Sustainably addressing population growth is necessary if we are to support our growing cultures. One Community is designing open source teacher/demonstration hubs that will demonstrate what is possible and evolve the necessary plans for global implementation and adaptation. These sustainable communities and villages will demonstrate that we can live better and more luxuriant lives in a way that will support our growing population for the foreseeable future.
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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 February 7th, 2021 edition (#411) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is sustainably addressing population growth 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 review and development of the Earthbag Village Footer, Foundation, and Flooring tutorials. We reviewed work on sections 3, 4, & 5 of the FFF doc relating to footer construction and centerpoint re-establishment and compass installation. Section 5 was combined with 3 and three chapters were added to section 4. We then followed up with a phone call resulting in a mutual review of updating the first 48 pages of the FFF and removing outdated information. Also a discussion determined utilization of sheet metal attachment to the concrete floor with tapcon screws to cover the perimeter floor insulation. A new drawing will be drawn and reviewed to determine its feasibility and cost effectiveness. Pictures below show some of this work.
This week Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 29th week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis began working on the cost analysis for the pipe insulation and freeze prevention. He began using the material list containing the pipe lengths, elbows, and tees to calculate the quantity of polyethylene foam insulation needed. Additional research and analysis had to be done to prevent the pipes from freezing due to the water catchment roof’s design. The water storage room is susceptible because of the orifice in the roof allowing air to flow through the room and accelerate the possibility of frozen pipes due to convection cooling. A few measures were considered to prevent this from happening. One of the prevention measures was to line the spigots with fiberglass wrap along with the insulation foam. The extra insulation being necessary because of the use of copper in that area. Insulating the barrels was considered, but it was found to be costly. Another preventative was to wrap the barrels more susceptible to cooling with a heat cable and cover the cable with foil tape to evenly distribute the heat. Jose simulated the center barrels to have the heat cable wrapped around them because of the opening on top of the top center barrel that allows rainwater to flow in. The pictures below show some of this work.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) completed her 26th week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week Stacey mostly finished the benches & table group. There were some boards to lay out and some hardware to add to the directions. She hopes to finish the group this coming week and submit a PDF for review. Stacey is also going to try to implement a used-board effect with this group, to show which boards are used vs. not. She is thinking to use a gray color or maybe a pattern of lines. Screenshots below are related to this latest progress.
Hannah Copeman (Structural Engineer) completed her 24th 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 and revising the loft design process. She edited the first four completed sections of the FFF doc to remove all obsolete information, began work on the foundation by researching the use of rebar to join the layers, and continued the development of interior trimming in the dome. Hannah also added image narrative and an executive introduction to the loft design process. You can see some pictures of this work below.
Mark Wambua (Civil Engineer) completed his 4th week working on the Parking Lot and Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping guides. This week Mark mainly focused on research concerning drainage design, storm drain design, roadway design, water catchment options, and irrigation options. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Zhiheng “Samson” Su (Civil Engineer) also completed his 4th week on the team and woking on the Parking Lot and Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping guides. This week, Samson finished explanation of the new section, “Materials”, “Maintainability and Constructibility”, and “Pavement Life-Cycle”. And he started a new chapter, “General Aspects of Pavement Engineering”, and provided an introduction for the new chapter. Also, Samson finished explanation of the section “Pavement Structure Layers”, “Types of pavement projects” and introduced the section “Roles, Resources, and Proprietary Items”. See pictures below.
Vicente J Subiela (Project Management Adviser) completed his 3rd week working on the solar microgrid design, sizing, and cost analysis specifics. The focus for Vicente this last week has been upgrading the solar design spreadsheet by including a basic energy & economic balance based on the annual average day, identifying preliminary relevant outcomes (economic balance requires deeper research to know the current reality on rates, credits, incentives, etc.). He also added more useful links and a section for the calculation of the inter row spacing (“Outcomes” tab), which is a key value to estimate the required ground area for the PV field. Vicente wrote a first list of points / steps needed related to the legal and economic aspects which will function as a preliminary guide for this part of the project. New exploration on SAM software was also made to see the annual profiles generation & demand (internal SAM values). Pictures below show some of this work.
