Sustainability

Piedmont values operational excellence and is committed to continual improvement in resource efficiency and sustainability.

During 2017, Piedmont's energy-saving initiatives resulted in savings of over 5.7 million kWh.

Piedmont's Sustainability Task Force, comprised of regional and corporate leadership as well as a third-party adviser, has created a ten-point plan that shapes Piedmont's ongoing efficiency and sustainability practices. Some of the plan elements that have contributed to our progress include: prioritizing the portfolio for capital investment in energy efficiency projects, leveraging utility incentive programs to complete lighting and other efficiency projects, encouraging building engineers to participate in energy efficiency training programs, and utilizing a real-time energy monitoring software to optimize building electricity use.

Piedmont leverages industry partnerships including BOMA, ENERGY STAR, and U.S. Green Building Council, to advance the energy and sustainability performance of its assets.

Piedmont ranks second among REITs based on the number of buildings owned and managed with Building Owners and Managers Association ("BOMA") 360 designations

BOMA 360 is a program that evaluates six major areas of building operations and management and benchmarks a building's performance against industry standards. The achievement of such a designation recognizes excellence in building operations and management

Approximately 86% of Piedmont's office portfolio is ENERGY STARĀ® certified (based on Annualized Lease Revenue)

ENERGY STAR is a voluntary government program backed by EPA that provides unbiased information to organizations and consumers about cost-effective, energy-efficient products, practices, and services. ENERGY STAR certified buildings earn a score of 75 or higher on EPA's 1-100 energy performance scale and are verified by a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) or Registered Architect (RA). A score of greater than 75 indicates the building is more energy efficient than 75% or more of the U.S. commercial building stock.

Approximately 41% of Piedmont's office portfolio is LEEDĀ® Certified (based on Annualized Lease Revenue)

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ("LEED") is the preeminent program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of high-performance green buildings. LEED certification designates commercial buildings that are designed, built, and operated to minimize environmental impact while offering healthy settings in which to work and live. Piedmont has been a Silver member of the U.S. Green Building Council since 2007.

Recognition

Eleven of our assets have been awarded a TOBY award.

The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Awards are sponsored by BOMA on an annual basis and honor the best of the best in commercial buildings.

The annual Outstanding Building of the Year ("TOBY") Awards are the most prestigious awards of their kind in the commercial real estate industry, recognizing excellence in office building management in fourteen different categories based on size and facility type. Buildings are judged by their peers on all facets of building operations including energy management, tenant relations, community involvement, emergency preparedness and security. Upon winning at the local level, a building then competes regionally, with only a select few moving on to the International level.