Follow along online as Taco’s Dave Sweet builds his ultimate eco-friendly home

Dave Sweet

In an effort to show how sustainable homebuilding solutions can inform new home building, or renovation efforts to existing homes, Taco Comfort Solutions is sponsoring a video blog series called “Building Green Comfort from the Ground Up.”  It can be found online at

The series is hosted by Dave Sweet, a Taco employee who has been building his own homes in Connecticut since the 1980s. Taco acquired Dave Sweet’s company, Sweet Controls, in the mid-1990s, incorporating Dave’s electronic controls into its popular “00” line of residential pumps. Today Dave is Taco’s electronic controls product manager.

Each time that he’s built another home, Sweet has incorporated energy-saving features like radiant heating or energy-efficient comfort systems. Dave’s latest homebuilding venture – he says it’s his last upon his wife’s insistence – is located on more than two wooded acres in Old Saybrook, along the Connecticut shoreline.

This home project will include a menagerie of eco-friendly homebuilding features and techniques, making it the culmination of all that Sweet has learned and used in his past homebuilding projects. To this end, Sweet is reaching out to a variety of green-building and sustainability experts in his quest to produce a final home for his family that is environmentally friendly, with a reduced ecological footprint, while achieving ultimate indoor comfort.

His intention is to share his journey with others, so he has started his video blog series in the earliest planning stages. His aim is to demystify the entire home building process by breaking it down, step by step, so that viewers can gain a firsthand perspective on what goes into such a project. And what better way to do so than to video document the entire process?

On the Green Comfort Blog, followers can watch hid progress unfold through the video episodes, which are released once every two weeks, and they can take part in the process by joining the blog conversation. Video topics posted to date include, among others:

  • Meet Sweet’s architect
  • Q&A: Homebuilding harmony
  • Five things to think about during the planning stage
  • When it comes to building an eco-friendly home, what characteristics are most important to you?

In each episode, Sweet learns something new about the homebuilding process, and each expert he consults contributes something important to his project. As the process unfolds through successive video episodes and bonus content to include Q&A sessions, participating business profiles, side stories and guest blogger contributions, followers will get to know Sweet and increase their own knowledge, and discover that “Building Green Comfort from the Ground Up” can be a fun and enriching experience. 

Taco invites industry experts, homebuilders and homeowners to contribute to the conversation. Share your personal experiences with building or living in an eco-friendly home. is the perfect place to share practical tips, helpful resources, ask questions, and more.


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