After Super-storm Sandy, major questions have been raised about the resiliency of power supply systems. A look at some major areas using solar and wind power on the East Coast shows fairly minor damage to these systems, with a couple exceptions. Organizations running these systems assure the public that even the exceptions had very little impact on the reliability of the system, and the availability of power. As renewable energy continues to develop, further tests like Sandy will tell just how reliable it is.
Architecture in recent years has been trying to combat the negative effects of construction on the atmosphere by leaning towards using more sustainable building and construction materials. Building high performance houses are one way that architects have been creating new buildings to reduce the energy used which is