This guest post is by Maya Savanovich of ausnviro.com.au.
Environmental impact assessment is one of the mandatory tasks that have to be carried out on all buildings that are erected in a given geographical area. This helps to ensure that all projects are in line with the environmental regulations that aim at curbing down degradation of the environment. Energy efficiency assessors are mandated to carry out regular comprehensive assessments in the building energy systems before issuing an EPC as well as recommendation on the various adjustments need to be carried out to improve energy efficiency in the building.
Energy efficiency assessors are qualified and accredited by the various governmental bodies that play a role in ensuring that all the assessors have all the required credentials. One of the major impacts of environmental rating specialist is that they help the government and other bodies to identify certain problems and propose various sustainable ways of solving the issues amicably. Identification of this problem is one the landmark step that is very important in ensuring that all the buildings are compliant with the rules and regulations.
These professionals also help organisations to reduce their energy costs through implementation of the recommendations proposed at the end of the assessment. Energy costs have a direct impact on the profit margins of a company. Reducing loss energy has being proven to be one of the most sustainable and effective ways of reducing the operation costs as well as improving the environment in and around the building.
Pollution is one of the major cases of the increased effects of global warming as a result of release of harmful gases such as chlorine and carbon into the atmosphere. In most cases this pollutants originate from buildings that are not environmentally friendly or has faulty energy conservation plans. Impact assessments help to ensure that this kind of buildings and identified and the necessary actions to solve this problem are implemented. This in turn helps to improving the local, national and global environmental status in terms of significant reduction in the amount of harmful gases released into the environment.
One of the ecological services derived from the environment is the natural resources which are a source of our livelihood. Failure to protect these resources may endanger our lives due to lack of basic amenities such as food and water. In some parts of the word the main source of energy is hydro power generating plants whose operation and functioning lies heavily on the availability of water. We need to conserve the energy used in the buildings so as to prevent overexploitation of natural resources. Energy efficiency assessors are one of the tools used in environmental impact assessment to ensure that resources are sustainably used for the current and future generation use.
In order to formulate effective and sustainable policies that have the capacity to protect and promote conservation of the environment; we need to have informed and skilled policy makers who have all the skills required in environmental management. Energy efficiency assessors are very crucial in this process since they have all the required knowledge and expertise to formulate policies.
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