EcoCraft Homes Staff

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Elliot Fabri, Sr., President

Elliot Fabri Jr

Elliot Fabri, Sr. has been at the forefront of innovation in the building industry for more than 30 years, with extensive home building experience and a proven track record of excellence and innovation. He founded EcoCraft Homes with his son in 2012 to usher in a new era of green, modular building that pushes the envelope of sustainability, energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy..

In 1992 Fabri founded New Era Building Systems (NEBS), a modular home producer in Pennsylvania. As president and CEO, Fabri sold more than 12,000 homes to builders and developers throughout the Northeast, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic United States. Through NEBS and his other companies, Fabri built numerous green solar homes including the Solar Patriot, which was a featured display on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in 2001. Fabri’s company also built the first NextGen Home in collaboration with Martin Architectural Group’s Green Studio. Following a 2003 challenge to 16 architects by Dwell Magazine, Fabri worked with Resolution 4 Architects to build the ground-breaking modern pre-fab Dwell House.

From 1999 until 2004, he served as President of the Automated Builders Consortium, a non-profit group dedicated to assisting in the redevelopment of blighted areas within major cities throughout the United States. Fabri played the lead role in the Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI) Urban Design Demonstration Project, addressing housing affordability in urban and suburban areas by working with local government officials and developers to implement modular housing.

Elliot has been the recipient of several major industry accolades including MHI Industry’s Person of the Year as well as the James R. Price Award for Achievement in Housing. Fabri, Sr. is active in the building community, sharing his expertise through consulting services to other builders, developers and fabricators.

Elliot Fabri Jr., Vice President

Elliot Fabri Jr

Elliot Fabri Jr., co-founded EcoCraft Homes with his father in 2012. He is one of the region’s only Certified Passive House Homebuilders and Certified Passive House Consultants for the world’s most stringent energy efficiency program. Elliot, Jr. is one of the founding board members of Passive House Western Pennsylvania, and a green building expert and advocate. His company has constructed some of the region’s most innovative sustainability projects including, passive solar, net zero energy, and Living Building Challenge projects. Elliot, Jr. has positioned EcoCraft Homes to help build sustainable communities throughout the region, and has partnered with community and city development companies, architects, and local developers to improve the way our homes are constructed.

With an eye towards educating our youth in sustainability, Elliot, Jr. worked on the fabrication of the EcoClassroom at Phipps Conservatory classroom – the first sustainable, modular classroom built to Living Building Challenge standards. Designed to maximize student wellness and potential, EcoClassroom features non-toxic materials, generates its own energy, and recycles water on site.

At 27 years old, Elliot, Jr. was inducted into the Young Entrepreneurs Council, an invitation-only organization that recognizes the nation’s most talented young visionaries. He has been an invited guest lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University, presenting net zero energy design and construction strategies to Master’s and PHD students in the sustainable architecture program.

Karen Benner, LEED-AP Homes, CGP Director of Customer Experience

Elliot Fabri Jr

Karen’s love for home design developed in elementary school, and she has since committed her career to the homebuilding industry. After receiving her Master’s Degree in Construction Management, she spent several years managing job-sites and then progressed through a variety of roles managing the development of construction documents. Karen became passionate about the built environment’s impact on sustainability and achieved her Certified Green Professional (CGP) and LEED-AP designations in 2009. Karen loves the collaborative process of homebuilding, and appreciates the role of each person involved. When she isn’t working, she is probably listening to music while walking through a neighborhood admiring every detail.

Brandon Fury MFA, Customer Relations Manager / Marketing

Elliot Fabri Jr

Brandon Fury graduated with a BA in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh and received his MFA from Carlow University. He has taught English Composition sections at Carlow University and at the Community College of Allegheny County. Brandon has also completed work as a freelance SEO writer and enjoys assisting new ventures with their marketing strategies. A longtime musician, Brandon spends much of his free time picking an acoustic guitar.

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