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Dr Tim Law

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Tim Law

Lecturer

Room 209, IC Building, Inveresk Campus

+61 3 6324 4488 (phone)

+61 3 6324 4477 (fax)

Tim.Law@utas.edu.au

Loves a meaningful challenge. Invented a personal air-conditioner to solve the air-conditioning conundrum as part of my doctoral thesis. Now a lecturer at UTAS with a research focus in building science and a teaching pedagogy employing the radical PIRATE teaching approach.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeThesis TitleUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDThe future of thermal comfort in an energy-constrained worldUniversity of TasmaniaAustralia15/12/2012
BA (Architecture) HonsSignificance beyond the ordinaryNational University of SingaporeSingapore31/07/2001

Languages (other than English)

  • Chinese (Mandarin)

Biography

After graduating from the National University of Singapore, Tim worked as a research assistant there and proceeded to start up a graphics and interior design business alongside being a professional financial services advisor. He undertook architectural project coordination at Ong & Ong Architects (Singapore) before he undertook his PhD at the University of Tasmania.

Research Themes

Tim's cross-disciplinary research intersects different research themes in Better Health, Creativity, Culture and Society, and Environment, Resources and Sustainability. He looks at improving build environment standards to minimise condensation damage, alongside with the health impact of water damaged buildings from unmanaged condensation. He has been working at commercialising his personal cooling unit, the Ductless Task Air-Conditioner (DTAC). Collaboration with a hardware manufacturer of environmental sensing is progressing into research in early warning of at-risk aging-in-place home occupants by remote distributed sensing.

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Member AIRAH (Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Heating)

Administrative expertise

Managing medium to large scale architectural projects from design to construction.

Teaching

Design Thinking, High-rise Building Design, Bioclimatic Design, Thermal Comfort, Structures, Interior Lighting and Acoustics, Construction and Executing Building Design, High-rise Structure and Services, Research Methods

Teaching responsibility

Unit coordinator responsibilities:

Teaching responsibilities:

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Expertise

  • Thermal comfort
  • Commercialisation
  • Condensation in buildings
  • Teaching like a PIRATE

Fields of Research

  • Architectural Science and Technology (incl. Acoustics, Lighting, Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design) (120104)
  • Building Science and Techniques (120202)
  • Engineering Design Empirical Studies (120401)
  • Allergy (110701)
  • Architectural Heritage and Conservation (120102)
  • Models of Engineering Design (120405)
  • Heat and Mass Transfer Operations (091505)

Research Objectives

  • Residential Construction Design (870204)
  • Commercial Construction Design (870202)
  • Commercial Energy Conservation and Efficiency (850701)
  • Residential Construction Processes (870404)
  • Residential Energy Conservation and Efficiency (850704)
  • Construction (879999)
  • Pedagogy (930201)
  • Environmentally Sustainable Construction (879899)
  • Civil Construction Design (870201)
  • Construction Design (870299)
  • Construction Materials Performance and Processes (870399)
  • Immune System and Allergy (920108)
  • Management of Gaseous Waste from Construction Activities (excl. Greenhouse Gases) (879801)
  • Climate Change Adaptation Measures (960301)

Publications

Total publications

20

Journal Article

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Dewsbury M, Law T, 'Temperate climates, warmer houses and built fabric challenges', Procedia Engineering, 180 pp. 1065-1074. ISSN 1877-7058 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.proeng.2017.04.266 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Dewsbury M

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2012Law T, Sargison J, Fay M, Banbury S, 'Ductless task air-conditioning', ASHRAE Transactions, 118, (1) Article CH-12-C047. ISSN 0001-2505 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Sargison J; Fay M

Book

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2013Law T, 'The Future of Thermal Comfort in an Energy-Constrained World', Springer, Switzerland, pp. 329. ISBN 9783319001487 (2013) [Authored Research Book]

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Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Law T, 'Personalised Thermal Comfort', Advances in Engineering Research, Nova Science Publishers, VM Petrova (ed), New York, USA, pp. 183-200. ISBN 9781634854160 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

(11 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Law T, Dewsbury M, 'Humidity and mould prevention', AIRAH Queensland Technical Meeting, 21 February 2017, Southbank, Queensland (2017) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Dewsbury M

2017Law TO, Dewsbury M, 'Moisture movement in buildings and the impact on mould', Jena Dyco Restoration Conference & Expo: IAQA Workshop, 31 May - 02 June, Melbourne (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Dewsbury M

2017Law TO, Dewsbury M, 'Moisture behaviour in building envelopes', Jena Dyco Restoration Conference & Expo: IAQA Workshop, 31 May - 02 June, Melbourne (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Dewsbury M

2016Dewsbury M, Law T, 'Recent increases in the occurrence of condensation and mould within new Tasmanian housing', Revisiting the role of architectural science in design and practice: 50th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2016, 07-09 December 2016, Adelaide, pp. 715-724. ISBN 9780992383534 (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Dewsbury M

