Human sustainable ecosystem design is about humanity becoming conscious and conscientious global stewards. We have the knowledge and ability to build sustainable global systems, regenerate and heal our planet, and create a sustainable world that will benefit us and everything else that shares this world. One Community is supporting this by designing the demonstration/teacher hubs that will demonstrate what is possible and are open sourcing and teaching everything needed for replication and improvement.
Click on each icon to be taken to the corresponding Highest Good hub page.
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 August 15th, 2021 edition (#438) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is demonstrating human sustainable ecosystem design 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 working on the “Earthbag Construction Footers, Foundation, and Flooring” live page. The web editor on our team continued proofreading the article, checking for areas that weren’t clear, adding comments related to the marking of the construction site and the security of the trenches, and making some suggestions related to the text. The pictures below share some of this work.
The core team also began helping with the Aircrete and earthbag compression testing team. We developed a Google Sheet to track data collection and doubled checked numbers. We also continued the energy demand work. Now we are 95% complete with the energy estimates for the Straw Bale Village. Additionally, we reviewed work on the City Center and provided feedback. See related pictures below.
And the core team continued what we hope will be the final review of the Murphy bed assembly instructions. We worked in 3D designing the wall materials list using SketchUp, and provided suggestions with detailed descriptions and related images about updates and corrections that need to be integrated. Pictures below are related to this work.
Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 56th week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis updated the tangential beam dimensions from a 2×2 cross section to a 2×4 in the SolidWorks renderings, making sure the orientation of the cross section had its longer edge vertical relative to the radial beam cross section. This orientation provides less bending stresses in the tangential beam. He added supports to the radial beams to illustrate the way they will be attached to the radial beams. Jose Luis also updated the roof access dimensions to make use of 2x4s instead of 4x4s, further reducing weight and cost and increasing space for the entrance. And he started updating the roof flash to comply with the newly updated dimensions. The pictures below show some of this work.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) completed her 46th week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. Stacey finished her final round of revisions and submitted a PDF for review. As of now, a total of 121 pages are complete and ready for review. The areas that still need work are translations, cover pages, and QR codes to lead to assembly videos. Edits of the past few weeks (that we didn’t report on) focused on looking over all small details to ensure consistency. She switched some of the wall pages to keep all the components for electrical work within the electrical group and not within the wall group assembly. Because many components were duplicated, she also checked all pages for wall assembly and matched back to the component and procurement pages. All of the parts and amounts of each hardware were recounted and Stacey added 3 new types of lumber, reorganized how many boards were needed of each, and updated the related pages. Attempts have been made to reduce page numbers by reducing the scale of some boards of lumber or indicating identically cut lumber boards once visually with x2 , x3, etc. Suggestions were made to further reduce pages by doubling up components pages to fit 2 parts on 1 page where she thinks this could be done too. Screenshots below are related to this latest progress.
Jeson Hu (Aerospace Engineer) completed his 23rd week helping with research related to the solar microgrid design, sizing, and cost analysis specifics. This week Jeson focused on addressing the comments from all the reviewers, including clarification, rephrasing, revising, and rewriting. He also integrated the recommendations from the micro inverter company representative (Oran) into the solar hardware report. Jeson then followed up with Vicente and the diesel generator companies for quotes and product choices. The pictures below share some of this developing work.
Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 18th week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development. This week Daniela focused primarily on the roads for the site on AutoCAD. She determined which pathways needed to be re-access roads based on the codes she was researching, then divided the roads into two categories. One hatching was used for roads that needed truck access pathways, a pedestrian pathway, and a bicyclist pathway. The second hatching was for pedestrian and bike pathways. These hatchings were placed on the sides of the original pathways for easier design. Once completed, Daniela reached out to Carol to ensure that all comments and details were explained. Lastly Daniela made more edits to the AutoCAD parking lot design. This included changing the loop direction. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Aidan Geissler (Sustainability Researcher) completed his 15th week helping with 2nd-to-final review, feedback, and content editing. This week Aidan continued to provide management and guidance to the Aircrete and earthbag compression testing team. He regularly reviewed their research, plans, and results. He also provided comments and suggestions to guide their research, fill in gaps, and make the mixing plan sound, comprehensive, and replicable. Additionally, Aidan assisted with the organization of the document and provided helpful resources on Aircrete. Pictures below are related to this work.
