Open source and free-shared ultra-sustainable teacher/demonstration hubs are the perfect spark for igniting a new paradigm of open source ideas. With open source sustainable designs covering food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, and global stewardship practices, we can create a comprehensively sustainable planet. This is One Community’s goal and it will benefit all people and life on our planet.
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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 August 1st, 2021 edition (#436) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is igniting a new paradigm of open source ideas 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. We finished placing the images with the standard 640px formatting, formatted them to open the full image when clicked, and added the images that were missing from the tools table. We also started editing the reference section, and backing up the reference links. The pictures below share some of this work.
The core team also continued work on the energy analysis for the solar farm and microgrid designs. We completed the solar energy demands for the central theater, indoor playroom, mezzanine, courtyard meeting areas, walkway meeting areas, and main lobby within Straw Bale Village. See related image below.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This was week #225 of Dean’s work and he spent 7+ hours working on problem solving a lighting issue that was causing the lamps to either not allow light through the lamp shade or reflected the light such that it created a bright ring right below the light. See below for the fixed versions.
Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 54th week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis began updating the net-zero bathroom radial beams by calculating their maximum allowable deflection and moment of inertia. The calculations for the maximum allowable deflection was found on the “American Wood Council” website. He used the calculated deflection to determine the moment of inertia which was based on the dimensions of the radial beams cross section. The results showed that if a height of 4” was used then the minimum base value would need to be 2.54” to withstand the weight. A beam of 4” by 4” was chosen to reduce costs, exceed the required cross-section, and reduce the load on the earthbags. With the results, Jose Luis began updating the SolidWorks rendering to include these new dimensions and updated the geometry of the exterior roof panels to span over the entire array of support beams. The pictures below show some of this work.
Jeson Hu (Aerospace Engineer) completed his 21st week helping with research related to the solar microgrid design, sizing, and cost analysis specifics. This week, Jeson added Garkane’s proposal and alternatives options into the solar incentive research along with more guides on negotiating with power providers and finding the power providers with a better solar credit rate. He also added to future tasks, including states and companies that offer 1:1 credit rate and fixed the resource format. For the diesel generator research, he added the product spec documents to the dropbox folder for future easy access and backup, added the email conversation thread to the dropbox, and addressed Vicente’s comments on the diesel generator research spreadsheet by adding metrics and data. The pictures below share some of this developing work.
Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 15th week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development. This week Daniela continued working on the AutoCAD parking lot design. She included more details such as callouts and bioswales. After speaking with David and Jae, Daniela added additional design elements. She also started a new design for the parking lot that incorporates a two-lane street instead of two streets. Daniela plans on completing the design in the upcoming week. Additionally, she worked on the Earthbag Village design, adding an additional two 6-dome clusters and related modifications. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Nicholas K. de León (Project Management Adviser) completed his 7th week helping with review of Highest Good Housing research and related tasks. Most of this week’s work was concentrated on reviewing documents lower in his review priority list, many of which were in fairly good shape to begin with. Many of the issues at this point surround consistent formatting, much of which Nicholas worked on via direct edits. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Prabhath Ekanayake (Electrical Engineering Assistant) completed his 8th week working on the grid-tie connection details for our solar microgrid designs. This Week Prabhath continued development of the grid-tie tutorial by addressing feedback on his sections and making the requested modifications. Below are some images related to this work.
Frank Roland Vilcapaza Diaz (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 6th week helping with the Earthbag Village energy specifics. This week Frank worked on the calculation for the air conditioning system for the Walpanini and Aquapini designs, the measurements and energy demands, and created a SolidWorks representation of the walls and glass ceiling of the Designs. The pictures below relate to this.
Shreyas Dayanand (Battery Research Engineer) also completed his 5th week helping with the solar microgrid design specifics related to electric vehicles and battery sizing. This week, Shreyas analyzed the load profiles, consumption rates and the annual utility bill for 4 cases: 2 AC Slow Charging (during the day and night) and 2 DC Fast Charging (Levels 4 and 5). He also continued to research viable options for energy storage for the Solar Farm. 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 3rd week helping with the Aircrete and earthbag compression testing. This week they worked on adjusting the calculations for the earthbag and the aircrete test mixes and completing new tests. The aircrete calculation was causing issues with the foam so that was reviewed and fixed. The earthbag mix calculation was also worked on to figure the amount of water that is needed to be mixed with the cement and soil. With that the soil was put to the test to determine which soil type it was. The team also worked on video test runs to see where all the cameras were best to be set up at and what angles. The team also abandoned the idea of creating concrete from scratch, choosing instead to use a widely available and easy-to-use quikrete mix. The mixing plan is almost complete and just a few more adjustments will be made before the test of the 4 mixes can be made for compression testing recordings.
