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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

December 2017
Old McDonald may have a farm, but these days you don’t have to leave the city to find it. Urban agriculture is bringing farm-to-table in the purest sense to metropolitan customers while rewriting crop yields and farming resiliency. READ MORE
October 2017
Tech disruption can be a scary phrase. It can feel too fast, too soon. Break through the anxiety, however, and technology can ease and improve processes and performance. For the electrical contractor, maybe the time is ripe for a little disruption.
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  • OLEDs, such as Pixelligent's, have a carbon-based semiconductor layer that emits light when electricity is applied by adjacent electrodes. - Courtesy of Pixelligent
October 2017
A new light is appearing. Organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) stand where LEDs stood about 10 years ago—promising but expensive. But, as LEDs demonstrated, rapid advances can lower cost and speed up adoption. That’s the expectation for OLED lighting. John W. Curran, president, LED Transformations LLC, said projected market estimates of OLED lighting vary from $58 million to $4.7 billion.
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  • 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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