Western Rim Properties: Natural Resources, Energy Conservation and the Environment

A key philosophy behind the success of Western Rim Properties has been its commitment to the environment and the conservation of natural resources and energy. With climate change and global warming becoming critical issues in the modern world it has become a matter of considerable importance to the hugely successful founder and CEO Marcus Hiles.

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The building standards of Western Rim exceed those in the industry to conserve resources and energy as well as programs to minimise the environmental impact of residents living in his communities. Through the creation of recycling programs and well trained staff, Marcus believes his organisations have an important role to play and has helped to reduce the impact.

All of his developments have the latest in eco-friendly technologies including additional weather stripping, reflective TechShield sheathing in the attic, dual pane low-e windows, solar panels and state of the art cellulose sound and roof insulation often exceeding R100. All appliances are energy efficient including programmable thermostats that allow the resident to conserve 30% less energy. Even concrete streets are poured so less oil based products such as asphalt are used.

Marcus Hiles recognizes the importance of trees and their effect on carbon sequestration, air quality and climate change. He says that a tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. It can sequester one ton of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40 years old. One tree can provide enough oxygen for two people.

Trees and vegetation that directly shade buildings decrease the demand for air conditioning. Trees and vegetation assist with storm water management by reducing runoff and filtering rainwater. Aside from the obvious aesthetic benefits, trees provide a habitat for many species and help to reduce noise pollution.

The annual planting of trees by Hiles and his organisations sequesters about 75 tons of carbon dioxide per year and enough oxygen for over 6200 people to live on.

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