Author: Lee, Tuh-Fuh
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Mr. L. SCOTT WHITE, M. Inst. C.E., M.I.Struct.E. (Member of Council), in moving a vote of thanks to the lecturer for his most interesting address, referred to the inadequacy
of the measurement of sound reduction, and expressed his admiration of such specialists
as the lecturer who had made it a special study for the benefit of the profession in general. He considered the cost of installing a complete system, which in Mr. Glover’s paper was figured as approximately 8 per cent., far too expensive for the normal office class of building. He questioned whether the average person really worried much about vibrations and noises penetrating through the structure when the background of voices and other sounds within the room rendered them almost inaudible. He considered that methods of reducing noises within a room or building were as important, if not more important, than preventing their penetrating through the structure.
Summarising the tendency of to-day in the planning and construction of buildings it may
be said that simplicity and cheapness combined with utility are the dominating factors, and little importance is attached to the splendour of the fagade, as has been customary previously. The modern style is preferred and is suitable both for frame structures and simple planning.