Offices typically have a lot more carpeting as a percentage of surface area than homes. So, the 'Sick Building' syndrome in part comes from trapping the toxins in the carpet fibers. According to the EPA, indoor air can be 2 to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air, in part because of the chemicals used in the office construction process.
What goes into your office is important. From the chairs and the desks to what type of flooring is utilized, energy savings can be found.
Office chairs and desks can be certified by certain programs that monitor the levels of chemicals, such as formaldehyde and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that are used in their production. So make sure you are only purchasing chairs and desks that are Cradle to Cradle Certified, or part of the Indoor Advantage Certification Program.