Dr Emma Heffernan is a Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong’s Sustainable Buildings Research Centre. She works within a team of researchers developing a prototype for sustainable mid-rise residential buildings utilising cold-formed steel. The project seeks to identify sustainable solutions for mid-rise residential buildings in order to respond to Australian trends in densification of urban areas. Emma is an Architect with over a decade of experience of working in architectural practice in the UK. She holds a Bachelor of Architectural Design and Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture from the University of Brighton, Masters in Urban Design from the University of the West of England, and PhD in Architecture, Design and Environment from Plymouth University. Emma’s previous research investigated the delivery of zero carbon homes in the UK context and explored the potential for alternative forms of housing delivery to promote sustainable communities. Her research interests include energy efficient design in residential buildings, sustainable communities, sustainable construction, building energy modelling and climate change adaptation.