Western Rim Properties CEO Marcus Hiles has been building attractive luxury communities across Texas for the last three decades. Hiles’ success can be attributed to a unique vision of what luxury living can be—but also by staying well informed of design trends and knowing the most in-demand styles that people are looking for. Vast changes have affected what renters expect of room partitions, exteriors and even the functionality of homes themselves: groundbreaking architectural advances have led to the creation of net-zero energy buildings that strike a balance between total energy consumption with the amount of renewable energy they create. Passive and active houses offer two energy conservation techniques which virtually eliminate all heating and cooling bills. Beyond this exciting progress in construction methods, fundamental technological improvements are bringing more convenience, space and light into today’s spaces and reshaping the way we live.