Newport Ventures is a small, woman-owned research and consulting firm with expertise in the housing industry. Our greatest strengths include creativity and the ability to partner with the best in the industry to provide technical and marketing services, field and market research, and program management for our public and private sector clients.
Newport Ventures is a sister company to Newport Partners located in Davidsonville, Maryland. As the Maryland business grew, we decided to expand into New York rather than just expanding within Maryland. Venture’s New York location works well both as an independent office, and as an office working in partnership with the Maryland office.
LIZA K. BOWLES
Liza K. Bowles is the President of Newport Partners and Newport Ventures focusing on business development and overall company management. Since the company’s inception in 2002, Newport has completed over 160 projects for over 50 different clients from both the public and private sector. Ms. Bowles also manages select government projects which entail recruiting private sector companies and building coalitions. For the private sector, she has led the company’s market research projects (both quantitative and qualitative) projects. She also serves as President of Newport Partners sister company Newport Ventures located in Schenectady, New York and is a regular contributor to Newport Ventures work with the New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA). Ms. Bowles has over 40 years’ experience in building consulting.
Ms. Bowles has substantial experience as a speaker and author of numerous publications. She has served on numerous committees and boards and currently serves on Fire Protection Research Foundation and Home Builders Care Board of Directors. Previous employment includes: President of the NAHB Research Center from 1991 to 2002, Office of Community Planning and Development, HUD and Staff to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Mary Washington College and a Masters in Urban Affairs from VA Tech.
JAMES M. LYONS
"Jamie" Lyons is a mechanical and environmental engineer with over 20 years of experience in building performance, energy efficient technologies, and program management. His areas of focus include high performance building program implementation; R&D on emerging energy technologies in buildings; codes/standards development; and technical communications.
Jamie works with Federal clients, states and municipalities, manufacturers, utilities, builders, associations, code officials, and non-profits to research innovations and performance issues in buildings, advance energy performance, and foster new technologies and programs. To successfully achieve objectives for his clients, Jamie combines elements of technical analysis, market strategy, and communications and outreach. Jamie has presented at several industry conferences in the past few years including Greenprints, RESNET, ACI, EEBA, and regional building industry events. He has authored numerous articles in publications such as Builder and Fine Homebuilding; has co-authored two Reports to Congress; and regularly presents to builders, contractors, and other construction professionals on topics such as advanced buildings and energy codes.
Mr. Lyons is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Maryland, a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), and a member of ASHRAE. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia and a Master of Science in environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
Mike Moore is a professional engineer and technical consultant with over 15 years of experience in technology transfer and demonstration, building and energy codes and standards, product development, and RD&D of energy efficient and durable buildings and systems. In projects related to energy efficiency, his work has involved simulations and modeling to assess baseline and improvement scenarios, in-situ energy testing and monitoring (short- and long-term), and working with clients to refine specifications in cost-effective manners to reach specific performance goals. Before joining Newport, he was employed by the NAHB Research Center, from 2001 to 2004, and NextWave Energy, a renewable energy consulting firm, from 2000 to 2001. With these companies, he has focused on improving the processes and products related to durable, renewable, healthy, and energy efficient buildings and systems. Through serving clients in manufacturing, associations, non-profits, government, and building, he has become adept with actively listening, developing solutions, training, and communicating critical information to various groups. Specializations include energy management, green building, building codes and standards, ventilation and IAQ, renewable energy, building durability, and building affordability.
Mr. Moore is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado and the vice-chair elect of ASHRAE 62.2.
Matt Evans is a Building System Analyst and HERS rater at Newport Ventures. For over 25 years Mr. Evans has been involved in the building trades industry including new home construction and remodeling of existing homes and has significant firsthand experience in the ever-changing building industry and in the field implementation of new technologies, energy savings and Net Zero Ready homes.
Some sample projects that Mr. Evans has been involved in are Residential and Commercial Energy Code presentations and advisement, NYSERDA’s Solid State Lighting Demonstration project and High Performance Residential Development Challenge, radiant heating systems efficiency research, monitoring homes for energy consumption, along with other projects that run simulations and modeling results for various residential building plans. Experienced residential and commercial Energy Auditor and Energy Star third-party verifier who is RESNET and BPI trained. Well versed with simulation and modeling software packages including but not limited to REM Rate, Energy Gauge, ResCheck, and TREAT. Prior to coming to work for Newport, Mr. Evans worked as an instructor in the subject areas of new home construction, remodeling, design, fabrication, electrical, and HVAC from 1998-2007. Prior to teaching Mr. Evans had been involved in new home construction and remodeling since 1990.
Mr. Evans holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Albany in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology, a B.S. in Vocational Technical Education from SUNY Oswego and an Associates of Occupational Studies in Building Trades and Certification in Carpentry from SUNY Delhi. He is an active member of the Northeast Home Energy Rating System (NEHERS) Alliance and the Capital Region Builders and Remodelers Association. He also holds two teaching certificates in New York State - Technology Education and Construction Industry and Building Maintenance and is certified through Project Lead the Way for Principles of Engineering and Engineering Design.
