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Addressing Climate Change With Holistic Living Models – One Community Weekly Progress Update #420

Let’s talk about addressing climate change with holistic living models. Through ultra-sustainable teacher/demonstration hubs that provide more enriching and enjoyable environments, we can demonstrate a better way of living that is also carbon neutral or even carbon negative. The teacher/demonstration hubs One Community is designing will also teach others how to live this way too, making it easy enough, affordable enough, and demonstrating it as attractive enough to spread on its own. A self-replicating model like this, spreading globally, is capable of launching the massive socio-economic and mindset changes that could address and even solve our current climate crisis.

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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 April 11th, 2021 edition (#420) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:

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HIGHEST GOOD HOUSING PROGRESS

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This week the core team continued edits on the Earthbag Village Footer, Foundation and Flooring development Doc. This week’s focus was verifying calculations, making general edits, finalizing research of past contributions, wrapping up the video & resource reviews, etc. through page 47. We think this is most likely the next-to-the-last review of this doc. See pictures below for some screenshots related to this.

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Continued Edits on the Earthbag Village Footer, Foundation and Flooring Development Doc. – Click for Earthbag Village

The core team also began what we hope will be the 2nd-to-final check of the Murphy bed instructions. We checked “Material Components”, “Material Boards”, “Material Lumber”, “Tools”, “Pre-made Components”, and started checking “Wall” sections. We also created a list of comments and suggestions to improve readability of the instructions. The screenshots below show some of this work.

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Began Near Final Review of the Murphy Bed Instructions – Click for Earthbag Village Furniture Page

Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This week was week #218 of Dean’s work and the focus was more creating and testing the Murphy Bed furniture textures and texture combinations. Pictures of some of this work are below.

Earthbag Village 4-dome cluster designs, Addressing Climate Change With Holistic Living Models, One Community Weekly Progress Update #420

Created and Tested the Murphy Bed Furniture Textures and Texture Combinations – Click for Earthbag Village

Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 37th week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis completed the heating elements effectiveness calculations. The calculations were done in order to quantitatively determine how many heating elements should be used depending on the climate. The calculations determined how long the water or rain water storage room would take to reach freezing temperatures. Knowing the time was crucial to maximize the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the type and quantity of heating elements necessary to keep the room and rainwater at above freezing temperatures. The section added covered the heat loss associated with the structure such as the walls and the roof and the heat loss of the water stored in the top center barrel. The findings help determine where to install the heating elements to further maximize their effectiveness. Illustrations were added to the section to help visualize the placement of the heating elements. Jose Luis then began updating the roof plan to coincide with the latest additions to the SolidWorks rendering such as drip edge flash on the edge of the exterior roof panels. He also began rearranging the AutoCAD models to follow the order of the Net-Zero Bathroom tutorial/instructions. The pictures below show some of this work.

Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village, Addressing Climate Change With Holistic Living Models, One Community Weekly Progress Update #420

Completed the Heating Elements Effectiveness Calculations – Click for Net-zero Bathroom

Mark Wambua (Civil Engineer) completed his 13th and final week working on the Parking Lot and Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping guides. This week Mark’s work was primarily focused on making written revisions to the Roadway Design and Roadway Drainage tutorials. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.

Parking Lot and Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping guides, Addressing Climate Change With Holistic Living Models, One Community Weekly Progress Update #420

Focused on Making Written Revisions to the Roadway Design and Roadway Drainage Tutorials – Click for Page

Vicente J Subiela (Project Management Adviser) completed his 12th week working on the solar microgrid design, sizing, and cost analysis specifics. This week Vicente added new tabs to the sizing tool: a specific one for the Earthbag Village energy demand and another for the feasibility analysis and economic balance vision on the long term. This tool allows having a vision of the evolution of the annual energy & economic balances, and how the economic rates affect the net balance. Vicente also continued the follow-up of the collaboration team. He has repeated the simulations with SAM to find the best match with the outcome from a potential PV supplier. Pictures below are related to this work.

solar microgrid design, sizing, and cost analysis, Addressing Climate Change With Holistic Living Models, One Community Weekly Progress Update #420

Continued Working on the Solar Microgrid Design, Sizing, and Cost Analysis Specifics – Click for Page

Aidan Geissler (Sustainability Researcher) completed his 9th week helping with 2nd-to-final review, feedback, and content editing. This week, Aidan’s work for the week was devoted to compiling information for the Insulation Comparison Spreadsheet. He researched and assigned point values to features pertaining to sustainability, safety, and effectiveness for various insulation products made with wool, straw, hemp, keraf, and magnesium oxide from seawater. In order to compare the costs of these products while taking into consideration differences in R-values, Aidan calculated the average price per square foot per R-rating for each product. The pictures below relate to this work.

Review of Insulation Comparison Spreadsheet, Addressing Climate Change With Holistic Living Models, One Community Weekly Progress Update #420

Worked on Compiling Information for the Insulation Comparison Spreadsheet – Click for Insulation Page

Jeson Hu (Mechanical Engineer Assistant) completed his 6th week helping with research related to the solar microgrid design, sizing, and cost analysis specifics. This week, Jeson researched the best solar inverters and studied the related specs. He also finalized the best solar harvesting technology research. The answer to the best technology or company or product is not clear without the cost input, which he is struggling to find. Almost all the companies contacted did not have much interest in this 2MW project. However, Jeson provided their product specs and contact info for future reference. He also determined that, if One Community wants to have a battery bank, a battery based inverter would probably be the choice. The pictures below share some of this developing work.

Solar microgrid design, sizing, and cost analysis specifics, Addressing Climate Change With Holistic Living Models, One Community Weekly Progress Update #420

Researched the Best Solar Inverters and Studied the Related Specs – Click for Solar Energy Page

Indiana Mann (Atmospheric Scientist) also completed her 5th and final week doing research for One Community. Her focus this week was finishing researching a new addition to the Most Sustainable Toilets tutorial. Pictures below show some of this work and content.

Most Sustainable Toilets tutorial, Addressing Climate Change With Holistic Living Models, One Community Weekly Progress Update #420

Researched a New Addition to the Most Sustainable Toilets Tutorial – Click for Page

Gabrielle Williams (Sustainability Researcher) completed her 4th week helping research natural greywater processing pond design for the Earthbag Village and Duplicable City Center. This week Gabrielle started taking notes on Wheaton’s Permaculture podcast titled “Wheaton Permaculture – 076 Create an Oasis With Greywater”. She also found a copy of the reference book online and began taking notes on that too. The pictures below relate to this research.

Natural greywater processing pond design, Addressing Climate Change With Holistic Living Models, One Community Weekly Progress Update #420

Researched Natural Greywater Processing Pond Design for the Earthbag Village and Duplicable City Center – Click for Page

Zachary Melin (Graphic Designer) also returned to the team and completed his 1st week helping complete the editing of the Tree House Village (Pod 7) online book. Shown below are this week’s edits that were addressed.

