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

March 2008
Popularly called a "smart house," integrated homes are a world of bundled wiring, central processors, buses, touchpads and touchscreens. It’s a burgeoning market, as technically savvy homeowners look for contractors who can provide one-stop shopping and service. READ MORE
February 2008
Three years in the making, ConsensusDOCS (designers, owners, contractors, surety) represent an unprecedented effort to level the contractual playing field in construction projects. Introduced in September 2007, this new industry option for contract documents may produce a true partnership-driven transformation among all parties. READ MORE
January 2008
Pen, paper and the drafting board may not disappear, but they are quickly becoming unnecessary. Today, more electrical contractors (ECs) are laying out entire electrical systems, using computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE). With the growth in design/build and design/assist project work, design software continues to evolve. READ MORE
November 2007
When it comes to project work, electrical contractors (ECs) have essentials at their side—the tools they require. Be they basic gear or other equipment, these essentials help contractors get the job done. The trick is having what you need when you need it. That necessitates access, organization and product upgrades that make sense. READ MORE
September 2007
Whether it’s a bid, design/build or design/assist, the relationship you create with the builder determines how likely it is you will work together in the future. Responsiveness, a positive attitude and a sense of teamwork all are traits a general contractor (GC) appreciates from subcontractors and other construction stakeholders. Subcontractors appreciate the same from those they work with. READ MORE
July 2007
National green certification programs now exist to recognize and encourage green building. They share the same goal—to promote green construction and create buildings and homes that use less energy, water and other natural resources; improve indoor air quality; and create less waste. The U.S. READ MORE
February 2007
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