Ying Gu


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. 

Before joining Mantle Developments, Ying came from a diverse background in pre-construction marketing, civil engineering, high-rise construction, and sustainability consulting. She is experienced in reviewing new construction design documents and performing project drawing reviews with a consideration of design service life, climatic conditions, durability, maintenance and renewal, cost-effectiveness and economics, constructability, availability of materials, and energy performance. She has experience in feasibility studies, implementation, and coordination of various sustainability initiatives and building rating systems, such as Toronto Green Standard (TGS) v2, TGS v3, LEED v1, LEED v2009, LEED v4, LEEDv4.1, WELL v2, and High Performance New Construction (HPNC) incentive program. She has been responsible for day-to-day liaison with owners, builders, consultants, and government bodies to ensure successful TGS, WELL, and LEED submissions for residential, commercial, and institutional clients.

Ying holds an Honours Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES) degree from York University, completing the Urban Ecologies Certificate program and specializing in sustainable development for post-industrial spaces. She completed the Urban Planning accredited Master's degree in Environmental Studies (MES) from York University, during which her research focused on energy policy and planning for high-rise multi-unit residential buildings in Toronto. Her studies in environmental planning have given her thorough understanding of planning principals, standards for climate, energy, resilience, new urbanism, community outreach, stakeholder engagement, and systems-thinking.

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