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SWACCA Starts Up Regular Monthly Program Meetings

After a long spell of scheduling and then rescheduling program meetings, SWACCA’s Board finally felt the time was right to restart monthly in-person programming. To date, the meetings have been successful in number of attendees and following COVID safety practices indicating contractors were ready for non-Zoom networking.

Mike Antonucci, SWACCA President, welcoming members back.
Mike Antonucci, SWACCA President, welcoming members back.

The first meeting was August 4 held at the Veteran’s Museum in Cape Coral. The location offered plenty of room for social distancing. Contractors had an opportunity to see the facility that SWACCA members have been supporting and to attend the Advanced Code Class taught by FRACCA President Rick Sims.

In September the Annual Inspector Night Panel brought together inspectors and building officials from almost all Lee and Collier County jurisdictions to discuss contractor and building department concerns. Much of the discussion centered on remote inspections: what inspectors need to see, acceptable quality of pictures/videos, display of permits, etc. The venue limited the number of attendees to 55 which allowed for proper social distancing.

October brought a timely topic to SWACCA members, Safety First: New Regulations for Pandemics. Tray Batcher, partner with Cotney Construction Law, came down from Tampa to review OSHA regulations and how to mitigate potential liability to contractors due to COVID through training; following CDC guidelines at the work site and at customers’ homes or places of business; and documentation, documentation, documentation.

November brings another timely topic: What IAQ Technologies Help Fight the Spread of COVID. Presented by Carlos Martinez, an IAQ specialist with NuCalgon, it will cover what products are on today’s market and what level of protection (if any) will they provide customers. Discussion includes: Air Filtration, Ozone Generators, UV Lights, Photo Catalytic Oxidation, Advanced Photo Catalytic Oxidation, and Bi-Polar Needlepoint Ionization.

SWACCA, Southwest Florida Air Conditioning Contractors Association, can be reached at 727-209-0890 or go to the website at www.sw-acca.org for more information about the Association’s programs, special events and educational workshops.