I am not one of these types who proofread the dinner menu for punctuation and syntax. I mean, I'll notice the errors, I just think people who do that could bring up something more interesting instead.
But I do love language. And in the world of LEED we are using "narrative" to mean "written explanation" or "verbal description." I suggest that we could use those words and leave narrative to mean what it is supposed to mean: "an account of connected events"--in other words, a story, or a plot.
I say this because I found myself using it the way it gets used around here and it kinda felt, I dunno, icky somehow. Like I was subtracting from the elegance of the traditional usage. Is that too dramatic? The usage I'm taking issue with is a near miss, after all.
On the other hand, narratives, as an account of connected events, sometimes have drama. An explanation of wether the tenant or the developer will install cooling and heating equipment in a core and shell building might have some drama--but typically, and most likely, not so much as, say, "Of Mice and Men," "The Road," or even your diary. Do you get what I'm saying? Anyway... back to preliminary review responses.