Awards & Accreditations

Awards & Accreditations

As Ireland’s leading home improvement company, Global has achieved a number of awards and accreditations over the years.

Q Mark

Global Home Improvements has enjoyed an association with The Q Mark that stretches back to 1993 which demonstrates our commitment to quality. The Q Mark is indelibly associated with quality and excellence in the minds of Irish consumers and is the only system which monitors 100% of a business’ processes and procedures 100% of the time. It is a business excellence framework that reviews all aspects of an organisation on an annual basis in line with the Q Mark for Quality Management Systems framework criteria. Global Home Improvements was named as the Best Home Improvements Company in Ireland at the 2014 National Q Mark Awards and the Best Home Improvements Company in Ireland for Quality Management systems in 2015. Winning these awards has shown that Global truly cares about our customers and we are willing to go the extra mile to ensure that we achieve the highest possible standards at all times.

NSAI Agrément

NSAI Agrément issue technical certification for new and innovative products and processes in building and materials technology. It operates as part of NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland). Agrément certification confirms that new building products, materials, techniques and equipment are safe and fit for purpose.  The criteria upon which Agrément certification is based vary from product to product, taking into account construction standards across a range of areas such as:

  • Safety
  • Habitability
  • Durability
  • Maintenance
  • Practicability
  • Legal framework

The Agrément Certificates they publish are in accordance with the Irish Building Regulations and the rules of the European Union of Agrément Institutes for Construction (UEAtc).

OHSAS 18001

The OHSAS 18001 standard is internationally accepted as a method of assessing and auditing occupational health and safety (OH&S) management systems. In the past, OH&S management tended to focus on the question of how to react to work-related incidents. In contrast, OHSAS 18001 sets out a preventative and proactive approach which involves identifying workplace hazards and assessing and controlling risk.

Some of the essential elements of the Standard include:

  • Developing OH&S policy
  • Planning
  • Implementing policy and plans
  • Checking for problems and taking corrective action
  • Reviewing management processes
  • Sustaining continual improvement

Achieving a structured health and safety management system demonstrates our commitment to the welfare of our staff and customers.

CE Mark

The CE mark indicates a product’s compliance with EU legislation and that the product meets all the legal requirements for the CE mark. It states that the product has been assessed before being placed on the market and thus satisfies the applicable legislative requirements. It means the manufacturer has:

  • verified that the product complies with all relevant essential requirements (e.g. health and safety or environmental requirements) laid down in the applicable directive and
  • if stipulated in the directive, had it examined by an independent conformity assessment body.

A+ Energy Rating

Our windows have an A+ energy rating awarded by the BFRC. The BFRC is the UK’s national system for rating the energy efficiency of windows, using a consumer-friendly traffic-light style A-E ratings guide. The guide can be used to help consumers to make more informed choices about the energy efficiency of the windows they are looking to buy.

The BRFC rating shows the following information:

  • The rating level – A, B, C, etc…
  • The energy rating eg. -3kWh/(m²·y) in this example the product will lose 3 kilowatt hours per square metre per year.
  • The window U value eg. 1.4W/(m²·K)
  • The effective heat loss due to air penetration as L  (e.g. 0.01 W/(m²·K))
  • The solar heat gain eg. g=0.43

This will determine how well a product will perform in the following areas:

  • Helping you contain and conserve heat within your home in the winter
  • Keeping out the wind and draught resistence
  • Resist condensation
  • Contribute to improved sound insulation