Sustainable social models are models of living that merge society with ecology to create a richer and more enjoyable living experience. Models like this recognize supporting and regenerating the planet is essential to the health and happiness of the people who depend on it. One Community is supporting the creation of models like this through what we call “Highest Good” and comprehensively sustainable approaches to 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 25th, 2021 edition (#422) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is creating sustainable social models through Highest Good housing that is artistic and beautiful, more affordable, more space efficient, lasts longer, DIY buildable, and constructed with healthy and sustainable materials:
This week the core team continued edits on the Earthbag Village Footer, Foundation and Flooring development Doc. This week’s focus was edits and further clarifying existing information throughout the doc. New paragraphs were included, going into further detail and polishing the narrative and tying it in with the existing work. See pictures below for some screenshots related to this.
The core team also continued what we hope will be the 2nd-to-final check of the Murphy bed instructions, assembling the bed in 3D to test them. This week we created a list of updates and suggestions for the Table and Benches assembly section. Updates included measurements for some parts and shifting of location of affected parts/items. The screenshots below show some of this work.
The core team additionally confirmed all of Zachary’s updates from last week to the Tree House Village (Pod 7) online book and created a new list of requests covering pages 12 to 31. Pictures below show some of this work.
And the core team additionally began double checking the Earthbag Village energy specifics for the solar microgrid design, sizing, and cost analysis. This week’s focus was working on compiling the list of energy consuming components within the Earthbag Village. We had 2 meetings regarding energy consumption, began cleaning up the brainstorm list and added a ‘Data Source’ column, so the source of the information could be traced to its origin. We also began the list for the Dome Homes (residence) and added Greywater, Earthbag Village General, and Overall Property to the area category. We also corrected some equations within the Water Use Calculations spreadsheet and updated the Hydropower Spreadsheet based on that information. Pictures below are related to this work.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This week was week #219 of Dean’s work and the focus was finishing precise placement of the furniture in all of the domes. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 39th week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis finished updating the AutoCAD roof plan for the Net-Zero Bathroom to coincide with the Solidworks rendering, and reorganized the format to simplify the order of construction and installation. The updates included adding flash to the interior roof diagrams to illustrate that the installation comes after the exterior flash installation. The elevation view of the roof was also updated to include the drip edge flash. Jose Luis then began working on a section explaining the construction and installation of the roof support frame. The support frame consists of a series of beams that support the load of the panels that rest on top of them. The introduction and material list for the roof support frames was added. The Solidworks rendering was then updated to help illustrate the location and orientation of the supports used to hold them to the structure and to each other. The updated renderings will be added to the roof support frame section of the Net-Zero Bathroom tutorial/instructions. The pictures below show some of this work.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) completed her 36th week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week she tried to clear up a few issues mentioned in earlier comments. The measurements listed for wood sizes needed to be updated to show depth of wood first. The page arrangement was also updated and all corresponding page numbers needed to be updated if they are referenced in several other places. She started to work on cutting instructions for a couple boards and found this can be simplified and probably quite easy to follow by the user. She also continued to work on the renders and front booklet pages for tools and components, still brainstorming for a table of contents page and what that might look like. Screenshots below are related to this latest progress.
Hannah Copeman (Structural Engineer) completed her 33rd 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 revised the tutorial to include further explanation on specific topics, such as placement of the welded wire fabric in the concrete slab floor, the placement of the vapor barrier around the foundation, and the need for additional rebar through the footer and into the ground. You can see some pictures of this work below.
Vicente J Subiela (Project Management Adviser) completed his 14th week working on the solar microgrid design, sizing, and cost analysis specifics. This week, Vicente focused on reviewing and updating the schedule plan and attending to the questions and needs of his team. He looked into comparing two possible options of electric service (Garkane Energy that supplies energy to our county, and Rocky Mountain Power, another utility that operates in our state but doesn’t supply energy to our county). Both options have several pros & cons with different aspects (technical, economic, mobility) and the decision is still unclear and requires more research. He also collaborated on the writing of two ads for new team members. Pictures below are related to this work.