Prabhath Ekanayake (Electrical Engineering Assistant) completed his 10th week working on the grid-tie connection details for our solar microgrid designs. This week Prabhath continued finalization by reviewing and adding additional content to various sections. Below are some images related to this work.
Nicholas K. de León (Project Management Adviser) completed his 9th week helping with review of Highest Good Housing research and related tasks. This week Nicholas continued his edits and proofreading, completing a few research documents that are now ready for publication. Direct edits also continued in other documents, many of which are showing great improvement. Pictures below show some of his review work.
Frank Roland Vilcapaza Diaz (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 8th week helping with the Earthbag Village energy specifics. This week Frank worked on the energy demand of the ultimate classroom and finished up the related excel sheet. He also checked the calculations for the tropical atrium and fixed some errors. The pictures below relate to this.
Shreyas Dayanand (Battery Research Engineer) also completed his 7th week helping with the solar microgrid design specifics related to electric vehicles and battery sizing. This week Shreyas attempted to re-download the Homer Grid app to continue his analysis for charging on his secondary laptop. He conducted an analysis to determine the cost for charging at 150 kW/hr for a generic EV for approximately 20 minutes. Shreyas described the details of the results by plotting graphical representations. He also looked into a few websites regarding previous cases for solar farm battery storage options. Pictures below relate to this work-in-progress.
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 6th week helping with the Aircrete and earthbag compression testing. This week the team put together a successful test cylinder for each of the mixes which include the standard aircrete and concrete and the 4 compressed earth as well as the light, lighter, heavy, and heavier aircrete mixes. The success came after one of the team members mixed the mixture in the actual cylinder and the mixture worked perfectly. Previously the mixture for aircrete was shrinking inside the cylinder and that was unknown why. However, after it was mixed in the cylinder itself, it stayed at the same height and worked. So the aircrete mixture has finally turned successful and can be remade exactly the same with no issues. The diagram in the photos show the difference in the mixing methods. Whenever mixing aircrete it is absolutely important to have the auger bit as submerged in the cementitious mixture as possible. After learning this the group was able to make very sturdy and successful aircrete without being too brittle. Mixing until the mixture color and distribution was even was also important, this mixing was between 10-15 minutes.The successful methods were repeated to show that the outcome was not based on random luck, but with solid evidence. The team also worked together to fill out the documentation. If everything can be double checked by the core team this week, the cylinders will be made for the group to let them cure for the final compression testing.
Tiffany Gao (Sustainability/Plastics Researcher) completed her 4th week as a researcher, reviewer, and web developer. This week Tiffany spent a lot of time organizing and researching non-recyclable recycling options. First, she made a copy of the 230-page document and cut it down to the essentials focused on community options. Then, she created a table with the recycling options with the options already researched to be a bit more organized. Finally, Tiffany was able to look into small-scale waste-to-energy or other nonrecyclable recycling options along with many recycling companies that can help. The pictures below share some of this developing work.
One Community is demonstrating human sustainable ecosystem design 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 the focus was on collecting data about the possible construction locations (Zip Codes) and collecting the design criteria such as Wind, Snow, Tornado, and Seismic criteria. We also started working on the loading criteria and occupancies to apply the proper loads. Pictures below share some of this work-in-progress.
Ian Oliver Malinay (Energy Modeler/Analyst) completed his 30th week helping run the energy analysis calculations to help us achieve LEED Platinum status for the Duplicable City Center. This week, Ian attended to all comments or reviews from the team for the energy modeling narrative report. He included additional explanations to Climate Zone, building spaces, and the lighting classification. He also added some pictures in the narrative report as per request based on our latest design, and collaborated with Jae to finalize the needed narrative report for energy modeling. Please see below related screenshots of activity for reference.
Carol Nguyen (Civil Engineer) also completed her 16th week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development. This week, Carol wrote the additional information for all the layers of each pavement type based on the cross sectional drawings on CAD and online resources (porous concrete pavement, rigid pavement, and porous asphalt pavement). She also added the references to each section so people can check for additional information. The pictures below share some of this developing work.
Venus Abdollahi (Architectural Designer) completed her 5th week helping finish the Duplicable City Center roof designs. This week Venus completed the Copula roof and the updates. For detailing the roof, she used Revit to create 3D details. Venus created the 3D isometric section of the roof and added different layers of materials to achieve 62.18 R-value. She also completed the 3D modeling and 3D detailing downspouts for the City Center Living Dome roof and the Copula roof. See pictures below.