2016Dewsbury M, Law T, 'Recent increases in the occurrence of condensation and mould within new Tasmanian housing', 50th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association, 07-09 December, Adelaide, South Australia (2016) [Keynote Presentation]

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Co-authors: Dewsbury M

2016Law T, Dewsbury M, 'The Tasmanian residential buildings experience', Humidity Issues in Australian Climates Workshop Abstracts, 03 August 2016, Sydney (2016) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Dewsbury M

2016Potgieter J, Dewsbury M, Law T, 'An international regulatory perspective - for class 1 and 2 buildings', Humidity Issues in Australian Climates Workshop Abstracts, 03 August 2016, Sydney (2016) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Potgieter J; Dewsbury M

2014Dewsbury M, Law T, Wallis L, 'Learning-by-making in building science education', Across: Architectural Research through to Practice - Proceedings of the 48th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association, 10-13 December 2014, Genoa, Italy, pp. 71-81. ISBN 978-0-9923835-1-0 (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Dewsbury M; Wallis L

2014Law T, 'Radical methodology: the design and commercialisation nexus in research innovation on personal thermal comfort', Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, 7-12 July 2014, Hong Kong, pp. 239-244. ISBN 9789628513864 (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2013Law Tim, 'Teaching building services like a pirate', Cutting Edge: 47th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association, 13-16 November 2013, Hong Kong, China, pp. 95-104. ISBN 9780992383503 (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2009Law TO, Fay MR, 'Thermal comfort, productivity and energy consumption in the tropical office environment: a critical overview', Performative Ecologies in the Built Environment: sustainability research across disciplines, 25th - 27th November 2009, University of Tasmania, Launceston, pp. 34-39. ISBN 978-1-86295-547-9 (2009) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Fay MR

Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Dewsbury M, Law T, Henderson A, 'Investigation of destructive condensation in Australian cool temperate buildings', Building Standards and Occupational Licensing, Department of Justice Tasmania, Tasmania, Final report (2016) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Dewsbury M; Henderson A

2016Dewsbury M, Law T, Potgieter J, Fitz-Gerald D, McComish B, et al., 'Scoping study of condensation in residential buildings - Final report', Australian Building Codes Board; Department of Industry Innovation and Science, Hobart, Australia, 23 September (2016) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Dewsbury M; Potgieter J; Fitz-Gerald D; McComish B; Chandler T; Soudan A

Patent

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2011Law TO, 'Personal Cooling Unit' (2011) [Patent Application]

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Other Public Output

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Law T, 'Buy your gran a cool corner: a low-cost climate refuge', ReNew Magazine, Alternative Technology Association (ATA), Australia, 134, pp. 70-72. (2016) [Magazine Article]

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2015Cowan T, Forrest S, Guo Y, Harris RM, Huang C, et al., 'Group 1: temperature and extreme weather events', Climate change challenges to health - Risks and opportunities. Recommendations from the 2014 Theo Murphy High Flyers Think Tank, Australian Academy of Science, Canberra, ACT, ISBN 978 0 85847 414, pp. 6-9. (2015) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Harris RM

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

5

Total funding

$226,941

Projects

Condensation Risk Mitigation for Tasmanian Housing (2017)$62,067
Description
New research exploring condensation risks that might be present in contemporary construction and recommendations to minimise risk
Funding
Department of Justice Tasmania ($62,067)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Dewsbury M; Law TO
Year
2017
Scoping study of condensation in residential buildings (2016)$53,295
Description
Assessment of information from government, industry and international collaborators to provide advice to government ondirections that should be taken within Australia to address the matter of condensation within buildings.
Funding
Australian Building Codes Board ($53,295)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Dewsbury M; Law TO; Clark J
Year
2016
Investigation of Destructive Condensation in Australian Cool-temperate Buildings (2014)$56,000
Description
New empirical data will be obtained from buildings. Based on international literature, remediation action will be taken. New empirical data will measure the success of the remediation. The Tasmanian Government will publish the remediation methods as guidance for the design and construction professions.
Funding
Department of Justice Tasmania ($56,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Dewsbury M; Law TO; Henderson AD; Livingston A; Webster D
Year
2014
Simulated Temperatures in Shipping Container (2013)$5,741
Description
To assist in investigating an incident of hypothermia, the police from Hobart have requested for a report on the simulated temperatures of a shipping container based on weather data obtained from the Bureau of Meteorology.
Funding
Tasmania Police ($5,741)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Law TO; Dewsbury M
Year
2013
Ductless Task Air-Conditioning Optimisation and Industrial Design (2012)$49,838
Funding
Department of Industry and Science ($49,838)
Scheme
Grant-Commercialisation Funds
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Fieldhouse R; Fay MR; Law TO
Year
2012