Sai Kaushik Duvvuru (Masters in Electrical Engineering) joined the team and completed his 1st week helping with the solar microgrid design, sizing, and cost analysis specifics. This week’s focus was on calculating the energy demands for the Earthbag Village, conducting research for Net metering tariffs and the ways they are calculated for the proposed site, checking the Basic Energy calculations, and doing research on the number of appliances needed. Pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is sustainably addressing population growth 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 Angela Mao (Sustainability Researcher) completed her 23rd week as a member of the team and working on content for the Most Sustainable Lightbulbs and Light Bulb Companies and the Best Small and Large-scale Community Options for Sustainable Processing & Reuse of Non-recyclables tutorial. This week, Angela integrated requested edits to her lightbulb tutorial. Specifically, she ranked the lightbulb products and added pictures to them. Then, in her Google Spreadsheet, Angela ranked the products that weren’t featured and gave rationale as to why. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Qiuheng Xu (Landscape Designer) completed her 18th week helping with the Duplicable City Center, now focused solely on the landscaping design. Qiuheng focused on setting up key frames and components of the planting design. She divided the planting design into three themes, including four seasons front entrance, cherry blossom alley on the North and South, and warm winter (autumn) on the East. She also synced the model in Lumion for rendering. Below are some images showing her work.
Lindy Rzonca (Sustainability Analyst) also completed her 13th week helping with sustainability research and now focused on the Best Small and Large-scale Community Options for Sustainable Processing and Reuse of Non-recyclables tutorial. This week, Lindy worked on the category of non-recyclable paper products. Originally, the category was limited to waxed paper and cardboard. However, she found that this category could be opened up to paper products that aren’t recyclable and aren’t compostable. This entailed doing some additional research on disposal of these difficult to discard paper products and finishing up the section. She also worked on the universal waste section, doing research and edits on that, as well. The pictures below relate to this work.
And Ian Oliver Malinay (Energy Modeler/Analyst) completed his 9th week helping run the energy analysis calculations to help us achieve LEED Platinum status for the Duplicable City Center. This week Ian transferred all the construction material data from the previous energy model (OpenStudio) to DesignBuilder Software. He was able to almost complete the preliminary construction material data as shown on the figure below. The set-up of material will continue up until the final stage of the design and construction of the building. Pictures below are related to this work.
Haozhen “Andrew” He (Civil Design Engineer) completed his 5th week as a member of the team helping with the City Center Water Catchment Designs. This week Haozhen finished all his gutter design and continued his Downspout, Fascia and Soffit design. Most of the Fascia and Soffit are drawn, except for the one that conflicts with the “Pivot door”. The problem is yet to be solved. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Long-term collaborator Bahy Ahmed (Architect) also began modeling the specifics for how the Duplicable City Center dormer windows will be attached to the domes. Pictures of some of this work are below.
One Community is sustainably addressing population growth through Highest Good food that is more diverse, more nutritious, locally grown and sustainable, and part of our open source botanical garden model to support and share bio-diversity:
This week the core team continued working on the Herbal Garden design for behind the Duplicable City Center. We designed five different garden beds, added more walking paths and realigned existing beds. The pictures below are related to this work.
The core team also finished the first live draft of the Ethical, Humane, & Conscientious Rabbit Stewardship content. We researched and edited new photos, edited all the hyperlinks, fixed the indexes and anchors, backed up references as pdfs, shared source files of the editable images, updated the summary, and compared it with the website checklist. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Jiayu Liang (Landscape Designer) completed her 19th week helping with the Aquapini & Walipini internal and external landscaping details. This week Jiayu updated the new renderings for the Walipini 1 and Walipin 2 based on feedback and made a new animation for the Walipini 1 and Walipini 2. Pictures below show some of her changes.
Henry Vennard (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 18th week helping continue the development of the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Henry met with Mayur and discussed troubleshooting the matlab code, specifically working on the semi-infinite solid heat transfer section. Together they made good progress with this section by using a new source with relevant equations. They are also investigated transfer functions and positive feedback loops because they think that’s what is causing problems in the main greenhouse code. You can see some pictures related to this work below.
