FORT WORTH, Texas, Dec. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- By fulfilling the need for luxury townhomes and apartments across Texas, Marcus Hiles' visionary approach has transformed the rental landscape for the better. Having built upscale units distinguished by their richly designed interiors, chic on-site conveniences and state-of-the-art amenities, he has not only made sophistication eco-friendly, but also synonymous with energy efficiency. His insistence on lowering electricity usage and reducing pollution has both benefitted residents and served as a source of pride for the pioneering real estate developer.
At the start of 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy revised its guidelines, demanding that new residential HVAC systems installed throughout the Southeastern U.S. increase the minimum from 13 to 14 SEER (the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ration that defines the overall efficiency of air conditioners). In response to these changes, Marcus Hiles' Fort Worth company went two steps further, and insisted on only using central AC units operating at 16 SEER. The results were immediately apparent, as residents saved, on average, 20 percent annually when compared to an apartment built five years earlier, and up to 50 percent when measured against a 10-year-old home. Additionally, 16 SEER ACs help the environment by producing lower CO2 emissions by 744 tons annually per Western Rim neighborhood—the equivalent of removing nearly 1,000 cars from the road each year.