Björnsen Consulting Engineers GmbH
Björnsen Consulting Engineers is an independent, owner-led family enterprise with over 280 employees at twelve locations in Germany and one office in Muscat, Oman. Björnsen Consulting Engineers provides comprehensive consultancy and planning services, beginning with the initial project idea and extending to post-completion support. Björnsen Consulting Engineers works in interdisciplinary project teams to develop the best possible solutions.
Björnsen Consulting Engineers, Leonberg branch focuses on technical consulting for municipalities and commercial organisations. It develops and implements innovative technology-based solutions to increase efficiency in the areas of supply and disposal systems, green façades, material flow management and sustainability assessment.
IZES gGmbH was founded in November 1999. The purpose of the company is to promote sci-ence and research as well as environmental protection, in particular through application-oriented research and development in the field of sustainable energy and material flow systems. IZES gGmbH is divided into five working fields of Energy Markets, Infrastructure & Municipal Development, Material Flows, Technical Innovation and Environmental Psychology. The Infrastructure & Community Development (IKE) field, which is responsible for the project described here, deals with the areas of efficient supply and disposal as well as sustainable settlement development.
Photovoltaic Institute Berlin AG
With its internationally-oriented team of 30 experienced photovoltaic experts, PI Berlin offers a wide range of testing, planning and consulting services. In 2006, PI Berlin began specialising in R&D projects as well as quality assurance and product testing along the entire value chain of the photovoltaic industry. PI Berlin is participating in the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) project ‘Future Fab - Factory of the Future’: Research into novel manufacturing technologies for cell and module production), the EU-funded cooperation project "SmartFlex - Demonstration at industrial scale of the FLeXible manufacturing of SMART multifunctional photovoltaic building elements" and the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) project "AMC Hotspot".
ifak - Institute for Automation und Communication e. V. - is an institute of applied research; it is also an affiliated institute of Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg. With almost 50 scientists from the fields of electrical engineering, control engineering, computer science and environmental engineering, it offers a unique combination of expertise from the fields required for this project. Two business areas of ifak e.V. are involved in the VertiKKA project: "Water and Energy" and "Measurement Technology and Power Electronics". The "Water and Energy" business unit is one of the world's most renowned institutes in the field of dynamic simulation of wastewater systems. The "Measurement Technology and Power Electronics" business unit has many years of expertise in the field of application-specific measurement and test systems, process measurement technology, data acquisition and signal analysis and processing.
Bauhaus University Weimar
The Bauhaus Institute for Sustainable Infrastruc-ture Systems at the Bauhaus University Weimar (b.is) focuses on the further development of urban material flow systems. b.is conducts research in the field of technical infrastructure for public services and has made various contributions to increasing the efficiency of technical infrastructure through numerous implementation-oriented projects. As an example, innovative technologies for increasing resource efficiency were developed in the INIS projects KREIS and TWIST++. These also include the first plant-based, façade-mounted grey water filters. Within VertiKKA, b.is. is responsible for wastewater and building physics tests as well as the accompanying laboratory tests by participating institutes. The building physics aspects are developed in cooperation with the Institute for Mathematics/Building Physics (IMP).
Cologne Municipal Drainage Works (public institution), MDWC
Cologne’s Municipal Drainage Works is one of the largest operators of public sewer networks and flood protection facilities in Germany and is responsible for all wastewater disposal, watercourse development, flood protection and road drainage tasks in the city of Cologne. For many years, MDWC has advised and informed the inhabitants of Cologne on all aspects of flood prevention (floods, heavy rainfall and groundwater or seepage). In cooperation with the City of Cologne, MDWC intends to expand their options for increasing resilience in times of dry weather and heat as an integral part of Cologne's climate adaptation strategy. MDWC is a municipal com-pany under public law and a 100% subsidiary of the City of Cologne.
City of Cologne
Cologne’s Climate Protection Unit coordinates the strategic direction of the city-wide climate protection process. It is the central point of contact in the areas of climate protection and SmartCity Cologne for administration, politics, science, investors and companies in Cologne. It initiates and coordinates projects and accompanies the process of agreement between the actors involved. The City of Cologne has set itself tough climate protection goals via its membership of various international organisations. By 2030, the City of Cologne intends to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% when compared to 1990 levels. Furthermore, the City of Cologne is already adapting to a changing climate. Despite strong pressure to create additional housing, the City of Cologne wants to further develop its green infrastructure in order to benefit from ecosystem services for its citizens. To this end, unconventional forms of urban greening are most welcome.
Chemnitz University of Technology
On 1 October 2018, Dr Jochen Mayerl took up the professorship of Sociology with a focus on Empirical Social Research at Chemnitz University of Technology (TUC). Prior to this, he was a junior professor for methods of empirical social research at the Department of Social Sciences at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern (TUK) and a member of the state research initiative Center for Cognitive Science (CCS) at TUK. His research focuses on attitude-behaviour research, change and stability of attitudes, social context effects and social embeddedness, survey research and statistical causal modelling. In two projects funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, one recently completed and the other ongoing, Prof. Mayerl's research group, together with colleagues from the CCS, is investigating attitudes towards technical innovations in the building trade and developments in the social acceptance of these technologies.
Nürtingen-Geislingen University for Business and the Environment (HfWU)
The university follows the principle of application-oriented research for the sustainable development of society with two main research areas:
"Applied agricultural research, landscape development, environmental planning and nature conservation" and "Sustainable management in the energy, automotive and real estate industries".
The Institute Centre for Applied Research (IAF) strengthens interdisciplinary cooperation and provides support in the management and coordination of research and development projects and service contracts. Prof. Dr. Pfoser has taught and researched at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Department of Design and Open Space Planning as well as Design and Urban Development since 2005. From 2018 onwards, she has been head of the Department of Object Planning in the Faculty of Landscape Architecture, Environmental and Urban Planning at Nürtingen-Geislingen HfWU. The expertise in the proposed VertiKKA research project lies in a knowledge of the implementation techniques and interrelationships of green buildings in sustainable construction.