I try to be as environmemtally friendly as possible or green, I try to recycle as much as possible.
This civil servant will probably travel to the house on her own in a car and do more damage to the environment than good.
Everything that they want to do to new buildings to make them environmentally efficient can be built into the planning and building regulations - this will then be checked by the architect/building inspector and there will be no need for a jobsworth doing nothing.
As for taking an old building up to the new standards, this in may cases will be impossible. I would say as long as the new extension is environmentally efficient and meets the regs this should be good enough - why only make people who want to spend money improving their home make the whole building enviromentally efficient - what applies to one should apply to all?
Given the ever increasing cost of fuel and electricity, I see nothing wrong with trying to educate people how to use less, it will save them money & help the environment.
When my house was built 4" of loft insulation was required. This week I ma going to finish off increasing it all to 8".
My 4 year old sun lounge has glass wool under the floor - that is one floor I never want to have to crawl underneath!