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SIPA Registered Master Builder: Bridlewood Builders

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based Bridlewood Builders was the first member of the Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) to receive the SIPA Registered Master Builder designation.

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.”

The Loughrans have made energy efficiency and quality craftsmanship part of their company's core values.  This has earned them coverage on HGTV's DREAM BUILDERS television series, Builder magazine, Home Magazine, Country's Best Log Homes 2009 Floor Plans and Design Guide, and multiple awards from the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Harrisburg.

Because of our expertise and reputation for excellence, we have been selected to build homes from New York to Florida to Washington State and even in Alaska and Japan.

Unique custom homes by Bridlewood Builders have been featured in:

  • HGTV DREAM BUILDERS television series
  • HOME magazine
  • BUILDER magazine
  • Country's Best Log Homes 2009 Floor Plans and Design Guide

AWARDS - Our SIPS homes received Pyramid Awards for:

  • 2014 Green Custom Home of the year
  • 2013 Green Custom Home of the Year - Single Family
  • 2013 Green Custom Home of the Year - Remodel/Addition
  • 2010 Custom Home of the Year, $500.000 - $1,000.000
  • 2010 Green Custom Home of the Year

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 an impressive HERS Index of 31, equating to energy savings of roughly 70 percent over a home built to today’s building codes.

To reach such low levels of energy use, the Loughrans had to start with efficiency in mind from the beginning of the design process.  They employed 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 Registered Master Builders,” said Robin Loughran.  “We have worked very hard to specialize in SIPs and educate both our customers and the general public on the value of building with SIPs.”

Learn how to become a SIPA Registered Master Builder or find a list of Registered Master Builders in your area through the SIPA membership directory. See some more examples of Bridlewood Builders’ work below:

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