Electrical System Upgrades?
Contemplating the building of a new house. Looking to do a high quality build. I have tried to educate myself as much as possible about various subsystems so I know what questions to ask, and what features to contemplate. While it is fairly easy to get information about things like insulation, hvac, cabinets, and what options are available in each, two systems have remained incredibly elusive, Electrical and Plumbing. I assume some of that is because of life safety issues and the fact that these are, relatively speaking, highly specialized, and regulated trades.
What I am looking for is information on what upgrades from stock, minimum code requirements I should be looking at and talking to the architect/general/electrician about? What options are available to improve life safety, quality of life, and longevity of the system (ie, future-proofing)? I know most people seem to be more worried about things like countertops and paint colors, but I'm really interested in learning more about the critical systems of a home.
While I normally have pretty good Google search skills, this topic seems pretty tricky to research. I'm at a point where I don't even know what I don't know, if that makes any sense. Generators, UFER grounding systems (required by code here) and PV-array systems are about all I've come up with so far, and that just doesn't feel like much. I just have a hard time believing that "minimum code" equals "best practice" or "best available" in this field, when it doesn't seem to in any other.