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Most are brick or concrete, older ones are wood (on the outside) but not that common.

It's not unusual for older buildings to have exterior walls with a thickness of over half a metre.

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9 minutes ago, Mr Medved said:

Most are brick or concrete, older ones are wood (on the outside) but not that common.

It's not unusual for older buildings to have exterior walls with a thickness of over half a metre.

What about heating? Doesn't look like cooling is required there in summer too much.

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The Polish houses like this I have been to out on farms and such have little heating outside of the main room which acts as kitchen / lounge / dining room.

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1 hour ago, cobran20 said:

What about heating? Doesn't look like cooling is required there in summer too much.

Apartment buildings are generally what people live in. It is normally a centralised hot water system for the entire building heating water pipes next to external walls, so often no way to regulate temperature except for opening windows. For standalone houses it is common to have a smaller version with coal/wood heating. The stove heats up water which passes through pipes to keep the walls warm.

As long as the system functions properly it's a comfortable temperature. When I lived in Canada the house was sufficiently heated that I could walk around in a t-shirt and shorts. The same in Central Asia except for close to the wall, but I think that's because the heater wasn't working properly and I was sleeping on the floor.

Heating costs around 1000AUD/year (I think) for apartment buildings but depends on cubic metre size of the apartment.

Summers can get hot. Nothing like Australia but can get above 30. I've never spent a summer in the northern hemisphere so can't speak from experience.

 

 

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