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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 November 22nd, 2020 edition (#400) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
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One Community is creating a path to a sustainable civilization 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 Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 17th week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis updated the “Roof Panel Construction” and “Roof Panel Installation” section of the Net-Zero Bathrooms. He added detailed steps, diagrams, measurements, and organized the material list for the “Roof Panel Construction” section. Detailed steps were added to the “Roof Panel Installation” section too. The SolidWorks model was also updated to include the drip edge roof flash on the edges of the exterior roof panels. The addition of metal flashing around the roof access was added as well. The images from these updates will be used in the section as a visual reference. Pictures are below for this work.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) completed her 16th week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. Stacey is excited to almost be done with the now 26-page wall section. She reworked all groups by making sure all the fonts are the same. Stacey also verified all the call outs and zoomed images are colored in the same way across all groups, and have clear pages marked now from the wall section into the 3 other groups. She also figured out many of the old renders and updated with the correct wall image in all places. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Hannah Copeman (Structural Engineer) completed her 14th week helping complete all the Earthbag Village tutorials. This week Hannah continued the development of the Earthbag Village dome construction by working on the tools required to place nails and cement between each layer, and working on the structural design of the lofts. For the three tools, she finalized the initial designs of each and prepared the associated master AutoCAD. Hannah also continued the loft design by selecting the joist size and spacing, the bridge size and locations, determining the bridge hanger manufacturer / product, and beginning to work on the bearing calculations for the end supports. You can see some screenshots of this work below.
One Community is creating a path to a sustainable civilization 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 Ksenia Akimov (Plumbing Engineer) completed her 10th week working on the Duplicable City Center plumbing designs. This week Ksenia created the plan for the hot and cold water pipelines in the kitchen and main bathroom areas. Pictures below show some of this work.
Lindy Bray (Sustainability Analyst) also completed her 7th week helping confirm and expand the research on the Most Sustainable Building Materials: Carpet, Flooring, Wood, Etc.. This week, Lindy finished the Sustainable flooring research and Google Doc. She finished the section on Vinyl flooring, and she proofread the entire document and made some changes to reflect the new changes. Pictures below show some of this work.
One Community is creating a path to a sustainable civilization 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 with our new plan for the Transition Kitchen. We started working on a new SketchUp design for 30’x50’ Transition Kitchen structure we agreed on as best from last week. We also created three possible layout templates for kitchen/eating/serving areas. Then we did research on different floor covering for the Transitional Kitchen portable building. Lastly, we created a list of problems that we found during the detailing process with the old Hexayurt design for the Transition Kitchen structure. Here they are and pictures of the other work follow them:
The core team also continued rewriting/finalizing the chicken coop doc step-by-step instructions. This week we reviewed chicken coop drawings and related videos suggesting a more standardized approach to wall layout design for improved efficiency, clarity, and ease of interpretation for the novice builder. We also explored different hinge locations for the nesting boxes, and further revised the initial pages of the coop assembly based on all of the above. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Reyes Mendoza (Mechanical Engineering Student) also completed his 5th week helping continue the development of the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Reyes was able to get access to SolidWorks and is learning how to use flow simulation to apply it to our current design. He also worked on adding conversions into his Matlab code to make it easier to use regardless of the units being used. He also spend significant time trying to get the software working properly on his Mac, which requires a special Windows environment to run SolidWorks. You can see some pictures related to this work below.
Jiayu Liang (Landscape Designer) completed her 8th week helping with the Aquapini & Walipini internal and external landscaping details. This week Jiayu focused on making the 6 greenhouse models and the model of outdoor landscapes in the Rhino. Some pictures of this work-in-progress are below.
Jingwei Jiang (Landscape Designer) also completed her 8th week working on the landscaping specifics for the Earthbag Village. This week Jingwei focused on finishing the CAD plan according to previous developed SketchUp models. The final planting list was further developed too. Pictures of this work-in-progress are below.
Henry Vennard (Mechanical Engineer) also completed his 7th week helping continue the development of the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Henry worked on the climate battery simulations and optimization. He worked with his team to improve the SolidWorks simulations related to the pressure in the pipes. You can see some pictures related to this work below.
