Visit a GDAM member’s Superhome

Would you like to live in a home paying just £47 per month for gas and electricity? This is the incredible monthly dual fuel bill for the low energy home of Shropshire-based refurbishment specialist and GDAM member Claus Best.

Claus, who runs Smart Energy Services, an energy advice and retrofit business in Bayston Hill has converted his bungalow into an extremely comfortable and efficient home. In 2010 he undertook a complete retrofit project of the 1950’s concrete bungalow to create his comfortable Low Energy Home.

The metal framed single glazed windows were replaced with wooden triple glazed ones. External wall insulation was fitted and sprayfoam was used for the roof insulation. An air-tightness membrane and various tapes were used to create a very draught proof home. An efficient gas boiler with external weather compensation and a hot water tank also linked to solar panels was installed. He also fitted a special ventilation system that reuses the heat of the extracted air to heat the fresh incoming air and saves about 90% of the energy.

Following the completion of the conversion, Claus joined the national network of Superhomes ( This is a network of around 200 older homes nationwide, which have been improved to a high standard of energy efficiency with at least 60% of savings. The Superhomes network share the potential of improving homes by showing what has been achieved and give people the opportunity to see the improvements for themselves. Claus’s home, Hay Tor, will be open to visitors on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September from 12.00 – 4.00pm.

For more information, contact Claus Best on 07410 549781 or email: