Mission & Vision, Team, Supporters, Partners, Company History and Operation Locations
What are we working to achieve?
It is our ambition to aid in the transition of the building industry from a linear economy to a circular economy. We are working to establish XFrame as a platform technology in which supplementary technologies and systems can be developed to leverage the XFrame system and consequently advance the uptake of circularity. XFrame aims to begin the transition to circularity in construction by offering a structural frame that is capable of facilitating the recovery and reuse of almost all building layers.
Leveraging the modular precision of XFrame, we want to see existing manufacturers and material suppliers producing XFrame compatible lining, insulation, weather barrier and cladding solutions. Together, we believe that we can build out an entirely different way of doing business in the building sector. We envisage that all products will have direct reuse potential, that they will be pure in their composition, be local in their supply and integrate comprehensive product stewardship schemes that out-live their creators. For this reason, the circular economy principles underpin everything we do.
Proliferate Circular Economy based building technologies into the mainstream construction market.
A Circular Building Industry.
XFrame was developed by Ged Finch from a vision to create a modular wall framing system that reduces building industry waste and facilitates end-of-life recovery and reuse.
The first XFrame design originated in 2017 during Ged's Masters of Architecture Thesis research. A research award from the New Zealand Institute of Building's Charitable Trust enabled Ged to build the first full-scale demonstration of the XFrame technology at the School of Architecture at Victoria University of Wellington in October/November 2017. With the support of Ged's research supervisor at the time (Senior Lecturer Guy Marriage), Carter Holt Harvey, Makers of Architecture and fellow-classmates, the assembly, exhibition and disassembly of this first porotype proved a catalyst for further research.
The first full-scale deployment of the XFrame system was a 2.7m x 5.4m pavilion. Based on a 900mm module, the system used the identical structural components in both floor, wall and roof elements. The woven structural members and structural logic developed as part of this design remain integral to the latest XFrame technologies. This prototype would have not been possible without the generous support of the New Zealand Institute of Building's Charitable Trust who provided funding to support the fabrication and access to key resources.
In true circular fashion, parts of the first XFrame prototype have been distributed around New Zealand to form beautiful functional walls. A large portion of the components have found a home with Raglan Roast in Te Rapa, Hamilton, with the remainder serving as a divider between studio spaces at the School of Architecture.
(Left: XFrame 1 Prototype, December 2017)
With the support of the Building Research Levy (New Zealand) and Victoria University of Wellington, Ged continued circular economy building systems and circular evaluation research to a doctoral level. Through prototyping activities undertaken in 2018 and 2019 (supported KiwiNet and numerous New Zealand construction firms), the XFrame system began to mature.
In 2019, to facilitate its transition from a niche research outcome to a commercially viable and widely adopted building technology, XFrame New Zealand partnered with industry commercialisation experts from Wellington University Ventures (in collaboration with KiwiNet) and the lnnovyz Institute to found XFrame Australia. The commercial growth of XFrame at this time was supported by Green Industries South Australia and KiwiNet. At this time Carsten Dethlefsen joined XFrame as general manager, allowing Ged to shift his focus to exclusively technology development and deployment. Nine months after establishing the Australian entity, and after the construction of multiple larger scale prototype projects in Adelaide (South Australia), XFrame completed its maiden capital raise (late 2020).
In 2021 XFrame shifted its focus to grow in-house technical capabilities prior to scaling up project delivery activities. Two technical staff joined XFrame at this time to undertake the build-out of software capable of articulating the XFrame system through supplied building plans. Alongside this technical development multiple strategic demonstration and prototypical projects were delivered across Australia and New Zealand.
As of March 2022, XFrame is beginning to scale project delivery capabilities in Australia through a partnership with Smith Management Group (SMG). Having completed a follow-up seed capital raise in January 2022, XFrame has now significantly progressed its systems and processes and is rapidly approaching broad market release.
Key Team Members
Carsten is an experienced development manager, having worked across a broad range of complex and diverse projects in project delivery and acquisition roles across multiple industries. Carsten brings sound commercial acumen and significant experience in business development which are further supported by formal qualifications in Property, Business Management and Company Directorship.
Chief Technology Officer
Ged is the inventor of the XFrame system and a PhD Research Candidate at the School of Architecture at Victoria University of Wellington. Since 2017, Ged has worked to mature the structural, assembly and disassembly features of the XFrame technology. Ged is committed to ensuring XFrame has a significant and long-term waste-mitigating impact in the construction sector.
Projects and Automation
Luke has a background in digital design and fabrication developed through architectural studies at Victoria University of Wellington. He has worked on research projects such as robotic-controlled 3D ceramic printing and developing automated VR training for large organisations using 3D scanning.
Project Delivery (Australia)
Scott has broad building and construction background developed across numerous industries. Within a project management capacity, Scott has overseen the delivery of a diverse range of new development and refurbishment projects, further complimented by his extensive experience in property management. Most recently Scott has overseen the delivery of large educational infrastructure projects and a vast array of residential developments.
Harrison Le Fevre
Harrison Le Fevre joined XFrame in June 2021 to aid in the development of software based automation processes. Harrison studied Architecture at Victoria University of Wellington. During his studies Harrison worked to develop a machine vision solution for construction robotics. Harrison has worked as a private computational design consultant before joining XFrame.
XFrame has been generously supported by organisations across Australia and New Zealand. We thank those who believe in innovation, research and a more sustainable built environment.
We also thank those individuals who have given their time in support of the development of the XFrame technology. Guy Marriage, Dr Antony Pelosi, Dr Morten Gjerde, Nick Forbes, Mitchel Holden, Brandon Wang, Bryan Loh, Graham Crawley, Phil Nelson, Arthur Mahon, Geoff Thomas, Andrew Charleson, Jae Warrender, Carl Lawson.
Pamela Bell, Kerry Finch, Daniel Gudsell, Craig Shannon, Richard Beaumont, Hamish Findlay, Ash Holwell, Warwick Bell, Des Smith, DK, Josh Crosby-Mangels, Christine Ling and Hamish Morgan.