Sam Bowles, Program Director

Sam has extensive experience working with builders and trades contractors on how to better market themselves to the customers in their area.  He has successfully managed several Energy Code Training Programs in both New York and Maryland and understands the value that education and training brings to the housing industry.  As a former professional hockey player, Sam loves competition and exercise and owns a CrossFit training facility with his wife and brother.


Lorie Ebersberger, Web Administrator & Designer

Lorie is a web and graphic designer who designed and implemented the Home Energy Heroes website. She continues to maintain the website by adding fresh content and images to the blog and elsewhere on the site. Ms. Ebersberger also helps with program administrative functions. Lorie has been involved in the web design industry for 17 years. In her spare time, she is a coffee enthusiast, dog lover, and mom to a wonderful 10 year old boy.


Matt Evans, Trainer & Educator

Matt Evans is a Building System Analyst and HERS rater. 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. Previously, 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, Trainer & Educator

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 Home Energy Heroes 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 has provided design and technical support for several publications. 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, Administrator

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 provides 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.