Why Choose CCI

Why Choose CCI?

CCI is a trusted nonprofit advisor that provides an unbiased and comprehensive assessment of your home as a third party entity. Our Building Performance Institute (BPI)-certified auditors and technicians use specialized training and advanced diagnostic equipment to evaluate your house.  CCI is a part of the rigorous Home Performance with Energy Star program from the U.S. Department of Energy, which keeps us in line with the most up-to-date quality standards and practices.

Unlike the narrow, single-point perspective of typical insulation and HVAC contractors, CCI’s “whole house" approach and comprehensive energy audit uncovers more energy saving opportunities than any other process. After the assessment, CCI works with you to find pre-approved contractors to implement chosen home upgrades and will follow-up with quality assurance checks that insure the work is done right! CCI is with you every step of the way!

BUT THAT'S NOT ALL

 

Meet Our Experts!

Tony Saccamango — Director of Field Operations

Building Performance Institute Building Analyst, Building Performance Institute Building Analyst, RESNET Certified, Healthy Home Evaluator, Home Energy Score Rater

Tony is a highly regarded energy efficiency expert with more than 32 years of hands-on energy audit and weatherization industry experience and program management roles. As Conservation Services Director, Tony brings 27+ years of hands-on weatherization industry experience to CCI. Tony leads CCI’s Quality Assurance evaluation program, performing hundreds of quality checks annually and coaching contractors on opportunities for improvements. Tony also provides homeowners with critical insights into their own home’s performance through CCI’s Sound Home program. In addition to conducting audits himself, Tony trains and manages CCI’s field staff of assessors and energy auditor, ensuring the highest quality program delivery and customer satisfaction. Tony's knowledge and experience has proven instrumental in developing of new and innovative approaches and incorporating technology tools into CCI’s field work. Prior to his work at CCI, he spent 18 years as an Energy Manager/Auditor with Steel Valley OIC performing in-home utility audits, bill analysis, blower door testing, and gas safety check.  He holds a vast array of certifications and trainings, including DOE Lead Safety Training, US Dept. of Labor Certified Energy Auditor, BPI, Resnet and Energy Star, Combustion Analysis and Retrofit Gas, Baseload/Home Energy Auditing, Diagnosing and Solving Moisture Problems, Diagnosing and Solving Moisture Problems, and Diagnostic Approaches to Weatherization.

Lucy de Barbaro — Manager of Market Services

Ph.D., Building Operator Certification from Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Lucy de Barbaro brings her passion for the environment and building science knowledge to manage CCI’s Sound Home Plan program and she convenes and leads the ReEnergize Pittsburgh Coalition. Lucy earned a Master of Science in particle physics from Jagellonian University in her hometown, Cracow, Poland, and a Doctorate from University of Rochester, N.Y. Subsequently to her career in physics, she worked as a test engineer in the telecommunication industry, where her proposal for improving energy efficiency in the labs and corporate facilities advanced to the finalist stage of the Bell Lab’s Entrepreneurial Bootcamp. Lucy’s commitment to conservation continued in Pittsburgh where she helped to design, construct and certify the first residential Passive House in the city. This net-positive building, complete with solar panels, reduces building energy use by about 80% compared to typical new construction.  Lucy is active in the region’s work to reduce climate change and the effort to advance Passive House adoption.

Virginia McGrath — Energy Auditor

BPI Energy Auditor, HUD Lead Risk Assessor, Healthy Home Evaluator, Home Energy Score Rater

Virginia is a BPI certified Building Analyst. She began her career at CCI performing energy audits for Duquesne Light’s Whole House Energy Audit Program and the Duquesne Light Smart Comfort program. She also holds a PA Lead Certification License, a Better Buildings Home Energy Score Assessor training certificate, a Heuresis Instrument Operator Certificate, and a TestAll EPA guideline Mold Certificate. When Virginia is not in the field, she supports multiple programs including Duquesne Light Smart Comfort, Emergency Repair Fund, and Sound Home. She has part of the team for Emergency Repair Fund Program coverage since 2015. Prior to joining CCI, Virginia served as a Student Conservation Association (SCA) Green Cities Fellow with PennFuture.

Garrett Fabian — Energy Auditor

Building Performance Institute Building Analyst, Building Performance Institute Multifamily Building Analyst, RESNET & ENERGY STAR Certified

Garrett signed on with CCI in June of 2007, performing in-home electric efficiency assessments and education for Duquesne Light's Smart Comfort Program. Garrett went on to earn two BPI certifications qualifying him to perform comprehensive audits for the Peoples TWP Weatherization and Columbia Gas IQEEP programs.

Patricia DiGuilio — Energy Assessor

Building Performance Institute Building Analyst

Patricia is an energy assessor and the Sound Home Plan Coordinator. Patty also works on post-inspections for Columbia Gas program  She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Environmental Studies and has past experience as a lead abatement worker with AmeriCorps.  Patricia is an avid traveler and scuba diver and likes to spend her spare time gardening and crafting.