The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 17 (1939) > Issues > Issue 3 > A Comparative Study of the Sound Insulating Values of Steel Framed and Reinforced Concrete Buildings
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A Comparative Study of the Sound Insulating Values of Steel Framed and Reinforced Concrete Buildings. Discussion on Mr. C. W. Glover's Paper.

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.