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

  • Students, their parents and high school administrators are taking a second look at careers in the construction trades.
September 2017
The construction labor shortage isn’t going away. In fact, it’s growing. In response, the value of a trade education also is rising. It’s beginning to change minds and attitudes.
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August 2017
Wire and fiber. Rigid and flexible raceways. Twisted copper wire and category (Cat) cable. Welcome to a new world where traditional power and low voltage meet. For some electrical contractors, their shops reflect this confluence. For others, it may be on the horizon.
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  • Resiliency has become an important component for today’s coastal green buildings. Warren Hall, California State University East Bay’s LEED Platinum student and faculty support center, was built for occupant safety and long-term seismic strength.
July 2017
The accelerating adoption of green building practices may transform sustainable construction from movement to norm. Globally, the green building market is doubling every three years, as revealed in “The World Green Building Trends 2016 Smart Market Report” by Dodge Data and Analytics, New York. READ MORE
  • The Bullitt Center’s 575 rooftop solar panels and solar canopies produce 230,000 kilowatt-hours per year.
July 2017
Today, some buildings can produce more energy than they use. Spurred by successful net-zero energy projects (also called zero-net), net-positive endeavors demonstrate the possibilities and potential in building design. The small step from net-zero to net-positive could present a new world for buildings, public utilities and city planners. 
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June 2017
In a measured recovery expecting construction growth of 5 percent this year, the renovation market is doing its part. Renovation has sometimes propelled—and sometimes buoyed—new construction activity. Though end-of-year tallies will tell the final story, the remodeling market sprang into 2017 following strong 2016 performance in commercial, institutional and residential facilities.
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May 2017
Something has shifted in safety attitudes and practices. It’s more than meeting Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other safety mandates. Today, safety equates to good business, influencing employee morale, business growth and attracting new workers.
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May 2017
Healthy buildings may be the breath of fresh air in the world of sustainable design. Green building proponents and practitioners increasingly promote healthy building outcomes. New certification programs, such as the WELL Building Standard, up the ante. A building’s health may soon become a common conversation with clients.
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April 2017
Tiny houses are having their moment. They have their own television shows, magazines and festivals around the country. Enthusiasts call it a movement toward a simpler and freer way of life. Hype may best numbers, but look closer and you will see tiny houses catching the attention of insurance companies, manufacturers and builders. READ MORE
  • Knowing how light plays and today’s LED capabilities helped designers and contractors achieve a stand-alone space, the Blossom Cocktail lounge at the MGM National Harbor casino.
March 2017
From high-definition panels to vibrant pinpoint light, from deep, true color to interactivity and animation, LED lighting is becoming the go-to option to create theatrics, mood and spectacle. Advancements in color rendition and color temperature, programmability and controllability have only increased their favor with restaurants, hotels, casinos, theaters and arenas.
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