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Mantle Developments provides consulting services to leading climate-smart construction projects. Many of our projects target net-zero carbon. We help the project team think beyond energy efficiency to also manage the carbon impact of the entire life cycle of the project from construction material manufacture to ultimate end-of-life and reuse. We also help our projects to be resilient to the changing climate.

Mantle Developments began in 2015 as a division of the interdisciplinary climate strategy consultancy Manifest Climate (previously named Mantle314). Mantle Developments was spun-out in 2021 to focus on climate-smart buildings and infrastructure.

Our team of climate experts are based in Toronto and Vancouver. We bridge the gap between climate innovation and real-world decision making for the built environment.

Team

Ryan Zizzo

Founder

PEng, MASc, LEED AP ND
Low-carbon infrastructure and construction

Ryan is a professional engineer with over a decade of green building project management experience across Canada and Europe. He creates and implements sustainability strategies that help clients understand, track and reduce their environmental impacts and exposure to climate change risk. Focus areas including net zero strategies, green building certifications, embodied carbon life cycle assessment, and resiliency strategies. He previously worked for one of Canada’s leading green engineering firms, was a lecturer at Finland’s largest Technical Universities and has provided green building education seminars throughout Europe.

Zahra Teshnizi

Senior Advisor

BArchE, MASA, CPHD
Embodied carbon, green buildings and infrastructure

Zahra is an urban sustainability expert with more than eight years of experience in low embodied and operational-carbon buildings development. Zahra is well-connected to a network of climate change action leaders in the public, private, and academic sectors, especially in the Lower Mainland, British Columbia. She brings in a diverse background in policy advising, sustainable building innovation, multi-stakeholder outreach and engagement, and project management.

Cristian Hurtado

Advisor

BSc, MES
Sustainable energy, green infrastructure, and climate resilience strategy

Cristian works on providing building and infrastructure services, facilitating client green-building certification, such as LEED, and implementing resilience strategies. He also provides research and advisory support on topics related to embodied carbon, life cycle assessments (LCAs), and benchmarking and standards.

Mandi Wesley

Advisor

B.A.Sc.
Embodied carbon, mass timber and high-performance buildings

Mandi focuses on assessing embodied carbon emissions for green infrastructure projects, particularly mass timber and high-performance buildings. She has extensive knowledge of best practices for achieving green building certifications, such as LEED and Passive House. With her background in civil engineering and experience collaborating with multiple stakeholders, Mandi offers a well-versed perspective on data analysis, climate resilient construction and policy advising.

Ying Gu

Advisor

MES, LEED AP BD+C
Sustainable development, high-performance buildings, green building rating systems

Ying is an urban sustainability professional with 5 years of experience in the construction and real estate sector. Ying provides technical advice and expertise during the project design and consultant engagement processes, utilizing standard engineering and architectural practices along with sustainability principles to ensure consistency and alignment to capital plans, cost savings, and program needs. She has been involved with detailed analysis and documentation of various green building certifications.

We also work closely with team members Manifest Climate, who focus on corporate climate strategy and disclosure

Looking to reduce your climate-risk by creating developments that are aligned with a net zero and climate-adjusted future?

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