One path to making sustainability easier is open source sustainability solutions. With this in mind, One Community is creating open source and DIY sustainable solutions for food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, global stewardship practices, and more. Combining them, One Community will be the first teacher/demonstration hub designed to share, teach, and evolve each of these ares for “The Highest Good of All“. 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.
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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 October 10th, 2021 edition (#446) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is making sustainability easier 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” review for finalizing the live page. This week’s focus was pushing to the webpage more changes made on the Google Doc, while also accepting suggestions and adding any still needing to be addressed to the top of the doc for easy access and future resolution. The same team member also made some corrections to the Ethical, Humane, & Conscientious Chicken Stewardship document. The pictures below share some of this work.
The core team also prepared weekly assignments for the compression testing team, had a separate conversation with Marcus about the previous week and upcoming tasks, and reviewed their work and made plans to move forward with Drexel. We re-reviewed Frank’s work on energy estimates for the HVAC system for the Tropical Atrium, and had a call with him to discuss what infiltration energy means and to apply all of our suggested edits to Walipini and Aquapini HVAC estimates. We also spoke to George about his findings and his need for someone to look at his work and approach. Pictures below are related to this work.
Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 64th week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis completed and reviewed the calculations for the flow rate and pressure of the net-zero bathroom water storage system. He calculated the reduction in flow rate and pressure in the system. The flow rate and pressure values were graphed in respect to the locations of the pressure drops in the system. The graphs give an insight on what areas of the water storage system affect the flow rate and pressure. He determined a pump was necessary to provide adequate water pressure to the system. Jose Luis also began looking at the calculations needed to determine the pump power and where to position it in the system to optimize its effectiveness and select the correct pump. The pictures below show some of this work.
David Na (Project Management Adviser/Engineer) completed his 29th week helping with input and management of the Parking Lot and Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development, now mainly focused on the Earthbag Village aspects of this. This week David met with Daniela and Jae to go over the remaining action items for the Roadways doc. After meeting with Daniela, David and Daniela figured out why the quantities for the roadways were off. They also reviewed some of the tasks assigned from Jae. Due to a few questions that needed clarification, David met with Jae to understand what action items were left to be finished. Per Jae’s request, David also sketched rough outlines of the basement and garage door dimensions. Lastly, he prepared the remaining tasks for Daniela to complete over the next couple of weeks. Pictures below are related to this work.
Aidan Geissler (Sustainability Researcher) completed his 22nd week helping with 2nd-to-final review, feedback, and content editing that is now focused on the Most Sustainable Insulation tutorial. This week Aidan finished creating a section for each of the 20 insulation products. Each section includes an introduction paragraph, pros, cons, key features, and links for additional resources. Aidan also reviewed and provided guidance on the current solar microgrid design specifics related to electric vehicles and battery sizing. Below are some images related to this work.
Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 15th week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development, mainly focused now on the Earthbag Village components. This week Daniela worked on the expenses of the roadways along with the updates for the Rainwater Harvesting page. She started off the week by creating tabs for the Parking, Roadways, and Walkways costs. She continued working on these throughout the week and provided charts that indicate the expenses for the roadways and walkways of the site. In addition, Daniela met with David to further discuss action items and any questions that were brought up throughout our communication. Daniela then made changes to the AutoCAD for the drainage system design that David suggested during the meeting. Once completed she created various pdfs that provide various angle-illustrations of the drainage system plan. Daniela continued making alterations to this AutoCAD to ensure the designs were clearly legible to the viewer. Lastly she found the pipe lengths and input the values into a chart. Pictures below are related to this work.