Lastly, Tiffany Gao (Sustainability/Plastics Researcher) completed her 2nd week as a researcher, reviewer, and web developer. This week Tiffany focused on researching and writing up additional sections pertaining to microplastics and recycling codes to be added to the “Best Small and Large-scale Plastic Recycling, Reuse, and Repurposing Community Options ” article. Tiffany drafted a Google Doc for “Addressing Microplastics” that looks into microplastics sourced from clothing, tires, and food and the best alternatives or ways to prevent such microplastics from circulating. She also created a Google Doc on the various recycling codes and the importance of understanding how to properly recycle. The pictures below share some of this developing work.
One Community is igniting a new paradigm of open source ideas 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 review and feedback on the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping and then began editing the Grid-tie Energy Infrastructure Tutorial including the Table of Contents, Introduction, What is a Grid-tie Sustainability Plan, and Why Open Source the Grid-Connection Process.
Ian Oliver Malinay (Energy Modeler/Analyst) completed his 29th week helping run the energy analysis calculations to help us achieve LEED Platinum status for the Duplicable City Center. This week, Ian processed the energy modeling narrative documents as reference for LEED whole building energy simulation. He is now focusing on how to make a narrative document for a baseline model. Unlike the proposed model that typically uses information from construction documents or architectural design, the baseline model shall follow the rules or requirements from ASHRAE standard 90.1-2010. The ASHRAE 90.1 standard baseline model is useful to determine how efficient the actual building is. The energy modeler utilized this model to determine the percentage energy savings of the building. Please see below progress photos for reference.
David Na (Project Management Adviser/Engineer) completed his 22nd 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 assigning action items to his team. Throughout the week, David reviewed his team’s CAD work for the parking lot design that Daniela had been working on, and Carol’s pavement and walkway cross sections. He also went through and reviewed each comment that had been assigned to him on the Google Doc and either resolved it or gave feedback. As David reviewed everyone’s work, he inserted images to help with reader understanding throughout the doc. Lastly, David put in time to build an action item list for his team’s workload for next week. Pictures below are related to this work.
Carol Nguyen (Civil Engineer) also completed her 14th week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development. This week, Carol added more details into the Main Pavement Types Comparison Table and Alternative Pavement Types Comparison Table (comparison criteria, score, ranking, etc.). She also incorporated the CAD drawings for sectional views of pavements into their respective portions in the report. Carol made edits to her roadway initial and annual maintenance costs tables, adding new requirements for separation of road classification of arterial, collector and local roads. She then wrote a section for the porous asphalt pavement on its problems with excess stormwater and on gutters as an alternative to controlling flooding. The pictures below share some of this developing work.
Neel Shanbhag (Control Systems Electrical Engineer) completed his 8th week helping with the Duplicable City Center Electrical designs. This week Neel continued working on power and energy needs for various structures in the Duplicable City Center. He specifically worked on a general class of items and areas for different appliances and updated the related information on the spreadsheet. Pictures related to this work are below.
And Carlos Lillo (Engineering Technician) completed his 3rd week helping with the pallet furniture designs for the Duplicable City Center guest rooms. This week Carlos began producing 2nd level animations for the pallet furniture assembly animations previously generated. The new assemblies he completed animations for were the Bed Frame, Table, and Wardrobe. 3/4 of the products already have 1st Lvl Animations except the Table because of the processing time that the render requires. Carlos should end the 2nd level animations for all the products by next week. Pictures below are related to this work.
