Quantifying potential anthropogenic resources of buildings through hot spot analysis

Kuang Ly Cheng, Shu-Chien Hsu, Wing Man Li, Hwong Wen Ma

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This study estimates the amount of urban ores in Taipei City between 1965 and 2014 by analyzing data of the buildings through statistics and geographical information systems (GIS). Hot spot analysis (HSA) is introduced to assess the location of resources. Our results show that up to the year 2014, 186 Mton of construction materials were accumulated in Taipei, and the per capita total building material stock was 68 ton. In the short term, the hot spots with development potential are Da'an (Zone I) and Zhongshan (Zone II) Districts in Taipei City. Zone I (0.1 km2) stored 180 kton of materials; while Zone II (0.6 km2) stored 119 kton of materials. This study provides quantitative data on urban ores with high spatial and temporal resolution for enhancing material recycling planning and management. Material stocks could then combine with the material flow to build a dynamic material flow model for assessing the quantity of extractable urban ores, and the feasibility of exploitation in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-20
Number of pages11
JournalResources, Conservation and Recycling
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018


  • Anthropogenic resources
  • Construction material stock
  • Hot spot analysis
  • Urban mining

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Economics and Econometrics

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