Last week, Stroma Accreditation became the first to formally lodge a DEC for a public building in the UK, but director Rob Coxon said councils and other public bodies had to get their own staff trained as assessors quickly to make sure they meet the October deadline.
The need to train up your own staff has been underlined by predictions that professional energy assessors will struggle to meet the demand for more than 40,000 DECs over the next four months.
Mr Coxon said: “With most public buildings needing to have DECs in place by October, this could be the most effective route for Local Authorities and other landlords to achieve this.'
The first building to have its DEC lodged was in West Yorkshire and energy assessor Rob Molyneux also completed an Energy Performance Certificate for the property.
Mr Coxon said: “We are delighted to lodge the first DEC in the UK. However, we expect it to be the first of many.”
All DECs and EPCs are required to be carried out by Licensed Assessors, registered with an approved accreditation scheme and using accredited software.
The penalty for failing to display a DEC “at all times in a prominent place clearly visible to the public” is £500; and £1,000 for failing to have possession of a valid Advisory Report.
Many predict that local authorities will also be worried about the bad publicity they could receive if they do not secure a DEC.