Rental homes, townhomes and apartments developed by Marcus Hiles include energy efficient features as well as luxurious amenities. Each building is installed with highly reflective radiant barrier panels on the roof, which reduces heat transfer by up to 97 percent and indoor temperatures by 30 degrees. High-quality weather stripping and dual pane windows with a layer of argon gas boast a solar heat gain coefficient of a minimum of 0.22, further assisting in preventing heat loss. Inside the units are Energy Star rated appliances that not only reduce the tenat’s carbon footprint, but also lower their utility costs. For air conditioners, the industry standard is a seasonal energy efficiency rating (SEER) of 12 to 14, but Hiles insists on only installing units with SEER values of over 16. Because of this, residents across his 15,000 properties have cut their carbon emissions by 32,000 tons, and saved almost half a million dollars in the process.