And Carlos Lillo (Engineering Technician) also completed his 5th week helping with the pallet furniture designs for the Duplicable City Center guest rooms. This week Carlos continued improving the animations by focusing on Angles, Camera Flow, Direction, and other aspects. He also added the metal texture that is going to be used for all the screws, and another for the brackets. They have different colors to simulate reality but also to identify them according to the market color pallet. The next item to be completed is the bed Pallet Furniture with full 1st and 2nd Lvl Animations and then the Wardrobe. The others are now at 99% complete. Pictures below are related to this work.
Dipanshi Batra (Mechanical Engineer) also completed her 3rd week working on the Duplicable City Center connectors we’ll use to build the domes. This week Dipanshi worked further on the Gate Report document. She analyzed the aspect of a variety of Hub options rather than connectors. Dipanshi is working on analyzing the feasibility of a variety of hub options. The options will be narrowed down with ease of manufacture followed by an FEA analysis. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Ibukun Shogbamu (Junior Mechanical Engineer) completed his 3rd week working on the City Center HVAC Designs. This week Ibukun drew a mock Variable Refrigerant Flow system on the floor plans of the Duplicable City Center using AutoCAD. He did this to obtain the refrigerant piping lengths and ensure that they do not exceed the maximum specified by the manufacturer of the proposed outdoor condenser units he chose. The pictures below share some of this developing work.
Andrew Wilbert Vidianto (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 3rd week working on the Duplicable City Center connectors we’ll use to build the domes. This week, Andrew spent most of his hours changing the Geodesic Dome structure into a single beam and researching appropriate material for the beam connector. Section 3 in the Hub Connector Analysis report was done, and the rest of the 2 triangular array structures were also changed into a single beam. Pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is demonstrating human sustainable ecosystem design 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 Qiuheng Xu (Landscape Designer) completed her 45th week volunteering, now helping with the Aquapini & Walipini external landscaping details. This week Qiuheng modified the road in front of the structures in the west, widened the entrance, and added steps to the back. She also redesigned the road system to fit the new topography.
Qisheng Rong (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 5th week helping with the development of the climate battery designs for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Qisheng wrote the assumptions, procedures and equations to calculate the outlet temperature of the climate battery. While the backup heater information was missing, heat gain in his procedures solely relied on solar radiation and the climate battery. Qisheng also searched the load calculation applications manual to find more data and tables to apply into his calculation, and looked for software that has a more accurate measurement. The pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is demonstrating human sustainable ecosystem design 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 demonstrating human sustainable ecosystem design 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. The picture below relates to this. We also did more testing and bug identification within the Beta version of the Highest Good Network software.
Yueru Zhao (Software Engineer) completed her 24th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Yueru kept working on changing the UI for the reports page. She updated the text of the buttons on the main reporting page to ‘Projects’, ‘People’ etc. She spent time trying to figure out how to add blue square specifics on the popover section. When users click the square, they will be able to see the blue square counts, dates and detailed descriptions. Yueru also changed the table collapse button to an arrow shape that makes the button stand out more. The pictures below are related to this work.
Narek Tsaturyan (Software Engineer) completed his 2nd week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Narek continued working on the summary bar. He adjusted spacing issues with the name and container. He also added functionality to the summary bar component by connecting the dashboard in order to allow users to open and submit their weekly summaries through the dashboard. Additionally, Narek worked to simplify code to improve maintainability, and scalability. The pictures below are related to this work.
Cameron White (Software Engineer) joined the team and completed his 1st week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Cameron began onboarding as a software engineer by fixing a number of bugs in the HGN Network app and adding a handful of minor features. He improved the reliability of submitting time entries, added quality of life components to the app, updated the weekly report system to include more information, and drafted the proposal for an updated user management system. See the related pictures below of this work.
Aleksandra Gorkovenkø (Graphic Designer) also joined the team and completed her 1st week working on images for our open source social media strategy. This week, Aleksandra researched quotes and images for her first social media images. She used royalty free images from the Pixabay website and also came up with her own quotes and keywords that highlight the ecological challenges. She then submitted them to the core team for feedback. You can see examples of her first creations below.
AND WE PRODUCED THIS WEEKLY UPDATES BLOG – CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE