Goals:

  • Be a net-generator of energy.
  • Be self-sufficient and thus save money and increase effectiveness.
  • Conserve energy by recycling and common-areas.
Strategy:

  • Audit each building for each utility.
  • Show live use of all utilities on the app along with relative calculations.
  • Encourage common-areas whenever that brings people together and makes for more efficient use.

Electricity:

  • Use LED for all lighting.
  • A choice for low-voltage or high voltage to all personal dwellings. A low voltage scenario:
  • Low voltage lighting is built into the walls, avoiding electrical codes.
  • A personal inverter allows for charging of gadgets.
  • A personal meter connects to the house and is on the wall and linked to the network.
  • Develop an inexpensive meter that can go on each building.
  • Each dwelling shows utility use linked to a meter connected to the app.
  • Solar panels on the visitors parking area, recycling shed and several main buildings provide electricity for the entire community.
  • Batteries store energy.
  • A back-up grid option is also in place to charge batteries if need be.
  • Individuals pay for power-consumption, daily, which insures that any lease-payments can be paid on the solar infrastructure.
  • All motors on site are electric.
  • A small portable backup generator is available for unexpected emergencies.
Sewage:

  • Three or four public toilet areas are on site with a few portable privies located with a hole-in-the-ground and soil backfill technique for temporary work in remote areas.
  • If possible all toilets flow down hill to one septic tank. If not, they are pumped to one septic tank.
  • Biodegradable toilet paper and no other products link to septic tanks.
  • Personal toilets can be added to a personal dwelling at personal expense if chosen.
  • All solids are filtered off as they enter the main tank, dried with a fan, and then moved to the septic composter, which constantly rotates near by.
  • A special composting process happens for the organic solids:
  • These are regularly siphoned off, ground up, and mixed in a revolving tank with wood chips, dirt, lawn clippings and green waste to form a woodland compost.
  • This is available for forest compost, roof compost for the living roofs, and tilling into newly landscaped areas with poor soil.
  • Nitrogen-rich liquid is mixed with water in a spraying tank for landscape area irrigation through irrigation piping by mixing 10% septic water with 90% drainage and rain-water. This is not used in the vegetable garden.
Water:

  • All potable water comes from the site in which rain-water and potentially a supplemental well is run through reverse osmosis.
  • Potable water is in all public buildings and runs to areas between four houses for easy refilling (optional personal feeds can be added).
  • All other water can be used for bathing (some filtering and regular recirculation with the lake) and irrigation (particle filtering and combined with 10% septic.
  • Fire prevention water and irrigation water are combined.
Public and Safety Media:

  • HD video cameras are placed in all public spaces in the community and run 24/7, motion activated.
  • These do not record sound or if they do, record it from a distance so that private conversations are not focused on.
  • This is stored for a week on community servers. It's purpose is:
  • Documentary footage for community documentaries.
  • Crime-prevention.
  • Emergency response.
  • Examining conflict and impact with the help of cameras.
  • Clear protocols exist for the use of this media.
  • Everyone coming on to community land agrees to uses of this media.
  • It is assessed yearly for positive and negative impact and voted on to insure it adds more well-being than it takes away or the project is disbanded.
  • If disbanded, a loudspeaker could announce, along with a light, when cameras are turned on.
  • An audio channel is open to all public spaces in the community.
  • An audio/video channel could also connect individual dwellings if desired.

Internet:

  • Each building has a data monitor and units of information are paid for using that monitor by those who use them.
  • There is no wi-fi used on site unless an exception is made, allowing for people sensitive to wi-fi to have some more space.
  • Wired internet goes to every building aiming at 200mb per second.
  • Every public building has a finger-print or retina enabled device to access the app.
  • Every building has sensors linked to show use.
  • There are three sources of internet supplied to the community:
  • Cell-service individually and to the community account.
  • Cable internet.
  • Satellite internet.
Protocols:

  • When a person arrives on site their proposal for living includes their proposed use of each utility.
  • The costs of use and logistics of use are calculated at individual expense (say $350. to assess) and the plan is approved, modified and approved.
  • Basic templates exist that do not require assessment.
  • Use of public utilities and features are assessed by use of public spaces and charged based on bio-metric scans for entering/exiting with aback up QR reader.
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