In all of the communities built and managed by Marcus Hiles throughout the Lone Star state, residents enjoy resort-style living and upgraded conveniences. From the rich wood and Italian marble flooring to the cooling radiant barrier roofing in the attics of Western Rim’s Estates, Towers and Mansions brand properties, lavish interiors and green construction go hand in hand. The striking design of extra-tall, dual pane windows belies their functionality: a layer of argon gas with a solar heat gain coefficient minimum of 0.22 reduces heat loss in colder months by as much as 75 percent, and helps minimize cooling requirements during summer. Energy bills are likewise controlled by highly effectual weather stripping; tight seals regulate the temperatures set by programmable thermostats and HVAC systems, which use substantially less energy than standard thermal comfort units. Homes are also treated with cellulose sound insulation, giving residents protection from outside noise, diminishing volumes between walls and floors by 80 percent. Water-conserving irrigation systems feed opulent baths outfitted with jetted tubs and rainwater showerheads, while ENERGY STAR stainless steel Whirlpool® brand appliances provide stylish and sustainable choices for the refined gourmet chef-quality kitchens.