What about electrical systems – would they benefit from the same approach?
David: People are often surprised when we tell them that today’s custom homes have levels of complexity that match some commercial projects when it comes to electrical needs: custom lighting, integrated audio-visual equipment, household-wide Internet and home automation systems, pools and water features, emergency power supplies – the list goes on. By engineering the design of these systems from a functional perspective, the contractors can work more efficiently during construction knowing there won't be any last-minute surprises.
Joe: Custom residential electrical systems often feature a more complex commercial application than ordinary residential. When you stop to consider the kind of components that would necessitate a 400 A or 800 A (or larger) electrical service for a residence on a street where most homes are 200 A, or the expertise involved in the optimal sizing of an emergency generator, the benefits of having an engineered solution becomes very apparent.