Since the 1960s, master planned commercial developments have been a prominent force in the residential sector, with Texas at the forefront of this trend. Established in 1973, Las Colinas was one of the first such developments and is still experiencing growth today. In 2006, citizens approved changes to deed restrictions to allow an even greater density of mixed use urban construction. The Woodlands was built in the 1970s and still stands as one of the most prominent residential and business destinations in the Houston area. The success of Marcus Hiles’ business stems from the precedents these great communities uphold. Western Rim’s developments showcase resort style amenities so that their tenants never have to leave the property, if they so choose, and are built on carefully selected plots featuring beautiful natural landscapes and easy access to Texas’ many attractions. Each property has unique planned events and social activities promoting a healthy, active lifestyle and fostering accepting, neighboring environments.
Marcus Hiles practices his competence in analyzing the impact that different building features and materials have on energy loss when planning and building. He uses window placement plans that embellish a housing development’s information and materials — and run-down fluctuating Texas temperatures — to restrain heat gain in the summer and promote heat retention in the winter. Through the placing of windows with the proper solar coefficient, frames that prevent air leakage, and shading devices, the loss of a home’s heated air and cooled air is decreased. This produces fewer carbon emissions and greater cost savings. For the purpose of alleviating the transfer of heat from the sun through the roof and into air ducts, Hiles harnesses the power of radiant roof panels to heave summer heat away from the home, thus lowering cooling costs by five to ten percent. He creates higher value by installing air conditioning systems that have a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) that exceeds government standards. This charts in continuous reductions in carbon and generates over $420,000 in energy savings for those living in Western Rim Property Services communities.