Ecologically addressing housing is a necessary step to achieving global sustainability. So many solutions for this already exist. If we can make them easy enough, affordable enough, and demonstrate them as attractive enough, these solutions will spread on their own and get closer and close to becoming the new normal. Open sourcing and free sharing sustainable, DIY-replicable, teacher/demonstration hubs build with the various methodologies is how One Community is contributing.
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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 February 9th, 2020 edition (#359) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is ecologically addressing housing 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 with what we hope will be the 2nd-to-final review of the Murphy bed instructions. This week’s focus was a detailed review and identifying errors and suggesting fixes for the bed, swivel, and overhead lighting components. You can see some of this work in progress below.
The core team working with Oluyomi “Yomi” Sanyaolu (Technical Writer and Researcher) (completing his 16th week with the team) worked together this week to finish review and edits to the Wind Energy Setup and Maintenance and Hydro Energy Setup and Maintenance tutorials. Oluyomi also made adjustments to the wind and hydropower cost analysis component. The budget for batteries used in the wind system was initially $153 however, after further research, $300 – $1,000 is needed dependent on whether it is a small or large-sized wind turbine. Minor alterations to the calculations for cost per kW for the hydro power cost analysis made the results more consistent.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) also continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This week was week #179 of Dean’s work and the focus this week was lowering the rest of the walls to match the lowered window for the seating area. You can see pictures of these updates below.
One Community is ecologically addressing housing 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 Ron Huang (Mechanical Engineer) continued with his 39th week developing and refining the Energy Modeling tutorial needed to achieve our LEED Platinum certification. This week Ron continued balancing the heating and cooling to meet ASHRAE criteria with the updated occupancy details. You can see some of this work here and we’d say we’re now about 94% complete with the City Center energy analysis component.
One Community is ecologically addressing housing 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 continued working on our behind-the-scenes chicken Google Doc. This week we researched Leghorn chickens and decided against them. Then we researched Plymouth Rock Chickens, ones we’ll be going with because they are another good dual purpose hen, friendly, healthy, and cold hardy. We also edited and added more details to the Why Chickens, Chicken Raising Details, and Other Chicken Needs sections. You can see some of this work here.
And the core team continued developing the open source permaculture design content. This week’s focus was continued development of Step 2 of the Permaculture Case Study section, “Assess Site Through Observation And Research.” This week’s focus was finishing the base map and writing more content for the and food sections. You can see some of this behind-the-scenes work here.
Mohammad Almuzaial (Civil and Construction Engineer) also continued with his 11th week helping with the Aquapini/Walipini civil engineering details. This week he changed the pond location to the north west side, added floor drains to the structures, added all the structure planted areas in the water consumption calculations, calculated harvested rainwater and required catchment land, added the cool-air inlet to the rest of the structures, and created the first draft of the rainwater harvesting calculations spreadsheet. You can see some of this work work-in-progress here and we’d say this brings this part of this component to 86% complete.
Ali Ghahremannezhad (Mechanical Engineer) additionally continued with his 10th week as a member of the team and working on the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Ali worked on boundary condition evaluation through a 2D transient simulation for aquapini and walipinis. All design parameters were changed to be based on a site location in West Jordan, Utah – a place with the closest climate conditions we could find to our proposed location. The variations of the outside temperature was evaluated throughout the year, in January, and for a day in January. Effects of wind speed variations was also added to account for the convection heat transfer coefficient caused by the outside wind speed. The transient simulation results were then explored. You can see some of this behind-the-scenes work here.
One Community is ecologically addressing housing 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 Dan Alleck (Designer and Illustrator) completed his 65th week helping with render additions and finishing work for the rooms in the Ultimate Classroom. This week he continued with his revisions and additions to the red room representing health, mindfulness, and music. What you see here is his second round of revisions and additions that included adding people, more instruments, and various objects like the flooring, swiss balls, etc.
Ziqian Zheng (Architectural Designer and Drafter) also continued with week 13 as a member of the team. This week Ziqian continued his development of the Ultimate Classroom by revising the walkthrough video with more people and adding and removing various objects. You can see some of this work here and we’d say this component is now about 98% complete.
One Community is ecologically addressing housing 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 a thorough review of the David Holmgren video below. David Holmgren is one of the co-creators of Permaculture. We reviewed the video below to extract various quotes we may choose to use throughout the website. We’re also going to create a David Holmgren Quotes webpage with this content so others who may be interested can access and use it too.
Tengxiao Wang (Software Engineer) completed his 5th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Tengxiao continued to work on the Timer component. He fixed some layout issues to make the component cleaner and nicer. He also did some research on the MongoDB schema design and started to design RESTful APIs for handling timer requests. You can see some of the results of this work below.
Henry Ng (React Developer) also completed his 5th week with the team and working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Henry successfully fixed a bug in CircleCI so the other developers can test the app on the web, he also updated all the workflows of the projects management page. Now users can add a new project, change project’s names, change project’s active status and delete projects. You can see screenshots related to this work below.
Siddharth Gore (Senior Software Engineer I) completed his 4th week as a member of the volunteer team also working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Siddharth continued working on the Mobile app for android and ios. He got the Login, Projects, My Profile, LeaderBoard screen and user profile functionality done and tested the app on iphone, ipad and nexus5 phones. You can see some of this work here.
And last but not least, Simon Xiong (Programmer) joined the team and completed his first week working on the Highest Good Network software also. This week Simon researched Unit Testing to determine what could be implemented as a best practice for the HGN application. Unit Testing is just one of the many testing methodologies (Integration, End to End, etc) available for testing software applications. As it relates to our application and for the sake of simplicity we are going to be using Jest with Enzyme. This week Simon completed and included a summary of Unit Testing, Jest, and a Jest Example. You can see some of this work below.
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