Development of a Low-Cost Air Purifier for use in First Nation Houses to Improve Indoor Air Quality Affected by Mould, Smoke Particulate, and Air-borne Viruses such as COVID-19

Poor indoor air quality in First Nation’s homes is a major issue. Toxic particles such as mould, particulate matter from smoke due to tobacco or woodstoves use, radon progeny, and airborne viruses such as COVID-19, pose serious health hazards. An evidence-based research program is proposed to develop and evaluate through laboratory testing and field application various prototype air purifying and ventilation techniques appropriate for use in First Nation houses. While the study will be limited to First Nation houses in Manitoba, it is anticipated that the impact of the results will be felt across all First Nations in Canada.

Faculty Supervisor:

Shirley Thompson


Panayiotis Polyzois


Lynx Air Solutions Ltd


Resources and environmental management




University of Manitoba


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