And Tiffany Gao (Sustainability Researcher) completed her 10th week as a researcher, reviewer, and web developer now focused on a solution to non recyclables. This week Tiffany examined the cost analysis and potential suppliers for a plasma gasification system, carbon injection system, and possibly a dry sorbent injection system. Varying suppliers and companies provided different methods of such systems (whether that’d be individual gasifier units or an entire facility) along with the additional needs or components of the system, so extensive notes were taken down exploring each elaborated solution. Pictures below show some of 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 12th week helping with the Aircrete and earthbag compression testing. This week the Compression Testing Team did new jar tests, this time adding clay. The Team also tested making foam with Drexel, which proved to make more consistent foam than 7th generation dish soap. They also spent time working on documents that needed addressing in order to gain approval, and prepared for pretesting the cylinders. Calculations and materials lists were made for preparations for the pretest. Pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is making sustainability easier 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 Luis Manuel Dominguez (Research Engineer) completed his 23rd week helping with research related to the City Center Eco-spa designs. This week Luis modified the schematic layout of the system to make it more presentable for the website. There are still some loose ends with the pump selection that should be wrapped up in the next few weeks so we can have a complete energy budget for the system. Pictures below are related to this work.
Venus Abdollahi (Architectural Designer) completed her 13th week helping finish the Duplicable City Center designs. This week, Venus made some changes on the final report for the dormers and completed the dormer task. She also started a new task and changed “section A” according to the new updated file and matched the dome sections with the plans. This is still a work in progress. See pictures below.
And Carlos Lillo (Engineering Technician) completed his 11th week helping with the pallet furniture designs for the Duplicable City Center guest rooms. After many discarded thoughts and ideas, Carlos proposed a creative way to show the animations on the Bed Pallet using see-through parts. These were needed because most of the parts were difficult to see because they were happening mostly inside the pallets. He also finished the Wardrobe Pallet. What’s left on Carlos’ agenda is to model the Folding Door Hardware because it’s in the cost analysis but not included in the models. This animation is shown at the end of the render so, so it should take little to no time to accomplish. Pictures below are related to this work.
Xuanji Tang (Architectural Designer) completed her 6th week working on Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. She continued the floor plan updates, created the plumbing fixture block and replaced the previous plumbing fixtures. Xuanji also changed the stairs to enclosed fire-rated staircases, and managed the other two architectural team members. Pictures below are related to this work.
And George Koshy (Design Engineer) completed his 4th week working on the Duplicable City Center connectors we’ll use to build the domes. This week George completed the static analysis to determine the stress, strain, and deflection of the system under a given load. The results were interpreted and a large displacement was noticed. The brackets were redesigned for 0.1875″ to see the effects of load on this bracket configuration and associated loads were recalculated. George also started the redesign of the brackets for the ease of inserting the bolt and to match specifications. The pictures below relate to this work.
Huiya Yang (Volunteer Architectural Designer) completed her 2nd week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week, she helped change the furniture which included the faucets, toilets, urinals, showers, and hand dryers, beds, wardrobes, and table sets from AutoCAD Groups into AutoCAD Blocks. Huiya also helped Xuanji revise the floor plans, enclosed the staircases on the north and south sides of each floor, and updated the roof plan by using SketchUp to build an initial model. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Bryan Lee Budiman (Industrial Designer) joined the team and completed his 1st week working on the Duplicable City Center dormer assembly instructions. This week, he attended orientation and finished all of the onboarding checklist and action list. He clicked, read, and understood all of the links given on the google docs. Additionally, he researched online to understand the problem scope. Due to some technical issues, Bryan converted all of the 3D files into SolidWorks files, which is the software he is familiar with. Afterwards, he analyzed the 3D model in AutoCAD and SolidWorks before defining any extra problem / insight / solutions needed. The pictures below share some of this developing work.
Yuxi Lu (Architectural Designer) also joined the team and completed her 1st week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week, she and Xuanji discussed the existing problem with the egress stairs. Together, they proposed several possibilities that will resolve the problem, and finalized a design that will impact existing structure and other components the least while also meeting safety requirements. Yuxi then updated and organized the master sketchup model from Nov 2020 by renaming tags and regrouping the various categories so the components within models are now sorted by discipline, making it more efficient for all teams to locate respective items. Pictures of some of this work are below.
One Community is making sustainability easier 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 the Chicken Coop Assembly document. We generated updated detailed images for the rafter end cut outs in sequential order and provided explanation text with necessary measurements for all parts. We also prepared the Aquapini Sketchup file for generating download links using FileDropper and split the Aquapini file into three smaller files that could be accepted by the FileDropper application.
