Marty Brennan, AIA, WELL AP, has joined the International WELL Building Institute’s (IWBI) 2020 WELL Concept Advisory program for lighting.
WELL Concept Advisories focus on the development and implementation of concepts introduced in the WELL v2™ pilot—the next iteration of the WELL Building Standard™, the first-ever rating system focused exclusively on the impacts of buildings on human health and wellness. The nine concepts include Air & Thermal Comfort, Water, Nourishment, Light, Movement, Sound, Materials, Mind, Community.
Advisors bring expertise in one or more of these concepts and provide input on solutions to health and wellness concerns, best practices for localization, case studies to fill research gaps, and innovative topic areas, according to the program’s website. There are currently fewer than 200 advisors helping to shape the future of WELL.
As an advisor for the lighting concept, Marty helps guide WELL to integrate daylight and lighting systems designed to support alertness, comfort, and sleep. This is critical as many of us are indoors more than 90% of our lives and are falling short on biologic light during the day and, conversely, getting too much at night. Judith Heerwagen, a research psychologist in the U.S. General Service Administration’s Office of Federal High Performance Buildings, describes the lack of daytime light as “biological darkness,” which can have deleterious effects on sleep, mood, and productivity.
The evidence is mounting that our health and wellness are intricately tied to light and dark. Simulating dawn to dusk lighting is an integral strategy in two ZGF projects for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Swedish Medical Center, Ballard. Both seek to lift psychology and physiology by mimicking the shifting spectrum and intensity of light over a day.
Marty is a project architect and lighting specialist in ZGF’s Seattle office with over ten years of experience in computational daylight analysis. He recently co-authored a peer-reviewed paper, “Outcome-Based Design for Circadian Lighting: An Integrated Approach to Simulation & Metrics,” and developed the open-source Grasshopper plugin LARK, a tool for designers to visualize circadian light.
He is currently leading the sustainability effort for Microsoft’s Washington Village, one of four villages in the company’s major campus modernization project, and collaborating on a spectral lighting system.