Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based Bridlewood Builders is the first member of the Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) to receive the SIPA Certified Builder designation. All SIPA Certified Builders have received training on structural insulated panel (SIP) installation and displayed a proven track record of constructing energy-efficient SIP homes.
SIPA launched the Certified Builder Program in the summer of 2011 to help homeowners and general contractors identify trained and reputable SIP installers. SIPA Certified Builders can be located through the SIPA membership directory.
Husband and wife management team Terry and Robin Loughran of Bridlewood Builders adopted SIPs as part of their homebuilding business nearly 15 years ago. They have since attended the SIP School’s SIPs 301 Certified Installer Workshop and now construct SIP homes in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, and the Washington DC area.
“We are always looking for the best technology that allows us to build higher quality homes for our customers,” said Terry Loughran. “We haven’t found any building materials or techniques out there that are more efficient than SIPs, so using SIPs makes it easy to build really energy-efficient homes.”
Bridlewood Builders received the 2010 Pyramid Award from Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Harrisburg for the Best Green Custom Home of the Year. The 2,400 sq. award-winning home in Carlisle, Pennsylvania uses a complete SIP building envelope to reach energy savings of 70 percent over a home built to today’s building code.
With reducing the home’s environmental footprint in mind from the beginning, the Loughrans utilized a passive solar design strategy with carefully calculated window sizing and overhang placement. When mechanical heating or cooling is required, the home relies on a geothermal heating and cooling system, an energy recovery ventilator, and an efficient wood-burning masonry heater. A grid-tied photovoltaic array can provide much of the home’s electricity or sell power back to the utility company.
Bridlewood Builders received a second Pyramid Award for Best Custom Home of the Year in the $500,000 – $1 million price range for another SIP home.
“We’re thrilled about becoming SIPA Certified Builders,” said Robin Loughran. “We’ve worked very hard to specialize in SIPs and educate both our customers and the general public on the value of building with SIPs.”
More information on how to become a SIPA Certified Builder can be found on the Certified Builder page. You can also search for SIPA Certified Builders using the SIPA membership directory. See some more examples of Bridlewood Builders’ work below:
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