THE Building on Beach Green opened its doors to the public on Saturday as part of Worthing’s Eco Open House Trail.
The controversial structure boasts a number of eco-friendly features including an array of solar panels which will generate enough electricity to power 10 houses.
The building will have three times the insulation required by law, low-energy appliances and air-source heat pumps, which act like refrigerators in reverse, taking heat from the air outside and circulating it through an under-floor heating system.
“I don’t see any point in having a modern structure like this and using old building techniques,” said developer Alex Hole.
He said the technology being used would held make sure the building’s bills were low in the future.
The south-facing building will also absorb a lot of heat through the many windows on its south side, which will be retained by the thick insulation.
Mr Hole said more than 200 people attended the open day.
“I think people are really interested in seeing what’s going on and finding out the latest developments,” he said.
Twenty-five contractors were on site on Friday, making the most of the good weather, and Mr Hole said the project was ‘on track for the summer’.
Work to build a defensive sea wall is set to be completed in the next couple of weeks, in an effort to defend against storm surges like those that ravaged the coast during the winter.
Mr Hole said the build was nearing the stage where internal walls would go in, and said the glazing was due to arrive in the coming weeks.
“The weather has been good and we are cracking on with it,” he said, adding that he understood people’s concerns about the disruption to Beach Green.
“It’s miserable while we do it, but we are trying to get it done as quickly as possible,” said Mr Hole.
The ground floor will house a café, with a water-sports centre and a gym, while upstairs there will be three residential apartments and hotel accommodation.
The Eco Open House Trail showcased homes in Worthing, Lancing and Ferring to show how people could save money on energy and water bills and reducing their carbon footprint.