Real Life LEED had the pleasure of receiving final design review comments on one of my projects back late Friday. Overall things went pretty smooth, our consultants did a great job, and the only significant credit to get denied was my own! *GASP*
The most important thing I've learned from this experience is that the review team will not necessarily point out ALL of the problems with you submission the first time around. In my defense, the first error on this particular credit (LEED-CS SSc4.3 - Alternative Transportation, Low Emitting Vehicles) largely stemmed from the fact the the USGBC supplied credit template was wrong. As a result, I committed a small rounding error on my credit template, and listed one less preferred parking spot than I needed to achieve the point.
"No problem!" I sez, and proceeded to add one preferred spot on one floor of our parking deck, re-uploaded that one sheet and the corrected credit template, and happily moved on to other issues. As that was the only thing listed in the comments, I figured we were all set.
"NOT SO!" said the final comments... In addition to the small rounding error, one of our parking deck plans did not have the spaces marked properly (I'm guessing I left a layer off when printing the PDF's), and it turns out we were about 10 spaces short in our supporting documentation, as we were for the first review, though no mention was made about this in the first review comments.
I certainly concede that the mistake was mine. I should have double checked the plans we uploaded and made sure the spaces added up appropriately regardless of the review comments we received. What's frustrating is that we now will have to submit an appeal (to the tune of $500) for a clerical error that was not caught until the final review, but c'est la vie...
LESSON LEARNED: LEED Submitter BEWARE!!! While your review comments point out problems in your documentation, they may not point out ALL of your problems!