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DI Dr. Ulrike Pitha

PERSONAL INFORMATION

First name(s) / Surname(s) Ulrike Pitha

Telephone(s) +43 676 67   00   215

E-mail ulrike.pitha@green4cities.com

Nationality Austrian

Gender Female

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

2014 – ONWARDS

Occupation or position held Scientific Director for Research, Education and Training

Main activities and responsibilities Acquisition and management of research, education and training projects

Name and address of employer Green4cities GmbH, Vienna, Austria

Type of business or sector Research, Education

 

2014 – ONWARDS

Occupation or position held Postdoc researcher

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna – Department of Structural Engineering and Natural Hazards – Institute of Soil Bioengineering and Landscape Construction

Main activities and responsibilities Group leader of the division ‘Vegetation techniques’, project management and research activities of national and international projects, lectures on specific vegetation techniques issues

Selected projects:

Green4cities – Development of an evaluation tool for green infrastructure and their positive effects derived for cities worldwide

The Green4cities project aims to develop a worldwide applicable evaluation method and planning tool called Green Pass to help reduce the negative impacts of urban areas on local climate as heat stress, nocturnal heat island and pluvial flooding, achieved with minimum input of resources. It shall boost the implementation of green infrastructures (GI) in cities, the quality, attractiveness and competitiveness of urban form and will create revenue and jobs for the SME partners in the project. For further information please visit http://green4cities.net.

GruenAktivHaus. The expertise of three branches – the green branch, the facilities engineering branch and the energy engineering branch – should be strengthened. Therefore the research project ‚GruenAktivHaus‘ should bring business and science partners together. By means of a two-year long course comprehensive and mutually know-how exchange and transfer are aimed-at. Basics, expert knowledge and practical know-how will be transferred. At the end of the training a lighthouse project should publicize this new and innovative network. For further information please visit www.gruenaktivhaus.at.

GruenStadtKlima. The research project GruenStadtKlima investigates roof greening, wall greening and permeable surfaces used as way or road consolidation method. An innovation process should be initiated. The aim of the project is to improve existing and develop new roof greening, wall greening and permeable surfaces methods. Therefore investigations in the fields of Landscape Construction, Spatial Planning, Meteorology and Economy will be done. On different locations in Vienna roof greening, wall greening and permeable surfaces will be investigated comprehensively. Mains of these results will simulate the effect of roof greening, wall greening and permeable surfaces on the climate and water balance of urban areas. For further information please visit www.gruenstadtklima.at.

PROGREENcity. As a first output PROGREENcity seeks to develop and prepare for market the “PROGREENcity technology”, as an innovative combination of irrigated roof and façade greening systems specified for three mayor climatic European zones, able to mitigate current problems of urban environment such as overheating, energy demand for cooling and heating of buildings and fine particular matter concentration. In addition to these functions, green building architecture represents an aesthetic added value to cityscapes and comfort of home.

Vienna, Frankfurt/Mainz and Madrid, representing the three climate zones. Hence, the impact of the application of the PROGREENcity technology can be quantified and visualized for tailor made planning purposes. Prerequisite for the realistic simulation processes is the acquisition of a comprehensive database.

The third output is an internet platform, owned by the PROGREENcity SME consortium that shall be installed to demonstrate the planning process for counteracting urban environmental and societal problems to key stakeholders and general public. Thus a consulting platform will be developed.

Background and market application: Greening urban space is increasingly a key technology, helping our cities to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change and environmental pollution. With 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity, green roofs and façades are also providing an important refuge for wildlife in the urban environment and make nature touchable for urban inhabitants.

The market of green building is currently still in its infancy, but it is strongly growing. Government policies and financial incentives are the primary source of support for the industry in Germany and other countries (Kwik 2002, GRHC 2002). A multi-million Euro market for green roof products and services exists in France, Austria and Switzerland (GRHC 2002). For example, Switzerland has passed a new bylaw requiring that new buildings convert their rooftops to the equivalent area of greenspace lost in the footprint of their building side.

In order to mitigate CO2 effects and to reach Copenhagen climate goals, some European cities have already adopted specific regional policies for green buildings in urban development as for example the green roof policies in Copenhagen, London, Basel, Münster, Stuttgart or Linz.

Since April 2010 the policy of split-flow wastewater has been adopted for whole Germany and will presumably be adopted for Austria too, providing a strong leverage for green building architecture. Not only municipalities are key stakeholders in the market of green building architecture. Also industries, which need to mitigate CO2 emissions, while possessing huge areas of production buildings with flat roofs, are important stakeholders in that market.

For further information please visit www.progreencity.com.

For further information please visit also 
https://forschung.boku.ac.at/fis/suchen.startseite!

Name and address of employer University of Life Science and Natural Resources, Vienna, Gregor-Mendel-Strasse 33, 1180 Vienna

Type of business or sector Research and Education

 

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

09/2014 start of habilitation process

Title of qualification awarded Privatdozentin cand. (venia docendi)

Principal subjects/occupational skills covered Blooming Cityscapes – Vegetation technological Solution of Liveable and Sustainable Urban Areas Focused on Permeable Pavement Systems, Green Roofs and Green Walls

Name and type of organisation providing education and training University of Life Science and Natural Resources, Vienna, Gregor-Mendel-Strasse 33, 1180 Vienna

 

2009

Title of qualification awarded PhD

Principal subjects/occupational skills covered Wheelchair use in parks – 
a catalog of planning, design and construction principles for barrier-free urban parks and park ways

Name and type of organisation providing education and training University of Life Science and Natural Resources, Vienna, Gregor-Mendel-Strasse 33, 1180 Vienna

 

2002

Principal subjects/occupational skills covered (Master) Degree for Landscape Planning and Landscape Architecture

Principal subjects/occupational skills covered Gravel ways in the historic park of Hellbrunn and of Baden

Name and type of organisation providing education and training University of Life Science and Natural Resources, Vienna, Gregor-Mendel-Strasse 33, 1180 Vienna

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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