Climatic change and the new environmental facts coming to light every day, make the need for behavioral change by nations, cities and individuals, all the more pressing. Specifically concerning the sector of building infrastructure, architects and ecologists both agree that the urban design patterns directly contravene the efforts for environmental protection and natural resources sustainment. From another perspective based on design, modern houses intervene with the natural landscape, also draining natural resources like water and fossil fuels.
The endeavor for seeking autonomy from the central energy networks by making use of sustainable energy sources such as solar and aeolic, could be considered as a modern way of protecting the environment, as well as a way to oppose climatic change and the modern economy system. A habitational form that respects both the environment and the user, is the autonomous residence off grid which is the subject of the present research study. The off grid residence does not describe a primitive way of living without technological means, though living without any is left to the user’s choice. At the same time, it calls for a change in perspective and the general way of living, establishing the beginning of bioclimatic house design, friendly towards the person and the environment alike.
The present research subject deals with the analysis of environmental data which constitutes the reason for the establishment of such a way of inhabiting. It also deals with the analysis of the necessary supportive technology, through which the users living standards are retained. Finally, characteristic examples of this inhabiting form are analyzed through this research.