Nguyen (Civil Engineer) also completed her 3rd week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development. This week, Carol worked on editing formatting and adding details into previous sections after they were reviewed by 4 other members of the team. These included Rubberized Hot Mixed Asphalt Gap Graded, Asphalt Road Advantages, and Roller Compacted Concrete. She also did research and started writing the “Easement Access to Property”, “Alternatives to Salt for Roadway”, and “General Bikeway Criteria (Design Considerations)” sections. In addition, Carol researched roadway costs and started creating Google sheets for the initial costs and annual maintenance costs. The pictures below share some of this developing work.
One Community is designing a more 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:
No work was completed on the Highest Good food component this week.
One Community is designing a more 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. 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 designing a more 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 23 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.
Yueru Zhao (Software Engineer) completed her 14th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Yueru worked on adding the filter buttons on the project reporting page. She added the users, classification, priority, status, active, and assignment dropdown buttons where the options are dynamic based on all the tasks for the project. Yueru also added a collapse button on the Resources column, so the users don’t have to scroll unless they use the button to expand all the resources there. Next week, she will add the edit button and make the filters button work in the project reporting page. Pictures below are related to this work.
Robert Pioch (Graphic Designer) completed his 14th week helping with the new badges for the badges section on the Dashboard of the Highest Good Network. The badges he is creating are for the 7 primary components of our project. This week Robert’s focus was on finishing the badge shown below that represents 1000 hours contributed to the core component of “Stewardship”.
Mike Suarez (Software Developer) also joined the team and completed his first week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week, Mike started adding unit tests around the reducers area where he increased the test coverage from 42.63% to 73.67%. He made his first pull request and approved 3 pull requests. One of the pull requests had several test fixes, although we still have failing tests. The overall numbers went from 62 failures to 17 and the passing tests went from 396 to 531. Next week Mike will focus on fixing as many of those 17 broken tests as possible. The overall coverage increased from 42.69% to 49.17%. The pictures below are related to this work.
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