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:
One Community is writing the next chapter of humanity’s story 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One Community is writing the next chapter of humanity’s story 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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One Community is writing the next chapter of humanity’s story 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 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.
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.
One Community is writing the next chapter of humanity’s story 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 writing the next chapter of humanity’s story 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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