While safeguarding wage growth and increased employment opportunities in the private sector are key, Marcus Hiles notes that political efforts also must pursue educational opportunities seeking to empower students. The Programme for International Student Assessment ranked U.S. school children in the middle of the international pack for math and science, as Pew Research Center reporting placed them 36th and 28th out of 65 countries total. While politicians have been discussing the results and demanding better educational opportunities for decades, new policies need to encourage more students to study math and science, ultimately, at the college level; The U.S. Department of Education believes that, “only 16 percent of high school students are interested in a [science, technology, engineering or math] career and have proven a proficiency in mathematics. Despite the changes in learning standards and curriculum needing to be instituted as early as grades K-6, older teenagers finishing high school require better options for acquiring trade skills that equip them for jobs in the construction and health care fields. Many expect that this presidential administration follows through on promises to offer a bigger role for community colleges in the market, with commercial real estate and house building industry career training readily available to students working toward work in construction and infrastructure improvement.
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As the Texas summers heat up, citizens across the state struggle to keep energy bills at a manageable level. Marcus Hiles, as the Founding Chairman & CEO of Western Rim Property Services, employs energy efficient techniques in every development he constructs. Recently, in further support of his residents and the state’s citizens, the veteran property developer shares four simple tricks to drastically lower utility bills.
Marcus Hiles has made it the primary goal of his company to provide the exquisitely designed homes and comprehensive amenities which an elegant lifestyle demands at an affordable price point. In downtown Austin, The Mansions at Lakeline mirror the rich array of arts and culture with a chic, urban location near the hundreds of new restaurants and shops in the area. In Conroe, Texas, The Towers Woodland’s natural splendor is incorporated at every opportunity, with residents enjoying breathtaking lake views, 44 acres of jogging paths and picnic areas, a fishing pond, and an off-leash dog park. Every neighborhood aims to provide a year round retreat from the stresses of daily living, offering full day spas, personal trainers, and concierge and maintenance services available around the clock.
Hiles’ rental homes, townhomes and apartments remain energy efficient without sacrificing the luxurious amenities. The roof of each building includes highly reflective radiant barrier panels that can reduce heat transfer by up to 97 percent, while lowering indoor temperatures by 30 degrees. Top-notch weather stripping and dual pane windows with a layer of argon gas and a solar heat gain coefficient of at least 0.22 further prevent heat loss. Indoors, apartments are equipped with Energy Star rated appliances that not only reduce renter’s carbon footprint, but also lower their utility costs. For air conditioners, the industry standard is to install units with a seasonal energy efficiency rating (SEER) of between 12 and 14, but Marcus Hiles insists that only units with SEER values of over 16 be installed. This results in residents across his 15,000 properties reducing their carbon emissions by 32,000 tons, and accruing almost half a million dollars in savings.
The non-profit groups that collect goods to feed, clothe, and equip needy children for school, such as the church that will distribute Hiles’ winter coats to K-12 grade students, are essential to personal growth within the community, and Marcus Hiles urges local businesses and residents to get behind these causes. By providing spiritual, emotional and academic support, the programs help at-risk youth overcome tough situations, placing them on the best path for success.
Recent novelties in architectural design made it possible for hot outdoor spaces to become the most favored feature of housing construction, their popularity primarily being attributed to low maintenance costs and ultrafashionable futuristic look. Marcus Hiles notes the growing interest in open-air living elements that are ecologically clean, yet along with that are affordable in price. Conservation-friendly, sustainability-oriented alternatives to traditional designs, such as permeable pavement and storm water runoff containments are the leading avant-garde landscape residential designs nowadays. A rooftop water collection system is utilized to allow for condensation of rainwater from the air and its transition to storages in wells, followed by further evaluation of the drained water before it becomes reprocessed on-site. Graywater recycling is a process that takes waste water that has been previously used in households and office buildings, through streams coming from washing machines, showers, baths, and tubs and further redirects it for non-drinkable consumption purposes. Normally, the reprocessed water will be utilized in rest rooms, sinks as well as in irrigation. Overall, reusing graywater considerably reduces the need for purified water and reduces the amount of sterilization required. Another cutting-edge achievement in architectural design is permeable paving, the practice, however, dating back many centuries. The system was first deployed thousands of years before the contemporary urban planning, when people started building roads by placing heavy layers of crushed stones, recycled concrete and other materials atop the beds for drainage purposes. The rainwater would pass through small hollows between gravel, paving material, fabric, and sand – the four core components of filtration, before it was absorbed by the earth. This simple, smart, and environmentally clean surfacing has many advantages, including but not limited to minimizing pollution and runoff, keeping the flow of storm water to drains and spillways under control, restoring local underground and spring water supplies along with offering pavement skid resistance for patios, walkways and driveways.
