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Shooters Hill detail in need of a breather

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With reference to the detail for Loates-Taylor Shannon's Shooters Hill House (Working Details, AJ 21.10.04), should the external vapour control layer not be a breather membrane, or is there some particular reason for putting a vapour barrier on the cold side of the insulation?

John Campbell, technical director, Terry Farrell & Partners, London NW8

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