Planned communities such as the colonial-era cities of Jamestown, Philadelphia, and Charleston, have been shaping America as far back as the 16th century. Today, Marcus Hiles, CEO and Chairman of Western Rim Property Services, firmly believes that designed communities are extremely beneficial to residents and integral to the real estate market throughout the country. The Dallas real estate investor has been designing stunning rental communities for over three decades, witnessing firsthand the transformative impact planned communities have had on Texas’ citizens and economy.
Marcus Hiles forward his expertise in analyzing the impact that various building features and materials have on energy loss when planning and building. He manages window placement strategies that enhance a housing development’s orientation and materials — and take into account fluctuating Texas temperatures — to prevent heat gain in the summer and promote heat retention in the winter. Through the installation 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 minimized. This produces fewer carbon emissions and greater cost savings. In order to lessen the shifting of heat from the sun through the roof and into air ducts, Hiles furnishes the power of radiant roof panels to bounce summer heat away from the home, thus minimizing cooling costs by five to ten percent. He makes bigger value by installing air conditioning systems that have a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) that exceeds government orders. This concludes in further reductions in carbon and generates over $420,000 in energy savings for those living in Western Rim Property Services communities.