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

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
  • Juno Lighting Group’s Aculux LED precision recessed luminaire maintains color temperature through a range of dimming levels.
April 2015
A lighting revolution is just beginning, and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are leading the way. By the Department of Energy’s (DOE) most recent count in May 2013, LEDs represented less than 4 percent of overall installed lighting in the United States. READ MORE
March 2015
In the new reality of resilient construction, there may be no place like home. According to McGraw-Hill Construction, green-built homes will represent as much as 38 percent of the residential market by 2016. What was a $17 billion market in 2011 is estimated to increase to as much as $114 billion by 2016. Like commercial construction, the green trend shows signs of staying power. READ MORE
February 2015
“Space matters” is the new mantra as the office concept undergoes some radical rethinking. Today, square-footage is often decreasing as occupancy increases. Open landscapes rule as corner offices disappear. Cubicles are giving way to collaborative worktables. Work from home? No problem. READ MORE