Demystifying Volumetric Construction: A Study of the Bathroom Pod

Potential benefits of volumetric construction include faster builds, improved quality, and reduction in waste.

However, increased transportation costs, structural redundancy, and increased overheads can dilute these benefits, limiting their uptake.

Within the Australian construction industry, the bathroom pod is one of the few volumetric assemblies that has become commonplace, and widely considered an acceptable method of delivering bathrooms in multi-storey buildings. However, the degree to which manufacturing methodologies have been adopted in the design and delivery of bathroom pods varies.

This project unpicks the complexities of a volumetric construction through the lens of the bathroom pod.