Over the new few weeks we'll be starting construction of our new home and am I interested in doing home automation for security (no motion sensors due to pets but likely door contacts), whole house audio (still debating between single and 6 zones), energy monitoring (circuit level and therm usage per appliance (if possible)), network connectivity, and remote control/notification options. Likely do a combination of hardwired and zigbee for communications with the attic and basements being accessible for the near-term.
Currently as it stands during construction I'll be pulling probably 24 to 36 cat6 drops with 3/4" smurf-tube just to be safe for future upgrades to a central closet in the basement. Overall looking to keep relatively cheap on the project with doing everything myself.
In looking at things for future planning
1) Does 110v power need to be run anywhere outside of the main distribution point?
2) What should be done up-front before the drywall gets put up? (cabling?, just plan with smurf-tube, if so where?)