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CCI Center
64 South 14th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
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Practicing what you preach is often difficult, but nearly always rewarding. Conservation Consultants believe that their facility, the CCI Center, epitomizes this philosophy.


In 1993, having expanded beyond the space available at the Highland Park location, CCI's management team and board initiated a search for a new home for the organization. Desiring to showcase the renovation potential of existing structures in the urban environment, the search lead them to a building originally constructed in 1910 located in Pittsburgh's historic South Side. The facility represented the rich, progressive manufacturing history of Pittsburgh and was selected as an ideal candidate for adaptive reuse to the energy efficient, environmental showcase facility CCI is so proud to own.


Conceived as a resource hub to highlight the benefits of environmentally sound green building practices, the building serves as a living laboratory showing people working in harmony with the built environment. Initial renovation and occupancy was completed in 1993 and followed up with a 2,300-square-foot addition in 1998. It is a fitting testament to the knowledge, vision and dedication of CCI's board and staff members that in 2005, the U.S. Green Building Council awarded the CCI Center with a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) GOLD-Existing Building (EB) certification.

Never content to sit on their accomplishments, CCI continues to adapt the Center with innovative demonstration projects intended to showcase and educate Conservation Consultants? mission of responsible energy and resource use in homes and buildings.


-- In 2008, management installed a flat-plate, solar Domestic Hot Water Heating (DHW) system. This system provides roughly 24 percent of the energy needed to heat CCI's hot water.

-- Also in 2008, CCI deployed a 1,700-square-foot extensive, modular green roof. The green roof provides:

-        Reduced cooling load by keeping the hot summer sun off the black rubber roof

-        Regional benefits through reduced storm water runoff and "heat islanding"

-        An aesthetically pleasing place to take a break

 -- In 2009, CCI doubled the size of its photovoltaic solar electric system. CCI also improved its tracking and display capabilities to better demonstrate this technology. The system provides up to 15 percent of the facility?s monthly electricity.

 -- In 2011, the CCI Center earned the ENERGYSTAR.


Building highlights include:

-       High-efficiency ENERGY STAR qualified furnaces and chillers

-        Exposed ventilation ductwork throughout

-        T-8 and compact fluorescent lighting throughout

-        Plenty of natural daylighting

-        Stairwells that buffer workspaces from outdoor temperature extremes

-        Generous numbers of recycling containers provided by the facility?s tenant and partner, the Pennsylvania Resources Council

-        A modular, extensive green roof

-        A Solar Domestic Hot Water Heating System

-        Three Solar Photovoltaic Arrays that generate electricity

-        An interactive kiosk to demonstrate the power produced by the Photovoltaic Arrays

-        Energy and water use demonstrations

-        Zero-VOC paints and finishes






Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Conservation Consultants, Inc. or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.

Building Owner:*
Conservation Consultants, Inc.

Property Manager:*
Conservation Consultants, Inc.

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2011 (97)

Facility Type: Office

Total Floorspace: 11500 sf

Year Constructed: 1910

Contract Type: None

Technologies Used:
   Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant

For More Info:
Ann Gerace
Pittsburgh, PA 15203