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

September 2011
There was a time when general contractors (GCs) had more projects than teams to work them. Homeowners were buying. Proposals were as simple as working off past bids, cutting and pasting some new numbers, and adding different client names and job specifics. A nostalgic grin crosses your face. Those were the days. Today, you have to work harder and smarter. READ MORE
August 2011
It may be energy auditing. It may be retrocommissioning. It may be recertifying a green building. In any case, the move to monitor, benchmark and improve a building’s performance is taking hold and triggering a ripening market for electrical contractors. READ MORE
August 2011
Fuel cells may not be commonplace, but they are more commercially available than ever before. Their burgeoning success in providing power can be found in standby, prime and distributed generation mobile and vehicle applications. READ MORE
July 2011
Lighting evolves based on need. Incandescent made way for brighter fluorescent. Fluorescent made room for solid-state lighting (SSL). The next big idea may be light-emitting diodes (LEDs). While they are an SSL source, LEDs are new to general lighting applications. READ MORE
June 2011
The market for better buildings through sustainable design has just grown through the creation of several new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating systems. These recently introduced subsets and stand-alone programs will better address the needs of the retail and healthcare structures. READ MORE
June 2011
With solar and wind energies maturing as recognized alternative-power sources, there are other alternatives providing clean power on scales both large and small. These power generators are distinctive in how they create electricity and are a growing business for electrical contractors (ECs) that take note of them. READ MORE
April 2011
Building information modeling (BIM)—the software-based 3-D real-time modeling process for construction—is the summit of design to some and a summit to climb for others. Either way, it seems BIM has entered the vernacular as an important process when designing and constructing a building with goals of timely delivery, budget savings and sustainable performance. READ MORE
March 2011
What’s the secret to keeping up on the latest in residential lighting upgrades? Just ask the neighborhood remodeler, note the ubiquitous variations of new products at a trade show, or chat with your supplier. Knowing the newest trends makes you an invaluable adviser to your customers and other specialty contractors. READ MORE
February 2011
While the term “retrocommissioning” (RCx) is being heard with more frequency, electrical contractors (ECs) may not fully understand what it is or what it entails. Evan Mills, Ph.D., of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has a useful analogy. “For centuries, shipbuilders have ‘commissioned’ vessels to ensure that they are ready for service. READ MORE