Md Amanullah Kabir (Mechanical Engineer) also continued with his 7th week on the team, now focusing on the Aquapini/Walipini electrical layout. This week Md completed the initial wiring cost analysis of Walipini 1 and the large aquapini based on the design measurements (height, width, depth). A spreadsheet was created so costs can easily be recalculated if the unit cost of the components change. Md estimated that Walipinis 1,2,3 and Zenapinis 1, and 2 wiring costs will be the same based on the design analysis. The large-scale production aquapini has a slightly different cost. Areas identified as needing more cost analysis research include: Permit License Cost, Installation Cost, Labor Cost, Inspection Cost, Maintenance Cost, and other Miscellaneous Costs. The pictures below share some of this developing work.
Mayur Rajput (Mechanical Engineer) also completed his 3rd week working on the Aquapini/Walipini structures. Mayur continued to work on finding the optimum burial depth for the climate battery. He researched about transient heat transfer functions and about heat transfer in semi infinite solids with a single pipe, he calculated the heat transfer in such a system and calculated the output temperature of the pipe. This would help in calculating the system size and component dimensions. He also continued researching about the different thermal properties for the different types of soils as the last results did not seem to provide an adequate answer. Multiple references specify different values for the thermal properties (absorptivity and thermal diffusivity) of soils. Mayur calculated the thermal properties based on most of the observations and tried finding the optimum burial depth. The results still seem to be a little off for now and he will continue his work based on these results. The pictures below represent his work on all of the above.
One Community is sustainably addressing population growth 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 sustainably addressing population growth 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 34 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 completed our 8th week working on improving the content for all our Values Pages. This week we finished reviewing the values of Sustainability and Honesty and Integrity. We updated formatting and made language consistent with the other One Community values pages. We made edits to make the overall readability smoother, by shortening sentences and adding language for a deeper understanding. Additionally we reviewed all resources listed within the resources sections, and finalized the additional FAQs for the value of Consensus Self-governance.
Additionally the core team finished a detailed review of the Highest Good Network software documentation of Work Breakdown Structure items 4.1, 4.2, and 4.4. We marked complete the items and functionality that are done and added notes for any aspects of these components that are still needed.
Wen Zhang (Software Engineer) completed her 36th week as a volunteer working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Wen got the bug (TypeError: toAdd.add is not a function) fixed. She added text to display the number of badges selected, and created functions to clear the data of selected badges when needed. Wen added some styling to the contents of the badge assignment tab. Lastly, she worked on name validation and error handling so that the user would get messages about how the request goes and the reason for failure.
TEKtalent Inc.(a custom programming solutions company) also continued with their 32nd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Nithesh and the TEK Talent team were mainly working on the documentation section as well as some code corrections and fixes. The pull request has been raised and merged to the development branch, and the forgot password bug was fixed. Pictures below show this work.
Noor Qureshi (Insurance Researcher) completed her 25th week helping research One Community’s insurance options. This week Noor worked on adding intro paragraphs to several different sections. She went into detail on the differences between group and individual insurance options. Noor also went into more detail on the specifics of the individual insurance options (such as who they serve, and the benefits/challenges associated with it). Pictures below show some of this work.
Chris Weilacker (Software Engineer) completed his 20th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week, Chris worked on giving the timers a notification and communicating with each other to only have one timer going at a time. It’s a work-in-progress that needs more work to be fully functional. Chris also worked to set it up so that the timer would come back in a paused state in the case of a power outage/accidental browser closing. You can see some pictures related to this below.
Jaime Arango (Graphic Designer) also completed his 19th week helping with various graphic design work for the project, continuing this week working on the new badges for the badges section on the Dashboard of the Highest Good Network. This week he made corrections on the X hours in a week badge group and started the leader of the team badges. He also organized and uploaded master files for 4 different groups of badges. Pictures of the new badges are below.
Robert Pioch (Graphic Designer) completed his 9th week also helping with the new badges for the badges section on the Dashboard of the Highest Good Network. This week, Robert completed all of the Highest Good Society Badges! You can see pictures of the new designs and development process below.
Yueru Zhao (Software Engineer completed her 2nd week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Yueru finished the filter function in the reporting page. When users select “Active”, “InAcitve”, “All”, the table will show the available options in real time. Users then click the option name to view the detailed report. She also spent time on trying and testing all the APIs available to get all the data needed in the detailed reporting page and researched some React graph packages that will be used later. Pictures below are related to this work.
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