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

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
November 2015
While employment in the construction sector has generally enjoyed steady growth over the last 20 months, one element has remained stubbornly weak: the number of skilled workers. The problem is not new, and it persists. One solution may be found in communicating the value of an electrical contracting career to the millennial generation and the potential workers coming up after them. READ MORE
  • The electrical design in this conference room includes suspended decorative specialty fluorescent lights and LED downlights, automated shading tied to a Lutron lighting control system, large screen monitors, and a conference table wired with microphones.
October 2015
The office of tomorrow is an energy-efficient space designed for employee health and productivity, and today’s office is looking more like its future self every day. Lighting plays a key role. As an electrical contractor, if you remake your office to fit the needs of tomorrow, you can be an adviser that comes from a place of personal experience.
October 2015
Aspiration sets the level of sustainability in a building project. Green construction often focuses on reducing environmental harm through energy efficiency, water conservation, better air quality and alternative power. Regenerative design aims even higher. It focuses on reversing, rather than limiting, and making a building part of a larger whole, where ecosystems can regenerate. READ MORE
  • The GridSTAR Smart Grid Experience Center at the Philadelphia Navy Yard is a mixed-use campus committed to energy innovation and sustainability
September 2015
There are all sorts of potential futures in how, what and where we will receive our electrical power. New configurations are playing out across the country through demos, real-world applications and legislative directives. Electrical contractors (ECs) play a crucial role in this bold future. READ MORE
July 2015
In the energy field, who we receive our power from and what we receive may soon be our choice. In fact, some customers are already in the driver’s seat through something called ­community choice aggregation (CCA). Across the country, consumers are challenging the traditional power-­delivery market, demanding cleaner energy, independent power scenarios and a responsive public utility. READ MORE