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Returned to the Team and Continued Editing the Tree House Village Online Book – Click for Page

DUPLICABLE CITY CENTER PROGRESS

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This week, Qiuheng Xu (Landscape Designer) completed her 27th week helping with the Duplicable City Center landscaping design. This week Qiuheng adjusted the road system access to the domes and the herb gardens, and replaced some of the plants with 3D options from the Lumion plant library. Pictures below show some of these changes.

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Continued Helping With the Duplicable City Center Landscaping Design – Click for Page

Ksenia Akimov (Plumbing Engineer) completed her 27th week working on the Duplicable City Center plumbing designs. This week Ksenia focused on making changes to the plans according to Evan’s review and notes. She added floor traps in all bathrooms, put a sink in the boiler room, and changed pipelines in bathrooms 13, 15, and 16. Pictures below are related to this work.

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Made Changes to the Duplicable City Center Plumbing Design Plans According to Evan’s Review – Click for Page

Ian Oliver Malinay(Energy Modeler/Analyst) completed his 15th week helping run the energy analysis calculations to help us achieve LEED Platinum status for the Duplicable City Center. This week Ian processed the target illuminance level per space zone. He checked all inputs are correct, considering also the ASHRAE standard. Ian also checked the lighting control from the electrical consultant and the mech vent per area requirements. He arranged the Lux Level according to space type/uses, processed the percent openability of each glazing on the dome, and changed the material of the dome entrance. Ian also finalized the heating and cooling load calculation of the project. Please see below progress photos for reference.

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Processed the Target Illuminance Level Per Space Zone – Click for Duplicable City Center Heating and Cooling

David Na (Project Management Adviser/Engineer) completed his 9th 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 assign action items. David was responsible for the review of Samson and Mark’s technical writing work as well as overseeing their CAD design work, which includes the new driveway, landing, basement door and garage roll-up door. David also put time into the grading calculation excel worksheet/template for his design team and future design teams to use for grading quantities. Lastly, he has also begun creating a tutorial/checks and balances sheet for the hydrology report he is preparing for the City Center. Pictures below are related to this work.

Parking Lot and Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial, Addressing Climate Change With Holistic Living Models, One Community Weekly Progress Update #420

Worked on Parking Lot and Sustainable Roadways Tutorial, and City Center Water Catchment Designs – Click for Water Page

Sunitha Paraselli (Mechanical Design Engineer) completed her 6th week working on the Duplicable City Center connectors we’ll use to build the domes. This week Sunitha worked on the comparison of the small bracket and the big bracket (increasing the length). She also compared the bracket with less number of holes to a bracket which has more holes. The bracket which has more holes has more stress resistance. Then she ran the simulation for the safety factor; galvanized gauge steel has more factor of safety when compared to aluminum. The pictures below relate to this work.

Duplicable City Center connectors, Addressing Climate Change With Holistic Living Models, One Community Weekly Progress Update #420

Worked on the Comparison of the Small Bracket and the Big Bracket – Click for Duplicable City Center

Daniela Andrea Parada (Volunteer/Consultant Civil Engineering Student) completed her 2nd week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development. This week Daniela joined the weekly meeting with David’s team concerning the Earthbag Village project. For this team, she adjusted the widths of the streets to 20 feet and added an access road turnaround to one end of the site, this is all for fire truck access. She then updated this design and ensured that both the north and south ends of the site had proper access road turnarounds. She also continued last week’s work on the Aquapini/Walipini design documentation. Measurements were taken from AutoCAD designs and more information on the project was brought to light. Many descriptions were further detailed and a new table was created to clarify watering information. Pictures of some of this work are below.

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Continued Helping With the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping Tutorial Development – Click for Page

Minseok (Evan) Kim (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 3rd week leading the final design process for the City Center open source HVAC designs. This week, Evan reviewed and provided comments on the plumbing drawing. The plumbing design lacked detailed information in terms of piping system clarification, pipe size and piping route. Also, each dome will have their own hot water heater systems. This design approach will minimize piping work and cut down unnecessary hot water loops. Evan also completed his preliminary HVAC design markup for a designer to use as a reference. Pictures of some of this work are below.

City Center open source HVAC designs, Addressing Climate Change With Holistic Living Models, One Community Weekly Progress Update #420

Reviewed and Provided Comments on the Plumbing Drawing – Click for City Center Heating and Cooling Page

And long-term collaborator Bahy Ahmed (Architect) continued with his 3rd week helping with Duplicable City Center architectural details. Bahy’s focus this week was a roof proposal for the Living Dome. Pictures below relate to this work.

Duplicable City Center architectural details, Addressing Climate Change With Holistic Living Models, One Community Weekly Progress Update #420

Worked on a Roof Proposal for the Living Dome – Click for Duplicable City Center

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This week the core team returned to working on the open source Chickens tutorial, moving text from the research Google Doc to the One Community WordPress site and formatting it. We also found and added an infogram to better explain chicken combs terminology for farming beginners. Pictures below are related to this work.

Chickens tutorial, Addressing Climate Change With Holistic Living Models, One Community Weekly Progress Update #420

Continued Working on the Open Source Chickens Tutorial – Click for Page

Henry Vennard (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 26th week helping continue the development of the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. Henry continued his work on digging into the HVAC handbooks in order to find relevant information relating to the climate battery design. Working with the existing recommendation for greenhouses and incorporating specific climate battery recommendations he put together a first draft of a climate battery design guide. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.

Climate batteries for the Aquapini:Walipini structures, Addressing Climate Change With Holistic Living Models, One Community Weekly Progress Update #420

Continue the Development of the Climate Batteries for the Aquapini/walipini Structures – Click for Page

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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:

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Highest Good Education: All Subjects | All Learning Levels | Any Age – Click image for the open source hub

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This week the core team completed 22 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 core team additionally completed our 17th week working on improving the content for all our Values Pages. This week we finished the behind-the-scenes editing of the value of Open Source. We re-read the content and made final edits for clarity, transformed/fixed additional passive voice issues, added web-links to the mind map, and passed it along to Jae for final review and integration into the live page. Pictures of some of this work are below.

Improving the content for all our Values Pages, Open Source, Addressing Climate Change With Holistic Living Models, One Community Weekly Progress Update #420

Finished the Behind-the-scenes Editing of the Value of Open Source – Click for Page

TEKtalent Inc.(a custom programming solutions company) also continued with their 40th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Nithesh and the TEK Talent team made links in the Profile Links section open in a new window/tab so the person doesn’t automatically leave the app, so the Create New User role is “volunteer” by default, added a size limitation of 50 kb for profile pics and a popup that tells them how to compress their image, updated the top of the Profile page to say “Favorite badges section coming…”, and added a new user role section to the Profile page that is visible to all but editable only by an Admin. They also fixed a bug where editing Skype, Zoom, etc. preference did not save. Pictures below show some of this work.

Highest Good Network software, Addressing Climate Change With Holistic Living Models, One Community Weekly Progress Update #420

Made Links in the Profile Links Section Open in a New Window/tab – Click for Highest Good Network

Jaime Arango (Graphic Designer) completed his 25th week helping, returning to creating images for the One Community Updates Blogs like this one. This week Jaime created images for weekly progress updates #463, #464, #465, #466 and #467. You can see all these new images below.

Images for the Updates Blogs, Addressing Climate Change With Holistic Living Models, One Community Weekly Progress Update #420

Created Images for Weekly Progress Updates #463, #464, #465, #466 and #467 – Click for Most Recent Blog

Yueru Zhao (Software Engineer) completed her 10th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Yueru planned to work on the estimation hours, classification, and resources filter in the tasks reporting page but she was not able to pull data from the tasks table. She spent time on debugging the issue but still was not able to get the tasks data. The other tasks filter functionality is blocked until the task data issue is resolved. Yueru also spent time working on modifying the people report page UI. Now the blue square data is showing in a table format. Next week, she will continue the estimation hours, classification, and resources filter if she can pull the data. Pictures below are related to this work.

Highest Good Network software, Addressing Climate Change With Holistic Living Models, One Community Weekly Progress Update #420

Continued Working on the Highest Good Network Software – Click for Page

Abderrahmane “Abdel” Boulahdour (Full Stack Web Developer) also joined the team and completed his 1st week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Abderrahmane focused on editing the team member tasks table. He changed the view of the lines in the table by adding the collapse feature and an arrow icon to open it. For the users who have more than one task, the collapse will be opened with fixed size and a scroll bar will appear to display the rest. Abdel also made this table responsive like the leaderboard table. He’s now focused on fixing problems finding data for the progress bar of each user’s task and making the eye icon work as requested. Pictures below show some of this work.

Highest Good Network software, Addressing Climate Change With Holistic Living Models, One Community Weekly Progress Update #420

Joined the Team and Began Working on the Highest Good Network Software – Click for Page

And, last but not least, Jin Hua (Web Marketer and Graphic Designer) helped update our site to the latest Google Analytics code, addressed an indexing error we were getting, created an ad campaign for the Most Sustainable Flooring Materials tutorial and Pictures below are related to this work.

Ad campaign for the Most Sustainable Flooring Materials tutorial, Addressing Climate Change With Holistic Living Models, One Community Weekly Progress Update #420

Created an Ad Campaign for the Most Sustainable Flooring Materials Tutorial – Click for Page

 

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One Community Welcomes Yueru Zhao to the Software Design Team!

One Community welcomes Yueru Zhao to the Software Design Team as our newest Volunteer/Consultant!

Yueru received her B.S in Management Information Systems from University of Delaware and M.S in Information Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before joining One Community, she worked as a full-time software engineer at SAP. Besides work, Yueru likes hiking and photography. As a member of the Highest Good Network software development team at One Community, Yueru is helping develop the reports functionality.

 

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When you perform a search with Jooble, you’ll get links to job postings from more than 20,000 (and growing) different job sites throughout the USA that are the most relevant to your search terms. Jooble’s goal is to save people time and energy, enabling a person to find their desired job from a single query.

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One Community Welcomes Aidan Geissler to the Research Team!

One Community welcomes Aidan Geissler to the Research Team as our newest Volunteer/Consultant!

Aidan studied Biology, Anthropology, and Neuroscience at Indiana University. Since then he has had a diversity of experiences: Education, Research, Project Coordination, and Field-Based Natural Resources Work. What unites this wide array of expertise and experiences is his passion for social and ecological justice. As a member of the One Community team, Aidan is contributing research, written content, and revisions for various tutorials, resources, and pages. Pages contributed to include Glass Recycling, Styrofoam Recycling, Plastic Recycling, Most Sustainable Flooring, and Most Sustainable Insulation.

 

 

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One Community Welcomes David Na to the Engineering Team!

One Community welcomes David Na to the Engineering Team as our newest Volunteer/Consultant!

David holds a B.S. in mathematics and civil engineering and has experience working with residential and commercial development and pavement management. He is an avid advocate for sustainable design and infrastructure and believes sustainable practices are the key to combating global climate change. He understands the many challenges behind creating a less wasteful future, but is optimistic and an active participant in designing creative solutions that reduce carbon footprint while increasing quality of life. As a member of One Community Global, David is offering his experience with site development to assist with the civil engineering aspects of the City Center, Earthbag Village, roadway/walkway and parking lot designs.

 

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Writing the Next Chapter of Humanity’s Story – One Community Weekly Progress Update #419

Every day we are writing the next chapter of humanity’s story. Let’s do it consciously and conscientiously, investing our energy in a future that supports the collective good and our one shared planet. One Community is supporting this with open source and sustainable designs for food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, global stewardship practices, and more.

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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 April 4th, 2021 edition (#419) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:

Writing the Next Chapter of Humanity’s Story
One Community Progress Update #419

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HIGHEST GOOD HOUSING PROGRESS

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This week the core team finished the first-draft development of the new “Earth-Dome Loft Structural Engineering and Calculations” page and submitted it for final review. We used the website edition checklist to verify metadata meets One Community standards, edited a few pictures to update some details related to the OSB cutting, uploaded the references backups to dropbox, and helped to improve a temporary parking lot table. Pictures of some of this work are below.

Earth-Dome Loft Structural Engineering and Calculations, Writing the Next Chapter of Humanity’s Story, One Community Weekly Progress Update #419

Finished the First-draft of the “Earth-dome Loft Structural Engineering and Calculations” Page – Click to Visit

Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 36th week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis continued calculating and illustrating the heat loss of the structure, the rainwater storage system, and the exposed water in the top center barrel. He updated the structure heat loss rate calculations to include the heat loss of the restrooms. The heat loss rate of the rainwater storage room was calculated with and without a heating cable installed. He calculated the amount of heat loss required for the room to reach 0℃ when initially at 3.33℃ and then used it to calculate the time needed for the temperature change to occur. The heat loss was calculated by using properties of air such as density and specific heat. Jose Luis then calculated the required heat loss in order for 1” of the water to freeze in the top center barrel exposed to direct ambient temperature. He did this by assuming the heat loss would be caused by the forced convection of air into the barrel connected to the roof hole. The rate of heat loss in the water was calculated with and without the use of a heating cable. With the heat loss rate and total heat loss, the time required at various temperatures was calculated to illustrate the effect one heating cable had on the water. The temperatures used ranged from 0℃ to -50℃ which is the coldest inhabited place on Earth. Web page links were added to important constants on the spreadsheet in the event that more detail is sought out by the user. The pictures below show some of this work.

Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village, Writing the Next Chapter of Humanity’s Story, One Community Weekly Progress Update #419

Continued Helping Finish the Net-zero Bathroom Component of the Earthbag Village – Click for Page

Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) completed her 34th week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week Stacey focused on final files creation and saving a final PDF for review and comments, and looking over all cutting pages for ease of cut directions. She started to coordinate the components list with the placement of those parts in the instructions. Stacey also added page numbers and amounts of boards and components used on tally sheets, and checked the pre-made parts websites for additional supplemental parts needed to install, which will need to be verified. Screenshots below are related to this latest progress.

