Across Marcus Hiles’ 15,000 upmarket residences throughout Texas, cellulose sound insulation is responsible for giving renters the feeling of having their own hideaway from the outside world. Though the properties exhibit the developer’s vision of community-centric features, such as shared recreation centers and championship golf courses, Hiles understands the need for residents’ private home life—one without any audible interference from the world outside or next door. Full depth cellulose is exceptionally effective in its ability to prevent intrusive sound. While most insulation provides some noise reduction by inhibiting sound from traveling through walls and between floors, dense packing cellulose weakens volumes by limiting the passage of sound along cavities in a building’s structure. According to the Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers Association, cellulose insulation products have an NRC (Noise Reduction Coefficient) rating ranging upwards of .80 or higher, meaning that it absorbs 80% or more of the sound with which it comes into contact. With a composition roughly three times more dense than standard fiberglass, it affords a vast improvement over the other most common type of home insulation.
Latest architectural trends have extended to outdoor designs that boast low maintenance and high style. Marcus Hiles has seen the rise in demand for sustainable and affordable open-air spaces. Eco-friendly, conservation-minded choices such as rainwater / graywater harvesting and permeable pavement are leading the way. Utilizing a rooftop collection system, rainwater harvesting redirects moisture from the air for storage in a well to be treated and repurposed on-site; graywater takes previously used domestic wastewater and recirculates it for restrooms and non-drinking purposes, decreasing the need for fresh water and lowering the amount of sterilization. Permeable paving is another seemingly novel idea for environmentally minded construction. The practice allows the rain to pass through small openings between four layers of filtration (paving material, gravel, fabric, sand) before becoming absorbed by the earth below. Its benefits include lowering runoff and pollution, controlling the flow of storm water to gutters and drains, replenishing local groundwater supplies and providing a skid resistant surface for walkways, patios and driveways; their many attractive patterns often incorporate crushed stone, brick, and recycled concrete.