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

May 2010
The adage, “the best defense is a good offense,” is not just good advice on a level playing field. It will help a contractor from becoming a victim of counterfeit electrical goods. It is estimated that $1 billion worth of counterfeits enter North America annually ($11 billion and $20 billion globally). According to Bernd G. READ MORE
April 2010
Quicker, cheaper and more efficient could be a mantra for contemporary construction and remodeling. Low-profile, raised-access flooring has always fit that bill and is growing in popularity. While initially used in data centers and mainframe computer rooms, it is now in schools, offices, retail spaces, hospitals and entertainment venues. READ MORE
March 2010
Baby boomers have never been satisfied with the status quo; they challenge everything in their paths, including retirement. While boomers can’t escape aging, it will be on their terms. Staying in their homes and maintaining their independence is a central goal. “Aging in place” is both a movement and a quickly growing market. READ MORE
February 2010
Energy efficiency is a vital goal in creating truly sustainable buildings, and green certification programs popularly recognize many such structures. But to maintain sustainability after a hard-won award is its own challenge. The call to continuously monitor and maintain a building’s green performance is growing stronger, creating opportunities for electrical contractors (ECs). READ MORE
September 2009
There's no turning back progress. Today’s subcontractors play an increasingly important role in building design and construction. Design/build is one such growing example. The Design-Build Institute of America in Washington, D.C., estimates design/build will overtake traditional design/bid/build in five years, accounting for 50 percent of all nonresidential projects, and will continue to grow. READ MORE
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