Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. : Piedmont Office Realty Trust Announces Sustainability Achievements

 Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. : Piedmont Office Realty Trust Announces
                         Sustainability Achievements

    

     Secures LEED Gold Certification at US Bancorp Center in Minneapolis

        Earns BOMA 360 Designation for 15 Buildings in Fourth Quarter

 Acclaims Energy Star Certification for over 75% of National Office Portfolio

MINNEAPOLIS and ATLANTA - January 30, 2013 - Piedmont Office Realty Trust
(NYSE: PDM) announced today that it has earned the prestigious LEED-EB
(Existing Building) Gold Certification for its trophy office building, US
Bancorp Center, located at 800 Nicollett Mall in downtown Minneapolis. LEED
(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally
recognized mark of excellence which provides a framework for identifying and
implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction,
operations and maintenance solutions.

"We are proud to announce the achievement of LEED-EB Gold certification at our
landmark property in downtown Minneapolis," said David Dabson, Piedmont's
General Manager at US Bancorp Center. "Our dedication to green practices and
the energy savings initiatives implemented during the certification process
have become part of our standard operating procedures at the building,
benefitting both our tenants, in terms of lower energy costs, and the
environment," added Dabson.

The addition of US Bancorp Center to Piedmont's roster of LEED certified
properties brings the Company's total LEED certified properties to six across
its national portfolio. Other properties receiving the certification include
500 West Monroe Street, a trophy tower located in Chicago's West Loop, and 400
TownPark, a property located in the desirable Lake Mary submarket of Orlando.

BOMA 360 Designation
Additionally, Piedmont announced that 25 of its buildings earned the BOMA
(Building Owners and Managers Association) 360 designation in 2012.
Currently, 44 properties in total, or approximately 60% of its national
portfolio, have achieved this designation which recognizes commercial
properties demonstrating best practices in building operations, energy
conservation, property management, and sustainability. Piedmont's goal is to
pursue the BOMA 360 designation for all eligible Piedmont-managed office
buildings over the next several years.

"The BOMA 360 program appeals to us because it analyzes multiple facets of the
property management process," commented Kevin Fossum, RPA, Senior Vice
President, Property Management for Piedmont Office Realty Trust. "Given the
distinguished reputation of the program recognizing superior operations on
behalf of building tenants, we believe that achieving our BOMA 360 goal will
continue to differentiate Piedmont among the end user and tenant
representative communities," concluded Fossum.

Energy Star Certification
As an Energy Star Partner, almost 79% of Piedmont's office portfolio has
earned the Energy Star Label, including six new building additions in 2012.
Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy, designed to protect the environment
through energy efficient products and practices.

Piedmont buildings which have earned both the BOMA 360 designation and Energy
Star certification in select markets include:

Atlanta
Glenridge Highlands Two

Chicago
Aon Center
500 West Monroe
Two Pierce Place
Windy Point I
2300 Cabot Drive

Dallas
6031 Connection Drive
Las Colinas Corporate Center I & II
3900 Dallas Parkway

Houston
1430 Enclave Parkway

Los Angeles
800 North Brand Boulevard
1901 Main Street
1055 East Colorado Boulevard
Fairway Center II

Minneapolis
US Bancorp Center
One and Two Meridian Crossings
Crescent Ridge Corporate Center II

New York/New Jersey
60 Broad Street
200 & 400 Bridgewater Crossing

Washington, DC
One and Two Independence Square
1201 and 1225 Eye Street
400 Virginia Avenue
4250 North Fairfax Drive
Piedmont Pointe I
9200 Corporate Boulevard

"We are proud to share these accomplishments with our customers, shareholders
and employees," said C.A. "Bo" Reddic, IV, Executive Vice-President of Real
Estate Operations for Piedmont. "The achievements we have earned in all three
areas of LEED, BOMA 360 and Energy Star demonstrate our ongoing commitment to
sustainability and operational excellence. Much credit for our success goes
to Jason Williams, who leads our sustainability efforts, working in
conjunction with our regional property management teams. Their combined
efforts ensure that we operate our buildings in a superior and environmentally
sensitive manner, which, in turn, increases our competitiveness in attracting
quality, credit tenants," added Reddic.

About Piedmont: Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: PDM) is a
fully-integrated and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT)
specializing in high-quality, Class A office properties located primarily in
the ten largest U.S. office markets, including Chicago, Washington, D.C., New
York, Los Angeles, Boston, and Dallas. As of December 31, 2012, Piedmont's 74
wholly-owned office buildings were comprised of over 20 million rentable
square feet. The Company is headquartered in Atlanta, GA, with local
management offices in each of its major markets. Piedmont is investment-grade
rated by Standard & Poor's and Moody's and has maintained a low-leverage
strategy while acquiring and disposing of properties during its fourteen year
operating history. For more information, see www.piedmontreit.com

Contact:Kerry Hughes
Company:  Piedmont Office Realty Trust
Phone:1 770 418 8678
Email:Kerry.Hughes@Piedmontreit.com

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