To highlight and showcase the Texan countryside’s beauty, Western Rim’s luxury townhomes and loft-style apartments are located within the state’s wide green spaces, yet they remain within easy reach of urban centers. Marcus Hiles uses eco-friendly construction practices that preserve the serenity of the environment—and often, better it by establishing walkways and parks for residents. He notes that an array of trees and vegetation surrounding these natural spaces offers tremendous benefit to the area, as they remove air toxins while storing and sequestering carbon dioxide. Hiles explains that they also help in the effort to lower greenhouse gas emissions by cutting energy use: “According to the USDA Forest Service, ‘Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent.’”
Environmental protection and preservation of plant life on planet Earth is really important to the philosophy of Houston house market specialist Marcus Hiles. “Creating communities that work in harmony with nature and lessen humanity’s carbon footprint is a responsibility I embrace,” he notes. One foundation of his green friendly building practices is installing appliances labeled by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as ENERGY STAR. Western Rim Property Services translated their financial point of view into action in over fifteen thousand upswing rental townhomes and apartments in the Lone Star State. Since the ENERGY STARS’ launch in 1992, Americans’ ENERGY STAR usage has diminished CO2 emissions by 283.2 million metric tons. With the average Texan paying $1,650 per year in electrical bills and another $400 annually for natural gas, energy efficient appliances mean utility savings of up to 50 percent.
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.