Internally and externally, Western Rim’s rental homes are thoughtfully constructed with the highest quality materials to maximize sustainability. Roofs and attics utilize reflective, radiant TechShield® barriers that reduce heat transfer by up to 97 percent, and can lower indoor temperatures by over thirty degrees during hot season. High-density weather stripping and dual pane windows with a layer of argon gas and a solar heat gain coefficient of at least 0.22 maximize in-home climate control and protection from the elements. Hiles only installs air conditioners with a seasonal energy efficiency rating (SEER) of 16 or higher, and that can be managed by programmable thermostats. This allows residents to use up to 30 percent less energy, reducing their carbon footprint and utility expenses. By maintaining standards well above most residential properties, Hiles and Western Rim provide comfort in the most extreme weather, maintaining a respectful, mutually beneficial relationship with the environment which has lowered carbon emissions by 32,000 tons across over 10,000 properties.