Jeff Gavin

Freelance Writer

Jeff Gavin, LEED Green Associate, is the owner of Gavo Communications, a sustainability-focused marketing services firm serving the energy and construction industries. He can be reached at gavo7@comcast.net.

Articles by Jeff Gavin

  • A project, such as the Phipps Conservatory, that pursues multiple green certifications requires the electrical contractor to keep an eye on earning points from different programs, some of which complement each other.
August 2016
There’s no one definition or single certification for high performance buildings. The greater the owner’s wishes, the more ambitious the construction. Working on such projects can be daunting, but they can leave an electrical contractor (EC) more knowledgable about building science, team collaboration and project execution.
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  • Tenant space in Denver’s Alliance Center is designed for solar DC-to-DC power.
July 2016
The future of energy efficiency may be more than saving energy. It may also be efficient energy capture, storage and delivery. Technologists, engineers and some forward-thinking manufacturers are working to set a bigger table for direct current (DC), and one effort may be all-encompassing. It’s called DC-to-DC power.
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  • A combination of skylights, daylighting controls and LED high-bay fixtures reduces energy costs and increases productivity as better light levels make stock labels and codes easier to read.
June 2016
A marriage is happening. Light-emitting diode (LED) lighting and controls may soon be inseparable. While popular in offices, the combined benefits of efficiency, lower cost and building-operation analysis are extending to other workspaces. READ MORE
May 2016
While embraced by Fortune 500 companies, succession planning isn’t often front and center for private and smaller firms. It can be even rarer in the construction trades as daily operations often overtake time for business development. Succession is more than deciding who takes over when someone, particularly an owner, steps down. READ MORE
  • Outdoor settings are good demonstration sites to compare lighting choices. This parking lot originally featured metal halide fixtures. (Shown here)
April 2016
Be it for selection, verification or refinement, a light-emitting diode (LED) lighting installation demonstration is a useful step in ensuring your choices meet the customer’s desires, needs and requirements. While LEDs are ubiquitous in today’s marketplace, they are constantly advancing. READ MORE
April 2016
For the ease light-emitting diodes (LEDs) can offer in providing an effective, low-draw and energy-efficient lighting solution, the considerations to their use are many. The best service you can provide is a bit of mythbusting regarding true LED end-of-life. While LEDs run impressively longer than other sources, many variables affect their performance. READ MORE
March 2016
Wireless power management is on the rise. With its choice of closed or open systems, customers expect seamless performance. The electrical contractor (EC) that understands the two wireless approaches can recognize the benefits of each, ably work with a design team and better advise the client. READ MORE
January 2016
Economists coined the term “half-fast” to describe the financial recovery. It’s an economy in flight, but it isn’t quite soaring. Dodge Analytics calls it “a mixture of headwinds and tailwinds.” For example, 2015 construction starts were forecast for 9 percent growth. They landed at 13—a tailwind. This year’s construction market advance is estimated at 6 percent—a definite headwind. READ MORE
December 2015
Multifunctional sensors, networked wireless controls accessible from mobile devices, and, yes, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are trends that picked up steam this year. These interconnected technologies will be transformational for the electrical contractor (EC). READ MORE

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