Forget the room with a view -- in fact, you can forget the room with a window. Don't be surprised to discover during your next apartment hunt a strange phenomenon -- a windowless bedroom. But is it really OK to live in a windowless bedroom or, more specifically, to allow windowless rooms to be called bedrooms?
This is an increasingly relevant question since a 2006 change in the federal government's Universal Building Code (UBC) that allowed bedrooms to be built without windows. Historically, both national and most local building codes have required windows in bedrooms for ventilation and safety. But improvements in fire safety and building materials called into question the necessity of such regulation, so today bedroom windows are officially optional.
No market was hit harder by the Great Recession than condominium sales, and today what few projects that are going forward nationally are making more compact use of space.