A tool to transition away from gas boilers
Welcome to our website - an alternative heating information platform created by architects to respond to the energy crisis, the war in Ukraine, and climate change. We've created a free product selector with comprehensive information to help designers and homeowners ditch traditional gas boilers: the UK's biggest source of greenhouse gas. We encourage you to explore our range of alternative heating solutions for a few minutes.
This website is entirely self-researched, written and built by Unagru Architecture Urbanism, with the sole aim of doing good: we have no financial interests or ties to any of the products we recommend here. To read more about us and nomoregas, please check the About section at the bottom of this page.
Why This Matters?
Today, 95% of UK homes are centrally heated, relying on gas or oil-fired boilers. It is little known, but gas boilers also pollute the air with NoX, which is particularly dangerous in cities.
There are 26 million gas boilers in the UK. The combined carbon footprint is almost double that of all our power plants! Only a fraction of the 1,7 million boilers replaced yearly is not gas-fueled. This means that gas boilers will probably become the biggest obstacle to achieving net zero emissions by 2040.
UK's and the world’s over-reliance on gas has emerged during the latest energy crisis, which has cost the equivalent of £1,000 for every adult.
The electric grid is quickly decarbonising thanks to more renewable production coming online. The price of electricity is projected to reduce steadily in the coming years, while the price of gas and other fossil fuels will remain volatile.
At the current rate, it will take hundreds of years to replace gas boilers with electric alternatives. The government’s ban on gas boilers coming into effect in 2035 is a missed opportunity to incentivise a much faster transition and an opportunity for energy independence and abundance.
Technologies and products
Here are some of the products and solutions we have found. Our selector tool will often suggest a combination of products. You can learn more about each product type, find out about costs and suppliers, and our pros and cons for each.
The story of nomoregas from our first blog posts to our most recent research.
We are on Spotify!
Thanks to Weaver.Build for the invitation, Davide was invited to share his thoughts on #nomoregas and VAT Reforms and Decarbonisation.
"In this episode we reveal how UK Architects are spearheading a sustainable revolution, addressing rising costs, VAT issues, and material challenges in line with carbon neutrality goals, championing COP28 policy reforms and industry education to reshape the nation's architecture future."
Play it here.
Glasblow is disconnected from Electricity?! (on curtailment)
We have known for decades now that the future energy mix will be based on renewables, and the key to a sustainable future is the electric grid. Buckminster Fuller proposed a global electric grid in the 1930s and worked on the project for several decades. Since the early 2000s, OMA - Office for Metropolitan Architecture - has been developing scenarios for the European electric grid...
The surprising impact of small changes is what we need
Fossil fuels are at the intersection between the climate crisis and geopolitics; contributing to the transition to renewable energy will serve two purposes. After a long reflection on what to do against the war in Ukraine and climate change, about a year ago, we decided to work on accelerating the phasing out of natural gas from UK homes...
#nomoregas is live
For some time, we asked ourselves about our role in society as architects and educators. We decided that our mission should be to expand the agency of ecological thinking and design. We would do so by becoming better professionals, producing knowledge through our work and research, and becoming activists...
#nomoregas Part 3
In this post, we will analyse lesser-known alternatives to the gas boiler. To recap, we want to find solutions for the cases where installing a heat pump is not feasible or financially viable: typically flats and medium-to-small houses that will not be refurbished in the near future....
#nomoregas Part 2
We are investing in this research-campaign for environmental and geopolitical reasons. The final product will be a free guide that should help interested homeowners and designers make informed decisions: will switching away from gas make sense environmentally and financially? What are the best solutions out there?...
#nomoregas Part 1
Our first peace and climate campaign.
During our recent reflection on ecological design and architects/urbanists’ role in society, we concluded that we should expand our agency by getting involved in issues we care about...
nomoregas is an initiative of unagru architecture urbanism. We built this website as an information platform to accelerate the transition away from gas boilers in flats and homes. We identified gas boilers as potentially the biggest obstacle to achieving net zero carbon and a tool to empower dictators.
Natural gas boilers are the next biggest obstacle to reaching our goal, producing more CO2 than all our power plants combined. They directly or indirectly support non-democratic regimes worldwide, and gas prices can spiral, causing fuel poverty. We want to stop new gas boilers from being installed and have solutions for all types of properties - whether you need to replace your current system or are about to embark on a property refurbishment project.
The current government policy and incentives aim to replace boilers with heat pumps. And whilst we're installing more of these, we must recognise that they're impractical for flats or small, uninsulated homes. That's why we've done the groundwork to identify the best alternatives and solutions for several conditions.
We built the website in our free time to inform and hopefully prevent as many new gas boilers from being installed as possible. We don’t make any money from the website; we are searching for research grants! We have no financial interests or ties with any of the products we suggest here. We promote them exclusively because we think they are better than others.
We only want to make a little difference by impacting the market and influencing the public debate on this theme. We need all the help possible from individuals, designers, institutions and researchers to improve the content and the website. Everybody can help by giving us feedback, suggesting new products or solutions, checking and improving our data or connecting us with people who can help us promote the website. We'd appreciate your support in spreading the word. Get us linked with non-government agencies, expert consultants, and campaigners and help us to drive change where it matters most. Or let us know if you want to get involved in other ways. So please get in touch with suggestions and recommendations at email@example.com
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