Murphy bed instructions, Writing the Next Chapter of Humanity’s Story, One Community Weekly Progress Update #419

Continued Working on the Final Edits and Revisions to the Murphy Bed Instructions – Click for Earthbag Village Furniture Page

Hannah Copeman (Structural Engineer) completed her 31st week helping complete all the Earthbag Village tutorials. This week Hannah researched alternative insulation products and installation methods to existing content, edited and organized relevant resources, and updated the FAQ section of the document. You can see some pictures of this work below.

Earthbag Village tutorials, Writing the Next Chapter of Humanity’s Story, One Community Weekly Progress Update #419

Continued Helping Complete All the Earthbag Village Tutorials – Click for Page

Mark Wambua (Civil Engineer) completed his 12th week working on the Parking Lot and Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping guides. This week Mark converted the staircase in the grading plan back into a driveway. He then worked on the roadway design tutorial, making sure it covers all factors needed for proper road design and covers the process by which one goes about designing a road. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.

Parking Lot and Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping guides, Writing the Next Chapter of Humanity’s Story, One Community Weekly Progress Update #419

Continued Working on the Parking Lot and Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping Guides – Click for Parking Lot Page

Zhiheng “Samson” Su(Civil Engineer) also completed his 12th week on the team and woking on the Parking Lot and Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping guides. This week, Samson had his weekly meeting with David discussing the changes of the driveway and new assignments. He researched information on sidewalks and bikeways, and finished the basic design guidelines for both. The guidelines included the purpose of the design, types of sidewalks and bikeways, and the general design criteria, etc. See pictures below showing some of this work.

Parking Lot and Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping guides, Writing the Next Chapter of Humanity’s Story, One Community Weekly Progress Update #419

Researched Information on Sidewalks and Bikeways, and Finished the Basic Design Guidelines – Click for Sustainable Roadways Page

Vicente J Subiela (Project Management Adviser) completed his 11th week working on the solar microgrid design, sizing, and cost analysis specifics. This week Vicente upgraded the solar sizing tool including an electricity demand profile as a reference so that a theoretical demand in the community (with the same profile as our state) can be balanced with the solar system considering different values of population and solar power. He also contacted the working team to welcome Darren and followed up with the activities of Jeson and Luis. In addition, Vicente completed a first balance (preliminary values) for the demand of the Duplicable City Center and the Earthbag Village by including a proposed daily profile for the non thermal loads. Pictures below are related to this work.

solar microgrid design, sizing, and cost analysis specifics, Writing the Next Chapter of Humanity’s Story, One Community Weekly Progress Update #419

Continued Working on the Solar Microgrid Design, Sizing, and Cost Analysis Specifics – Click for Page

Aidan Geissler (Sustainability Researcher) completed his 8th week helping with 2nd-to-final review, feedback, and content editing. This week, Aidan continued to conduct research and write sections for the Plastic Recycling content. This week’s efforts were primarily focused on recycling via molding, starting your own plastic recycling business, and options for more advanced DIY plastic recycling machines. Aidan also began working on the Most Sustainable Insulation research. He started editing, revising, and adding additional research to the Insulation Comparison Spreadsheet. For this research and analysis, Aidan began creating a comprehensive scoring system with which he will assign each product a score for various relevant characteristics such as sustainability, toxicity, fire resistance, R-value, and cost. Once all of the research and scoring is complete, the composite scores will be used as a metric to compare, rate, and rank each of the options. The pictures below relate to this work.

Plastic and Insulation, Writing the Next Chapter of Humanity’s Story, One Community Weekly Progress Update #419

Continued Plastic Research and Began Sustainable Insulation Research – Click for Insulation Page

Jeson Hu (Mechanical Engineer Assistant) completed his 5th week helping with research related to the solar microgrid design, sizing, and cost analysis specifics. This week, Jeson started his follow up with the companies previously contacted. He only got a few responses from the 25+ companies that he contacted. 2 of them, which are utility scale solar companies, do not consider projects that are less than 50 MW. LG only works with residential customers, so it is not an option. Prism Solar came back and referred another company to him, he contacted the new company and no response yet. Only FirstSolar replied with some valuable simulation results that Vicente could use for reference. Jeson asked First Solar to do another simulation with a few changes to the simulation input. He would consider finalizing his research without real world input. In addition, while waiting for company responses, Jeson started the solar inverter research. He thinks the central inverter would likely be One Community’s choice. If One Community wants to have a battery bank, a battery based inverter would probably be the choice. The pictures below share some of this developing work.

Solar microgrid design, sizing, and cost analysis specifics, Writing the Next Chapter of Humanity’s Story, One Community Weekly Progress Update #419

Continued Researching Solar Microgrid Design, Sizing, and Cost Analysis Specifics – Click for Page

Indiana Mann (Atmospheric Scientist) also completed her 4th week researching new additions to the Most Sustainable Insulation tutorial. This week Indiana finished her final contributions to the research and completed her first round of researching a new sustainable toilet option we found. Pictures below show some of this work and content.

Most Sustainable Insulation tutorial, Writing the Next Chapter of Humanity’s Story, One Community Weekly Progress Update #419

Continued Researching New Additions to the Most Sustainable Insulation Tutorial – Click for Page

Gabrielle Williams (Sustainability Researcher) completed her 3rd week helping research natural greywater processing pond design for the Earthbag Village and Duplicable City Center. This week Gabrielle listened to the podcasts of permaculture by Wheaton, read Waste water Treatment by Source Separation by Folke Gunter, and continued research on permaculture greywater processing by ponds/lagoons. She also began research on international greywater guidelines to help One Community’s ability to be international and scale the project. The pictures below relate to this research.

natural greywater processing pond design, Writing the Next Chapter of Humanity’s Story, One Community Weekly Progress Update #419

Researched Natural Greywater Processing Pond Design for the Earthbag Village and Duplicable City Center – Click for Page

DUPLICABLE CITY CENTER PROGRESS

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This week, Qiuheng Xu (Landscape Designer) completed her 26th week helping with the Duplicable City Center landscaping design. This week Qiuheng added the finished herb garden to the outdoor walkthrough rendering. She also adjusted the paths and roads around the domes. Pictures below show some of these changes.

Duplicable City Center landscaping design, Writing the Next Chapter of Humanity’s Story – One Community Weekly Progress Update #419

Added the Finished Herb Garden to the Outdoor Walkthrough Rendering – Click for Duplicable City Center

Ksenia Akimov (Plumbing Engineer) completed her 26th week working on the Duplicable City Center plumbing designs. This week Ksenia continued to answer questions from Evan, separated the .dwg files, and tried to make monochrome files but didn’t succeed. She will try again next week. Pictures below are related to this work.

