Marcus Hiles - Proud of Western Rim’s AC Energy Efficiency

Marcus Hiles’ firm has maintained its extremely high standards by offering the most economical and ecologically-minded design throughout all of its Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, Houston and San Antonio communities.

By fulfilling the need for luxury townhomes and apartments across the state of Texas, Marcus Hiles’ Fort Worth based Western Rim Property Services has lead the way in the high-end rental market through his visionary approach, which has transformed the landscape for the better. Having built upscale units distinguished by their richly designed interiors, chic on-site conveniences and state-of-the-art amenities, he has not only made sophistication eco-friendly, but also synonymous with energy efficiency. Through his innovative and exacting construction philosophy—one that demands its homes surpass stringent government regulations, the prominent real estate entrepreneur has set the example for all others to follow. His insistence on lowering electricity usage and reducing pollution has both benefitted residents and served as a source of pride for the pioneering real estate developer.

At the start of 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy revised its guidelines, demanding that new residential HVAC systems installed throughout the Southeastern U.S. increase the minimum from 13 to 14 SEER (the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ration that defines the overall efficiency of air conditioners). In response to these changes, Marcus Hiles’ firm went two steps further, and insisted on only using central AC units operating at 16 SEER. The results were immediately apparent, as residents saved, on average, 20 percent annually when compared to an apartment built five years earlier, and up to 50 percent when measured against a 10-year-old home. The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Residential Energy Consumption Survey shows that Texas households spend an average of $1,800 per year on electricity, but Hiles notes that despite these expenses, residents from just one of his developments will save more than a combined $53,000 annually; his cost-effective projections estimate that over the course of five years, Western Rim customers will collectively save more than an impressive six million dollar total. Additionally, 16 SEER ACs help the environment by producing lower CO2 emissions by 744 tons annually per Western Rim neighborhood—the equivalent of removing nearly 1,000 cars from the road each year.

Marcus Hiles’ Fort Worth based firm has maintained its extremely high standards by offering the most economical and ecologically-minded design throughout all of its Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, Houston and San Antonio communities. They are built to maximize the already advanced effectiveness of its air conditioning systems by integrating seamlessly with green building choices. Handsome, extra-tall, dual pane windows that conceal a layer of argon gas, to minimalize cooling requirements during the hottest months. Highly effectual weather stripping also controls energy bills, while tight seals regulate the temperatures set by the programmable thermostats throughout the year. Water-conserving irrigation structures feed opulent baths, while ENERGY STAR stainless steel appliances provide stylish and sustainable choices for refined gourmet chef-quality kitchens. Of no less importance, cellulose sound insulation treatment cuts outside noise by 80 percent, giving a full sense of peace and quiet to these comfortable and convenient upmarket rentals.

Marcus Hiles is a renowned real estate authority and philanthropist who has spent more than three decades creating properties that embody his unique concept of luxury living for working class Texans. While growing his residential communities, Hiles has personally donated more than 59 acres of parkland to the general public to preserve wildlife habitats and improve public parks, lakes, streams, and greenspace. Hiles remains focused on developing luxurious accommodations that integrate eco-conscious design and scenic beauty, which includes the planting of trees; he plans on reaching his goal of adding 25,000 across suburban Texas over the next decade.

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