Colonial towns such as Jamestown, Philadelphia and Charleston have been crafting the foundation of America since the 16th century. Marcus Hiles, CEO of Western Rim Property Services, comments that planned communities are not only valuable to occupants, but also important to the country’s real estate market. The Dallas real estate investor has been making remarkable properties for over thirty years and has observed directly the reforming impact they’ve had on Texas’ dwellers and economy.
Trends in architecture have moved to hot outdoor designs that claim to have low maintenance and high style. Marcus Hiles has witnessed the rise in demand for open-air spaces that are sustainable and decrease costs. Ecological, conservation-minded choices such as rainwater/graywater harvesting and permeable pavement are leading the way. Using a rooftop collection structure, rainwater harvesting sends moisture from the air for storage in a well to be treated and reused on-site; graywater takes previously used home wastewater and redirects it for rest rooms and non-drinking purposes, decreasing the need for fresh water and dropping the amount of purification. A different apparently novel idea for environmentally minded construction, permeable paving, actually goes back thousands of years to the time when people first made roads by putting stones in beds over the ground. The method 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.
The housing sector is the foremost contributor in a person’s carbon footprint very often because of an unwarranted use in gas, electricity, water and waste disposal. Marcus Hiles, Chairman and CEO of Western Rim Property Services, revealed recently the many steps his firm takes to provide environmentally friendly and energy-efficient homes, and the techniques tenants can follow at home to further this. For a regular US citizen, heating and cooling adds up to almost 50% of carbon emissions. To lower these, each Western Rim property uses three basic methods: effective insulation, Energy Star rated systems, and programmable thermostats with contemporary options to set different temperatures for certain rooms. More weather stripping and the blocking of draughts will definitely offer a higher protection from the elements, and raise a home’s ability to maintain a steady climate. Using the thermostat to split rooms into warmer or cooler zones and avoiding usage when away will create higher savings.