A FAMILY-run Hampshire renewable energy firm has scooped a top environmental award after fending off competition from hundreds of other companies.

Solardome Industries has won a top environmental award from the Green Organisation at recent awards ceremony.

The firm, based in Test Lane, Southampton, was crowned Green Champion 2014 in the Built Environment Construction Category for an eco-home project.

It was given the gong after beating 500 other companies with an innovative design protecting homes in the harshest of climates.

Judges for the Green Apple Awards heard how the firm created an eco-home in Norway where a 15-metre glass and aluminium dome was projected over a house made from wood and straw.

The design not only protected the property from harsh arctic winds and severe snowfalls, but also drastically reduced energy consumption.

Temperatures inside the house were regulated to re-create a southern European-style climate.

In addition, judges liked how the PRO system was highly durable, with a lifespan of 100 years, and could be completely recycled at the end of its long life.

Furthermore, it is now likely to represent the UK in the European Business Awards for the Environment.

Solardome Industries makes glass houses for a range of institutions, from butterfly houses to cafes and schools.

Managing director Pippa Bailey said: “Individuals, businesses and other organisations like schools are striving to reduce bills and cut their carbon footprints by investing in more environmentally sustainable architecture.

“All of us at Solardome Industries are absolutely delighted that the Green Organisation has recognised us for innovation in a build project that is both collaborative and sustainable.”