Dr Tim Law is a building surveying lecturer with the College of Engineering & Science. He is an architectural scientist: one who studies into how to make buildings perform and why they fail.

Tim's special interest and expertise is around condensation and mould in buildings, and the impact of the building microbiology on health. He has undertaken condensation research work for the Tasmanian building regulator and the ABCB in the scoping study on condensation.

His research work underpins some of the new condensation provisions in the NCC.


Areas of expertise

  • Condensation
  • Hygrothermal analysis
  • Building physics
  • Building microbiology
  • Indoor air quality
  • Environmental health
  • Water-damaged buildings
  • Mould

Contact details

+61 (3) 9919 6373

Teaching responsibilities


Refereed journal articles

Dewsbury, M and Law, T (2017) Temperate climates, warmer houses and built fabric challenges, Procedia Engineering, 180 pp. 1065-1074. doi:10.1016/j.proeng.2017.04.266 ISSN 1877-7058

Law, T, Sargison, J, Fay, R, Banbury, S (2012) Ductless Task Air-Conditioning, in ASHRAE Transactions, Vol 118, Part 1


Law, T (2013) The Future of Thermal Comfort in an Energy-Constrained World. Switzerland: Springer.

Refereed book chapters

Law, T and Dewsbury, M, (2018) The Unintended Consequence of Building Sustainably in Australia, in Sustainable Development Research in the Asia-Pacific Region: Education, Cities, Infrastructure and Buildings, Springer International Publishing, WL Filho, J Rogers, U Iyer-Raniga (ed), Switzerland, pp. 525-547. ISBN 978-3-319-73292-3

Law, T, (2016) Personalised Thermal Comfort, in Advances in Engineering Research, Nova Science Publishers, VM Petrova (ed), New York, USA, pp. 183-200. ISBN 9781634854160

Conference presentations

Dewsbury, M and Foo, Y and Law, T, (2017) Renovating a pre-1980s weatherboard home: what about condensation?, Australasian Building Simulation Conference 2017, 15-16 November 2017, Melbourne, pp. 1-14.

Law, T (2014) 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.

Law, T (2013) Teaching building services like a PIRATE, in Cutting Edge in Architectural Science: Proceedings of the 47th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association, Hong Kong.

Law, Teen-Onn and Fay, R. (2009) Thermal Comfort, Productivity and Energy Consumption in the Tropical Office Environment: A Critical Overview, Performative Ecologies in the Built Environment: Sustainability Research Across Disciplines 42nd International Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA) Conference, Launceston.

Appearances in the media

2015 ‘Condensation in Houses and its health implications’ at Menzies Public Health and Primary Care theme meeting, at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research.

2013 Research Burst Video clip for AIRAH (Australian Institute for Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Heating) Conference 2013 'The Future of HVAC'

2013 Interview with ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) News. ‘Heating hardship prompts review’ report by Emily Bryan.

2012 Interview with ABC Radio News, ‘Hands up everyone who’s ever had an office argument about the air temperature’ report by Belinda King.

2012 Interview with Examiner newspaper. ‘Cool design proposed by PhD student’ report by Rosita Gallasch.

2011 Interview with UTAS Research to Reality publication. ‘A breath of fresh air in personal air-conditioners’ report by Luke Scott.