I am working on a retail project with three restaurant spaces. I got a comment below from the LEED reviewer.
"The General HVAC and Air-Side HVAC tabs indicate that system type 6: Packaged VAV with PFP Boxes is the only system type
in the Baseline model of the main building; however, it appears that this building includes spaces (such as restaurant/cafeteria
space, etc.) that may meet the requirements of exception (b) to Section G3.1.1, which require an additional system type to be
reflected in the Baseline model. An additional system type must be reflected in the Baseline model if an exception to Section
G3.1.1 is met. If exception (b) to Section G3.1.1 is met, revise the Baseline model of the main building to include an appropriate
additional system type for space where required. In addition, update the General HVAC and Air-Side HVAC tabs and provide
the SV-A report reflecting the changes."
Are the exceptions mandatory? Since I am getting unmet hours when I am claiming the exception, can I not claim it?