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

November 2008
For electrical service technicians and their firms, it may be time to retire the term “subcontractor.” The label seems ill-suited as electrical contractors (ECs) expand their services to become one-stop shops for owners and general contractors. Requiring the talent of other nonelectrical subs, the collective business that emerges can ironically resemble a general contracting effort. READ MORE
October 2008
Energy efficiency, as a driver for building upgrades or alternative energy adoption, has never been stronger. With tighter budgets and mounting fuel costs, energy performance contracting has re-emerged as a bridge to building improvements for public schools, government offices and private healthcare, manufacturing, hospitality and other markets. READ MORE
August 2008
The design/build approach is one opportunity to find a level playing field in the construction industry. In it, a project’s destiny lies in combination with a contractor’s expertise and the cooperation of the entire construction team. Everyone shares the risk. How you as the electrical contractor (EC) foster success may lie in how you help manage the process. READ MORE
June 2008
Congratulations are in order as electrical contractors (ECs) have taken the lead as custom installers for many key home technologies. READ MORE
June 2008
Knowing what you can do as an electrical contractor to help a client earn green certifications can put you in good stead for this accelerating market. READ MORE
April 2008
Earning a customer's business is a victory. Having a customer return is even better. But when that customer starts referring business to you, it is like striking gold. You have gained a company ambassador. Referrals provide the propulsion for an enterprise to thrive. They are a reflection of your company’s worth and are gifts that keep giving if you know how to nurture them. READ MORE
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