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Our Team

Liza Bowles

Liza Bowles


Focus: Business development; company management; research leader and coalition builder

  • Manages government/private industry projects

  • 40+ years of experience in building consulting

  • Member Fire Protection Research Foundation, Home Builders Care Board of Directors

  • Former president NAHB Research Center

Matt Evans

Matt Evans

HERS Rater, Senior Analyst

Focus: Energy code trainer, Building System Analyst, Energy Star verifier; RESNET/BPI trained; simulation and modeling

  • Conducted 100s of in-person and online trainings on the codes in New York State and Connecticut

  • Former high school teacher

  • Field experience as a building system analyst, HERS Rater + years of working as a builder

  • High-performance home construction expert

Margo Thompson

Margo Thompson, Senior Analyst

Focus: Market research; field investigations; energy analyst and plan reviewer; code specialist

  • Residential builder 20+ years

  • Supports building professionals on the Energy and NYStretch  codes via curriculum development

  • Expert on high-performance systems 

  • Applied research projects for government/industry clients.

Sam Bowles

Sam Bowles

Senior Analyst

Focus: Project and program management, strategic marketing/communications, data analysis and reporting

  • Manage federal, state, private industry projects

  • Communications director for the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program

  • Outreach to build awareness and consumer education (social media, industry and community events)

  • Certified HERS Rater

  • BPI Building Analyst

  • RIVA Facilitation Trained

Michael Carliner

Michael Carliner


Focus: 30 years of construction research experience; expert on housing markets, demographic trends. consumer preferences

  • Government policy issue analysis

  • Former vice president for economics, National Association of Home Builders. 

Jeff Newsome

Jeff Newsome 

Energy Engineer

Focus: energy auditor, CAD/modeling expertise, energy research, project management

  • Proficient building energy simulation modeler in common industry softwares such as REM Rate, BEopt, and Wrightsoft

  • Energy Auditor with BPI single and multifamily Building Analyst certifications

  • Codes and standards work such as benchmarking of above- code energy efficiency standards and development of addenda for ASHRAE

Connor Statham

Connor Statham

HERS Rater


Focus: Energy and renewables; energy modeling; Energy Star rater; code training coordinator 

  • Sustainable energy finance and analysis expert

  • Energy testing: thermal bypass inspections, blower door, duct leakage 

  • Weatherization technician

  • Energy modeling, including REMRate and Ekotrope

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