Duplicable City Center plumbing designs, Writing the Next Chapter of Humanity’s Story, One Community Weekly Progress Update #419

Continued Working on the Duplicable City Center Plumbing Designs – Click for Page

Ian Oliver Malinay (Energy Modeler/Analyst) completed his 14th week helping run the energy analysis calculations to help us achieve LEED Platinum status for the Duplicable City Center. This week Ian processed the HVAC data in energy modeling to facilitate the resulting load for cooling and heating. Ian also processed the receptacle/miscellaneous load in DesignBuilder for each space with corresponding schedule of operation and he processed the heating and cooling set point for each conditioned space in DesignBuilder. He arranged the exterior lighting details with corresponding operation of schedule for the whole year and the metabolic rate of each DCC thermal space. Ian also set up the schedule of operation for mechanical ventilation, heating load and cooling load. Additionally he checked the ventilation requirement from DCC HVAC details and reflected it to DesignBuilder’s required input (minimum fresh air requirement per person). Please see below progress photos for reference.

Energy analysis calculations, Writing the Next Chapter of Humanity’s Story, One Community Weekly Progress Update #419

Ian Processed the HVAC Data in Energy Modeling – Click for DCC Heating and Cooling Page

David Na (Project Management Adviser/Engineer) completed his 8th 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 began the week preparing for a meeting and dividing up work amongst his team members for the City Center and Earthbag Village. After the meeting, David sketched the new proposed design for the ramp to replace the stairs to the basement for the City Center project. The new ramp would be wider and also include a landing at the bottom of the ramp run. He also completed the research and tutorial for ADA Handrail standards as well as the insulation information comparisons for roll-up doors and standard solid wood doors. David has also worked on developing a checks and balances sheet for his design team. Pictures below are related to this work.

Parking Lot and Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial, Writing the Next Chapter of Humanity’s Story, One Community Weekly Progress Update #419

Worked on Parking Lot and Sustainable Roadways Tutorial, and City Center Water Catchment Designs – Click for Roadways Page

Sunitha Paraselli (Mechanical Design Engineer) completed her 5th week working on the Duplicable City Center connectors we’ll use to build the domes. This week Sunitha tested 2×12 lumber and Laminated Veneer lumber. LVL lumber has more strength than normal lumber and based on all simulation results, Aluminum 2024-T3 angle bracket (2x2x4) has good results with LVL beams. She also compared the bracket with 30KN and 15KN loads, and 2x2x3 can withstand both loads. Sunitha concluded that 2024 T3 material angle plate/bracket 2x2x3 or 2x2x4 can be bent and fixed along with lumber. The pictures below relate to this work.

Duplicable City Center connectors, Writing the Next Chapter of Humanity’s Story, One Community Weekly Progress Update #419

Tested 2×12 Lumber and Laminated Veneer Lumber – Click for Duplicable City Center

Luis Manuel Dominguez (Research Engineer) also completed his 5th week helping with research related to the solar microgrid design, sizing, and cost analysis specifics. This week Luis continued his analysis of the hot tub’s heat loss. His primary focus was evaporation and the advantages that different types of covers have on the system. After getting in contact with a spa cover company, he was able to use the thermal resistance values given to calculate the total heat transfer of the hot tub when the system is idle. These values will help the team come to a decision on which solution would provide the best energy savings. Once the analysis has been completed and the team comes to a consensus on the best method, the analysis of heating and starting up the tub can begin. This will be his last step for energy calculations of the hot tub system and he can begin to look at usage throughout the year and operation requirements. The pictures below share some of this developing work.

Solar microgrid design, sizing, and cost analysis specifics, Writing the Next Chapter of Humanity’s Story, One Community Weekly Progress Update #419

Continued the Analysis of the Hot Tub’s Heat Loss – Click for Solar Energy Page

Daniela Andrea Parada (Volunteer/Consultant Civil Engineering Student) joined the team and completed her 1st week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development. This week, Daniela completed her general checklists, and reviewed materials on all the projects. She also had an introductory meeting with David’s team to further develop expectations and necessary tasks. Daniela then worked on redesigning a chart for the Temporary Parking Lot Materials Option with Alvero finalizing the design. She also helped with the Aquapini/Walipini project, writing sections to document the design criteria for the seating areas, circulation, recreational areas, architectural design, roofing system, etc. Many of these sections will be further developed as new information becomes available. Pictures of some of this work are below.

Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial, Writing the Next Chapter of Humanity’s Story, One Community Weekly Progress Update #419

Joined the Team and Began Helping With the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping Tutorial Development – Click for Page

HIGHEST GOOD FOOD PROGRESS

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This week the core team finished designing the Duplicable City Center Herbal Garden. We added a double garden shed for tool storage and made final changes to the fence. We also created a “Master Lumber Spreadsheet” with the latest prices for lumber and linked those prices so the changes update the cost analysis for the “Rabbit”, “Goats/Sheep Barn”, and “Chicken Coop” sheets. Pictures below are related to this work.

Duplicable City Center Herbal Garden, Writing the Next Chapter of Humanity’s Story, One Community Weekly Progress Update #419

Finished Designing the Duplicable City Center Herbal Garden – Click for Page

The core team also began the final review and updates for the Aquapini/Walipini structures, working with Daniela to clarify details, check the numbers, and add needed additional graphics, etc.

Aquapini:Walipini structures, Writing the Next Chapter of Humanity’s Story, One Community Weekly Progress Update #419

Began the Final Review and Updates for the Aquapini/walipini Structures – Click for Page

 

Henry Vennard (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 25th week helping continue the development of the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. Henry, under the guidance of Amin, dug into the ASHRAE and ANSI handbooks, considered standards in the HVAC industry, looking into greenhouse best practices. Unfortunately, he could not find specific information on a system like the climate battery. However, using the equations and recommendations on cooling, heating and ventilation for greenhouses, a recommendation can be made about sizing the climate battery system. Henry is working on distilling these recommendations and putting them into a document. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.

Climate batteries for the Aquapini:Walipini structures, Writing the Next Chapter of Humanity’s Story, One Community Weekly Progress Update #419

Looked Into Greenhouse Best Practices in the ASHRAE and ANSI Handbooks – Click for Page

HIGHEST GOOD EDUCATION PROGRESS

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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:

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Highest Good Education: All Subjects | All Learning Levels | Any Age – Click image for the open source hub

HIGHEST GOOD SOCIETY PROGRESS

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This week the core team completed 30 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 core team additionally completed our 16th week working on improving the content for all our Values Pages. This week we worked on editing the value of Open Source. We added content to enhance and clarify the nature of this value that defines One Community, even in its current state – before being on the property. We addressed passive voice, long sentences, etc. Pictures of some of this work are below.

Improving the content for all our Values Pages, Writing the Next Chapter of Humanity’s Story, One Community Weekly Progress Update #419

Worked on Editing the Value of Open Source – Click for Page

Wen Zhang (Software Engineer) completed her 44th and final week as a volunteer working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Wen completed the documentation of badge functions, pushed all the code, and made a final PR. Sorting badges by ranking on Badge Report was implemented as it was missed previously. Pictures below are related to this work.

Highest Good Network software, Writing the Next Chapter of Humanity’s Story, One Community Weekly Progress Update #419

Completed the Documentation of Badge Functions, Pushed All the Code, and Made a Final PR – Click for Highest Good Network

TEKtalent Inc.(a custom programming solutions company) also continued with their 39th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Nithesh and the TEK Talent team worked on the conflicts and reviewed comments in the Rest API PR. All corrections are finished and are good now. They also fixed the issue of profile image upload save in the edit page, and introduced a new info to save the changes once the user made any changes in the user profile. Pictures below show some of this work.

