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 Ventures, a small woman-owned business dedicated to the advancement of building science and energy efficiency in both new and existing buildings. Ms. Bowles has led the development of Newport Ventures since its founding in 2004. Under her leadership, Newport has grown substantially in revenue, staff, and diversity of clients. Ms. Bowles has concentrated on business development as well as taking the lead on strategic initiatives for both government and private clients. She also manages the Maryland-based sister organization, Newport Partners established in 2002.
As President of the NAHB Research Center from 1991 to 2002, Ms. Bowles focused on management, operations, marketing, and business and corporate development. Areas on which she focused the company's activities included innovative technology; energy and resource conservation; and, application of quality methods to home building.
She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Mary Washington College and a Masters in Urban Affairs from VA Tech.
JAMES M. LYONS
James M. Lyons is a mechanical and environmental engineer with over 18 years of experience in building performance, energy efficient technologies, and program management. His areas of focus include providing technical support to high performance building programs; R&D on emerging energy technologies in buildings; and codes/standard development and analysis.
Mr. Lyons 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, Mr. Lyons combines elements of technical analysis, market strategy, and communications and outreach. Mr. Lyons has presented at several industry conferences in the past few years including ACI and RESNET; 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 and is also 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.
Christine Barbour is a senior consultant with 15 years experience in residential energy efficiency. She specializes in meeting facilitation, program development and management, strategic marketing and market research. Ms. Barbour is currently supporting the U.S. DOE and ORNL in the development and management of the Builders Challenge and the deployment of the EnergySmart Home Scale. She was integral to the launch of the initiative by Secretary Bodman at the 2008 International Builders Show.
Ms. Barbour is a certified Public Meeting Facilitator with the National Charette Institute. Ms. Barbour facilitates the US Department of Energy’s Building America quarterly meetings and the DOE / NASULGC meetings to develop a “Sustainable and Energy Efficient Buildings Curriculum”. Ms. Barbour previously managed the marketing of the PATH Concept Home Omaha and has conducted market research on innovative building products and processes to support the development of the PATH Concept Home. She has worked on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Strategies for Reducing Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing Program and the Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST program.
Prior to joining Newport, Ms. Barbour was on the marketing team at D&R International (2000-2001) and the NAHB Research Center (1993 -2000). She has a Master of Regional Planning degree from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst and a B.A. from Smith College.
Mike Moore is a professional engineer and technical consultant with over 9 years of experience in technology transfer and demonstration, building and energy codes and standards, product development, and RD&D 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, or 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, renewable energy, building durability, and building affordability.Mr. Moore is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado, a LEED Accredited Professional, and a voting member of ASHRAE 62.2 and ASHRAE 90.2.
Matt Evans is a Building System Analyst at Newport Ventures. For over 20 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.
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. In partnership with two other building professionals, the company placed a strong focus on energy efficiency and passive solar design.
During a 10-year tenure at the NAHB Research Center (1998 – 2008), Ms. Thompson worked on a variety of applied research projects for both government and private clients. Primary areas of research and field investigation included cost and performance of varied mechanical ventilation strategies, residential green building guideline development and demonstration, cost, installation and performance of photovoltaic systems on homes in New York State, and energy efficiency training for residential remodeling contractors. For several years, she worked under the DOE Building America Program assisting new home builders identify cost effective means of constructing and marketing high performance homes. This work included encouraging builders to incorporate a formal quality management system into their current business models. A quality management process provides a means of assuring consistent and cost-effective implementation of best practices relative to energy and resource efficiency, durability, and moisture management.
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.
David Brignati has over 18 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 as well as an understanding of the various codes required for the design and construction of a building.
Currently, Mr. Brignati is part of the team training Code Officials, Architects, and Builders in the updates to the current energy code. Prior to joining Newport, 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 a ddition 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 state 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 member of the Committee on the Environment through the American Institute of Architects of Eastern New York.
He holds a bachelor's degree in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
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.
Mr. Bowles has worked part-time for Newport since 2006. He has contributed to various research projects, represented Newport at various conferences, and performed energy audits on new and existing homes. Conference participation includes diverse events such as Clarkson University Fuel the Future: A Strategic Summit and Exposition on Bioenergy and Rural Development, and Regulatory Strategies for Work Force Housing, representing Newport. He has been lead on market research projects such as a market research project for the Japanese Gypsum Association, and played a support role on others. In addition, he worked with the City of Saratoga Springs on a conference to reduce regulatory barriers. To further his knowledge of energy retrofits, he completed an intensive 3-day seminar by Building Science Corporation. After graduating from Union College, 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. He became a full-time employee in March 2013.
Currently, his major activities include energy modeling, performing energy audits, HERS ratings, and supporting proprietary market research for private sector clients. He recently completed a major research project for the National Fire Protection Association on residential sprinkler systems.