The holistic overall concept includes all important areas such as the master plan, buildings, water- and nutrient cycles, agriculture, education and training, energy and quality management. The basis for this development concept is a matter flow analysis for the present and anticipated final development stage.

Mass flow analysis of the Valley View University campus

Mass flow analysis of single buildings

An encompassing quality management ensures the long-term function of all the measures. To develop, implement and evaluate sustainable methods of urban planning and building, an ecological development plan (master plan) was developed and agreed upon by all members of the team. With this concept VVU wants to set a positive example for sustainable urban planning to be repeated in Africa or elsewhere.
The development of the campus is supported by a research- and development pro-ject funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) which began its work in the project’s pre-phase in 2003. The partners are the Bauhaus University Weimar (master plan, urban planning, buildings), the Ecological Engineering Society (coordination, quality- and mass flow analysis), the University of Hohenheim (agriculture and cycle management) and the two companies Ber-ger-Biotechnik (ecological sanitations inside buildings) and Palutec Company (ecological sanitations outside buildings).
As part of the holistic development concept the research program of the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) especially treats the area of water- and mass flows. This also deals with the main issues of the millennium goals, agreed upon at the UN conference at Johannesburg 2004, where water was outstanding, being utterly necessary for the human beings directly as drinking water and indirectly for growing food.