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

Articles by Jeff Gavin

January 2017
In 2017, construction is expected to regain momentum after an underwhelming performance in 2016. Just don’t anticipate an economy running like a high-performance racer. It will remain more like the “gets you where you need to go” family vehicle. READ MORE
  • Fluorescent tubes remain a popular lighting choice in offices and are more amenable to dimming with controllable ballasts.
December 2016
LED marketing can give the impression that digital lighting has left other lighting sources in the dust. Not quite. Linear fluorescents are a case in point. While LEDs have their own merits in light quality, energy draw and controllability, so do many of today’s fluorescents. READ MORE
December 2016
As a digital replacement for their fluorescent counterparts, linear or tubular LEDs (TLEDs) are winning favor. According to the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), 6.9 percent of lighting shipments in the first quarter of 2016 were TLEDs, marking their first appearance in the organization’s market-penetration tracking. READ MORE
November 2016
Going green—really green—isn’t easy. It takes dedication, attention to detail and a vigilance to an ever-changing supply chain. Cradle to cradle (C2C) is both a movement and a product standard for manufacturers that develop products with materials that retain their value. READ MORE
  • New out of old

October 2016
Be it eco-districts or district energy, the result is the same—independent power. In place for decades across the country, district energy is evolving. Eco-districts, a newly coined term, have priorities that often extend beyond energy. READ MORE
September 2016
They’ve been discussed, analyzed and editorialized. Popularly known as “millennials” (ages 20–34), this generation numbers some 66 million and has become the nation’s largest labor market. Now is the time for electrical contractors to figure out how to work with a generation that has similar aspirations but different expectations. READ MORE
September 2016
The Internet of Things (IoT) has many moving parts, and they’re moving quickly. One is power over ethernet (PoE), the IoT’s electric power delivery agent. That’s why the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and other industry authorities are developing standards to help installers, manufacturers and users work well within this growing data and power frontier. READ MORE
  • 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.
  • 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.