Trivess has worked at RMIT University since 2006 and is currently based in the Sustainable Building Innovation Laboratory (SBiLab) in the School of Property. Construction and Project Management. He has a strong research interest in energy efficiency, renewable energies, the built environment, housing/households and transitioning to a low carbon future. He completed his PhD studies in 2012; the topic of his research was the costs, benefits and requirements for policy regarding a transition to zero emission housing standards in Australia. Trivess now works on a range of research projects exploring the predicted and actual performance of sustainable buildings, including affordability and liveability implications, as well as teaching about sustainable buildings.