§ 48-41.   General 
Scope. The provisions of this section shall govern the minimum conditions and standards for light,
ventilation and space for occupying a structure. 
Responsibility. The owner of the structure shall provide and maintain light, ventilation and space
conditions in compliance with these requirements. A person shall not occupy as owner- occupant, or
permit another person to occupy, any premises that do not comply with the requirements of this section. 
Alternative devices. In lieu of the means for natural light and ventilation herein prescribed, artificial light
or mechanical ventilation complying with the North Carolina Building Code shall be permitted.