Marcus Hiles, Fort Worth real estate developer and investor, has been a housing innovator since first entering the Texas market in 1990 through the founding of Western Rim Property Services. His singular vision to create upmarket rentals offering affordable luxury and convenience has guided his business to the success it reaps today. Western Rim communities built throughout Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, Houston, and San Antonio are not only recognized for their elegant design and state-of-the-art amenities, they are also highly regarded for efficiency. With their ENERGY STAR appliances and environmentally sustainable construction, residents enjoy lower utility bills and better temperature control, due to the installation of reflective TechShield® radiant barrier sheathing.
Advanced central air conditioning HVAC systems cool all of Marcus Hiles’ Fort Worth company’s properties; HVACs use substantially less energy than standard thermal comfort units, TechShield® adds an extra layer of protection from the heat. The radiant barrier is a reflective material mounted to the sheathing of the roof to redirect the sun’s intense rays, blocking as much as 97 percent of its produced warmth from ever entering the home. “That reduces the temperature in the attic by up to 30 degrees – which makes it cooler in the rooms below,” Hiles says. The barrier’s post-lamination foil incising process uses VaporVents™ technology, an innovation that allows its panels to fight moisture accumulation, adding to the durability over its more than 20-year lifespan. As this layer of shielding keeps attic temperatures down while combating humidity within the roofing, the overall effect ultimately requires less air conditioning throughout the home, thereby utilizing less electricity.
The reflective TechShield® is proven to help renters effectively cut utility costs. “On average, residents of our Estates, Towers and Mansions communities have lowered their bills by about 17 percent every month,” says Hiles. Having been time-tested through its installation in more than 1.5 million homes across the U.S., the ecologically sound product utilizes wood sourced through programs certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative: the conservation program created by non-profit organization SFI Inc. promotes responsible wood production methods. The use of these environmentally safe roof panels combined with 16 SEER air conditioners, programmable thermostats, dual-pane windows, weather stripping and full depth cellulose sound insulation in Marcus Hiles’ Fort Worth company’s homes, townhomes and apartments is a true advancement in upscale, energy-efficient housing.
Marcus Hiles is a renowned property expert and philanthropist who has changed the landscape of the Lone Star state through the development of his unique luxury rentals and an ongoing commitment to the environment. Having successfully undertaken a campaign to plant a total of 30,000 trees in the last 10 years, Hiles’s eco-friendly goal of adding 2,500 trees annually remains a key part of Western Rim’s long-term objectives. Beyond expanding the canopy of shade trees throughout his contemporary residential communities, he has personally donated over 59 acres of parkland to the state of Texas, in the interest of conserving and protecting local wildlife and the preservation of open green spaces for public use.