Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland has just been announced as the supporting winner of the Green Apple Award for Built Environment and Architectural Heritage.

The award, which recognises and promotes environmental best practice from around the world, acknowledged Saint-Gobain’s contribution to BRE’s Home Quality Mark (HQM), the national quality mark launched this year to provide impartial information on the quality and sustainability of new homes.

Designed to transform the way consumers choose the homes they buy and rent and allow housebuilders to differentiate themselves in the marketplace, the new rating relies on independent, licensed professionals, who assess and score a wide range of aspects of a new home to give an overall quality rating. The rating also makes it easy to compare different homes in terms of their overall performance.

Mark Allen, technical director at Saint-Gobain, said: “Winning a Green Apple Award on its own is amazing, but winning it for our involvement in the HQM makes it even more special, as this project was all about putting in practice Saint-Gobain’s years of research and expertise on indoor environmental qualities to form future sustainable habitats.”