Diana Gomez (Mechanical Engineer) also completed her 7th week helping continue the development of the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Diana continued her research on friction loss of the system and calculations of the static pressure of the system. She learned to use a Friction Loss chart that will provide the friction loss of the system given two of the following parameters: velocity, duct diameter, or cfm. According to the chart, our system is recommended to have a duct diameter of 10-12 inches because any lower and the friction loss per 100ft is very high. Using an equation that closely describes this chart, Diana calculated the friction loss per 100ft on the “Air Flow Rate.xslx” and varied the size of the manifold to be 8-12 inches and the velocity from 1000 – 1500 fpm. It was found that 10-inch diameter with a 1100 fpm initial velocity to be 0.54 in wg (inches of water gauge) per 100 feet (this is a reasonable amount of friction). Then using these parameters the friction loss per 100 ft was calculated for the 4-inch pipes branching off of the main pipes. The small pipe diameter was varied from 3-5 inches but 4 in will be kept because its friction loss is only ~0.05 in wg per 100 ft. Diana met with Henry to discuss the high friction loss and the following steps will be taken to resolve the issue: decrease the number of pipes, decrease the length of the manifold, and increase the diameter of the manifold from 8in to 10 inches. Diana also researched how to account for pressure when calculating the friction loss because the charts available are accurate for standard conditions and not high elevations. She tabulated the 6000 ft elevation correction factors on the “Air Flow Rate.xslx” under the tab cfm – elevation correction. This tab takes in the total volume of a building and desired ACH and then calculates the corrected CFM at a 6000 ft elevation for temperatures between -20 F to 100 F. Then it takes in a diameter for the main manifold and the pipes to calculate the total friction loss per 100 ft. For a specific temperature the total friction loss is calculated. It was found the friction loss is extremely high and a fan cannot create enough static pressure to balance it. By increasing the manifold diameter to 10 in the static friction decreased by half but this value is still too high. Reducing the number of pipes will be the next step. You can see pictures of some of this work-in-progress below.
Daniela Lazarescu (Chef Adviser) completed her 4th week working on the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. This week Daniela focused on further recipes and researching suitable video instructions for previously chosen dishes. She also double checked that the image she’s supplied so far are not copyright protected. You can see some of this work below.
One Community is creating a path to a sustainable civilization 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 creating a path to a sustainable civilization 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 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 also continued working on the large-scale consensus content. This week we refined and edited the large-scale consensus governance content in preparation for putting the content into the web editor. We added links, formatted the write-up (bullets and justified text), made the content more consistent, and re-read the content. You can see some pictures of this behind-the-scenes below.
Henry Nguyen (React Developer) completed his 39th week with the team and working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Henry added the folder icon for the expanded tasks. The folder icon was used instead of an arrow or other icon because we think it makes the most sense communicating that the parent tasks (folders) are the sum of all children tasks. Henry also worked on the remove function. Removing a task will affect other tasks, so he worked on debugging this so the other tasks renumber and move up correctly to fill in the newly empty line. He still needs to update the task ID and hours calculation though, which is on his action list for next week. The pictures below show some of this newly completed functionality.
TEKtalent Inc. (a custom programming solutions company) also continued with their 24th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Nithesh and TEK talent team continued working on creating the user profile by adding the option to assign a team and project while creating a user. An administrator can now click on add a new team / project button and search and find the team/project to assign the user. Pictures below show some of this new functionality.
Yiqi Feng (Software Engineer) continued with her 17th week as a member of the Highest Good Network software team. This week Yiqi established the frame of DashboardNotificationBar. She divided it into four parts. The first part is mainly username, the second part is about work hours, the third one is about summary, and the last one is Badges. She finished text inside these parts and added icons (exclamation, check), which are similar to the patterns in the picture below. Also, she adjusted the size and percentage of these parts in the bar, but they still need further modification. You can see some pictures related to this work below.
Jerry Zhang (Software Engineer) completed his 12th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Jerry implemented the requested changes from a number of weeks ago. Color contrast is improved for the table. The text differences for the notifications are now human readable. Next, Jerry will work on having task info updates be condensed if a field is updated multiple times. Pictures are below showing some of this work.
Noor Qureshi (Insurance Researcher) completed her 13th week helping research One Community’s insurance options. This week Noor began the comparative analysis portion of this project. She went through each of the plans from each company that she thought were relevant to the goals of this organization and chose the ones that were most applicable. She created a final spreadsheet of the few plans that she would like to research and compare further. She also reformatted many of the plans, so that they all followed one set of criteria. You can see some pictures related to this work below.
Chris Weilacker (Software Engineer) completed his 12th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Chris worked on the timelog component adding it to the dashboard. Chris also edited the formatting for the timelog and timer components to be displayed in mobile views with scrollbars. Pictures related to this work are below.
Jaime Arango (Graphic Designer) also completed his 10th week helping with various graphic design work for the project. This week Jaime started creating new badges for the badges section on the Dashboard of the Highest Good Network. This week he re-created 8 badges for the 30-week streak accomplishment. You can see these newly created images below.
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