The 2004 Builder Survey, to be released by Parks Associates in January, polled 400 homebuilders as to what electronic systems they add the most in the initial construction of a residence. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />

According to Parks, 79 percent of those polled say they are including security systems in the construction of new homes. That number is second only to programmable thermostats (84 percent) and ahead of HVAC systems (75 percent), structured wiring (68 percent), controlled lighting (63 percent) and intercoms (55 percent).