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 2013
Looking at the four years measured in billions (B) of dollars, residential numbers climbed from $7B to $10B to $14B to $25B. Nonresidential grew from $3B to $25B to $47B to $60B. In all, green construction represented 44 percent of the building market in 2012. By 2016, it is expected to range between 48 to 55 percent. 
February 2013
A transformation is in the air as better built, greener schools become a focus of states and local communities. Though green school advocacy has been around for a number of years, a clear momentum is developing as cash-strapped school districts recognize how better performing buildings can lower operational costs and possibly foster better performance from students and staff members alike. READ MORE
January 2013
In 2012, you could have felt hopeful about the economy on any given day. Some days, you also could have felt the opposite. It was the year of the rocky recovery. But if you take a closer look at what happened in key construction sectors and the economy as a whole, you’ll find a fragile recovery gaining strength for 2013. READ MORE
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
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
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
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