Highest Good Network software, Writing the Next Chapter of Humanity’s Story, One Community Weekly Progress Update #419

Worked on the Conflicts and Reviewed Comments in the Rest API PR – Click for Highest Good Network

Jaime Arango (Graphic Designer) completed his 25th week helping, returning to creating images for the One Community Updates Blogs like this one. This week Jaime created images for weekly progress updates #458, #459, #460, #461 and #462. You can see all these new images below.

Creating images for the Updates Blogs, Writing the Next Chapter of Humanity’s Story, One Community Weekly Progress Update #419

Created Images for Weekly Progress Updates #458, #459, #460, #461 and #462 – Click for Most Recent Weekly Blog

Vy Dao (Software Developer) completed his 10th week working on the Highest Good Network software. For this week, Vy continued work on multiple back-end pull-requests and approved them. Not many new unit-testing files have been updated this week because he ran into trouble understanding some of the unit-test files. Vy is currently still investigating and working more on them. Pictures below show some of this work.

Highest Good Network software, Writing the Next Chapter of Humanity’s Story, One Community Weekly Progress Update #419

Continued Work on Multiple Back-end Pull-requests and Approved Them – Click for Highest Good Network

Yueru Zhao (Software Engineer) completed her 9th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Yueru worked on filters in the tasks page. Now users are able to filter tasks based on assignment status, active status, and priority level status. Users can apply multiple filters at the same time and the tasks table will render the results automatically based on the filer options the user selects. Next week, Yueru will be working on the users filter and will also debug the update tasks functionality, and classification column in tasks data. Pictures below are related to this work.

Highest Good Network software, Writing the Next Chapter of Humanity’s Story, One Community Weekly Progress Update #419

Worked on Filters in the Tasks Page for the Highest Good Network Software – Click for Page

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Implementing Global Change – One Community Weekly Progress Update #418

One Community is implementing global change through open source and free-shared DIY sustainability components. Our goal is to demonstrate a sustainable way of living that is easy enough, affordable enough, and attractive enough to become self-replicating. We are including replicable components covering food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, global stewardship practices, and more.

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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 March 28th, 2021 edition (#418) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:

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HIGHEST GOOD HOUSING PROGRESS

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This week the core team continued with the development of the new “Earth-Dome Loft Structural Engineering and Calculations” page. We created new graphics explaining how to cut OSB sheets for the “Earth-Dome Loft Structural Engineering and Calculations” article, this reduced the count of needed panels from 7 to 5 per loft. While adding this and other images to the site, we also recorded a tutorial explaining how to edit and upload images, add metadata, etc. We also added another template to our Tables Template. Pictures of some of this work are below.

Earth Dome Loft Structural Engineering and Calculations, Implementing Global Change, One Community Weekly Progress Update #418

Created New Graphics Explaining How to Cut OSB Sheets for the “Earth-dome Loft Structural Engineering and Calculations” Article

The core team also continued edits on the Earthbag Village Footer, Foundation and Flooring development Doc. This week we reviewed the new summary of the rockwool and perimeter installations for the winged insulation. We then began the deletion process of outdated narratives, photos, and resources in Sections 8 & 9. See pictures below for some screenshots related to this.

Earthbag Village Footer, Foundation and Flooring, Implementing Global Change, One Community Weekly Progress Update #418

Conducted Edits on the Earthbag Village Footer, Foundation and Flooring Development Doc – Click for Page

Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This week was week #217 of Dean’s work and the focus was more creating and testing of the guest room furniture textures and working on fixing an export problem for the Murphy Bed furniture that created duplicates of every part. He also worked on removing all the part numbers from the Murphy Bed export. Pictures of some of this work are below.

Earthbag Village 4-dome cluster designs, Implementing Global Change, One Community Weekly Progress Update #418

Continued Creating and Testing the Guest Room Furniture Textures – Click for Earthbag Village

Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 35th week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis finished updating the water catchment area spreadsheet. He updated the bathroom fixtures along with their water consumption and updated the roof diameter to match the rendered value. The percent increase in roof size formula was updated to include the ratio between the difference in needed roof size and selected roof size over the selected roof size. He then began to calculate the heat loss of the structure at various temperatures to accurately recommend the quantity of heating elements in the rainwater storage that can keep the water from freezing. First he measured and listed the dimensions of the outer and inner wall, the interior roof, and the connection between the roof hole and barrel. This data was used to calculate the surface area of the respective sections in the structure. Jose Luis also researched and recorded the R-values of the materials used in the sections. Everything was added and organized in the Net-Zero Bathroom Calculations spreadsheet. Heat loss of every section was calculated at various ambient temperatures. The total heat loss to the ambient air was calculated and plotted at different ambient temperatures. The number of heating elements can be determined once their generated heat is calculated and compared with the net heat loss. The pictures below show some of this work.

Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village, Implementing Global Change, One Community Weekly Progress Update #418

Continued Helping Finish the Net-zero Bathroom Component of the Earthbag Village – Click for Page

Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) completed her 33rd week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week Stacey worked on the components page and getting quantities for the different materials. Also she was doing a general review of all pages again and thinking of ways to indicate cutting direction for wood, trying to accommodate some of the new comments into the instructions, and keeping everything consistent. Screenshots below are related to this latest progress.

Murphy bed instructions, Implementing Global Change, One Community Weekly Progress Update #418

Continued Working on the Final Edits and Revisions to the Murphy Bed Instructions – Click for Earthbag Village Furniture Page

Hannah Copeman (Structural Engineer) completed her 30th 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 updated specific formulas for more clarity, researched using other materials for the floor envelope and exterior insulation, organized the references, updated the table of contents and moved information to other One Community documents that were not relevant to the FFF doc. You can see some pictures of this work below.

Earthbag Village tutorials, Implementing Global Change, One Community Weekly Progress Update #418

Continued Helping Complete All the Earthbag Village Tutorials – Click for Page

Mark Wambua (Civil Engineer) completed his 11th week working on the Parking Lot and Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping guides. This week Mark worked on drafting erosion blocks, THE erosion control plan, and also converted the driveway into a staircase. He also helped with turning bullet points for the roadway and walkway tutorials into paragraph form to make it easier to follow. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.

Parking Lot and Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping guides, Implementing Global Change, One Community Weekly Progress Update #418

Continued Working on the Parking Lot and Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping Guides – Click for Sustainable Roadways Page

Zhiheng “Samson” Su (Civil Engineer) also completed his 11th week on the team and woking on the Parking Lot and Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping guides. This week, Samson had his weekly meeting with David discussing the roof drainage plan, the change about the stair of the basement floor plan, erosion control plan, and pump design. He finished the roof drainage plan AutoCAD drawing with David’s requirements. See pictures below showing some of this work.

