Under the leadership of Björnsen Beratende Ingenieure GmbH, a total of nine competent partners are working together to develop VertiKKA.
Björnsen Consulting Engineers GmbH (BCE) is one of the leading German engineering companies in water and waste management and hydraulic engineering. With several locations in Germany and Europe and approx. 200 employees, BCE covers the fields of architecture, energy, information technology, civil engineering, environment and water. The Leonberg branch focuses on technical consulting for municipalities and private organisations for the development and implementation of technology-based, innovative solutions to increase efficiency in the areas of supply and disposal systems, green façades, material flow management and sustainability assessment.
The ifak - Institut for Automation und Communikation e. V. - is an institute of applied research; it is also an affiliated institute of the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg. With almost 50 scientists from the fields of electrical engineering, control and feedback control systems, computer science and environmental engineering, it offers a unique combination of experts from the fields necessary 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 field is one of the most renowned institutes worldwide in the field of dynamic simulation of wastewater systems. The "Measurement Technology and Power Electronics" business field has many years of expertise in the field of application-specific measurement and test systems, process measurement technology, data acquisition as well as signal analysis and processing.
With its internationally oriented team of 30 experienced photovoltaic experts, PI-Berlin offers a broad spectrum of testing, planning and consulting services. PI Berlin has specialised since 2006 in R&D projects as well as in quality assurance and product testing along the entire value chain of the photovoltaic industry. Participation in the BMBF project "Future Fab - Factory of the Future: Research into New 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 EFRE-funded project "AMC Hotspot" are proof of PI Berlin's expertise.
The Climate Protection Unit coordinates the strategic orientation of the city-wide climate protection process and is the central point of contact for administration, politics, science, investors and companies in Cologne on the topics of climate protection and SmartCity Cologne. The unit initiates and coordinates projects and accompanies the coordination between the actors involved. Through its membership in various international organisations, the City of Cologne has set itself strict climate protection targets. By 2030, the City of Cologne wants to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% compared to 1990 levels. In addition, the City of Cologne must already adapt to today’s changing climate . Despite strong pressure to create additional living space, the City of Cologne would like to further expand its green infrastructure in order to use the ecosystem services for its citizens. Unconventional forms of urban greening are also very welcome.
On 1.10.2018 Dr. Jochen Mayerl took up the professorship for sociology with a focus on empirical social research at the Chemnitz University of Technology (TUC). Prior to that, he was junior professor for methods of empirical social research at the Department of Social Sciences of the Technical University of Kaiserslautern (TUK) and member of the Center for Cognitive Science (CCS) of the TUK. His research focuses on attitudinal behavior research, change and stability of attitudes, social context effects and social embedding, survey research, and statistical causal modeling. In a recently completed and a current BMBF-funded project, Mayerl's working group and colleagues from the CCS are investigating attitudes towards technical innovations in the building trade and developments in the social acceptance of these technologies.
IZES gGmbH was founded in November 1999. The purpose of the organisation is to promote science 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. The IZES gGmbH is divided into five fields of activity: Energy Markets, Infrastructure & Municipal Development, Material Flows, Technical Innovation and Environmental Psychology. Infrastructure & Municipal Development (IKE), which is responsible for the project described here, deals with issues around efficient supply and disposal as well as sustainable settlement development.
The Bauhaus Institute for Infrastructure Solutions of the Bauhaus-University Weimar (b.is) focuses on the further development of urban material flow systems. The b.is conducts research in the field of technical infrastructure for public welfare and has been able to contribute widely towards increasing the efficiency of technical infrastructure through numerous implementation-oriented projects. In the INIS projects KREIS and TWIST++, among others, innovative technologies to increase resource efficiency have been developed. This also includes plant-based, first façade-mounted greywater filters. In VertiKKA, the b.is is responsible in particular for wastewater and building physics experiments as well as accompanying laboratory tests in the laboratories of the participating institutes. The building physics aspects are being developed in cooperation with the Institute of Mathematics and Building Physics (IMP).
The Cologne municipal waste water management organisation (StEB Cologne) is one of the largest operator of public sewer networks and flood protection systems in Germany and performs all tasks in the megacity of Cologne in terms of sewage disposal, waterway development, flood protection and road drainage. StEB Cologne has been advising and informing the population of Cologne for many years in all aspects of flood prevention (flooding, heavy rainfall and ground or seepage water) and intends, together with the City of Cologne as an integral part of Cologne's climate adaptation strategy, to expand its possibilities for increasing resilience in dry weather and heat seasons. StEB Cologne is a public municipal company and a 100% subsidiary of the City of Cologne.
The HfWU follows the principle of applied research for a sustainable development of society with two main research areas:
- Applied Agricultural Research, Landscape Development, Environmental Planning and Nature Conservation
- 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 handling and coordination of research and development projects as well as service contracts. Prof. Dr. Pfoser has been teaching and researching at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Department of Design and Open Space Planning as well as Design and Urban Development since 2005. In 2018 she became head of the department of object planning at the Faculty of Landscape Architecture, Environmental and Urban Planning at the HfWU. Her expertise in the VertiKKA research project is in implementation techniques and interrelationships of building greenery in sustainable construction.