This year's Metalcon will feature a day devoted to environmentally friendly or "sustainable" design and construction. The metal-building conference takes place Oct. 28-30 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla.

The "Green Day" program will offer educational sessions and hands-on demonstrations that illustrate how metal is suited for high-performance structures and green-building initiatives, organizers said.

The Oct. 30 session, "Sustainable Design and Construction," will offer an overview of green-building products and information on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED certification. Experts will talk about "cool" roofing, recycled steel, roofing and framing.

Richard Fedrizzi will speak about "Selling Green Beyond Marketing." Fedrizzi is member of several green-building organizations, including the Global Environment and Technology Foundation, the Center for Energy, and Climate Solutions.

Other speakers scheduled include:

  • Joe Sandley, housing development supervisor and project manager for the city of Orlando, Fla., will share details of the Orlando House, a green building in an older, urban neighborhood. It features energy-efficient products and methods and received an Energy Star rating and Florida Green Building Certification.

  • Greg Crawford, vice president of operations for the Steel Recycling Institute, will explain sustainability and how steel helps the environment with its recycled content and durability.

  • Scott Kriner, technical director of the Metal Construction Association, will discuss the latest in "cool" metal roofing and how it's an energy efficient, sustainable answer to the urban "heat island" effect.

    The session will be followed by a demonstration of how sustainable metal can be made into various designs.