According to Marcus Hiles, Dallas residents find that the extra 24 inches of height delivers value across a broad spectrum. “Decorating options increase, such as the ability to mount window treatments above casings or add valances,” he states. Architectural features like built-in ledges serve to showcase plants and display family heirlooms. Taller pieces of furniture and artwork placed higher on walls create visual interest, as do taller lamps, floral arrangements, and other decorative touches. Ten-foot ceilings also add to a room’s comfort level when entertaining friends and family members. “Guests don’t feel cramped and air circulates more freely,” maintains Hiles. He says that 10-foot ceilings deliver the best of both worlds from an acoustical standpoint, avoiding the cacophony of a room with less cubic footage and the echo chamber created by a space with vaulted ceilings. Similarly, the room height in Marcus Hiles’ Dallas properties helps regulate temperatures. Rooms with less volume are inclined to be stuffy during both summer and winter. Because heat rises, those with 18-foot ceilings typically use exponentially more energy to cool and heat the space. In contrast, apartments with 10-foot ceilings have greater energy efficiency and have space to incorporate ceiling fans. As a result, they deliver lower energy bills.
One of the largest bliss of the 21st century is a sense of quietness. In all of the commendable rental homes, townhomes, and apartments advanced by Marcus Hiles and Western Rim Property Services, citizens like the repose of a quiet living environment. Among the great number of high-end conveniences presented within the Hiles communities, one preferred amenity cannot be seen out in the open, yet its effects are precise: the peace and quiet of a home dealt with full depth cellulose sound insulation.
Marcus Hiles discusses the concept of implied spaces as a method to make rooms appear larger while avoiding traditional methods or constructing additional walls. By covering an area on a floor or ceiling with a different color or material, rooms are afforded cutting-edge designs and additional space in a contemporary, non-obstructing manner.
Having come from a solid business background and profound knowledge of national economy, Marcus Hiles endorses Texas government’s successful example of landing and maintaining favorable conditions for those interested in doing business in Texas. “Today, you can see a growing number of companies transition to the Lone Star state as they trust that Texas is the best place to pursue one’s business interests and maximize profits in an exceptional and business-friendly environment with a strong labor market,” he notes. It is also true for foreign investors who are moving to Texas to settle down there and employ 500,000 people from the local workforce. Driven by stability of the market, both productivity and exports are hitting the peak. In 2015, the value of exports was 93 percent higher than exports with free trade agreement partners a decade ago – precisely, worth $251 billion. As part of its impressive exports operations, Texas sold $45.4 billion worth of computers and electronics, $44.1 billion worth oil and coal products, and $39.9 billion worth chemicals. Traditionally, Texas’ strategic trading partners have been Mexico, Brazil, and Canada in the Americas, and China and Korea in Asia. To emphasize the advantages of Texas economy, Hiles explains: “Simply compare it against some other states, such as California, the state that has been continually losing thousands of businesses over years, the reason being its overly strict regulatory norms and less favorable tax system. Texas’ pro-growth economic policy, on the contrary, attracts more and more companies, making future prospects even more promising for businesses in terms of enhancing job generation and strengthening Texas’ exports portfolio in the near future.