News : Meet a Green Alliance Business: Gateway Taiji, Qigong & Yoga

Jun 30, 2014

Published on Seacoast Online

June 30, 2014 2:00 AM
Who: Gateway Taiji, Qigong & Yoga

What: Located in the former Button Factory mill building in Portsmouth, Gateway recently underwent a large-scale renovation that focused on sustainability. The renovation included the addition of a solar energy system, through Seacoast Energy, which generates 100 percent of the building's electricity needs.

Part of the renovation included the addition of efficient foam and rubber insulation in the walls and roof to reduce heating costs in the winter. Gateway also incorporated light-emitting diodes throughout the studio, in addition to opening up the clearstory (formerly used to vent heat from the button factory ovens) to fill the space with natural light. Gateway's green renovation was designed to save energy costs and protect the planet, while creating an inviting, sunlit space where students can learn the practices of taiji (tai chi), qigong (chi kung) and yoga.

Where: 875 Islington St., Portsmouth


What makes it green:

  • Rooftop solar installation generates 100 percent of electricity usage.
  • All studio lights are LED.
  • Replaced asphalt and concrete roof with efficient light-weight foam.
  • Replaced in-wall insulation with the same efficient foam used in the roof.
  • Received audit for New Hampshire's solar rebate initiative.

All Green Alliance businesses are green certified. Read Gateway Taiji, Qigong & Yoga's full certification documents and learn more about its sustainability initiatives and those of more than 100 other local green businesses at