Vital elements of Marcus Hiles’ ecologically minded development process are the eco-friendly features seen throughout his upmarket units. Dual pane, extra-tall windows containing argon gas minimalize cooling requirements during summer, and highly effectual weather stripping maintains tight seals as well as temperatures which are set by energy-efficient, programmable thermostats and 16 SEER HVAC systems. For kitchens and baths, Hiles installs water-conserving irrigation systems which use resources economically, while attics are lined with reflective TechShield® radiant barrier sheathing, redirecting the sun’s intense rays and blocking as much as 97 percent of its produced warmth. These upgraded features throughout the deluxe apartments and townhomes reduce power consumption and pollution, while aiding in the quest to protect the environment. Of no less importance are the elegant stainless steel, ENERGY STAR-certified appliances inside all of Western Rim Properties’ Estates, Towers and Mansions brand complexes. 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 a result of Americans who are utilizing the products.