Zero-waste living models are good for people and the planet. They save resources, money, and eliminate waste buildup. One Community is developing models like this for the complete living experience. They include open source and 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 3rd, 2022 edition (#471) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is developing zero-waste living 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 corresponded with Aircrete Harry multiple times and became clear on what to test next in an effort to make aircrete more reliably. We also decided to hold off on testing cylinders with stucco and instead to focus on writing up the results and lessons learned to date. Then we began resizing the compression testing photos and inserted them into a table that will be a part of the webpage related to aircrete. We also had our regular weekly meetings with the Compression Testing Team and the Center Hub Team. Pictures below are related to this.
Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 88th week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis continued designing the rain barrel support structure for the Net-Zero Bathroom. He completed the rendering of the outer part of the structure and ran an FEA to determine the stresses and deflection of the support beams. The support beams were modeled to be supported by the wall made of earthbags and the unistrut support columns. The beams are to support 500lbs of weight and were tested with 750lbs of applied load to them. The maximum deflection was estimated at about 0.55mm more than 6 times smaller than the maximum allowable deflection of 3.6mm. There were some stress concentrations around the connection between the supporting beams and the main beam connecting the support columns. The stresses were well below the yield strength so the possibility of failure is highly unlikely. The pictures below show some of this work.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) completed her 68th week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week Stacey continued to work on the revisions to the lumber pages and also revising the screw images to the different sizes. Some of the pages needed to be rearranged because the lumber pieces did not fit on 1 piece of plywood and after adding the measurements to each piece the layout had to be revised. The small graphic details that needed to be updated are almost complete. Screenshots below are related to this latest progress.
Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 38th week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping, Earthbag Village, and the final Aquapini & Walipini website updates. This week Daniela started off by reviewing the newest comments and responding to various questions. She went through the Roadways, Walkways, Gutters, and Parking Lot report and ensured that all the images were added correctly on the website. For this document she also went through the “strikethroughs” and checked the formatting and narratives on the website. Daniela then started to work on the FAQs section for the report by brainstorming and researching some questions. She answered the majority of the questions she came up with but still plans to add more to each response and brainstorm more questions. She also completed writing descriptions of the sheets within the roadways excel sheet. These still need to be further edited, but the general narrative is shown. Lastly, Daniela created an outline for the summary she plans to write for the Roadways, Walkways, Gutters, and Parking Lot report. Pictures below are related to this work.
The Compression Team consisting of Dominick Banuelos (Civil Engineering Intern), Jarot Tamba (Civil Engineering Intern), John Paul D. Matining (Civil Engineer Intern), and Marcus Nguyen (Civil Engineering Intern) completed their 27th week helping with the Aircrete and earthbag compression testing. This week the Compression Testing Team tested 30 cylinders that had cured for 3 weeks. They documented all the results by noting them in the data collection sheet, as well as taking pictures. They made tutorial videos to share with others who want to understand how the cylinders are made. Pictures below are related to this work.
Yuran Qin (Volunteer Web Editor) completed her 19th week helping with web design. This week Yuran checked the latest round of comments and needed corrections for the “Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping” page. This was mainly checking the images and rotating and cropping them to the proper size. She also made the images in the Landscape section the same height and added a 3px space between them. Then Yuran focused on updating this Aquapini and Walipini Open Source Hub staging page with updated content from the Google Doc. Pictures below are related to this work.
Ming Weng (MS Geography & Environmental Engineering) completed his 2nd week helping with the Best Small and Large-scale Community Options for Sustainable Processing and Reuse of Non-recyclables research, report, and tutorial. This week, Ming researched common non-recyclable waste and the importance of classifying and separately collecting individual types of waste for waste treatment procedures. A waste transfer station was researched and the cost for garbage transport was considered. Non-recyclable waste is looking like it can best be processed with the Ionic Gasification System developed by Cogent Energy System. This technology seems to be the optimal alternative to incineration since it avoids by-product generation. Especially if environmental engineers working on the problem can develop strategies to minimize toxin production, like dioxin, from incineration in a cost-effective way. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
One Community is developing zero-waste living 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 Luis Manuel Dominguez (Research Engineer) completed his 44th week helping with research related to the City Center Eco-spa designs. This week Luis finalized the head loss calculations. The head loss of the piping system was awaiting the modeling finalization in order to determine the estimated number of elbow fittings and valves. A more accurate number has been reached for the head loss of the system and progress will continue forward with the documentation of the updated system model and finalized heat loss simulations. Pictures below are related to this work.
Carlos Lillo (Engineering Technician) completed his 30th week helping with the pallet furniture designs for the Duplicable City Center guest rooms. This week, Carlos continued updating the Duplicable City Center AutoCAD files and finished them all this week. The CAD now contains all the items that appeared in the render videos, making it a lot more complete and informative regarding the previous versions. He also added dimensions for several items such as the gap between pieces and color. Pictures below are related to this work.
Xuanji Tang (Architectural Designer) completed her 27th week working on Duplicable City Center updates, now focused on the City Center Lighting updates. This week Xuanji updated the roads close to the North vehicle entrance of the building in the landscape floor plan drawing again. She also updated the north vehicle entrance to the basement and drew a section view for it. Then she started the roof model in SketchUp Pictures below are related to this work.
Raj Patel (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 15th week helping with the Duplicable City Center hub connectors design and testing. This week Raj worked on developing a piece that will bolt on to the LVL beam and the V brackets which will reduce the overall stress taken by the V brackets and act as extra reinforcement. He did the FEA analysis of this piece and got the results the team was hoping for! Pictures below are related to this work.
Maya Callahan (Sustainability Researcher) completed her 12th week helping with research and web design, now focused on review and content creation for the Permaculture Design case study section. This week, Maya continued her task of integrating information from the Final Design Exercise document into the Permaculture Page Content google document. This consisted of proofreading and reformatting the content before transferring it onto the permaculture document so that the structure and wording of each section flowed well. She also continued her work on the Solar Farm Battery Analysis page and backed up all of the external sources from the page in a dropbox folder. Maya then added some more details on that page while organizing outside resources with regards to each section. The pictures below are related to this work.
Prathik Jain (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 9th week of work on the Duplicable City Center hub connectors design and analysis. This week Prathik continued to learn the Staad Pro software. He modeled the complete dome with the dimension as per the design and started the dome design with the actual structural factors like entrance, windows, and other structural additions. He also went through different open sources to learn how to perform structural load analysis of the dome in Staad pro to understand the load distribution on the dome which would be used in studying the stability of the center hub. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Diwei Zhang (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 2nd week of work on the the City Center Eco-spa 3D modeling and analysis review. Diwei finished the modeling of the hot tub with SolidWorks. The model includes the plumbing of the inlet and drainage pipes. The skimmer, pump, filter, heater, and blower models are added to the plumbing system. The base station in the mech room for supporting facilities has been modeled. The mechanical room, wall, and ground are now modeled to show the layout. Work on the design of a waterfall is assigned, and verifying of calculation is required to start. Pictures below show some of this work.
One Community is developing zero-waste living 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 continued addressing comments on Chicken Coop Assembly Doc, updating text, and graphics. We created a sketch for the final structural design of the door, determined sizes and screws for the hinges, latch, handle, and those necessary for securing the door frame to the vertical tongue and groove 1x’s that make up the door. Pictures of some of this work are below.
A different core team member continued updating images, text and replying to comments on the same Chicken Coop Building Instruction document by generating needed graphics. She updated the 3D SketchUp model for th entry door that will be assembled using an outside siding panel and 2×3 lumber for the frame, also the ledge and brace boards. Other updates were made related to images for the roof felt placement to show plastic cap nailing placement with dimensions for inside nailing and perimeter nailing, and redesigned roofing panels for standing seam roofing. Additionally, she generated an Aquapini render of the section view of the outside terraces with marked dimensions.
Brian Storz (Culinary Project Manager) completed his 21st week helping lead the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan, Transition Kitchen designs, Food Procurement and Storage plan, and related menu and meal plans. This week Brian interviewed Marilyn Nzegwu and decided to hire her. Brian spent the rest of his volunteer hours researching the book called “A Year in an Off-grid Kitchen” (click for Amazon affiliate link) by Kate Downham. Some examples from this book are shown below. There were some interesting techniques in the book, and a lot of the recipes have all the basics, so he thinks we could give them a little extra seasoning and work on the execution for large group preparations. Below are some images related to this.
Adam Weiss (Chef) completed his 7th week helping with the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan and related menu and meal plans. This week, Adam worked on mostly converting recipes into the format that can be used with the rate increase/conversion calculator. He also did some critical thinking around kitchen layout. Adam drew up a revised edition and sent that via email. Then he researched other solutions for making recipe ‘cards’. The pictures below relate to this work.
One Community is developing zero-waste living 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. 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:
This week, Adolph Karubanga (Certified Project Manager and Civil/Structural Engineer) completed his 2nd week helping with the Ultimate Classroom structural engineering. This week, Adolph Karubanga, PMP and Civil/Structural Engineer, completed his 3rd week helping to finalize Ultimate DIY Classroom Structural Engineering. In line with the project implementation proposal and the task objectives, Adolph started detailed structural analysis of the roof structure assisted by reference design standards. He specifically looked at snow and wind loads and the results were presented in the shared google doc. Using ASCE 7, Adolph computed the Main Wind Force Resisting System, MWFRS of the roof structure. Results indicated that considering the wind velocity of 100-mph obtained from the wind hazard map, the structure must be designed to resist a wind pressure of 9.0 psf. Further, Adolph sought structural clarification via the location coordinates, ground reference elevation of California above sea level and different engineering standards and codes of practice. Responses were swiftly provided and additional document links added to Adolph’s Google Doc that were very helpful in the confirmation of a number of parameters including wind directionality factor, ground elevation factor and velocity pressure. Adolph planned to have a thorough review and understanding of the shared docs in the week-5 and accordingly refine his calculations. See the related pictures below as examples of this work.
One Community is developing zero-waste living 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 22 hours managing One Community volunteer-work review not included above, emails, social media accounts, web development, new bug identification and bug fix integration for the Highest Good Network software, and interviewing and getting set up new volunteer team members. Pictures below show some of this.
Miguel Fernandes (Full-stack Developer) completed his 4th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Miguel started by solving a problem he was having connecting with MongoDB Atlas. After that, he talked with other team members in order to fully understand how to refactor both the calls to the API and to MongoDB on the dashboard. Miguel refactored 2 endpoints reducing the calls to the API from more than 200 to around 80. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Phu Nguyen (Software Developer) completed his 3rd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Phu contacted Irene to clear the confusion on Task Table Detail. In particular, Irene only added sample task detail. He would need to get tasks information from the database (wbs) and add it to the table. Phu was able to call the tasks in detail, but he had problems with rendering to the table. Phu also encountered a problem on Reports.jsx even though he has not changed anything on that file. He will continue working on this. Pictures of some of this work are below.
And, Elyse Lam (Software Developer) completed her 3rd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Elyse requested to refactor the front end code to hide the WeeklySummary component after the user has pressed the Save button. This can help prevent users from submitting twice for a week. She confirmed that WeeklySummaryModal actually is not being used for this functionality. Instead, the timelog component is checking for “isOwner” and it might not be checking for a successful Save operation at all. Elyse also started working on printing a value from Timelog via ‘props’ down to WeeklySummary by a ComponentDidMount function. Pictures of some of this work are below.
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