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

July 2009
In the drive for energy-efficient buildings, perfection is net-zero energy. Such tightly constructed buildings also produce their own energy, ultimately offsetting the energy they expend. Some produce more than they use and can sell the excess back to the utility. Today, there are a handful of such buildings serving as examples of what could be done. READ MORE
May 2009
A hard day's work on-site is tiring enough. Contributing discomfort from the use of a wire cutter or power drill begs a solution. It’s called “tool fatigue” and efforts to remediate it are ongoing. Its progress is evolutionary with a few revolutionary breakthroughs. READ MORE
March 2009
With a residential market in search of a pulse, finding opportunities is daunting at best. Projects exist, but they may require work unfamiliar to you. Is that a deterrent or a challenge? Better yet, is it a door to opportunity? For electrical contractors (ECs) who have discovered intelligent systems for the home, benefits include clean installation and easy margins. READ MORE
February 2009
Navigating today's uncertain economic waters demands strong planning, sharp instincts and steady nerves. Fortunately, remodeling provides some ballast during construction downturns. Green remodeling could be an attractive addition to a recessionary survival kit. READ MORE
January 2009
For early adopters of building information modeling (BIM), it is the standard way to conduct business. Some see it as a future for building design and construction. Electrical contractors (ECs) may be the last to embrace BIM, but it is not for lack of interest. READ MORE
December 2008
While firmly an option in the luxury home market, residential lighting controls are expanding into a broader home-owner landscape. With lighting packages designed to fit small and large installations, and technologies streamlined to assist owner and installer, now is the time for electrical contractors to tackle this market. READ MORE
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