Each rental home developed and managed by Marcus Hiles benefits from the cellulose sound insulation as it helps lower energy consumption and helps maintain a greener living space. Cellulose is typically made of recycled waste newspaper, and in the interest of safety, is chemically treated to be fire retardant. With the professional installation techniques utilized throughout Hiles properties, cellulose effectively seals walls and limits convection, assisting in efficient heating and cooling during cold and hot seasons, effectively reducing utility bills. A study by the University of Colorado School of Architecture and Planning proved that cellulose loses 26.4% less heat energy over time than fiberglass. Couple this sensible construction choice with Hiles’ other ecological and economic development practices and it is immediately clear why his communities both sound and feel truly luxurious. The homes’ high-quality weather stripping keeps cooled air in, the dual pane windows reduce heat loss by as much as 75 percent, and attics are stocked with highly reflective radiant barrier sheathing that reflect heat and “reduce up to 97 percent of heat transfer, making attics about 30 degrees cooler,” says Hiles. From the Lone Star State’s sweltering summers to the coldest winter nights, the comprehensive cellulose sound insulation of Hiles homes ensures privacy and comfort year round.