Parking Lot and Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping guides, Implementing Global Change, One Community Weekly Progress Update #418

Finished the Roof Drainage Plan AutoCAD Drawing With David’s Requirements – Click for Roadways Page

Vicente J Subiela (Project Management Adviser) completed his 10th week working on the solar microgrid design, sizing, and cost analysis specifics. This week Vicente reviewed the Duplicable City Center energy demand to update and find a more real annual profile. He is preparing graphical balances per month to identify the different supply situations: 100% of grid supply; 100% of PV supply (excedents to the grid); hybrid supply PV-grid. Vicente created a first version of a schedule by a gantt diagram for the time follow-up of the whole process; this tool will be regularly updated to illustrate the real process. He also explored the EIA web to find references on the energy demand in our state. Pictures below are related to this work.

Solar microgrid design, sizing, and cost analysis, Implementing Global Change, One Community Weekly Progress Update #418

Reviewed the DCC Energy Demand to Update and Find a More Real Annual Profile – Click for Solar Energy Page

Aidan Geissler (Sustainability Researcher) completed his 7th week helping with 2nd-to-final review, feedback, and content editing. He spent the week creating content for the Plastic Recycling webpage. This work consisted of researching and writing sections about the process of plastic recycling via shredding, extrusion, 3D printing, and molding. For each of these strategies, Aidan provided information, considerations, and resources for both purchasing and building various machines. The pictures below relate to this work.

Content for the Plastic Recycling webpage, Implementing Global Change, One Community Weekly Progress Update #418

Worked on Creating Content for the Plastic Recycling Webpage – Click to Visit

Jeson Hu (Mechanical Engineer Assistant) completed his 4th week helping with research related to the solar microgrid design, sizing, and cost analysis specifics. This week Jeson researched the new type of solar harvesting technology offered by some companies. The concentrated solar thermal tech involves heating a working fluid using concentrated sunlight. The heated fluid can then be used with conventional power generation equipment (i.e., turbines, generators, etc.) to produce electricity. However, there are many variations of this tech, again a quote and specs from the requested companies are needed to make a comparison. The pictures below share some of this developing work.

Solar microgrid design, sizing, and cost analysis, Implementing Global Change, One Community Weekly Progress Update #418

Researched a New Type of Solar Harvesting Technology – Click for Solar Energy Page

Indiana Mann (Atmospheric Scientist) also completed her 3rd week researching new additions to the Most Sustainable Insulation tutorial. This week Indiana focused on updating all necessary finishes to her research in order for it to be appropriate and legible for the website. Research for sustainable toilet options was also begun. Pictures below show some of this new content.

Most Sustainable Insulation tutorial, Implementing Global Change, One Community Weekly Progress Update #418

Continued Researching New Additions to the Most Sustainable Insulation Tutorial – Click for Page

Dan Alleck (Designer and Illustrator) continued helping with 3D render work, completing his 2nd week helping with the Earthbag Village 4-dome cluster renders. This week he focused on adding people, plants, and objects to the two renders shown here.

Earthbag Village 4-dome cluster renders, Implementing Global Change, One Community Weekly Progress Update #418

Added People, Plants, and Objects to Two Earthbag Village Renders – Click for Page

Gabrielle Williams (Sustainability Researcher) completed her 2nd week helping research natural greywater processing pond design for the Earthbag Village and Duplicable City Center. This week Gabrielle began research on the composition of household water that will be part of the greywater system. The pictures below relate to this work.

Natural greywater processing pond design, Implementing Global Change, One Community Weekly Progress Update #418

Began Research on the Composition of Household Water That Will Be Part of the Greywater System – Click for Page

DUPLICABLE CITY CENTER PROGRESS

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This week the core team finished adding all the temporary parking lot research and instructions to the Sustainable Parking Lots Page.

Sustainable Parking Lots Page, Implementing Global Change, One Community Weekly Progress Update #418

Finished Adding the Temporary Parking Lot Research and Instructions to the Sustainable Parking Lots Page – Click for Page

Qiuheng Xu (Landscape Designer) completed her 25th week helping with the Duplicable City Center landscaping design. This week Qiuheng was concentrating on the outside walkthrough rendering. She fixed green still covering some of the grates, updated the texture around the sliding glass doors to match the dormer window white, scaled down some bushes so they weren’t covering half the path, and changed the video path not to cross through trees. Pictures below show some of these changes.

Duplicable City Center landscaping design, Implementing Global Change, One Community Weekly Progress Update #418

Focused on the Outside Walkthrough Rendering of the Duplicable City Center Landscaping Design – Click for Page

Ksenia Akimov (Plumbing Engineer) completed her 25th week working on the Duplicable City Center plumbing designs. This week, Ksenia answered question from Evan, and changed the architectural plan for the Living Dome toilets. She also made PDF files for Evan’s further review and updated all the files in the common folder. Pictures below are related to this work.

Duplicable City Center plumbing designs, Implementing Global Change, One Community Weekly Progress Update #418

Continued Working on the Duplicable City Center Plumbing Designs – Click for Page

Ian Oliver Malinay (Energy Modeler/Analyst) completed his 13th week helping run the energy analysis calculations to help us achieve LEED Platinum status for the Duplicable City Center. This week, Ian processed the occupancy data of the Duplicable City Center that is pursuing LEED Platinum certification. The occupancy is based on actual, as per designed, or from the client. This occupancy has data of the schedule of operation which he also provided. The schedule of operation should be the same with the proposed and baseline design. Ian also provided details of activity of spaces per zone, and created the summary or tabulated details of receptacle power density and lighting power density. Additionally, he revised the previous lighting power density according to the details from the electrical engineering team. Please see below progress photos for reference.

energy analysis calculations, Implementing Global Change, One Community Weekly Progress Update #418

Processed the Occupancy Data of the Duplicable City Center – Click for DCC Heating and Cooling Page

David Na (Project Management Adviser/Engineer) completed his 7th 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 began the week with a team meeting to set action items for the week. He completed sketches for the erosion control and basement to stairwell conversion so that his team can begin making the changes into the design. To access the teams progress and productivity, David used a gannt chart template from another team and has modified it to show action items that are needed to complete the civil drainage plans. David has also been looking into ADA handrail design standards, walkway/bicycle design, and roadway drainage design. He is currently working the technical writing portions of the report/tutorial. Lastly, David is working on a design to incorporate a fire lane truck access and turnaround hammerhead into the Earthbag Village’s design to meet the Fire Apparatus Access Roads requirement. Pictures below are related to this work.

City Center Water Catchment Designs, Implementing Global Change, One Community Weekly Progress Update #418

Worked on Parking Lot, Sustainable Roadways Tutorial Development, and City Center Water Catchment Designs – Click for DCC Water Page

Saffet Kilçer (Structural Engineer) completed his 5th week working on the Duplicable City Center beam and column designs using SAP2000. This week he began writing the final report. The introductory part of the report is now complete, the loads part has been started, and the dead load part continues to be written. Picture below shows this work-in-progress.  

