Christine Barbour - Senior Consultant
Christine Barbour is a senior consultant with over 20 years experience in buildings research. She specializes in innovative market research, program development and management, meeting facilitation, and strategic marketing. Ms. Barbour is currently facilitating an Expert Plumbing Panel and contributing to other market research efforts. She led the effort to develop the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Builders Challenge and supported the Zero Energy Ready Home Program. She has supported DOE’s Building America marketing and communications efforts and has experience with a number of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) initiatives including transit-oriented development and accessible housing. Ms. Barbour is a certified Public Meeting Facilitator with the National Charrette Institute and a trained focus group moderator. She has conducted market research on consumer behavior, building product development, energy efficiency program development and product advertising.
Prior to joining Newport, Ms. Barbour was on the marketing team at D&R International where she managed national Energy Star retail accounts with Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse and Costco and administered the Energy Star Compact Fluorescent Lighting program. From 1993 -2000, Ms. Barbour was employed by the NAHB Research Center where she directed a building industry sponsored multimedia communications program to disseminate information on housing products, materials, technologies, and their quality installation. She also managed the qualitative research division and conducted close to 100 focus groups for major product manufacturers. Her first project was to develop and administer DOE’s EnergyValue Housing Awards. Ms. Barbour is a graduate of Smith College and has a Master of Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. She was an Energy and Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) board member and belongs to NAHB, MRA and USGBC.