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If it were me building a new place, I would cost up CBUS vs Zwave for all lights, including the wallplates, likely Saturn series.
Shop around for the Zwave devices, ive paid a lot less that $80AUD for Aeon modules.
Dimming circuits… Some Zwave dimmers don’t perform all that well with LED downlights etc - so if you do go the Zwave route, then research which LED downlights perform OK with the various Zwave dimmers. Fibraro seem to be the most reliable in my experience… but there are a few other brands now available which may also be. Aeon/DWI are very good dimmers for incandescent lights which you probably wont be using!..
You then cable accordingly…
Don’t worry about what controller for zwave, as this is the cheapest component…and its OpenHAB anyway ;-)… but if u use Aeon Zstick or a Vera with Guessed’s MIOS binding is not really a consideration cost wise…
Sensors… I would ( and do) make my own using MySensors. Ideal for anything that isn’t mains connected, but will consume time!
As already mentioned above, ensure you allocate a nice spot to bring ALL cables back to.
- Assign 2/3 cat5/6 per room - may not be data ( could be HDMI/Voip )
- Assign 3 RG6 for each TV location - 1 FTA and 2 Foxtel ( u might not use now, but good to do later)
You may not need to terminate these cables at the patch or at the allocated room, but running them during the build phase is cheap and saves pain later.
Dont forget about speaker cables for any outside areas or multiroom you may want to do…
Locks… I use a RFID system which isn’t connected at this time to my HA system. It is TCP/IP based for programming and seeing access logs etc. Cheap off Ebay, and 100% rock solid for last 3 years. My front door is a swinging door, so I used this lock:
-Very tidy solution