David Brignati has over 25 years of experience in the field of architecture and project management. With familiarity in both commercial and residential design, he brings a unique perspective to our energy efficiency and high performance design group as well as an understanding of the various codes required for the design and construction of a building.
Mr. Brignati has been part of the team training Code Officials, Architects and Builders in New York on issues related to the current energy code providing face to face training and curriculum development. He has trained in many states including Indiana, Connecticut and Maryland. He also provides design and technical support for several Newport publications such as Durability By Design 2.0 and Incremental Reconstruction of Disaster Damaged Homes. Prior to joining Newport Ventures, Mr. Brignati has been involved with many building types ranging from industrial, medical, retail and educational to production and custom homes. With a background and deep interest in building science in addition to environmental design and sustainability, he was the Team Leader for the first home in New York’s Capital Region to achieve LEED® Gold certification.
David is a registered Architect in the states of New York and New Hampshire, a LEED® Accredited Professional with specialties in Building Design and Construction as well as Homes, a member of the American Institute of Architects and a former member of the Committee On The Environment through the American Institute of Architects of Eastern New York as well as an ICC certified Commercial Energy Inspector and Residential Energy Inspector/Plans Examiner.He holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Margo Thompson has over 25 years experience in the residential construction industry. Initially working as a residential builder and remodeler, Ms. Thompson has a practical understanding of the home building process, the multiple choices of materials and systems and how they interact, and the business management concerns faced by smaller home building companies.
After a 10-year tenure at the NAHB Research Center where she worked on a variety applied research projects for both government and private clients, Margo joined Newport Ventures in 2010. She has worked extensively on the multiple phases of NYSERDA-funded Energy Code training projects where her responsibilities have included a hotline to address questions regarding the 2010 and 2015 NYS Energy Code, plan review services, and scheduling classes for code officials and building industry professionals. She has also provided support on numerous projects including research on an integrated vacuum insulation panel, status of State code adoptions, and varied market research investigations for private clients.
Ms. Thompson received a Master of Science degree in Construction Management from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University. She has also completed training as a Building Analyst through the Building Performance Institute and PV training through the Florida Solar Energy Center.
Mr. Bowles specializes in building industry communications and market research that helps understand and shape perceptions on building technologies, products and designs. Sam has worked part-time for Newport since 2006 contributing to various research projects, representing Newport at conferences, trade shows, etc. and performing energy audits on new and existing homes. After graduating from Union College in June 2008, Sam joined Newport working 6 months per year, while continuing his passion in professional ice hockey from October through March, and working for Newport Ventures from April – September. During this time he also obtained an MBA from Columbus State University. He became a full-time employee in March 2013. Since then has successfully managed several Newport projects, conducted numerous market research studies, created and implemented communications and strategic marketing plans, and developed Social Media initiatives for multiple public and private sector clients. He is currently assisting innovative home builders in the U.S. with social media marketing tools and strategies to increase market share of high performance homes.
Ms. Ebersberger is a web and graphic designer with 17 years of expertise in designing professional user-friendly websites with project administration from start to finish. She provides ongoing web maintenance and support services for three of Newport’s sites – Newport Partners, Newport Ventures, and Home Energy Heroes – and has created and maintained other project-focused sites for Newport. Lorie is also proficient with designing and implementing email marketing campaigns. She has been a team member on the Home Energy Heroes project, which is a website created for homeowners and builders alike geared toward energy code training for builders, architects, and the construction trades in New York State. In addition to web design, Ms. Ebersberger also regularly designs a myriad of electronic and print materials such as company logos, business cards, brochures, post cards, and various reports and publications.Lorie holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Colorado. She participated in two study abroad programs - Semester at Sea and an International Finance Seminar in London. Ms. Ebersberger also has a certificate in Publication and Design for the Internet.
Christine Barbour is a senior consultant with over 23 years experience in energy efficiency and buildings research. She specializes in asking questions, observing answers, sharing insights and coming up with creative solutions. These solutions often result in new programs, product innovations, positive project outcomes and good stories to more effectively communicate with clients, consumers and industry professionals. Her toolbox includes surveys, focus groups, interviews, meeting facilitation and observation with an empathetic eye. Ms. Barbour is currently facilitating the Plumbing and Mechanical Research Collaborative, "a research group where innovation flows." She’s interested in the intersection of human needs and desires and the built environment.
Ms. Barbour is a graduate of Smith College and has a Master of Regional Planning degree from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.
Don Bowles is a RESNET Certified HERS rater and Energy Star third-party verifier. He is also a certified Building Analyst by BPI for existing homes. Mr. Bowles has experience with LEED certifications and energy efficient construction strategies. He is proficient with energy diagnostic tools ranging from infrared cameras to duct blasters to energy modeling software.
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