Are you telling me telling me that Bricks, stones and concrete blocks wouldn't survive a bad winter?
A bad winter here would be under minus 30.
So although the bricks, stone and concrete blocks may well survive, the inhabitants may well not.
If the heating was on, the insulation would be insufficient.
The water tank in the attic would freeze,
the outflow pipe for the condensate boilers,
Surprisingly Poles don't use plasterboard walls so much (except for new build apartments) and the walls feel really very cold.
I had my brick walls plasterboarded over because I don't like the feel of the cold walls.
Well I've been in the building industry for quite a few years,
And don't tell us you still put in two separate taps, one for hot and the other for cold? :)
I grew up in a sort-of new town, with much of the housing stock built between the late 1970's and mid 1990's. Stuff built in the 1970's is now falling to bits - many of the houses simply aren't holding up too well. They were built during the oil boom times - so you have to question the quality of the stuff that was built in later times, too.
The D.S. are actually very good the last few years in the U.K.