Duplicable City Center beam and column designs, Implementing Global Change, One Community Weekly Progress Update #418

Completed the Introductory Part of the Duplicable City Center Beam and Column Design Report – Click for Page

Sunitha Paraselli (Mechanical Design Engineer) completed her 4th week working on the Duplicable City Center connectors we’ll use to build the domes. This week Sunitha used the Aluminium 2024-T3 plate as an angle bracket with length of 4 inches on each side and with 6 holes. She did static analysis simulation and the results were better than the small bracket. The pictures below relate to this work.

Duplicable City Center connectors, Implementing Global Change, One Community Weekly Progress Update #418

Continued Working on the Duplicable City Center Connectors We’ll Use to Build the Domes – Click for Page

Luis Manuel Dominguez (Research Engineer) also completed his 4th week helping with research related to the solar microgrid design, sizing, and cost analysis specifics. This week Luis focused on another state of heat transfer that the hot tub experiences: the idle stage. When covered and not in use, it is crucial that the hot tub maintains its heat level for use at any time. The hot tub experiences a significant reduction in heat loss by convection and evaporation due to the cover. His efforts this week focused on calculating the evaporative heat loss and sourcing a cover to understand the conductive heat loss through the cover. Each variable is crucial to the description of the system and understanding where optimizations can be made. His goal is to wrap up the analysis of the idle stage in the coming week and begin assessing the heat start-up energy requirements of the system. The pictures below share some of this developing work.

Solar microgrid design, sizing, and cost analysis specifics, Implementing Global Change, One Community Weekly Progress Update #418

Continued Research Related to the Solar Microgrid Design, Sizing, and Cost Analysis Specifics – Click for Page

HIGHEST GOOD FOOD PROGRESS

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This week the core team continued working on the Herbal Garden design for behind the Duplicable City Center. We placed four picnic tables outside of the East fence line of the Herbal Garden, and designed a greenhouse with two entrances on opposite ends and placed it on the side that is closest to the Dining Dome. The fence on the side of the greenhouse was also removed. Pictures below are related to this work.

Herbal Garden design, Duplicable City Center, Implementing Global Change, One Community Weekly Progress Update #418

Continued Working on the Herbal Garden Design for Behind the Duplicable City Center – Click for Page

Henry Vennard (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 24th week helping continue the development of the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Henry worked on updating the 3D model of the climate battery system and continued his work organizing the main research document. He met with Amin (a senior engineer who has joined the team to consult on this component) and discussed an approach for moving forward with the project, including more research and use of the ASHRAE Handbook. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.

Climate batteries for the Aquapini:Walipini structures, Implementing Global Change, One Community Weekly Progress Update #418

Worked on Updating the 3D Model of the Climate Battery System – Click for Aquapini:Walipini Page

HIGHEST GOOD EDUCATION PROGRESS

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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:

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Highest Good Education: All Subjects | All Learning Levels | Any Age – Click image for the open source hub

HIGHEST GOOD SOCIETY PROGRESS

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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 core team additionally completed our 15th week working on improving the content for all our Values Pages. This week we finished editing the value of Community Contribution, completing both the draft webpage and the mind map, addressing passive voice and doing a final review before passing it along to Jae for his final review and updates to the live page on the site. Pictures of some of this work are below.

Improving the content for all our Values Pages, Implementing Global Change, One Community Weekly Progress Update #418

Continued Working on Improving the Content for All Our Values Pages – Click for Our Pledge Page

Wen Zhang (Software Engineer) completed her 43rd week as a volunteer working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Wen created a delete confirmation popup to prevent actions that accidentally delete and badges. She also created information icons for badge functions. She has been adjusting the text and styling based on Jae’s feedback and requests. Other miscellaneous tasks include making the ranking field accept integers only, making 0 the highest number in sorting rankings, and adding a secondary sort by names for badges with the same ranking. Pictures below are related to this work.

Highest Good Network software, Implementing Global Change, One Community Weekly Progress Update #418

Created a Delete Confirmation Popup to Prevent Actions That Accidentally Delete and Badges – Click for Highest Good Network

Vy Dao (Software Developer) completed his 9th week working on the Highest Good Network software. For this week, Vy updated more feedback on the PR#45 (which is related to Forgot-password changes”. He also tested and approved related Badge features. Vy additionally started to go over many different old unit-test files and update them so that the total fail test cases of the project will reduce down as much as possible before he continues to work on more unit-test files. Pictures below show some of this work.

Highest Good Network software, Implementing Global Change, One Community Weekly Progress Update #418

Updated More Feedback on the Pr#45 (Which Is Related to Forgot-password Changes” – Click for Highest Good Network

Yueru Zhao (Software Engineer) completed her 8th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Yueru continued working on showing tasks data on the project report page. She used the WBS ID to filter all the tasks data to render the tasks that belong to the specific project. Now the task data is rendered to the project report page with information about the task name, priority and status. She also added the priority level and status filter options. Next week, she will be working on filtering the tasks based on the options that the user choses. Pictures below are related to this work.

Highest Good Network software, Implementing Global Change, One Community Weekly Progress Update #418

Continued Working on Showing Tasks Data on the Project Report Page – Click for Highest Good Network

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One Community Welcomes Zhiheng “Samson” Su to the Engineering Design Team!

One Community welcomes Zhiheng “Samson” Su to the Engineering Design Team as our newest Volunteer/Consultant!

Samson earned his bachelor’s degree from Cal State Long Beach University and currently holds the Civil Engineering E.I.T license. His educational background lies in civil engineering with the emphasis in transportation, structure, and water resource management. As a member of the One Community team, Samson is contributing to the design of the Duplicable City Center’s drainage plan, road and walkway plans, and helping write the pavement design tutorial for non-industry people.

 

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One Community Welcomes Vy Dao to the Software Design Team!

One Community welcomes Vy Dao to the Software Engineering Team as our newest Volunteer/Consultant!

Vy graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a B.S. degree in Computer Science and minored in Computer Information Technology. He has work experience in several domains including AWS Cloud Computing, Full-Stack, and APIs developments. Vy also works on several projects related to making Cross-platform mobile applications for iOS and Android. He believes quality and scalable open-source programs are the keys to fix many global challenges. As a member of the One Community team, Vy is helping develop the time tracking software component of the Highest Good Network application.

 

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One Community Welcomes Vicente Subiela to the Engineering Team!

One Community welcomes Vicente Subiela to the Engineering Team as our newest Volunteer/Consultant!

Vicente became an engineer in 1993 (University of Zaragoza, Spain), and then was researching CO2 balances and energy & economic balances in life cycle analysis within the R&D center CIRCE. He started as project manager in the Canary Islands Institute of Technology in 1997, where he was involved in off-grid autonomous-renewable-energy-driven desalination projects (electric and thermal processes) and other sustainability activities until 2014, when he retired after a larynx cancer. Four years later, he completed his PhD on technical & economic optimization of solar & wind powered reverse osmosis systems. He has more than 20 publications. Vicente has been active since 2014 by attending courses in photography, graphic design and coaching. He balances his activities with hiking, meditation, cooking, dancing, and family life (3 kids). He is also an active member in a gender equality men’s association, and hosts conferences to share his experience and life learning during and after his cancer. As a One Community volunteer, Vicente is leading the solar design and research team.

 

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