Jeff Gavin

Freelance Writer

Jeff Gavin, LEED Green Associate, is the owner of Gavo Communications, a sustainability-focused marketing services firm serving the energy, construction, and landscaping industries. He can be reached at

Articles by Jeff Gavin

December 2012
Going green isn’t possible without integrated systems and efficient design, and it has just gotten easier. Under a program recently developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in Washington, D.C., the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Volume Program streamlines the process for organizations committed to certifying 25 buildings or more. READ MORE
October 2012
It is often said there is nothing new under the sun. There’s truth in that statement, but it ignores the fortuitous mistake or “Edisonian” moment. Such game-changers are often the result of exciting work being done in labs and promising technology picked up by enterprising startup companies. READ MORE
October 2012
For the electrical contractor (EC), finding a role in the smart grid shouldn’t be a matter of “wait and see.” Now is the time to prepare for this growing opportunity. If your work involves building automation and lighting controls, you are well on your way. In any discussion of the smart grid, it’s important to recognize this emerging market will grow and evolve in fits and starts. READ MORE
August 2012
You may already work with building information modeling (BIM). Perhaps you’ve built a team proficient in this technology or hope to in the near future. At the very least, you suspect one day a project will come your way that will require BIM. The question is, as a manager, do you leave BIM to staff engineers and designers, or do you get up-to-speed on this ever-adaptive process? READ MORE
August 2012
Lean and green could be your best “best practice” when planning and executing jobs large and small. Such an approach may streamline your project delivery. READ MORE
April 2012
Declared to be revolutionary by many industry participants, solid-state-lighting (SSL) is playing a larger role in today’s construction market. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs), in particular, seem to progress month to month. However, actually using LEDs presents a challenge. They must be the right fit to be a successful sale. READ MORE
March 2012
In his New York Times editorial, “Here Comes the Sun” (Nov. 7, 2011), Paul Krugman asserts solar power’s time has come. READ MORE
January 2012
It was only a matter of time before green became codified. This spring, the International Code Council (ICC) officially will roll out its International Green Construction Code (IgCC). This “overlay” also contains ASHRAE’s 189.1 green building standard introduced in 2009 by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. READ MORE
January 2012
Welcome to 2012, the year lighting efficiency takes center stage. From federal regulations to emerging standards affecting bulbs, lighting systems and controls, the next 12 months and beyond will present electrical contractors and their customers with change and choice. READ MORE