Zero-waste community designs are one way to reduce the global buildup of trash. Through community collaboration we can create and share more comprehensive and innovative purchasing strategies, reuse models, and recycling and disposal options. What we learn can then be open sourced and free-shared to help evolve and diversify the ideas into other environments too. Problem solving and sharing solutions like this is one component of what One Community is calling living and creating for “The Highest Good of All.”
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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 24th, 2019 edition (#348) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is facilitating zero-waste community designs 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 updating the Murphy bed electrical in SketchUp 3D. We checked and adjusted the beam locations with the measurements shown here. Now they line up 16″ on center from the left and right, then with the shelving that will be attached to them so it can be anchored properly. Then 16″ from that beam so we’ve got proper structural integrity. This spacing, as shown here, turned out to be the best for function, strength, and symmetry.
The core team also continued construction of the Earthbag Engineering Page. This week we created all the sections shown here covering soil classification, using the soil classification spreadsheet, and using and understanding the nail selection spreadsheet.
Oluyomi Sanyaolu (Technical Writer and Researcher) completed his 5th week with the team, continuing cost analysis of external Earthbag Village components. This week Oluyomi completed the 1st draft of the wind power cost analysis using 11 different sources of information. He also defined the different aspects that make up the hydro-power plant, so that readers could understand their purpose. An estimate for the average cost of constructing parking lots was also conducted.
Shadi Kennedy (Artist and Graphic Designer) also completed his 74th week developing the Murphy bed instructions. This week he created the icon illustration of the wire coil for 12/3 & 12/2 wire, removed the 3 gang box and added a wiring section to the procurement page, removed excess part numbers W7 throughout the document, created new diagrams illustrating the spread of upright wall support beams as per the new layout described above, and redid pW5 using this new arrangement of upright beams and showing the new measurements.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) returned to helping and completed week #169 working on the Earthbag Village (Pod 1). This week he designed an ADA ramp and began integrating into 3D the AutoCAD updates from the last couple of months. You can see some of this work here.
And Hemanth Kotaru (Structural Engineer) completed his 35th week helping with the structural engineering research and calculations for the Earthbag Village. This week he created a new seismic calculations spreadsheet and wrote a tutorial and made updates for the wind and snow load calculation spreadsheets. You can see this behind-the-scenes work here.
One Community is facilitating zero-waste community designs 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 Ron Huang (Mechanical Engineer) continued with his 29th week working on the Energy Modeling for our LEED Platinum certification and City Center open source HVAC design tutorial. This week he continued working on the summary report shown here and preparing the simulation file submittal.
Sneha Dongre (Structural Engineer) also continued with her 31st week helping with the Duplicable City Center structural details. This week she continued her work cleaning out the unwanted layers from AutoCAD file to set up the file for analysis in RISA 3D (pictures below). Next step is making different layers as columns/beams etc. in AutoCAD file, so that it’ll be easy to design those sets because, currently, RISA is importing those layers as section sets. Cleared 4-5 layers and there are still some small details left to clean.
One Community is facilitating zero-waste community designs 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:
The core team also continued with the cost analysis and the detailed SketchUp model for the goat and sheep barn. We designed the dutch doors, researched the wall panels, and added rails outside of the milking room. We also finished wall framing the goat area, and the outside wall of the milking room, as shown here.
In addition, the core team continued developing the behind-the-scenes open source permaculture design content. This week we reviewed the permaculture ethics and principles to be better positioned to complete the case study, completed the SWOT analysis for the case study, and added “natural disasters” to our Business Plan SWOT analysis.
Ziqian Zheng (Architectural Designer and Drafter) continued with week 3 of his work on the Transition Kitchen designs. This week he completed the lighting and plumbing plans and continued working on additions and revisions on the renders of the sketchUp model.
And Mohammad Almuzaial (Civil and Construction Engineer) joined the team and completed his first week helping with the Aquapini/Walipini civil engineering details. This week Mohammad started designing and developing the Aquapini & Walipini site that includes designing the drainage system and supply water network. This week the actual location and topography was modeled in Revit to reflect an actual environment that will allow to derive accurate estimations. Additionally, the prospective Aquapini & Walipini site plot was projected in the most suitable location on the master plan. Moreover, more high-definition property maps and GIS elevation data were obtained for more accurate modeling.
One Community is facilitating zero-waste community designs 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 facilitating zero-waste community designs 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 finished the initial review and edits of all the existing business plan pages. We now have 1 or 2 more to create and then a final review to bring it to completion, other than ongoing additions and revisions based on our design work.
Deema Ali (Graphic/Video Designer) also joined the team began designing a new version of the One Community Overview video by gathering stock footage and timing them to the beat points of the video, adding transitions, and adding clear text as used in the original video.
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