The Innovation in Design portion of the LEED rating system is available to provide the project team an opportunity to earn points for either exceptional performance or for innovatiove perofrmance.

A LEED team can earn extra points for exceptional performance for achieving above the requirements set by the LEED rating system.

Innovative performance is achieved when the project team demonstrates creativity in green building standards and performance not addressed in the LEED rating system.

The Drury Inn & Suites near La Cantera project was able to obtain 1 Innovation in Design Point for innovative performance through the use of a green education program.

Educational brochures outlining all of the energy efficient strategies were designed to be read by all hotel guests and visitors.   A computer kiosk is also available in the lobby of the hotel for guests and visitors to further educate themselves on the green initiatives taken at the hotel.   


The Drury Inn & Suites near La Cantera project was able to obtain 2 Innovation in Design Points for examplaryperformance through the use of a Green Power and through reducing non-roof heat islands by 100%


The Drury Inn & Suites Provide 70% of the hotel's electricity from renewable sources by engaging in a two-year renewable energy contract with Renewable Choice Energy. 


The second examplary performance point was earned by demonstrating that the Drury Inn & Suites near La Cantera has demonstrated that 100% of non-roof hardscape surfaces on the project site are typical new gray concrete with an SRI of 38 and pavers with an SRI of 29 meeting the requirements set forth in SS Credit 7.1.