Property Awards win for leading South West sustainable engineering consultants

31st Oct, 2022

South West engineering consultants, Services Design Solution Ltd (SDS) has achieved further recognition as a leader in sustainable business, winning the Sustainability Award at the Exeter Property Awards, held on Friday 21 October 2022.

Following a year of award-winning success, including the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development, the SDS team is celebrating this latest achievement and recognition of the company’s commitment to the community and environment.

The Sustainability award recognises a company that has delivered multiple eco-friendly projects, pushing the boundaries of design and ethics with consideration to environmental impact, lifecycle, sustainability, and the Exeter community.

The judging panel said that SDS showed “strong expertise in sustainability in many forms of property. Its stand out achievement include zero-carbon design on the Passivhaus multi-faith centre and consulting work on the Exeter Deaf Academy.”

James Laughlin, Regional Director for Exeter at Services Design Solution Ltd said: “We’re delighted to have won the Sustainability Award. Not only does this award recognise the eco-conscious projects that we have delivered, but it also supports us in continuing to celebrate our commitment to being a sustainable engineering consultancy, reflecting our commitment to the environment and our community.

We donate 1% of our turnover each year to support our local communities and are a Net Zero Carbon business. Last year, we donated £58,000 to local causes across the Southwest and mitigated 4.3tons of carbon through our carbon reduction and offsetting efforts. I’d like to thank the judges and congratulate all of the award winners representing the construction and property sector in Exeter and the wider region.”

Exeter team waving hands in the air with the award

Pictured: L-R: Lucy Becerra Marketing & Senior Branch Secretary, James Laughlin Regional Director, Lewis Oatway Principal Electrical Engineer and Eddy Horn Associate of Services Design Solution Ltd celebrate award success at the Exeter Property Awards’


SDS adopts a three-step methodology in providing sustainable design. The first step is a fabric-first approach to reduce building loads through effective and efficient building components. Secondly, the team maximises the efficiency of systems installed within the building to reduce resource waste. Finally, SDS considers the energy produced from low or zero-carbon technologies.

As advocates of the government’s ambition to achieve the UK’s 2050 Net Zero commitment to deliver greener facilities for the future, SDS has presented to local and central government bodies on Net Zero Carbon strategies and advised on carbon reduction initiatives for numerous local authorities.

SDS were also delighted to be able to celebrate partner success, with award wins for Building Greater Exeter and the NHS Nightingale Exeter project, which SDS have been involved in supporting.