Audiovisual Best Practices

The Design and Integration Process for the AV and Construction Industries

Technitect › Audiovisual Best PracticesAV Best Practices Book The book Audiovisual Best Practices was developed based on an initiative by independent AV consultants and integrators to develop better working practices to improve project relationships and outcomes. The result was a terrific collaboration that provides the definitive reference for the AV project process. You can find out more about the collaboration at (formerly

This industry-encompassing publication presents an overview of the industry, explores the inner workings of AV projects with start-to-finish process descriptions, and concludes with an assessment of what the future holds for the industry.

Audiovisual Best Practices describes the roles and responsibilities of all of the project participants that impact the success of an AV implementation project, including:

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Developers
  • Project managers
  • Building and construction trade personnel
  • Consultants
  • Contractors
  • Facility owners
  • AV professionals
  • Technology Managers

The book is organized according to the building design and construction process. It includes some introductory chapters and then covers the AV implementation process step by step:

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Overview of the Design and Construction Process
  • Chapter 1: Understanding the Project Team
  • Chapter 2: Understanding the Process
  • Chapter 3: Selecting and Contracting the Project Team
  • Chapter 4: The Program Phase
  • Chapter 5: The Design Phase
  • Chapter 6: The Construction Phase
  • Chapter 7: System Commissioning and Training

Appendices provide helpful sample contract forms and checklists, as well as a sample documents and an AV glossary. See the Table of Contents and other excerpts below for more detail on the books content.

From the Book

Below are some sample pages in low-resolution PDF format.

There’s much more in the book, including:

Templates and Sample Documents Checklists

  • Program Meeting Agenda
  • AV Construction Kick-off Meeting Agenda
  • Software Licensing Agreement
  • Statement of AV Integrator Qualifications
  • AV Program Questions (95 of them!)
  • AV Project Schedule Samples
  • AV Substantial Completion Form
  • Warranty Terms
  • Custom User Guide (sample user instruction sheet)
  • Custom Tech Manual (sample technician instruction sheet)


  • AV Scope of Work
  • RFQ Checklist
  • AV Task Parameters (for development of AV Program)
  • Benchmarking Checklist
  • Design Phase Infrastructure Coordination
  • Typical RFP / Design Package Components
  • Site Readiness
  • Shop and As-Built Drawing Components
  • Substantial Completion Checklist
  • Final AV System Record Documentation
  • Owner Responsibility Checklist

The book is now out of print, but you can download a PDF of the entire book from AVIXA, or find out more about best practices at