Some crucial elements of Marcus Hiles’ ecologically minded residential development process are the eco-friendly choices placed throughout his upmarket homes. Extra-tall, dual pane windows featuring a layer of argon gas minimalize cooling requirements during hotter months, while highly effectual weather stripping secures tight seals and maintains temperatures set by energy-efficient, programmable thermostats and 16 SEER HVAC systems. Water-conserving irrigation systems use resources economically in kitchens and baths, and attics are lined with reflective TechShield® radiant barrier sheathing that deflects the sun’s intense rays, blocking as much as 97 percent of the warmth. These upgraded features in each of Hiles’ deluxe rental units reduce power consumption and pollution, while aiding in the principal goal of protecting the environment. Also of critical importance is the installation of elegant stainless steel, ENERGY STAR-certified appliances at all of Western Rim Properties’ Estates, Towers and Mansions brand units. Since the program was launched by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 24 years ago, carbon dioxide emissions have been cut by over 283.2 million metric tons as Americans have continued to utilize the products.