Aidan Geissler (Sustainability Researcher) completed his 11th week helping with 2nd-to-final review, feedback, and content editing. This week Aidan continued to conduct and compile research for the Insulation Comparison spreadsheet. Much of the research for this week was focused on sustainability, which he has broken down into the following scoring categories: sustainability of the materials, sustainability of production and transportation, the direct environmental impacts, and other sustainability considerations. He also spent time locating, providing links, and reviewing the Health and Safety Data Sheets for each product. Additionally, the aesthetics of this document have been improved, so Aidan also spent time transferring content and adding product images to the newly constructed Comparison Table. Lastly, Aidan reviewed the Final Draft of Climate Battery Website Info to provide edits, comments, questions, and suggestions. Check out the pictures below as examples of this work.
Jeson Hu (Mechanical Engineer Assistant) completed his 8th week helping with research related to the solar microgrid design, sizing, and cost analysis specifics. This week, Jeson gathered inverter spec data, contacted the RMP electricity power provider for solar incentive program and rate, and left a voicemail to the solar department, but no answer back. He also organized and input important email communication and files to the dropbox folders using Vicente’s suggested order. In addition, Jeson constructed an inverter quote request email and sent ~10 quote emails and company website requests. Then he linked the company web address and product spec web address to the google sheet for future easy access, finalized the best solar harvesting product research, and added web addresses into the solar tech and company comparison google sheet for future easy access. The pictures below share some of this developing work.
Yufan Jiang (Volunteer Architectural Designer) completed her 2nd week as a member of the team. This week Yufan started on WBS #: 220.127.116.11: Earthbag Village Photoshop Additions. For this task, she worked on the PSD file, researched sources of royalty free images including people and plants, changed the size and color of sources in photoshop, placed them into appropriate places, and added shades and rendered the landscape of the original picture. Based on the comments, she modified the PSD file twice. Yufan also reviewed the information of the transition kitchen for next week. Pictures below show some of this work. Pictures below show some of this work.
One Community is creating sustainable social models through a Duplicable and Sustainable City Center that is LEED Platinum certified/Sustainable, can feed 200 people at a time, provide laundry for over 300 people, is beautiful, spacious, and saves resources, money, and space:
This week the core team created the initial review and outline for what will become the Duplicable City Center connector tutorial covering the engineering that went into identifying the best designs for the hub connectors for the dome frames.
Qiuheng Xu (Landscape Designer) completed her 29th week helping with the Duplicable City Center landscaping design. This week Qiuheng combined the herb garden model with the landscape model she has been working on. In the combined file, Qiuheng was able to fix the road system to the herb garden and entryways, and placed several seating areas. Pictures below show some of these changes.
Ian Oliver Malinay (Energy Modeler/Analyst) completed his 17th week helping run the energy analysis calculations to help us achieve LEED Platinum status for the Duplicable City Center. This week, Ian processed/revised the operation schedule. This operation schedule is the frequency/occurrence of occupancy, process load, artificial lighting, air ventilation, heating and cooling demand on an hourly basis. Ian also processed the simulation requirements of domestic hot water particularly in the Living Dome that is currently using a heat pump. He also researched how the hydronic system works and how this technology will be modeled in the simulation software. Below are some images related to this work.
Sunitha Paraselli (Mechanical Design Engineer) completed her 8th week working on the Duplicable City Center connectors we’ll use to build the domes. This week Sunitha focused on editing the final report in Google Docs, adding more details and appropriate references , explaining what exactly the Hub Connector Analysis is and why we perform them. She also explained what is included in the analysis, what the safety factor is, and how much safety factor we should look for. In addition to this, Sunitha updated the load calculations of the LVL beam. The pictures below relate to this work.
Luis Manuel Dominguez (Research Engineer) also completed his 6th week helping with research related to the solar microgrid design, sizing, and cost analysis specifics. This week Luis began to verify and summarize his calculations for the hot tub heat transfer analysis. He began the week by double checking his work on his early calculations regarding the convective and evaporative heat transfer of the tub during operation. Luis found all of his links and numbers to be in order and proceeded on to the idle state analysis. Simultaneously, he began drafting the engineering justification for his documents. Verifying while documenting is an effective strategy for organizing and validating findings. Moving forward, Luis will continue his report and prepare his findings to be published to the City Center Natural Pool and Spa web page. The pictures below are related to this work.
Daniela Andrea Parada (Volunteer/Consultant Civil Engineering Student) completed her 3rd week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development. This week Daniela worked on editing and rewriting. She analyzed paragraphs and ensured that the material was easy to comprehend for both engineers, clients, and the general public. Daniela also researched more information about grading ordinances in our specific planned location for the Duplicable City Center. As this information was not easy to come by, she also obtained material focusing on the general grading ordinances for Los Angeles. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Rushabh Bhavsar (Mechanical Design Engineer) joined the team and completed his 1st week helping with the City Center Eco-spa designs. Rushabh started with the design and development of the hot tub model. This week’s process included recording the parameters and modeling the initial structure of the tub, and making adjustments based on feedback. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Carol Nguyen (Civil Engineer) also joined the team and completed her 1st week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development. This week, Carol added the all-caps titles, subtitles, and organized the “Roadways, Walkways, Gutters, and Parking Lot” report sections so they appear in the order of the table of contents. She created the bookmarks in the table of contents to link the headers to their respective sections below. In addition, Carol also worked on summarizing, paraphrasing, and revising the report. The sections focused on this week included Flexible Pavements, Rigid Pavements, Composite Pavements, Process Overview, Preparing a Pavement Recommendation, and Project Specific Conditions to Consider. The pictures below share some of this developing work.
One Community is creating sustainable social models 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 returned to working on the open source “Ethical, Humane, & Conscientious Chicken Stewardship” tutorial, this time adding the meta data to the images, formatting them correctly, and correctly hyperlinking all the timestamps of the YouTube videos referenced within the text. We’d say the tutorial is now about 80% complete.
The core team also conducted a detailed review of the initial climate battery design overview.
Henry Vennard (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 28th and final week helping continue the development of the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week’s focus was reviewing and integrating feedback on the “Final Draft of Climate Battery Website Info” Google Document. Once published, this tutorial will serve as a guide to anyone interested in building their own climate battery. He also helped organize all the relevant information so it will be easier for anyone who works on the project next to jump in and start helping. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
One Community is creating sustainable social models 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 sustainable social models 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 29 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.
Jaime Arango (Graphic Designer) completed his 27th week helping, returning to creating images for the One Community Updates Blogs like this one. This week Jaime created images for weekly progress updates #473, #474, #475, #476 and #477. You can see all these new images below.
Chris Weilacker (Software Engineer) completed his 26th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week, Chris fixed some remaining errors and finished the technical documentation for WBS item #4.5: Fix Blue Square and Auto-email Functionality. You can see some pictures related to this below.
Yueru Zhao (Software Engineer) completed her 12th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Yueru added the estimated hours column in the task table for the people reporting page so that the estimated hours for each task are showing. She also worked on the resources filter so, based on the specific resource that the user chooses, the tasks table will render dynamically and show the right results. She also spent time on the input range field and will be working on the estimated hours field next week. Pictures below are related to this work.
Abderrahmane “Abdel” Boulahdour (Full Stack Web Developer) also completed his 2nd week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Abderrahmane focused on editing the team member tasks table. He added a mouseover popup for all the headers items (titles and icons) under Team Member Tasks. He created a fork from the main repository, and pushed his branch that contains the changes of what he did during these three weeks (changes in TeamMemberTasks.jsx and style.css files). Pictures below show some of this work.
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