Another team member worked more on the chicken coop roofing system too. This week’s focus was further solving the roof design text to match up with the various drawings for both the chicken coop window frames and assembly, as well as explanations of the rafter cuts for the birdsmouth ends, and the notches in two of the rafters to accommodate the outriggers that allow for extended eaves.
Qiuheng Xu (Landscape Designer) also completed her 53rd week volunteering, now helping with the Aquapini & Walipini external landscaping details. This week Qiuheng combined and added the internal structure model to her master working SketchUp file and then updated the Lumion model as well. She also updated the central compass graphic/design to include NE, SE, NW, SW points and letter indicators for N, S, E, and W. Last but not least, Qiuheng adjusted the Lumion video path to include the outside and inside of the structure. Pictures below are related to this.
Frank Roland Vilcapaza Diaz (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 13th week helping with the Aquapini & Walipini and Tropical Atrium climate battery designs. This week Frank worked on fixing the calculation mistakes that were found earlier in the week. These errors were due to a faulty conversion of temperatures from Farenheit to Celcius and they are now resolved. He also revised the chart graphs for an easier understanding of the energy consumption details. The pictures below relate to this.
And Brian Storz (Culinary Project Manager) completed his 4th week helping lead the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan, Transition Kitchen designs, Food Procurement and Storage plan, and related menu and meal plans. This week Brian worked on developing entrees that encompass the spirit of the project. He also tested out a new recipe and developed a sauce for Vegetable Chow Mein. Brian additionally prepared for an interview with a potential culinary student who is interested in the 6 week intern program. Next week he is gearing up for soups that would be very cost effective for this project. Below are some images related to this work.
One Community is making sustainability easier 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 making sustainability easier 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 volunteer-work review not included above, emails, social media accounts, and interviewing and getting set up new volunteer team members. Also additional testing and bug identification and correction confirmations for the Highest Good Network software were completed. Pictures below show some of this.
Guy Grossfeld (Graphic Designer) returned to the team to help with badge design for the Highest Good Network software. This week Guy spent time familiarizing himself with the task and creating and submitting for feedback the first round of badges for the Stewardship category. You can see some of the related conversations and design process below. You can see some of this work here.
Narek Tsaturyan (Software Engineer) completed his 9th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Narek worked on testing for badge award functionality. He set up a local environment and edited the Cronjob function to run every minute. He then changed hours within mock accounts to run tests and find bugs. Narek found multiple bugs and added them to the bugs report docs. The pictures below are related to this work.
Aleksandra “Alex” Gorkovenkø (Graphic Designer) also completed her 9th week working on images for our open source social media strategy. This week, Alex worked on improving efficiency creating slogans. She was able to create around 50 additional slogans and found 50 additional images for them. Later she will apply the slogans after approval and feedback. She also improved posters from week number 8 (around 20 posters), and created new posters for week number 9 with approved slogans (also around 20 posters). What you see below is a sample of some of our favorites.
Hannah Gardner Hattersley (Software Engineer) completed her 3rd week working on the Highest Good Network software. Hannah merged PRs and had her own PRs merged. Additionally, she collaborated with team members to identify alternative solutions to bugs, see if others observed the same behavior she observed, and to find support in debugging code. In an attempt to prepare herself to help debug the badge bugs, she began going through the userHelper.js document to understand logic behind the badges. Hannah is half way through and will finish next week. Finally, when diving into an issue with deleting blue squares and saving profile edits, she found a discrepancy between two models and made an edit that solved it. Pictures below are related to this work.
Pranav Borole (Software Engineer) also completed his 2nd week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Pranav worked on solving the email summary issue, and also added a feature to add an ‘Orientation and Initial Setup’ project for all new users created by the Admin. He then started working on a validation issue present in the same form for creating a new user. Pranav found there were no frontend validations present, the form only checked for valid inputs upon submission. He reviewed the refactor code in the recent PR and attempted resolving the failing tests. And after his discussion with co-developers, Pranav decided to implement the modifications himself that will beautify the UI as well as solve the validation issue at the same time. Pictures of some of this work are below.
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