Dipanshi Batra (Mechanical Engineer) also completed her 2nd 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 read up on failures of Geodesic Domes, DIYness of Hubs, and furthered her FMEA knowledge on Geodesic Domes. Dipanshi also read up on cost analysis and benchmarking testing requirements. She then created a Test Plan for the testing of the design of Hub Connectors. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Ibukun Shogbamu (Junior Mechanical Engineer) joined the team and completed his 1st week working on the City Center HVAC Designs. This week Ibukun started doing research to be able to compare the initial mini-split HVAC system chosen for the Duplicable City Center to the proposed VFR/VFV systems to determine which would be most feasible. He described both systems and listed advantages and disadvantages for both. Ibukun then started research into the purchase and installation costs for both of the systems. The pictures below share some of this developing work.
Also, Andrew Wilbert Vidianto (Mechanical Engineer) joined the team and completed his 1st week working on the Duplicable City Center connectors we’ll use to build the domes. This week’s focus was learning more about City Center Hub Connector Analysis from the Google Docs, taking notes, and making a summary of the overall task. Andrew did research on some pre-existing connectors for the dome structure, made a rough draft of the hub connector types that are necessary for the structure, and started re-designing and re-calculating the dimension for the row 1 type 1 triangle in Solid Works for the first angle type. Pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is igniting a new paradigm of open source ideas 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 creating updated SketchUp models for the final designs of the Aquapinis/Walipinis. This week we continued designing the central area of the largest Aquapini. In the middle resting area we designed a water pool with wide enough sides that can be used as sitting benches. We also designed a rock table next to the pool with plants between the rocks and an entrance to this resting area marked with two trellises that have vines on them. Additionally, on each side of the trellises we designed beds for plants. And on the other side of this resting area we placed a log bench and designed flower and garden beds. Lastly, we designed a double log bench for the next resting area. Pictures below are related to this work.
This week Qiuheng Xu (Landscape Designer) completed her 43nd week volunteering, now helping with the Aquapini & Walipini external landscaping details. This week Qiuheng updated the lumion model based on feedback. You can see below the feedback she addressed and pictures of her changes.
Qisheng Rong (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 3rd week helping with the development of the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Qisheng calculated the heat loss per hour of the climate battery in the winter in Denver, Colorado by using dimensions from its final design. He also wrote a MATLAB function to calculate heat loss per hour so that users can customize inputs based on different climate battery parameters and different weather temperatures. The pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is igniting a new paradigm of open source ideas 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 igniting a new paradigm of open source ideas 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 28 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.
Jaime Arango (Graphic Designer) completed his 33rd week, creating badges for the Highest Good Network software and graphics for the blogs. This week Jaime created images for weekly progress updates #507, #508, #509, #510, and #511. He also made changes on some of the badges he created in the past. He updated the badges for Torchbearer, Trailblazer, Chief and Cowboy team leadership badges.
Chris Weilacker (Software Engineer) completed his 33rd week working on the Highest Good Network software. Chris worked on finishing up the Create and Edit badges functions by leading Patrick on the entry of the majority of the badges into the dev system with OJ including the categories available, personal max, leadership badges etc. Chris also integrated comments from Jae on the bugs found in the badge system. Pictures below are related to this work.
Yueru Zhao (Software Engineer) completed her 23rd week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Yueru mainly worked on the UI modification for the reporting page. She modified the UI on the reporting landing page, and changed the button style, adding the count numbers to the button. Yueru also made the whole page centered. On the people reporting page, she aligned the buttons, added a heat map for blue square data visualization, and made it so users can view the blue square frequency in a chart and dynamically see when they were assigned. The pictures below are related to this work.
OJ Alcaraz (Software Engineer) also completed his 5th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week OJ continued testing of functionality added by the team for the badges functionality, reviewed pull requests by Chris and Patrick, and started adding new badges so the user interface can be further tested along with descriptions and images that were approved. OJ also reviewed a video made by Chris explaining how the Badges user interface works. The pictures below relate to this work.
Patrick Cao (Software Engineer) joined the team and completed his 1st week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Patrick completed the badge edit UI so that badges can be edited. Then he modified the attribute of badges, added a Type field and type related fields, and deleted the project field. During this process, he found some bugs related to badges, such as the inability to add hours, and fixed them. Next, Patrick worked on the badge table, added type detail description, and modified the filter. Lastly, he added the badges for 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, etc. hours streak badges into the Dev environment. Pictures of some of this work are below.
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