Best Practices for Commercial Buildings

Here at Coast Mountain Air, we understand that commercial heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems require a different level of standards than those required by residential systems. We follow a group of “best practices” for commercial buildings in the HVAC industry. These practices consist of proven techniques that have been accepted industry-wide as standards that lead to superior results. These practices are constantly evolving as changes occur in market trends, innovation, and research.

The best practices that we abide by include:


Measurement covers the careful assessment of both existing and new commercial facilities over time to determine trends or changes in operation or output. Ways to implement consistent measurement into your existing building could be formulating a system to monitor and track utility bills, while measuring a new building may be done by developing modeling or predictive calculation methods.


The only way to verify that a set of methods are up to par is to compare them to a recognized benchmark. Historical data can be used to compare internal benchmarks. Other established standardization tools include Energy Star or the Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey.

Identifying Opportunities and Establishing Goals

Regardless if standards are set in place, HVAC professionals should always be on the lookout for teaching moments in which new standards can be developed to ensure greater safety or efficiency within our practices.


The HVAC industry must act on these opportunities to improve existing standards and practices, always remembering that the priority in any such industry is to first do no harm. Other ways to act include utilizing financial analysis methods to confirm or assess the efficiency that these practices have promoted in terms of energy and costs.

Re-measuring and Re-evaluation

As with any industry, a best practice for working with commercial HVAC systems involves continual analysis and measurement to verify that standards are still being met into the future. However, we look for growth and improvement opportunities to advance the industry as well.